I know, I know: where the hell does a born-and-bred Mexican from California get off telling the rest of the world about the glories of Tex-Mex cuisine? But hear me out, world: I am Tex-Mex's most arduous non-Texan defender. I've crisscrossed most of the state doing research for my Taco USA: How Mexi ... More >>
Do you suppose city and chamber officials would mind if "Welcome to Santa Ana" signs included in small tape "the fourth worst place in America to be a renter?" That dubious distinction comes from a study titled "Rental Bang for Your Buck," which names the five best and five worst U.S. cities for te ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexican restaurants play such loud music?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans like Buchanan's whiskey so much?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the difference between Tex-Mex and New Mexican food?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexican driver's licenses work in the United States?
You know a band is huge when they list the Fox Theater in Pomona as an "intimate club date." Of course having seen Green Day at the Tiki Bar and Alex's Bar over the years, we know the true meaning of that statement. But today, the band announced they'd be heading to P-town on March 10 for the first ... More >>
If you're still not reading our food, then you're mean
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Special Navidad-Gift-Guide Edition: A list on the Mexican's favorite books this year
Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs
From chili to the combo plate, fajitas to tacos al carbón, the frozen margarita machine to nachos, Texas has long dominated the national conversation on Mexican food in this country. But that's now irretrievably changed, as California and our onslaught of regional Mexican, Korean tacos, Mission bur ... More >>
"Here's that beautiful picture of Kelly on the right," said Ron Thomas, as he pointed to a portrait of his smiling son toward the end of his PowerPoint presentation on homelessness at Cal State University Fullerton's eighth-annual social justice summit on Saturday, April 14. "Right here, [Kelly ... More >>
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 >>
One of the world's deadliest cities lies just south of El Paso, Texas: the border town of Ciudad Juarez. For nearly two decades, murder and rape have rocked the town, especially its women, leaving an estimated 10,000 unsolved and uninvestigated murders since 2007. The violence in Juarez is on ... 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 >>
SO...my 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 >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans have different words for dark skin?
Not this green card...If a California congresswoman has her way, a lot more people will get their green cards soon. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would amp the number of green cards for foreign students and entrepreneurs. The students have to meet a lot of c ... More >>
Reuters reports that Starbucks has been slapped by a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for firing a barista-in-training with dwarfism in El Paso, Texas. The barista was terminated because she asked for a stool or a small stepladder to perform her job.The feds argue that this v ... 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 >>
So news is going all around that Yelp added "Hipster" to its possible categories for a location's ambiance (which spelling is correct again?), and the first reaction that came to my mind is "redundant." Isn't Yelp the epitome of hipsterdom, of a sea of shallow reactions and It buzz, with the crea ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Plus, is the chupacabra Mexican?
Twenty-eight-year-old Mexican pop singer Kalimba Ibar, former member of band OV7 and the singing voice of Simba in the Latin American film version of The Lion King, was jailed on rape charges on Jan 20. According to the Associated Press, Kalimba was deported from the U.S. to Mexico after ... 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 >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans cabrones and Argentine carajos hate one another?
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyAs we mentioned a few months ago, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Long Beach-based, Grammy-award-winning keyboardist for Mars Volta, is now taking some time off Mars Volta to focus on Free Moral Agents.As Ikey expanded his 2002 solo project into a full band five years ago, he corral ... More >>
Chico's Tacos in El Paso: The Most Mexican Restaurant in AmericaRick Bayless came to and left Orange County last week, and none of Weeklings were able to attend, busy as we are with our normal lives (Dave, Edwin, and Shuji, their 9-to-5s; me, skinheads and pedo-priests). Sucks, because the battle ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly"Coyote Song," which Bright Eyes recorded for the Sound Strike, is out today. Created to support the coalition of artists who are boycotting Arizona after it passed the controversial SB 1070 bill, the song is for sale on the Sound Strike site for $2. Proceeds go to the Flo ... More >>
Drugs, death and fear in the murder capital of the world
Got this one from an amiga on Facebook:Where can I get Hatch chiles in Orange County? Not the canned stuff, but fresh from this year's harvest?The best option is to make the 12-hour trek to Hatch this weekend, when the Hatch Chile Festival will bring thousands to the tiny town and the scent of fr ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And everybody has a different, not-so-endearing nickname for the Brown Menace
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this is your Mexican regional music on drugs
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death
Three and a half weeks ago, we mentioned that Long Beach avant rockers Free Moral Agents (featuring keyboardist Ikey Ownes of the Mars Volta) are going out on the road with El Paso band Zechs Marquise. We all found that they hadn't booked any hometown show dates yet. Excuse ou ... More >>
Yesterday, it was announced that Long Beach psych-rock jam artists Free Moral Agents (pictured) are hitting the road with their El Paso compadres Zechs Marquise. Their tour, which starts November 7 in ZM's hometown, is set to run for about three weeks at this point, with dates to be added shortly ... More >>
Finding a place that serves mind-bending psychedelics and stiff drinks in the same building on a Tuesday night is undoubtedly a fortunate find. That is of course unless your a regular at The Prospector. In that case, you know that anything's possible at the monthly event Wildest Dreams Come Tr ... More >>
"The quickest road to assimilation is a six-figure salary and a blonde from Wellesley."
Howdy, y'all! I write to you today from El Paso, Texas, where I've been acting in my friend Zach Passero's movie WICKED LAKE, playing a character named "Half-Idiot." Considering my distinguished stature as a writer and critic, it may or may not surprise you that my character is a compulsively onani ... More >>
Do you drive this way in Turd World Mexico, too?
Dungen: One man, one band, one monument
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