World Value Reds at Vino Volo, Our Drink of the Week!

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Getting all fancy and shit...

It's easy to dismiss Vino Volo at John Wayne Airport--it's a chain, it serves wine, and the only people there seem to be mid-level managers putting the finishing touches on their PowerPoints. But if you're looking to booze, it's the best bargain at the airport. Nearly all the other spots serving alcohol either have unimaginative cocktails or gouge the hell out of you. Vino Volo, on the other hand, offers reasonable, delicious flights. Consider the World Value Reds.

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Blood, Sweat, and Beer Playing TONIGHT At Newport Beach Film Festival

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Root for the underdog!

The word documentary normally gets us yawning-- except when it has to do with food. Or in the case of one particular film, craft beer. While most film festivals heavily promote celebrities and their indie roles, we are here to push the efforts of two filmmakers.

Directed by Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, Blood, Sweat, and Beer follows two breweries. Both are struggling to promote their individual businesses due to various legal and/or economic issues. We watch their stories unfold, along with pertinent industry trivia mixed in for good measure.

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How South Central's Notorious "Grim Sleeper" Serial Killer Got Caught Eating Pizza in Buena Park!

Categories: Really?!?!?

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Lonnie Franklin Jr. might still be on his South Central Los Angeles killing spree if not for an unfinished slice of pizza in Buena Park. Dubbed the "Grim Sleeper," Franklin stands accused of ten murders--mostly black women--and another attempted slaying stretching all the way back to 1985.

The Grim Sleeper avoided arrest, an easy feat given law enforcement's lackluster interest in the case. But when activists turned up the pressure five years ago, it led police to John's Incredible Pizza Co. at the Buena Park Mall.

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Free Jamba Juice THIS MORNING--Like, NOW. Like, BEFORE 11 A.M.!

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Late brekkie or early lunch? It's still free.

For you, we will cut to the chase. If you're reading this early enough, it's time to schedule a mid-morning break. The free-flowing juice is only happening for TWO hours today. Plus, there's a bunch of small print to go along with it. And Happy 25th Anniversary, Jamba Juice!

Restriction number one: There are only three specific beverages that fall under the "free" category for this deal. They are Tropical Greens, Strawberries Wild and Caribbean Passion. Oh, and product selection may vary by store. Still interested? Then keep reading.

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This Is How Sharp a Chef's Knife Can Get

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When I was a dumb college student sometime during my third year, I took some of my loan money and bought a fancy, schmancy chef's knife, because I thought I'd eventually do something involving food for a living. I took it home, cradling it like my baby cousin, and was in awe of how ridiculous sharp it was. A day later, I was in awe again when I accidentally poked myself while cutting tomatoes and it didn't even hurt (boy, did it bleed though).

But that knife? Nowhere near as sharp as the knife in the video after the jump.

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What to Eat at 4th Street Market in Downtown SanTana

Categories: Now Open

Photos by Jennifer Fedrizzi
Oh, the foods you'll see!

Fourth Street Market is a food hall not unlike most of the other new food halls in OC, honestly. But to me, it felt the most like a Singapore hawker center, where the stalls are actually single dish specialists focused on making that one thing they do best with nothing but a pay counter out front and the exposed guts of their kitchens behind them. Lined end-to-end, back-to-back, barely a buffer zone between one stall and the next, these vendors occupy the heart of 4th Street Market. And it's this food court--not the gleaming incubator kitchens that can be rented by the hour, nor the Honor Roll Community Market where the products of that kitchen might be put up for sale--that most of the general public will want to visit.

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Eat This Now: Bò Kho at Song Long Restaurant

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An edible hug

Sometimes, when you're young and find yourself in Little Saigon, you don't want to go to a crawfish joint, a shaved ice spot, to Afters or any of the other hotspots second-generation Viets opened in the past five years. Sometimes, you just want to hang with the elders and do it old-school. Sometimes, you just want a bowl of bò kho at Song Long Restaurant.

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Taste of Huntington Beach This Sunday

Categories: Food Festivals

Photo by LP Hastings
Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking is participating.
The 2015 Taste of Huntington Beach is happening this Sunday, April 26, 2015 from noon to 4 p.m. at the HB Sports Complex (18100 Goldenwest St. in Huntington Beach). You can buy your tickets online at or at the Longboard (downtown location) and the HB Public Library's Children's Desk.

The general admission price of $65 includes unlimited tastes of food from more than 40 restaurants, sips of wine from California boutique wineries, and samples of beer from the breweries in attendance. There will be live music as well.

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You All Need to Calm Down About Shake Shack

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If you pay attention to this sort of thing, you probably know that Shake Shack, the way hyped New York-bred burger chain, is coming to LA in 2016. I'm sure some of you have already tagged all of your friends on Facebook and agreed to visit once it's open. I'm just going to tell you all now: You need to calm down about Shake Shack, 'cause honestly, it's not that great.

I mean, have some dignity. You're in Orange County, home of In-N-Out. I'm just going to call it now: Shake Shack West Coast is going to flop and flop hard.

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Trader Joe's Chicken Sausages Recalled After Bits of Plastic Found

Categories: Indigestion

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Hey all of you who've bought sausages at Trader Joe's recently: The company that produces the Trader Joe's house brand chicken sausages have issued a recall after finding bits of plastic in the sausages. Also affected by the recall are Al Fresco branded sausages. For more information, check after the jump.

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