Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, author of the syndicated column "¡Ask a Mexican!", and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. He started at the paper with an angry, fake letter to the editor and went from there—only in Anacrime!
6 days ago | Drink of the Week
I didn’t think I’d like Latitude 33’s Honey Hips Strong Blonde ale when I first smelled it. It was a bit hoppy—and I don’t like hoppy. But the Vista brewery’s brand ambassador in OC is Keegan Noble, who I remembered from his stint at Chapter One: ...
7 days ago | ¡Ask a Mexican!®
DEAR MEXICAN: Why is Mexican Spanish so maligned by the rest of the Hispanic world (even Dominicans!)? It doesn't make any sense to me, but nonetheless, I find myself worrying about my intended trip a Mexico para cursos de Español. Am I making a m...
7 days ago | Orange Feathers
Last year, OC Weekly cartoonist Leslie Agan did a charming Orange Feathers about how El Niño didn't do shit. Now, with more rain in January across California than any year this past decade despite the forecast of the drier weather phenomenon ...
7 days ago | Food Reviews
There's a certain type of Mexican restaurant in SanTana that's not meant for you and I. It's the equivalent of a barrio diner, where the menu doesn't necessarily hew to a region or tradition so much as give the locals what they want. They almost a...
8 days ago | OC News
It's true: Orange County is in the midst of a seismic shift that's fundamentally changing who we are. It's not John Wayne's OC anymore; it ain't even that of Gwen Stefani or even Thrice. A decade recovering from the Great Recession—during which te...
9 days ago | Hops to It!
It took a long time and millions of dollars in redevelopment money, police work, raids, proselytizing, and code crackdowns, but there are now no Mexican beer bars left in downtown SanTana. If Mexican immigrants in the most Mexican big city in Amer...