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    November 6, 2014

    Amor y Tacos: For the Love of Mole

    Have you ever heard of "Mole Tots"? Yes, that's "mole," as in the legendary Mexican sauce made from more ingredients than you have fingers to count, plus tots, as in tater, the cafeteria staple you loved as a kid. Order it at Amor y Tacos in Cerritos, and you're served a fruit basket's worth of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    This Week In Food: Gourmet Chicken Nuggets, Nut Butter Recall, and Din Tai Fung Madness

    We've got a packed round-up this week, dead readers. Let's take a look at what happened in food news... Edwin felt comforted by the poutine at Biggie Baguette in Newport, he shared Afters Ice Cream's food truck addition, he announced the opening of a Dickey's BBQ in Fullerton, and he told us where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Pepsi-Flavored Cheetos Is Real!

    It has come to this. Frito Lay, which is owned by PepsiCo, has put out Pepsi-flavored Cheetos. Yes. Pepsi. Flavored. Chee. Tos. When news of it went viral earlier today, the reaction from the Interwebs was swift, but swang from the most disgusted yucks to the most enthusiastic yaays.

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    A New Doritos Locos Tacos Flavor Is Coming And It's Hot

    I don't know much about the inner workings of the U.S. economy but I'm pretty certain that Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos will save us all. Last month, the Irvine-based chain revealed it had sold a half billion of the corn-chip/taco hybrids, enough to wrap around the Earth twice. Damn. Adding t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Philadelphia Screamin'!

    Philadelphia is in the news right now mostly because of a laughable piece of liberal guilt masquerading as journalism that appeared in this month's issue of Philadelphia. Taco Bell is in the news right now based in the monstrous success of their Doritos Locos tacos. And when the twain meet, it's--of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    50 Important SXSW Questions

    By: Nick LucchesiEditor: We have so many questions here in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Tapatio-Flavored Cheetos and Lay's to Debut Nationally NEXT WEEK!

    Everyone who follows the food world knows the phenomenon that is Flamin' Hot Cheetos, a product created by a Mexican that's now the scourge of elementary schools everywhere. Well, those namby-pamby administrators better get ready to worry again: next week, Frito-Lay is debuting two new flavors in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    SXSW Sucks. Here's Why

    Over the past few weeks, if you work in and around the so-called music biz, you've received hundreds of incessant emails about the shit show down in Austin called South-by-Southwest. As tens of thousands of people descend upon the city, everyone and their sister are going to try to check out as many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Frito-Lay Gets Huge Bill In California Sales Staff Wage Cheating Case

    Frito-Lay, makers of the popular Fritos, Tostitos and Doritos chips, routinely cheated more than 2,100 sales employees out of money owed for overtime work in California, according to a class action lawsuit. Earlier this year, the Texas-based snack food company agreed to settle the case before a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Taco Bell To Give Out Free Doritos Locos Tacos Today

    America, go at it. From 2 to 6 p.m. today, Taco Bell will be giving customers a free Doritos Locos Taco.The fast-food chain had promised fans that if any player stole a base during the World Series, it would declare today Free Taco Tuesday. On Thursday, Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants swiped ... More >>

  • Food

    June 21, 2012

    Mongolian Hot Pot Counting Sheep

    The Little Sheep chain introduces the Chinese fad to Irvine

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Taco Bell Sells 100 Million Doritos Locos Tacos in 10 Weeks

    If you were wondering how many people would pay money for a taco made with a Doritos shell, the answer is: a lot. Taco Bell sold 100 million of its much-talked-and-tweeted-about Doritos Locos Tacos in the last 10 weeks, the Orange County Register reports. That makes it the most successful product la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Taco Bell Puts Nachos In A Burrito

    If we were a fly on the wall at a Taco Bell brainstorming session, the meeting would probably sound something like this:  "So, we've already put chips in a burrito. And then we made a taco shell out of chips. What should we do next?"  "How about we . . . put chips in a burrito?"  &nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Draw Something Selling Branded Words Like KFC and Doritos

    Like me, you may be one of the millions who got hooked on Draw Something. But as reports surface that the game is actually losing users at a rapid rate, did you know that Zynga, the company that owns the game, have started selling branded words like KFC and Doritos to reap more revenues?

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Harrassing Calls!

    This might be the shortest Taco Bell Crime of the Week EVER, but what else do you expect from something called Tiffin, Ohio?

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Coincidence? 'Pot Day' Story Placed Next to Ad For Doritos Locos Tacos

    The amusing placement was pointed out by sports blogger Dave Wischnowsky, who wrote on Facebook, "Why do I feel that's placement of a Doritos Locos Tacos ad alongside its story about "Pot Day" isn't merely a coincidence?"Yo quiero munchies. Via ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    A Recap of 'Bites: A Raw Bar' at The Playground

    When I spent a day with The Playground gang a couple months ago for my cover story on chef Jason Quinn, I was in awe of the ideas that kept spewing out of the mouth of sous chef Frank DeLoach. He came up with a brilliant soft-shell crab and waffles dish, and later proposed they do something with a D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Drunks Harass Drive-Thru Worker, Get Arrested

    If Taco Bell were to TRULY care about their customers, they'd start a designated driver program in which an employee would pick up stoned or drunk individuals looking for a Doritos Loco fix, drive them to their nearest Bell, have them order, then take them back. No threat of DUI, no threat of embarr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Pizza Hut Introduces Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza in The UK

    Jimmy Dean's Pancake and Sausage on a Stick. KFC's Double Down. Taco Bell's Doritos Tacos. These dubious food innovations do not represent advances in food as it did just create fodder for bloggers like me and late night comedians. But the recently announced hot dog stuffed crust pizzas at Pizza Hut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    The Playground To Host Omakase-Style Seafood Dinner on April 17

    Octopus and Doritos? Albacore and pixie tangerines? Yellowtail and cuties? These are the types of seafood concoctions that will pop up at "Bites: A Raw Bar," a special dinner event happening at The Playground in downtown Santa Ana on April 17.  Playground sous chef Frank DeLoach is the mas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    [UPDATED: Cover Story This Week is Intro to Book!] Gustavo to Have Book Signing for Taco USA at the Fullerton Public Library April 12!

    UPDATE: The cover story this week is the introduction to my Taco USA, to whet appetites so ustedes can go to any number of my book signings. It starts in outer space then descends into the hilarious hell that was my 2010 debate in Denver with Tom Tancredo. AND there's an extra bonus: an adapted exce ... More >>

  • Food

    April 5, 2012

    How Doritos Were Born At Disneyland

    Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Taco Bell's Doritos Loco Taco Can Work if Anyone But Taco Bell Makes It

    ​I've currently been haunting Taco Bells of course I had to try the much-heralded Doritos Loco taco that has stoners and regular folks slobbering like the people in that episode of The Boondocks when Grampa opened up The Itis. I was actually looking forward to this taco, not b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Taco Bell Celebrates Its 50th Aniversary This Week; 5 Ways the Bell Helped Mexican Food Become Better in the U.S.

    ​Taco Bell, the Mexican fast-food giant everyone loves to hate, celebrates its 50th anniversary this week and...yeah. Heaven knows it's an easy whipping boy for everything wrong with Mexican food in this country: the bastardized meals, the incessant appropriation (this week: I finally reveal the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    The Five Most Influential Cities in the Development of Mexican Food in the United States

    ​ much-promised book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America finally hits the bookstores next month (April 10), and review copies are slowly making their way around the nation's newsrooms. So I might as well start giving out bits and pieces to entice ustedes to preorder the damn thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Taco Bell's Doritos Shell is Coming Soon

    Taco Bell​Last year, we found out that Taco Bell was hooking up with Frito-Lay to create a taco shell made of Doritos.   Now, that bastard child is here! Meet the Doritos Locos Taco, which will arrive at participating locations nationwide at midnight on March 8.  

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    This Week In Food: Japanese Video Game Food, Doritos Invented At Disneyland? & Sex In Exchange for McNuggets

    Mmm...brains...​As always, each week we bring you tales of the weird, wacky and delicious (see above). Here's your handy guide to the awesomeness we brought you this week!

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Were Doritos Invented at Disneyland?

    ​Over the weekend, I gave my short history of Mexican food in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center's Samueli Stage as part of its hosting of the awesome, ribald Chautauqua! show. Since I doubt I'll ever grace any stage at the Segerstrom again, I decided to focus my 10-minute lecture on OC's two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Gustavo to Give Mini-Lecture on History of Mexican Food in OC NEXT FRIDAY TOMORROW at the Samueli Theater!

    ​As you've known for years, 2012 is the year that my much-promised Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America finally gets published. The debut lecture here in OC is April 12 at the Fullerton Public Library--but you can get a brief, brief preview next Friday TOMORROW at the Segerstrom Center for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Taco Bell Looks to Doritos Loco Taco to Save it From Bad Times

    ​Michelle has written before about the Doritos Loco Taco, the taco made from a Nacho Cheese Doritos shell and...yeah, that's the draw. It should be a hit when it appears, as stoners and fast-food freaks camp out for a week, eat it, then go back to their CrunchWrap Supreme.But Taco Bell is banking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    This Week In Food: Doritos' Dad Dies, Nicki Minaj's Pink Chicken Wing Necklace And More!

    ​We love food. Some of us love food so much we want to wear it as jewelry. Some of us have Doritos sprinkled over our graves. Others dislike food and are totally boring like Anderson Cooper. Read all about these tales of culinary love and hate after the jump!

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    September 26, 2011

    Doritos to Be Sprinkled Over Grave of Doritos Creator

    Doritos​Arch West, the king of corn chips, died last Tuesday at the age of 97.    A former Frito-Lay exec, he's credited with introducing the world to the highly munchable little snack known as Doritos.  According to the Dallas Morning News, West pitched the idea for Doritos af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Five Mexican-Food Empires Started By Americans Ripping Off Unnamed Mexicans

    One of the few cases in Mexican-food history in the US where a Mexi wasn't ripped off by gabachos...​Michelle posted earlier today about how the man credited with creating Fritos, former Frito-Lay executive, Arch West, just passed away in Dallas. First thing I told her? "The origin story for Dorit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Debt Ceiling, Schmebt Ceiling: Let's Eliminate Money

    ​While the debt-ceiling crisis was averted today, even President Barack Obama indicated that much more work needs to be done in a Washington, D.C., that's split between those who do not want to tax the super rich and those who do not want to cut services to the very poor.Perhaps everyone is focuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Taco Bell Makes Shells Out of Nacho Cheese Doritos

    Taco Shells Made from Doritos Movement​Chips in menu items seems to be the best idea ever for Taco Bell these days (see: the Beefy Crunch Burrito, aka the one with Flaming Hot Fritos in it). Now, we're hearing that the Irvine chain has made a taco shell entirely out of Nacho Cheese Doritos.

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    March 30, 2011

    NY Times: Food Companies Using Smaller Bags To Hide Rising Costs

    Flickr User Jametiks​The New York Times published an enlightening article that reveals something currently happening right under our noses: food companies, trying to maximize profits during lean times, are simply giving us less product and charging the same price. They're taking advantage tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Tapatio-Flavored Fritos Making Nationwide Debut IN TWO WEEKS!!!

    ​See that bag of Tapatío-flavored Fritos? It's now half-gone because I've limited myself to a daily fistful of the manna ever since we broke the news earlier this month they were debuting. It wasn't Lenten denial, but rather not knowing when they'd appear on store shelves outside random Costcos.N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Men's Health Publishes The 20 Worst Foods of 2010

    Men's Health​Men's Health, which publishes the eye-opening brand known as "Eat This, Not That", has released their "20 Worst Foods of 2010". It's the kind of read that makes me want to cheer for the nanny-state calorie counts on menus in places like Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.Crushed Doritos on a sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    This Just In: Not All World of Warcraft Players Are Deadbeats

    ​You there, sitting on the couch in your parent's basement, next to the Doritos, playing World of Warcraft for hours on end. Yes, YOU! What have you done to better mankind lately? More than 200,000 of your kind just donated $1.11 million to charity.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Wacky Snacks: Poonjiaji's Chaat House Bhel Puri

    Edwin Goei​Name: Poonjiaji's Chaat House Bhel Puri Origin: India Found at: Radhika Sweets and Spices, Tustin Cost: $2.99

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    November 12, 2009
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    February 26, 2009
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    April 24, 2008
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    February 4, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part VIII

    Hungover from Super Bowl Sunday? Us too. (Yes, even those of us who aren't the biggest football nuts by a long shot. . .but when stranded in SFO waiting to head back to John Wayne, there aren't too many entertainment options.) Anyway, we obviously didn't go hog wild on Super Bowl coverage around her ... More >>

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    March 31, 2005

    Happiness Is a Warm Paintball Gun

    National Professional Paintball Leaguers take aim at the future

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    April 5, 2001

    Clear-Cutting Sherwood Forest

    Angry hippies haunt our past

  • Columns

    March 9, 2000

    Bitter, Party of One

    Is this thing on? Our Girl on comics, the ladies of Venus and Lewis Black

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