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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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Photo by Kristine Hoang
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

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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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http://www.alexslemonade.org/
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

Categories: Mobile Meals, News

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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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Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela
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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The Burnt Truck & Dogzilla To Open Joint Brick-and-Mortar in Irvine!

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The Burnt Truck.
So there's this new restaurant called Burntzilla that's slated to open in the Trader Joe's-anchored plaza in Irvine at Walnut and Culver, taking over the Pizza Hut Golden Spoon* spot.

If you're familiar with the OC Food Truck scene, does the name sound oddly familiar? As if The Burnt Truck and Dogzilla joined forces? Yeah, that's what I thought too, especially because both trucks are known to be chums and have, in past Tweets, referred to themselves in group pictures as Burntzilla.

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Berkeley Dog Investor From Communist China Loses U.S. Immigration Request

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OC Weekly
A People's Republic of China businessman seeking special entry rights to the United States after investing $1 million in Berkeley Dog, Inc. restaurants in Orange County has lost the appeal of a Department of Homeland Security rejection of his "Immigration by Alien Entrepreneur" request.

Lianming Zhao wanted to take advantage of a 1990 law that grants immigration rights to foreign nations who make significant U.S. business investments that create at least 10 new, full-time jobs.

In May 2011, Zhao invested $1,000,100 in Berkeley Dog and three months later filed his immigration petition while asserting he'd create more than 20 jobs.

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Tyson Recalling Tons of Chicken After Possibly Shoving Plastic Everywhere

Categories: Indigestion, News

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Photo by Melter
Not so delicious

Are you one of the rare, rare unicorns in Orange County that goes to Sam's Club instead of Costco? If you answered yes -- and if you bought Tyson Foods Chicken Nuggets -- you might want to check your freezer.

Tyson Foods is recalling over 75,000 pounds of chicken shipped to Sam's Club because of what the USDA calls possible contamination "with extraneous materials."

Check after the jump for identification information you can use to find out if your chicken might be extra artificial.

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