Five Things Downtown Santa Ana Needs

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Flickr user Ben Dayhoe
The old, the new, and the coming soon... the eternal Santa Ana story.
I find myself in downtown SanTana more and more these days, whether it's buying clothes at Fallas-Paredes or having a drink at the Little Sparrow, and I love it. I love that it's a place that's still got one foot in its traditions and the other in its future. But from a food and drink perspective, there are a few things that would truly make it a one-stop destination for pretty much anyone.

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The 10 Best Things To Eat At the Disneyland Resort

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Good, but no, it didn't make the list

Starting this Friday, Disneyland will begin celebrating its new, not-yet-really-annual buffet of bachanality -- their 24-hour Day of Disney (Okay, it's called Rock Your Disney Side, but Day of Disney is a much better name). From 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, the Disneyland resort will be in operation -- rides will run, guests will crowd, some crazy AP holder(s) will try to stay awake for 24-hours. Really, this list is for them.

To stay up and cheery for 24 hours, you're going to have to eat, and why not eat the best things Disneyland has to offer?

These are the 10 best things to eat at Disneyland.

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The Top 5 Redditor Restaurant Ideas: Grandmas, Flapjacks, and Bondage

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This is the dream

Anyone who's ever eaten has had an idea for a restaurant, even if unintentionally. Sure, most of the time they're completely forgettable, but don't tell me you haven't spent more than a minute wondering if your gourmet cereal bar could make it (I'm just saying, throw some mustaches on the wall and serve everything in Mason jars and maybe?).

But alas, most restaurant ideas will die in their thinker's minds (probably a good thing) due to lack of money or will, but for a special few, they will live on in the wonder that is Reddit.

An AskReddit thread popped up yesterday asking about everyone's best restaurant ideas. Now, the top 5 probably shouldn't get made, but they're fun to think about. Want a sneak preview? Grandmas, flapjacks, and bondage. The rest, you can read after the jump.

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5 Cold Drinks to Help You Survive the Heat Wave

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It's that time of year again...

We Orange County folk are spoiled with the near perfect climate, so when the weather upsurges north of 75 degrees like it's going to this week, we call it a heat wave and go into major survival mode. Whether it's hitting the beach, spraying our faces with a water-fan all day long, or indulging in cold drinks, we'll do anything - seriously, anything - to keep ourselves cool.

If you do end up choosing the cold-drink route, there are several that do an exceptional job at alleviate high-temperature woes. Each of them are delicious and cold, and here they are in no particular order:

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The 5 Most Horrible Things To Have Ever Happened at a Dive Bar (Possibly)

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Normally, great places to drink!

As Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby knows and frequently reveals in her wonderful weekly column, Dive, Dive My Darling, some weird (and often times horrible) shit goes down at your local dive bars, from vagina-shaving discussions to the worst bruschetta in Orange County, and much more in between.

Need more proof? Earlier this week, a Reddit thread asked dive bar bartenders to tell their most horrible stories, and well, they're doozies.

Curious? Check out the five most horrible stories after the jump. Some of these pretty bad, so don't say I didn't warn you.

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How to Instagram Your Food Without Looking Like an Asshole

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Pictured: not you

I literally take Instagrams for a living. Like, seriously, that's basically what people give me money to do. Now, I'm not claiming to be an expert, but I have learned a thing or two about IGing food in public places.

Beautiful food pictures are everything, but they're not worth looking like a douche over. Too often do people look like tools nowadays trying to get the perfect shot... that tend to look horrible anyway. Here are some tips of the trade to make sure you avoid being an ass the next time you eat out:

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The 5 Most Egregious Big Mac Rip-Offs Of All Time

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McDonald's
So good.

The fast food war is a rough life. No one thinks eating food from out of a window is a good thing to do anymore. The market for fast food isn't growing. So marketing fast food today is more about who's hip and who's cool than it is about the quality of the food. To grow, companies need to literally steal customers from each other.

The restaurants have sunk to taking direct pot shots at each other (Taco Bell v. McDonalds, anyone?) and even more or less directly ripping off menu items.

Need proof? Well, here are the first most egregious Big Mac rip offs to have ever existed, and they're all pretty new.

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Five Reasons Whole Foods Is The Worst Place On Earth

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Inside lurks the most aggravating shopping experience in America--yes, even worse than Walmart on the day before deer season or Costco the day before Thanksgiving.
Let's not bury the lede: Whole Foods sucks. It doesn't matter whether it's in Los Angeles, New Orleans, or Santa Fe, the entire place raises my blood pressure more than any other store on Earth (except for the Ladurée shop on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, which is easily avoided since macarons are one of the most overrated desserts on Earth).

I go there, hate it though I do, for the shrinking list of things I like to eat that I can't get elsewhere (today's discovery: filmjölk at Mother's Market), and I'm reminded how much of a misfit I am in that store: a truck-driving, pro-gun, politically apathetic linebacker-sized guy in a sea of thin, liberal Prius drivers. I always feel like a bull in an organic, fair-trade china shop. After yet another shopping trip to the Tustin Whole Foods that left me drinking straight from the whiskey bottle after I got home, I decided to catalogue what bothers me most.

And yet, despite the fact that it makes my eyes roll so hard I briefly go blind, I still go back, because sometimes you can't get the stuff anywhere else. Damn you, Whole Foods.

See also: The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends

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5 Places to Find New York Pizza in Orange County

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Mmmm.. Pizza

Coastal rivalry aside, Californians will admit, for the sake of pizza, that New York pies deserve the hype (We're not conceding though. We'd rather have a California pizza than a New York burrito any day).

A real pizza pie, as New Yorkers call it, should be around 18 inches in diameter, thin-crusted, greasy enough to induce a little guilt, and must have the perfect amount of burnt cheese, or 'bubbles,' atop sauce and dough. Though it's safe to say no Californian joint could ever produce an authentic NY slice, many come close.

Interested in grabbing a New York slice? I suggest you head onto the 405.


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The 10 Meatiest Sins of Orange County

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Unf.

As a former two-year vegetarian, ribs, pastrami, and barbecue chicken were nowhere in my dictionary. At barbecue restaurants, I (sadly) opted for salads and pasta while my friends sucked on ribs. One bite of meat was a capital vice. Then I became not a vegetarian.

Vegetarians, this is your guide to vegetarian hell - the 10 meatiest and deadliest sins in Orange County. Be wary: temptation may be provoked. And hey, if (when) you decide to start eating meat again, you can use this as a reference.

In no particular order..


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