| Feb 13, 2014
| 7:39 AM
Uniqlo, a popular Japanese apparel retailer often compared to American brand Gap, will open its first stores in Southern California this fall at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.
The company already has more than 1,...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 9:33 AM
About five years ago, Adam Fleischman, an unsuccessful screenwriter and owner of a wine bar called BottleRock, decided to open a burger joint.
He sold his share in BottleRock and started concocting burgers in his home kitchen. His idea was to try to...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 5:55 PM
When the Chinese School in Irvine opened in the 1970s as a home for teaching the native language and culture, only 30 students filled a handful of rented classrooms.
Now, it has its own campus — bursting with more than 1,200 students. It's a...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 5:58 PM
Sota Akiyama has had extensive experience at many fine sushi restaurants in California.
He began his career at Hapi Sushi in Laguna Beach and eventually started his own private chef company. This was followed by a stretch at Ozumo, training in San...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 2:40 PM
Slow Fish is an attractive little storefront sushi bar and restaurant tucked away in a Huntington Beach strip mall.
Its imaginative small plate menu impressed us most. The most spectacular offering seems to appear on almost every table, and it is...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 3:43 PM
What a surprise it is to walk from a Huntington Beach mini-mall parking lot into the reception area of Matsu and be immediately transported to Japan.
Inside, a small but dramatic rock garden is festooned with orchids while the soft sound of trickling...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 1:04 PM
Brett Simpson was happy to move on through.
Dane Reynolds was relieved to survive difficult conditions.
Two of the world's top surfers were among several athletes Tuesday to win their heats and advance at the 2012 Nike U.S. Open of Surfing Men's Prime...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 2:58 PM
The small, plastic train, poking out between the rocks, looked like any toy lost on the beach. It measured a few inches long, small enough to tumble out of a pocket or purse, with four thin wheels and rear-end contours hinting at where other cars should...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:43 PM
Oh, those traumatic memories of "Toy Story 3."
For some reason, I've kept encountering playthings during my last couple of weeks covering Huntington Beach. First, there was the Course of the Force, a "Star Wars"-themed charity relay in which participants...
| Jun 20, 2013
Poseidon Resources' desalination plant application is one step closer to being approved after a state agency deemed it complete, officials said.
The Stamford, Conn.-based company's application was completed June 6. Poseidon is looking at an October or...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
More than 2,000 years ago, the Silk Road emerged as a network of flourishing trade routes between Asia and Europe, as well as parts of North and East Africa. Cultures crossfertilized. Civilizations prospered, others flamed out. Art recorded the complex...
| Feb 16, 2011
| 2:39 PM
Ahhh! Sit down and relax with a great cup of tea. Then ponder the power of it. Besides the simple pleasures of a cuppa, this ancient beverage has had medicinal, religious and political implications throughout almost 5,000 years of history. Legend has it...