TimesOC: Little Saigon’s restaurant scene revives as a second generation mixes it up

TimesOC: Little Saigon’s restaurant scene revives as a second generation mixes it up
Andy Ho fills a customer's order at 7 Leaves Cafe in Garden Grove. (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Good morning. It's Wednesday, Dec. 6. Here's what's been happening around O.C.

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Little Saigon's restaurant scene revives as a second generation mixes it up


Little Saigon has transformed itself from a place where "choices definitely were limited" to mom-and-pop Vietnamese eateries into what one entrepreneur calls a "food mecca" for Southern California. The area now bustles with shops serving cutting-edge desserts and beverages. Fusion restaurants thrive with the help of social media, from customized churros and ice cream-stuffed doughnuts to cotton candy-topped tea and Asian-inspired tacos. TimesOC

Around the county

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day will commemorate those who've died


On Dec. 21, a group will hold events to commemorate the more than 200 homeless people who died this year in the county as part of the national Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, also termed the Longest Night. TimesOC


GOP's Royce and Walters are more vulnerable, election handicapper says

Two Orange County congressional seats are now considered more vulnerable by one of the country's top campaign handicappers. Analysts for Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics moved the 39th Congressional District held by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and the 45th District held by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) from the "likely Republican" category to the "leans Republican" category, signaling they think Democrats have a better chance of winning them. Los Angeles Times

Milo Yiannopoulos' crusade fizzles in California, so he heads to Australia

Cal State Fullerton was supposed to be just one stop in what Milo Yiannopoulos billed as a major national tour in which he would bring hard-right attitude to liberal campuses and other venues. But the tour has largely fizzled. Los Angeles Times

Business & real estate

Former Angel Garret Anderson sells his Irvine home base for $9.6 million

Garret Anderson, the former slugging outfielder for the Angels and Dodgers, has parted ways with his personal dugout in Irvine's Shady Canyon. Los Angeles Times

Anaheim janitorial company paid workers below minimum wage, lawsuit alleges

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra sued an Orange County janitorial company, alleging the firm engaged in a conspiracy to defraud its workers who clean the stores of major retailers throughout the state. Los Angeles Times


LA Weekly reveals its secret owners: mostly men with Orange County ties

After weeks of mystery, LA Weekly's new owners were revealed in a short online message from the publication's new operations manager. The lineup is heavy with men who have strong Orange County ties. Los Angeles Times

Arts & entertainment

'Real Housewives' star Vicki Gunvalson will lead Newport boat parade's opening night

A "Real Housewife" is going to be a real grand marshal. Vicki Gunvalson, a star of the reality TV series "The Real Housewives of Orange County," will be grand marshal of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade's opening night on Dec. 13. Daily Pilot

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