Surge, Legendary Cult Soda from the 90s, is BACK!

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From 1920 to 1933, America experienced the dark days of Prohibition. Apparently forgetting the lessons taught by those 13 grueling years, America endured a similar dry spell of the nation's lifeblood from 2001 until today, this most historic and glorious of days.

Surge is back, you guys.

The legendary super-soda with a cult following reigned supreme in the late 90s with it's "fully loaded" citrus taste that came with a buzz fit for a rabid monkey, much to the chagrin of parents everywhere.

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Northgate Postpones Hatch Chile Roasts Scheduled For Aug. 16

Dave Lieberman
Delayed chile is still worth the wait.
Northgate Markets have announced that due to heavy rains in Hatch, New Mexico, they will be cancelling the roasts scheduled for the Buena Park, Santa Ana (Harbor Blvd.), and Paramount stores. Those roasts will be postponed to Saturday, September 6.

If the suppliers can harvest today, the roasts scheduled for Sunday will still take place. We suggest you call the stores in question to see if the Sunday roasts are still on. If not, they will be postponed to September 7.

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Yelp Sued By Shareholders For Lying About Suppressing Bad Reviews In Exchange For Cash

A group of shareholders led by Joseph Curry have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Yelp in San Francisco, the SFGate blog reports.

The suit alleges that Yelp management lied to shareholders about the widely suspected but never officially proven tactic of charging businesses money to suppress negative reviews, and that they promoted non-first-hand positive reviews (i.e., shills) in order to bump up paying customers' ratings.

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Chia Seed Producer Facing Lawsuit After Selling Infected Product at an OC Whole Foods

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Photo by Larry Jacobson
Make sure it's not contaminated!

Remember chia seeds? Early 2014's new fad health food? Well, if you decided to try them out, you might want to check your supply. Navitas Naturals, a producer of chia seed powder, is being sued for selling batches of the stuff contaminated with salmonella. You're choice of retailers won't protect you either. The infected batches were distributed to Whole Foods in the United States and Canada at the beginning of March.

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Paradise Perks, Irvine's Coolest Coffee Shop, Closes Because of Noise Complaints; A Eulogy and a Rant

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Bye :(

As of June 22, 2014, Paradise Perks, the best coffee shop in the City of Irvine has closed its doors. Why? Was business poor? Was foot traffic not enough? No. Paradise Perks closed for the most stereotypical Irvinian reason ever: Its Wednesday night open mics, which ran from 7 to 11 p.m., attracted too many noise complaints.

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The North Left, Spiritual Sucessor of The Crosby, Is Now Open

The North Left
Awww yeahhh

Great news coming out of Downtown Santa Ana: The North Left, the spiritual successor of the Crosby, is now open for business.

They actually had a soft opening last week (which I heard went phenomenally well) to work out the kinks, but now it's prime time. Go tonight. It's located at 400 N. Broadway in the same space as the Crosby, and they'll be serving a very similar menu -- hip, new American cuisine with a focus on the local and the fresh (I hear all of the desserts are gluten free).

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This Saturday: Alex's Lemonade Stand at The Irvine Spectrum Carousel Court

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It's for charity.
What? You're not rich enough for the $200 per person Taste of the Nation charity event this this Sunday at The Montage but you're still feeling charitable? How about lemonade?

This Saturday, June 7th, Irvine Spectrum will host Alex's Lemonade Stand at its Carousel Court.

What is Alex's Lemonade Stand? "It's part of a nationwide effort to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. The Taggart family, formerly of Costa Mesa, hosts their annual Grand Stand in Orange County to honor the memory of their son John who, like Alexandra Scott, the charity's namesake, lost his life to pediatric cancer."

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Tamarindo Truck To Be Featured On Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

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Pedro Resendiz of Tamarindo Truck
We got a message from the good people at Tamarindo Truck informing us that they will be featured on Guy Fieri's show, Diners, Drive-In and Dives, at the end of the month. We featured Pedro Resendiz and his luxe lonchera on our On The Line column three years ago, and it's due time more people gave them props.

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Changes in Haven Gastropub Partnership As Haven in Pasadena Announces Closure

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Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub
When Haven Gastropub opened in Old Towne Orange almost five years ago, it was the beginning of something that would spawn taco asylum in Costa Mesa (opened January 2011), a second Haven Gastropub in Old Town Pasadena (opened December 2011), and Provisions Market (opened June 2013).

Yesterday, Haven Pasadena posted the following Facebook update:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to shut our doors. We sincerely thank all of our fans and friends over the past 3 years for your support and loyalty. We will miss Old Town Pasadena.

Almost immediately after that post went up, Haven's PR rep sent a statement to Weekly World Headquarters that clarified what was actually going on.

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Costco at The District in Tustin Selling Real Hawaiian Poke This Weekend!

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Edwin Goei
Costco's limu poke.
Of a thousand reasons to visit Hawaii, poke has to be in my top ten. This is the food I crave as soon as the plane's landing gear hits the tarmac--cubes of fish or other seafood, usually raw and mostly ahi tuna, seasoned lightly with salt, soy, wasabi or any number of flavorings. Every supermarket on every island has some in the back, next to the fish. And one of the best I've had there, I kid you not, is Costco's. Yes Hawaii's Costcos--on the islands that have Costcos--make excellent poke. They're consistently fresh, vibrant, raw fish made into sweet, sweet sea candy. Ideally, you want to eat this stuff with steamed rice, but over there, we eat ours in the food court plain, washed down with their 55-cent soda.

Now the Costco in Tustin at The District will serve poke this weekend, starting tomorrow and until Sunday. The woman behind the booth told me that they were testing it out on Monday, and if it's successful, they'll continue to do it every weekend.

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