Pan-Asian Metropolis — Orange County’s Lost Chinatowns

INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN ORANGE COUNTY Today, Orange County is widely recognized for its prominent Asian-American population. There are significant numbers of of Vietnamese, Koreans, Taiwanese, Filipinos, Indians, Japanese, Cambodians, Chinese, Pakistanis, Thais, Indonesians, and Laotians living there, as well as many smaller groups. Metro Los Angeles (which includes Los Angeles and Orange counties) is in fact home … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Orange County’s Lost Chinatowns

Eurodisco Legends Joy Are Coming to Orange County!

The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog Austrian Eurodisco group Joy are scheduled to perform live in Santa Ana on 5 December Saint Nicholas Eve/Krampusnacht) at the Yost Theater. They will perform hits including “Touch By Touch,” “Hello,” “Japanese Girls,” “Valerie,” “Im In Love,” “Countdown of Love,” and more. Buy tickets now as there are … Continue reading Eurodisco Legends Joy Are Coming to Orange County!

Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County!

On this day in 1889, Orange County, California was born, making it 125 years young today. Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography‘s map of Orange County In early 1889, Pemberton Medicine Company (later Coca-Cola) incorporated in Atlanta, Colombia Phonograph (later Columbia Records) launched, Japan adopted the Meiji Constitution and the Eiffel Tower opened in Paris. Meanwhile in … Continue reading Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County!

Well slice me nice, Eurodisco legend Fancy is coming to Orange County!

Fancy, the singer of hits including “Angel Eyes,” “Bolero,” “China Blue,” “Cold as Ice,” “Flames of Blue,” “Lady of Ice,” “Latin Fire,” “Slice me Nice” and more is coming to the US for the first time ever in January, 2014. He’ll be playing at R3 Social Lounge in Stanton (North Orange County/Little Saigon) on the 17th of that month. The … Continue reading Well slice me nice, Eurodisco legend Fancy is coming to Orange County!

California Fool’s Gold — San Clemente, The Spanish Village in Orange County

INTRODUCTION Until the visit that Una and I took to San Clemente this past weekend, I don’t think that I’d ever visited the place. I’m not entirely sure because nearly all of my trips south on the 5 have ended in Mexico and the stretch of freeway between South Orange County and San Diego County has blended … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — San Clemente, The Spanish Village in Orange County

Euro Disco star Lian Ross is coming to Orange County and Texas!

Lian Ross, whose Euro disco hits include “Fantasy,” “It’s up to you,” “Say you’ll never,” “Scratch my name,” “You’re my soul” and others, is performing two upcoming shows this month — on 20 September at R3 Social Lounge in Stanton, Orange County and on 21 September at Red Velvet in Houston, Texas. Both events will be DJed by … Continue reading Euro Disco star Lian Ross is coming to Orange County and Texas!

California Fool’s Gold — A South Orange County Primer

YES, THE STEREOTYPES, THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE Most of us know the stereotypes and are familiar with the frequent characterizations of Orange County. It’s supposedly culture-less and even somehow history-less. Anyone who’s spent any time in Los Angeles has no doubt heard the same hollow, bafflingly ignorant observations made of about that richly … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Orange County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Irvine, Orange County’s City of Innovation

INTRODUCTION   Irvine skyline For a while now Irvine has shared the top spot on my poll (see the end of the post to vote) but I’ve put it off because of the time required to explore such a sprawling, distant city. There was also a time when most of my blog’s non-Los Angeles fans … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Irvine, Orange County’s City of Innovation

California Fool’s Gold — A North Orange County Primer

SHE HAD ORANGE RIBBONS IN HER HAIR — NORTH ORANGE COUNTY It comes as something of a dismaying surprise to me how casually many seemingly intelligent Angelenos freely dismiss Orange County. Iv’e grown used to (if still somewhat surprised by) the out-dated chauvinistic attitude of New Yorkers and San Franciscans. But while those widely and … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A North Orange County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Tustin, Orange County’s City of the Trees

TUSTIN Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Tustin This blog entry is about Tustin, a city in north Orange County surrounded by North Tustin to the north, Irvine to the south, Santa Ana to the west and the Santa Ana Mountains to the east. Within its borders are the distinct neighborhoods of Old Town, the hyper-planned, mixed-use … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Tustin, Orange County’s City of the Trees