3 months ago | From the Dead Tree Edition
?Baja California isn't the secret it used to be, as evidenced by increasing lines to cross back into the United States on Sundays. But a weekend trip to Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada is a breath of fresh air, both literally and figuratively. Come...
6 months ago | From the Dead Tree Edition
It's late on a Friday night at Kutsi in downtown Santa Ana, and I'm the only one at the bar. I order a shot of Ilegal Mezcal and ask the bartender to leave the bottle. "A la chingada con Donald Trump," I say as I knock back un caballito. The...
9 months ago | Lists
5. Baja wine at San Clemente Wine Company A while back, the San Clemente Wine Company held a week-long tasting of Baja wines, which are almost impossible to find north of the border, despite being two hours' drive from San Clemente. They imported ...
10 months ago | Indigestion
Ah, the tastes of Christmas in the American Southwest: tamales, ponche, and pozole. Everyone knows what tamales are, and ponche is a hot fruit punch traditionally served to guests as part of las posadas. But pozole, to me, is the queen of th...
10 months ago | Drink of the Week
It's understandable if you haven't been to Backstreet Brewery. It doesn't have much name recognition, because it supplies the much better-known Lamppost Pizza mini-chain in Vista and Irvine. It opened in the midst of a wave of brewery openings in ...
11 months ago | Indigestion
Brad A. Johnson pontificates on the safety of street food in Mexico, gets schooled by the people who've actually eaten across the country.