Filmmaker Hernan Vilchez and his actor Enrique Ramirez were somewhere near Albuquerque when they sent over carefully thought-out responses to my questions about their latest film, Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians, including the basis of the title. "We're the only ones who manage the peyote; it g ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on Newport Beach officials warning of high traffic and scant parking because of people flocking to the coast to see high waves, particularly at The Wedge. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 25, 11:06 A.M.: If you thought the surf that pounded Orange County beaches was trea ... More >>
While everything New Mexican is in right now because of Breaking Bad and the emerging hipster paradise that is Albuquerque, longtimers of the Land of Enchantment know better than to let hype ruin their culture. After all, this vast, epic state has been on-and-off trendy since the days of Charles Fle ... More >>
We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity ... More >>
I personally have nothing against Whole Foods, because I don't shop there. What I do find hilarious about the company, however, is how the vast majority of its clientele are liberals even though CEO John Mackey is a self-proclaimed libertarian who's actually far more to the right than he lets on, wh ... More >>
Wicked Babydoll is coming into her own as a Chicana on the mic. The 23-year-old rapper originally from Los Angeles has three mixtapes to her name with the latest, Words of the Wicked (download here), showcasing her impassioned delivery and hard time rhymes. The collection, laced with dope beats, fea ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are all gabachos Mexican-haters?
It starts to look like more and more mainstream media outlets are starting to cast a skeptical eye on Calvary Chapel, not just on the mothership or founder Chuck Smith, but its bizarre, convenient structure that simultaneously allows Chuckie to claim no responsibility for problem outposts and full a ... More >>
A 44-year-old man charged with the 1988 rape and murder of Buena Park resident Gehimne Chandler is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow at the Central Jail in Santa Ana. Daniel Edward McDermott, faces one felony count of murder with special circumstances. The 44-year-old McDermott, was ... More >>
Channing Tatum and co. stake out adulthood
Far be it for you to suggest we're watching waaay too much Breaking Bad, but a string of recent residential burglaries in Garden Grove has us thinking about the last two episodes of AMC's methtacular drama.Caught-up viewers can probably guess why only certain OC homes are being targeted. For the un- ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do they love scratch-off Lotto tickets?
UPDATE: Tomorrow, I have my first book signing for the book at the Fullerton Library's main branch on Commonwealth. 7 p.m.--see you there!ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 2: Gentle readers: it gives me great pleasure to announce the first leg of my book tour for Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. ... More >>
Gentle readers: it gives me great pleasure to announce the first leg of my book tour for Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. I'm burning the midnight coal with both ends of the candle's oil (or however that pinche metaphor goes) putting even more street corners on the agenda, but below ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how can I help fight those pendejos?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is it true they're uninhibited?
I'm currently in New Mexico for...something...and the statewide tradition of roasting just-harvested chiles is beginning anew. Last evening, as I drove down the old Route 66 in downtown Albuquerque (now Central Avenue), the sweet-smoky, full-bodied scent of those enchanting pepper pods getting roast ... More >>
Man, SanTana cracks me up sometimes--okay, ALL THE TIME. The Orange County Register's Andrew Galvin wrote a good piece yesterday ostensibly about efforts by Latino activists to try and persuade the SanTana City Council at this past Monday's meeting to ask its police department to stop impounding ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Huntington Beach fave offers great burgers and hot dogs, and its regional specialties are even better
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, why do Mexican Catholics keep ashes on their foreheads after Ash Wednesday?
Unacceptable sperm usageYou may recall Michael Kevin Lallana, the 31-year-old Newport Beach financial-services employee who was arrested last year for secretly spiking a female co-worker's water bottle with his sperm.Orange County prosecutors charged Lallana with six misdemeanor counts including ... More >>
They may be the most hated band in the world, next to Insane Clown Posse
Although I've never liked Thanksgiving, I absolutely love the Christmas holidays--not just because of the whole Nazarene bit, but also because my mom and her sisters prepare foodstuffs we don't have at any other point of the year. Sure, they pat out tamales in numbers big enough to feed an army ( ... More >>
I was in Denver recently, partly to research my coming book, partly to debate former congressman Tom Tancredo on immigration, but really to finally taste the Holy Grail of Mexican-American cookery: the Mexican hamburger. Behold its cheesy, mixed-up glory above, and click after the jump to discove ... More >>
In retrospect, I should've taken a better picture...Finally got around to trying the much-hyped Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and the verdict is...eh. Not meh: they make a good burger, better than the chains for the most part, but not as good as In-N-Out by any sense of the imagination. And defini ... More >>
After 34 years in law enforcement Garden Grove Police Chief Joseph Polisar plans to resign his position at the end of the year. According to a press release issued today, Polisar is credited with reducing crime rates in the city to levels "not seen since the 1960's" and for maintaining "high stan ... More >>
Courtesy of City of Long BeachBicyclists feel boxed in--and safer--at this Long Beach intersection.Long Beach is inviting two-wheelers to check the city's first bike boxes along Second Street at Bayshore and Marina Drive.
To gear up local filmgoers for the 10th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, which opens Thursday, April 23, and continues through April 30, the Weekly compiled "10 for the Tenth," brief reviews of some of the best festival features, documentaries and shorts we pre-screened for your consumption. We a ... More >>
Full tour dates have finally been announced for archetypal OC success stories No Doubt's tour with Paramore--we've known for a while that they were going on tour at some point and the first date would be May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in NJ, but now we've got the whole sched, and the three month-is ... More >>
To paraphrase a paraphrase of Mark Twain, reports of my deportation have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, I know I announced last Thursday that I was ending my ¡Ask a Mexican! column, but few people seemingly bothered to read the line where I stated my self-deportation was "effective the feast day o ... More >>
"The same women who complain about ‘sleazy’ Mexican men go to France and giggle about ‘how flirtatious’ French men are"
Oregon Man suspended for showing !Ask a Mexican!to coworker
'If you fight one bean, you fight the whole burrito!'
Special New Mexico Edition
E. Elias Merhige Makes a Wrong Turn
Food at the Orange County Fairpart yum!
In which the Eyeliners travel back to the Eisenhower era with the Ramones as their soundtrack
Discovering Americas filthy little (recorded) secret