Native American Activists Plan to Protest Redface Runners at Long Beach Turkey Trot

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Facebook screenshot from "Protest the Long Beach Turkey Trot!! page
They're not yawning or doing karate chops!

Every Thanksgiving, runners head to Long Beach's annual Turkey Trot looking to put a dent in the calorie bombs sure to be gobbled up later in the day. They come by the thousands donning silly turkey hats with others wearing spoon and fork costumes. Too cute! Others, sadly, sport feather headdresses, sexy PocaHotties loincloths and war paint in a nauseating display of redface.

Native American activists are planning to protest this year's Turkey Trot, though, to put the brakes on redface runners. "Conquering our image is another form of colonization that began with the theft of our lands," says protest organizer Tahesha K. Christensen. "Redfacing is racist and it is no different than blackface, or making fun of Jews, Asians, or any other cultural group."

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San Juan Capistrano Chef Continues to Troll Yelpers Even After Restaurant Closes

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Not quite the situation below, but it'll do

I never had the chance to visit the recently closed South Coast Kitchen in San Juan Capistrano, because fancy restaurants are Edwin's domain. Edwin never bothered to review South Coast Kitchen, for reasons only known to Edwin. But it seems that the spot had South OC's own version of Jason Quinn in chef-owner Justin Davis--at least in the Department of Yelp.

In August, a diner left a three-star review, who complained it was "overpriced and not amazing quality" and alleged that Davis' team "put a flower on the dish to make it look pretty." Davis' response a couple of days later? "If I could put a flower on your personality and make it less hideous...I would. But I doubt that would help."

And it got only better.

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Federal Judge Cancels "Urban Homesteading" Trademark Held by Dervaes Family

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Next up fighting the good fight for urban homesteaders: These guys

Back in 2011, I wrote a series of articles about a battle between advocates of urban farming and the Dervaes family of Pasadena. The Dervaeses have received international attention for turning their home into an farming wonderland, but the family at the time was going after anyone and everyone who was using the terms "urban homestead" and "urban homesteading," which has been widely used since the 1970s but that the Dervaeses had trademarked with the feds. Farmers markets, authors, and jes' plain folks who used "urban homestead" and "urban homesteading" quickly found their Facebook pages taken down due to allegations of copyright infringements, got cease-and-desist letters, and feared more from the Dervaes.

But yesterday in California federal court, U.S. District Judge John F. Walter gave opponents of the Dervaes a partial victory when he cancelled the trademark for "urban homesteading," saying it was too generic a term to deserve protection.

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Exactly Why Is TK Burger So Damn Good?!?!?!?!

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Photo by Dave Mau

Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!!

Let's face it: downtown HB blows. I was literally right in the middle of things when the 1986 OP Pro riots started and, by the time I made my escape back to my then-home in the 909, there were cop-cars-a-burnin' and every dirtbag in town was getting clubbed by the riot police. 

The place has never been the same since.

I sure miss the good old days before all the MMA jackasses started hanging out, and there were a few cool places to catch some live music and a cold brew. I long for the old Jack's on the corner before the whole place turned into the Glendale Galleria By-The-Sea nightmare it is now. The cops suck, the food is generally just awful (peep Dos Toros and explain to me how a bunch of guys in the kitchen can fuck up an order of taquitos) and, quite simply put, the whole scene there reminds me of what would happen if Riverside and Jersey Shore had a baby that was adopted/raised by Hemet and the Kardashians. El Don Liquor is basically the last holdout and I'm counting the seconds until it turns into a vape shop or pot dispensary.

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OC Register Food Critic's Guide To Street Food In The Whitest City In Mexico is Pure Pendejo

Dave Lieberman
Quesadillas de chile relleno, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca: safe enough for the Register?

Brad A. Johnson, the erstwhile restaurant critic of the sinking ship known as the Orange County Register, has published a guide to street food in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Let that sink in. The man who once panned a torta shop in Santa Ana for having sub-par French fries and who declared that Buena Vista Market in Dana Point was Guerrero-style food is now an expert on Mexican antojitos. Listening to him pontificate about where to find the best street food is like taking advice from Martha Stewart about how to win at street ball.

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LA Hipster Chefs Think They're Inventing French-Mexican Food--But OC Did it 1st!

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Anepalco Chef Danny Godinez, doing French Mexican food in 2010

I'm familiar with the food of Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the two Floridians who officially opened up Los Angeles late last decade and have ruled LA dining ever since. Animal was overrated; Son of a Gun, better; their collaborations with celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre, good. But sorry, kids: don't get the obsession with them that the rest of the foodie world has.

And now, in an interview with our mother paper, LA Weekly, the two just proved to me they're not just ironically affected hipsters but rather straight-up pendejos. When asked if they had ever heard anyone ever do French Mexican food or a French Mexican brunch, Dotolo replied that no, and that, "I think we're all just being kind of weird right now."

Nah, bruh: you're six years late to the game, 'cause OC's own Danny Godinez of Anepalco's has doing French-Mexican food for years.

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Lillie's Q Debuts Southern Brunch In Brea

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Stick to your ribs good

When a restaurant first starts out, its first priority is typically dinner service. To boost sales, happy hour is a natural progression. Maybe they roll out lunch specials. If they're feeling really good, brunch is the final frontier.

Last Sunday, we stopped by Brea in our stretchy pants for the inaugural brunch over at Lillie's Q and got the lowdown on what's offered. It's enough to make one park in the structure across Brea Boulevard, because you'll need the walk afterwards.

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Asian-American Foodies Are Changing the Way Orange County--and the Nation--Eats

Portraits by Danny Liao and Dustin Ames
The 405 is slammed from the 55 to Long Beach. Harbor Boulevard is a parking lot. The industrial and office parks surrounding the South Coast Collection (SOCO) shopping center in Costa Mesa are emptying out, with thousands of employees resigned to spending the next hour or so in traffic hell.

Refuge is needed. At the Iron Press, on the northeastern edge of SOCO, the bar is already filled with people getting at the restaurant's waffle sandwiches and craft beers. Diners wear suits, pricy kicks, flip-flops and almost all the other fashions en vogue in Southern California. Three doctors, still wearing their scrubs after a day at work, relax with brews. At a side table, young friends look at their phones, framing the perfect photo of their food for Instagram or Snapchat.

Running around to make sure everyone's having a great time is Iron Press owner Leonard Chan. "What'll you have now?" he asks two patrons at the bar who had just finished their drinks. "I see two people and no beers."

One group obviously dominates the customer base: Asian-Americans.

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34. Green Onion Pancake Beef Roll at 101 Noodle Express

Photo by Charles Lam

We're past the halfway point of 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

Green onion / scallion pancakes are a great Chinese food, and you should all eat them. They're a lot like heaftier flour tortillas, with a nice dose of oil and a nice little bit of herbiness, so what else would you need?

Protein? Well, then you can get the pancakes folded with classic Chinese sliced beef, rich hoisin sauce and a sprinkle of cilantro at 101 Noodle Express, one of the restaurants in Irvine's Asian plaza super star.

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The OC Food Scene, 20 Years Ago

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That was then...

Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!!

"Time just gets away from us" -Charles Portis, True Grit

The OC food scene 20 years ago was a much different creature. It was both stuffy and trashy at the same time, which seems impossible, but it was. That was when it was still okay to eat at Black Angus and if you were feeling like stepping it up a bit from there it was time for Hoff's Hut. Birraporreti's at South Coast was all the rage along with HB's epic Mazzotti's which, at the time, was THE spot to score some blow and a random bathroom/alley/backseat hookup. What is now considered the old-guard shops were more like the sort-of-old-guard and what would have been considered the old guard then are mostly the long gone now.

Sid's on Old Newport was charging headlong into its golden age, soon to implode. The former Cuckoo's Nest, now Zubie's Gilded Cage, was readying to shutter and the overall tone here in the OC food-wise was fairly bland, surely stagnant, and it didn't seem like there was much coming down the pike to change any of that. However, there were three events that occurred almost simultaneously 20 years ago that symbolize the cultural mindset that would influence the scene for the next two decades.

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