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!
1 day ago | OC Media
For this week's edition of our podcast, OC Speakly, I talked to Weekly art director Dustin Ames about the lay of the OC food land. Don't believe his doubting ways: Dustin is a big-time food man who knows the L.A. dining scene as well as OC. I...
1 day ago | Drink of the Week
“I am an orange-soda SNOB!” I roared to Contra Coffee co-founder Julie Nguyen as she was serving drinks at the recent Patchwork Arts & Craft Festival in SanTana, and I was just declaring the truth. Really, I’m an orange-drink snob, given I’ve ...
3 days ago | Food Reviews
Soon after it opened about six years ago, I visited Tandoori Fresh. Nothing about the shopping-plaza restaurant impressed me: bland food, bad service, bad prices, bad date—it was an unmitigated disaster. I rarely gave it a second thought as ...
3 days ago | ¡Ask a Mexican!®
DEAR MEXICAN: What's up with pochos and their disrespect for their origins? I'm a Mexican, born and raised in Mexico, a proud chilango, and, well, I gotta know why do pochos—Mexican-Americans or whatever—try to make our reputation as bad as possib...
4 days ago | Mexi Meals
Our favorite local celebrity hot sauce, Dexter Holland's ever-delicious Gringo Bandito, announced the release of its latest Private Reserve last week. This year's version is particularly hellish, derived as it is from Yellow Bhut, Yellow Moruga an...
8 days ago | DUI-yi-yi
Clockwork Coker usually does the DUI checkpoints updates, but since he's busy doing...something, I'll take a crack at 'em. Actually, there's just one this weekend in—surprise, surprise—SanTana. Again, since I usually don't do them, I can only appr...