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10 Restaurants to Impress Friends and Family Visiting Orange County – Orange County Register



10 Restaurants to Impress Friends and Family Visiting Orange County – Orange County Register

Every year as the holidays approach, my inbox fills with variations on the same question: “Hey Brad, relatives are coming to town for the holidays. Where should we eat out?”

My first reaction is to send them to my annual guide to the best places to eat for several years. But some questioners invariably find that list too extensive, leaving them unable to make a decision. “If you had to limit it, where would you eat?” they ask, fishing for a secret new place, as if I’m keeping a few restaurants to myself. And maybe I am, but poking won’t help.

With the holidays and house guests in mind, I’m listing 10 restaurants that I believe succinctly define what it means to eat out in Orange County right now:

Paella with Lobster at BluSky Restaurant & Bar in Anaheim (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

1. Go for paella and fireworks at BluSky in Anaheim. It used to be called Blu SkyBar, but recently they changed the name of this restaurant on the roof of the Radisson Blu to better reflect the seriousness of the cuisine. Spanish cuisine is exquisite, especially the paellas. And if the time is just right, you’ll have a panoramic view of the fireworks at Disneyland. 1601 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 657-439-3289,

Texas BBQ at Heritage in San Juan Capistrano (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

2. Stand in line for a Texas-style barbecue at Heritage in San Juan Capistrano. Heritage single-handedly changed the game for barbecue in Orange County, so the long lines are understandable. However, holiday weekends can cause surprisingly short wait times (or possibly excruciating, impossible wait times – it is An shooting nonsense). Keep the restaurant twitter account, and you’ll be the first to know, somehow. 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano,

Oxtail pho at Pho 101 in Westminster (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

3. Slurp the pho at Pho 101 in Westminster. Since the Michelin Guide and the James Beard Foundation both learned about the legendary Vietnamese noodle restaurant Pho 79, the lines there have gotten even longer than they already were. But what many people don’t realize is that the same family operates the newer, nicer, cleaner and dare I say even better Pho 101, which serves the same recipes, including one of the best Vietnamese iced coffee in OC. 8031 Edinger Avenue, Westminster, 714-375-3330,

Mesquite-grilled chicken taco at Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

4. Eat incredible tacos and drink expert cocktails on Lola Gaspar’s terrace in Santa Ana. Located on a tree-lined promenade in the heart of Orange County, this is my favorite place to eat tacos in OC, especially on a Tuesday night when they light the charcoal grill outside. 211 W. 2nd St. Santa Ana, 714-972-1172,

Baked redfish at Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

5. Outdoor dining with ocean views at Driftwood in Laguna Beach. Go for the view, but stay for the tuna tartare tacos, lobster carbonara, or (when available) whole baked rockfish. 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949-715-7700,

Korean BBQ at Kyung Bok Kung in Buena Park (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

6. Take the family for a Korean BBQ at Kyung Bok Kung. There are dozens of interactive Korean BBQ joints in OC, but none are better or more smoke-free than this upscale restaurant near Knott’s Berry Farm. 7801 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714-888-4948,

Wood-fired pizza with house-made fennel sausage at Folks in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

7. Eating pizza at Folks in Costa Mesa. You have to circle the parking lot at least a dozen times before you find a parking space, so be patient. This pizza is worth it. And the outside atmosphere in The Camp is quintessentially OC. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-617-4888,

Afghani Seekh Kabobs at Khan Saab in Fullerton (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

8. Taste the Desi inspired grill at Khan Saab in Fullerton. Whether it’s the Afghan Seekh Kabob (lamb) or a 40-ounce tomahawk steak, this modern grill that brings together the flavors of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan will have you wanting to focus on meat. 229 E Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714-853-1081,

Nem nuong cuon, or grilled pork spring rolls, at Brodard in Westminster (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

9. Taste the history of Little Saigon at Brodard in Fountain Valley. This is one of the most influential restaurants in one of the most sweeping Vietnamese neighborhoods in the United States. The menu spans a dozen pages, so you’ll be tempted to order a million things. But keep it simple: focus on nem nuong cuon (pork rolls) and the bun cha Hanoi (dipping noodles with sausage), and everyone should be very happy. Join the Yelp waitlist before getting in the car. 16105 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, 657-247-4401,

Whole Roasted Fish at Mayfield in San Juan Capistrano (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

10. Experience the zeitgeist in Mayfield in San Juan Capistrano. No other restaurant captures the zeitgeist of OC better than this multi-storey dining room, with a menu inspired by local markets and a British connection to the Middle East, plus a wine list dedicated to hard-to-find natural wines in one of the hottest food spots of 2021. 31761 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949-218-5140,


UPDATE 3 Rohingya Refugees Sue Facebook for $150 Billion for Violence in Myanmar




Facebook says it removes accounts that focused on Vietnamese activists

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, for $150 billion over allegations that the social media company has failed to act against anti-Rohingya hate speech that has contributed to violence. A US class-action lawsuit filed Monday in California by law firms Edelson PC and Fields PLLC argues that the company’s failure to control content and the platform’s design contributed to the real-life violence facing the Rohingya. . .com/investigates/special-report/myanmar-facebook-hate community.

In a concerted action, British lawyers have also sent a letter of formal notice to Facebook’s London office. A Meta spokesperson said in a statement: “We are shocked by the crimes committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. We have built a dedicated team of Burmese speakers, banned the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military), disrupted networks that manipulate public debate and take action against harmful misinformation to protect people. We have also invested in Burmese language technology to reduce the prevalence of infringing content.”

The company previously said it was “too slow to prevent misinformation and hatred” in Myanmar. A spokesman for the Myanmar junta did not return calls from Reuters to comment on the legal action against Facebook.

In 2018, UN human rights researchers said the use of Facebook had played a key role in spreading hate speech that fueled the violence. A Reuters investigation that year, cited in the US complaint, found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments, and images depicting the Rohingya and other attacking Muslims on Facebook. Almost all were in the main local language, Burmese.

The swear words included posts calling the Rohingya or other Muslims dogs, maggots and rapists, suggesting that they be fed to pigs, and urging them to be shot or exterminated. The posts were tolerated despite Facebook rules specifically prohibiting attacking ethnic groups with “violent or dehumanizing language” or comparing them to animals.

Facebook has said it is protected from liability for content posted by users by a US internet law known as Section 230, which states that online platforms are not liable for content posted by third parties. The complaint says it wants to apply Myanmar law to the claims if Section 230 is raised as a defense. While US courts can apply foreign law to cases where the alleged harm and activities by companies occurred in other countries, two legal experts interviewed by Reuters said they were not aware of a successful precedent for foreign law invoked in lawsuits against social media companies where Section 230 protections may apply.

Anupam Chander, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, said relying on Myanmar law was not “inappropriate”. But he predicted that “it is unlikely to be successful,” saying that “it would be strange if Congress ruled out actions under US law but allowed them to proceed under foreign law.” More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine state in Myanmar in August 2017 after a military crackdown that refugees say involved massacres and rapes. Rights groups documented murders of civilians and the burning of villages.

Myanmar authorities say they fought an insurgency and deny committing systematic atrocities. The International Criminal Court has opened a case over allegations of crimes in the region. In September, a US federal judge ordered Facebook to release data from accounts linked to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar that the social media giant had shut down.

The new class-action lawsuit references claims by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who leaked a cache 2021-12-03 from internal documents this year that the company does not monitor abusive content in countries where such expressions are likely to do the most damage. The complaint also cites recent media reports, including a Reuters report last month, that Myanmar military used fake social media accounts to engage in what is commonly referred to in the military as “information battle.”

Mohammed Taher, a refugee living in the camps in Bangladesh where more than a million Rohingya live, said Facebook was widely used to spread anti-Rohingya propaganda. “We are happy with the move,” he said on the phone.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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YouTube cancels year-end video ‘Rewind’ for 2020, says it’s been a different year




YouTube cancels year-end video 'Rewind' for 2020, says it's been a different year

Video streaming giant YouTube, owned by Google, has announced that it will not release a “Rewind” video for 2020, the company’s celebratory year-end video featuring top video creators. YouTube made the announcement in a statement, saying 2020 was a “different” year and it wouldn’t feel right to continue if it wasn’t. “We know that so much of the good that happened in 2020 was created by all of you. You’ve found ways to cheer people up, help them cope, and make them laugh. You really made a difficult year better,” YouTube said in a statement.

According to an IANS report, major creators have backed YouTube’s call to cancel its year-end video ‘Rewind’. However, the report said there were disagreements with some creators like JerryRigEverything saying that besides all the wrong things that have happened this year, there are several things to be positive about. “Since 2010, we have closed the year with Rewind: a look back at the most impactful creators, videos and trends of the year. Whether you love it — or you just remember 2018 — Rewind was always meant to celebrate you. Thank you for making a difference,” the tweeted statement from YouTube read.

In 2018, YouTube turned its year-end rundown into a short film with cameos from Will Smith, Marshmello, and more. However, the video became the most hated video of all time, despite a star-studded cast. Last year, YouTube went back to a montage of clips from YouTube’s most liked videos of the year.

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NC leaders see many opportunities, growth with news Amazon opens branch




NC leaders see many opportunities, growth with news Amazon opens branch

KINSTON, NC (WNCT) — Amazon is coming to Kinston.

The company purchased a building on Enterprise Boulevard near several other manufacturing centers.

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City and county leaders said this is a major problem for the community. They said it will not only create jobs but could also help attract more large companies to East North Carolina.

“Watch what’s going on in East North Carolina,” said Mark Pope, senior vice president of North Carolina Global TransPark Economic Development. “Available Jobs and Opportunities.”

People are already working to get the new facility ready. It’s called a last mile facility.

“That large facility would send products and packages to this facility, and then it would go out from here and be distributed to residents, commercial properties,” Pope said.

The hub will bring new jobs to the area. Officials don’t know how many yet, but some job openings are already online.

“We would like all Kinstonians to be able to apply and accept the job here at our local Amazon hub,” said Mayor Don Hardy. “I think it’s a big problem and it’s going to mean a lot to our community.”

Hardy said this investment proves Kinston has a lot to offer.

“They see us growing,” he said. “They see that we are an asset and they see that we are a force to be reckoned with.”

This is not the first major investment in the region this year.

“We’ve announced more than 1,700 jobs, so a lot of capital investment … about $125 million,” Pope said. “Our region has been very lucky to attract businesses this year.”

Pope said with a name like Amazon coming to town, this won’t be the last big announcement.

“For a company like that to create jobs, a capital investment in the community is a lot,” he said. “People from out of state really notice, they say there’s staff, there’s education. That can attract other companies.”

Hardy said he doesn’t know when the facility will open. He and provincial officials will be talking to Amazon in the coming months to help with plans.

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