• Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Plan Tijuana: The Interrupted Renaissance of Avenida Revolución

    Oh to have been in Tijuana during prohibition, to have seen the shows, the glamour, and style at the Agua Caliente casino; to have bellied up to the Long Bar for a beer after having dined at Caesar's or Victor's on their famous table side salads. Back then Tijuana was a much different destination th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Taste Of Balboa This Sunday

    Attending a Taste of 'X' isn't all that different from a restaurant week. You're paying less for food, right? The selling point of a "Taste" is one's ability to try a variety of foods in a compact amount of time and space. We walk, we eat, and then we repeat. To participate in one of these dining ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    National Taco Day, Baja Edition: 5 World Champion Tacos to Tackle South of the Border

    All this taco talk from those crazy New Yorkers has got me thinking about my upcoming trip to Baja for the 3rd Annual Baja Culinary Fest, October 24-27, where some of the best tacos in Mexico can be savored from the taquerias to carts and to beach shacks. Certainly, the best seafood tacos in Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    La Guerrerense: The Most Famous Street Cart In the World For a Damn Good Reason

    How is it possible that we haven't written about La Guerrerense in these pages? Sabina Bandera runs arguably the most famous street stand in the world. Andrew Zimmern was struck (momentarily) speechless; Anthony Bourdain called her seafood Michelin quality; she was invited to Singapore, where she se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Caffe Sospeso: Third-Wave Coffee Comes to Tijuana, No Sugar, No Milk

    As a general rule, coffee in Baja is a disappointment. I don't mean the actual plants or the seeds that come from them; there's some truly amazing coffee coming out of states from San Luis Potosí all the way south to Chiapas. No, I mean that by and large, finding a good cup of coffee in Baja is j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Summer 2013 in the Valle de Guadalupe: The Year of the Campestre

    As all things in the Valle de Guadalupe, progress has been slow--the kind of slow that makes food taste great, that refines Port and Highland Scotch, the kind of slow that makes a ballad sung by Ron Isley flow like honey dripping from each carefully placed syllable just behind the beat--laid back. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Soho Taco's New Blue Corn Tortilla Lobster Taco is Amazing--And Only Available in July

    Every other month, I get Soho Taco to cater us Weeklings during lunch, a ritual so beloved that we named a taquiza by them the best dish of 2012. As a result, we get the luxury of eating chef Gabriel Zambrano's experiments--spectacular nachos, stupendous salsas, and the mysterious all-cheese taco. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    PBS SoCal: Based in OC But Soooooo LA

    Here's an idea: Orange County should gets its own public television station. What's that, you say? PBS SoCal is headquartered in Costa Mesa? True, but check out the headlines of the last three press releases I received from the station.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Tacolandia to Display LA, OC, Baja's Best Tacos on June 23

    Do you love tacos? I mean, do you reeeeeeally love tacos? Because if you love tacos, you'll be going to LA Weekly's Tacolandia, a tortilla-wrapped street-food festival on Sunday, June 23 from noon to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hollywood Palladium. LA Weekly may be the name sponsor for the upc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    The 14th Annual Festival of Shellfish and New Wines 2013: Baja's Ultimate Shellfish Party

    On April 21st, the 14th annual Festival de las Conchas y el Vino Nuevo, or Festival of Shellfish and New Wines 2013 edition was held at along the dry dock of Ensenada's Hotel Coral y Marina on a beautiful sunny, breezy Baja afternoon. The festival, put on by Provino, boasted 40 local wineries, and 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Muelle Tres: A Perfect Afternoon at Ensenada's Fisherman's Wharf

    Muelle Tres was opened by Chef Benito Molina in early 2009 with a more-casual, but still-hip delivery of Molina's original brand of Ensenada cuisine, quietly tucked behind the fish taco hustler madness of the Mercado Negro on the sea walk. Molina sold the restaurant to current owner David Martinez a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2013

    To Kill a Mockingbird and Save Mr. Lincoln: Gayle Brandeis and the Political Young Adult

    Our little lit family's sojourns find us back from a week in Baja California Norte, Mexico by way of, yes, Chicago, Illinois and Maycomb, Alabama. Audio books are the absolute best travel companions (can pause, never need to go pee), and listening together to the first four cassettes (yes, old-schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Recidivist Human Smuggler Wants Mexican Resort Probation

    You've probably heard a lousy American economy has reduced illegal immigration passions from Mexico into the United States, but that story isn't the reality in ongoing human smuggling cases in Orange County. Consider the case of Ensenada, Mexico resident Timothy John Sweeney, a native of Rockfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Wendlandt Brewery, Ensenada B.C.- The Baja Craft Beer Scene Looks to the International Market

    There are a couple of problems with Mexican craft beer at the moment: 1) It's difficult to find bars that have a selection beyond a few brands. 2) Many are talking about how great the beer is without telling you much about the beers(how do they taste?), and there's a lack of discernment among the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Viñedos Malagón: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello

    The village of Francisco Zarco, the largest settlement in the Valle de Guadalupe, sits at the junction of Federal Highway 3 and the paved road leading to La Misión. It's a hive of activity at certain times of day; outdoor chicken grills line the main boulevard, and people drive up and down from sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    This Week in Food: Feelin' Cozy at The Attic, Top Drinks and Restaurants of 2012, and How to Make Homemade Tamales

    The holidays are almost over, and you can return to spending your money on more selfish things. Let's take a look at some favorite food and drink from this year, as well as new places on the horizon. Edwin's weekly food review covered the cozy Attic in Long Beach that serves creative Southern, Caju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Tacos de Pescado Los Originales: Naked, Flaked, and Sacred

    It's time to take back the fish taco.Enough with the soft, mushy, grilled "healthy" fish tacos. Find a different name for it--tacos de guacareada come to mind--and leave the original tacos de pescado estilo Ensenada alone. A real fish taco is a piece of deep-fried fish--preferably shark, but any moi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    BC Culinary Fest 2012: Gastronomic Desmadre, All Over Baja

    This week's Tijuana Sí! is a call to action: get down to Baja California next weekend.October 11-14 is Baja California Culinary Fest 2012, where all the unbelievably great food we write about here is showcased for the world to come see. Seafood, meat, beer, wine, vegetables, cheese... it's 20,000 c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Baja Chefs to Appear at Playa

    So you want to eat the things we write about in our ¡Tijuana Sí! column, but you don't have a passport or have convinced yourself that we're taking our lives in our hands by going down south of the border (despite nothing remotely bad having happened to us in all those visits)?Fine. Go to Los Ange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Wine In a Boat: Las Vendimias at Vena Cava

    How the Valle de Guadalupe has changed! Fifteen years ago, there were about a dozen wineries; now there are more than sixty, with more seemingly springing up every day. Ten years ago, what was being produced was quite frankly awful, sticky-sweet wine that couldn't have held a candle to Ernst and Jul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    XXII Fiestas de la Vendimia, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California: 50 Ways to Leave Your Liver at Baja's Annual Wine Harvest Festival

    On Friday night I attended the kickoff party for the 22nd annual Fiestas de la Vendimia at the Riviera Casino in downtown Ensenada which runs from August 3rd through the 19th. Around 3,000 attendees sipped Mexican wines from the Valle de Guadalupe, sampled the finest Baja cuisine from various booths ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Did Stoner Sailor Cause the Mysterious Newport-Ensenada Boat Crash?

    That's the question Orange County Register readers are asking themselves, thanks to an Aug. 1 story in the paper headlined "Marijuana found in body of Newport-Ensenada sailor," a reference to the crash of the Aegean, which set sail from Newport Beach along with dozens of other boats on April 27 but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Chef Benito Molina in 12 Courses at Manzanilla: The Birth of the Cool

    I first walked into Chef Benito Molina's Manzanilla sometime in 2007--it was located on Av. Riveroll, before moving to it's current location along Ensenada's industrial waterfront. Molina--a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute--had already made a name for himself in Mexico City when he ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Rancho Cortés: The Best Olive Oil In the World--And Damn-Great Cheese to Boot

    Drive through the seemingly impenetrable coastal mountains of Baja, which provide such amazing scenery for the last few kilometers of the drive, and suddenly the landscape opens up into a wide valley, planted with trees and grapes and dotted with dairy cows. This is the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Dana Point Harbor Marijuana Smuggler Sentenced in Federal Court

    On July 9, 2011, David Rex Wilterding and his son Justin arrived in Dana Point Harbor on a 23-foot boat from Mexico and won unwanted attention by acting suspiciously.Two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in the area noticed the men loitering near a boat ramp, confronted them and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Chucheman Hernandez: Tijuana's Underground Food-Video Star

    Unless you subscribe to the Latino package on Dish Network--I do!--you may not have noticed that Mexico now has its own food network: Utilisima. The global foodist fever has caught on south of the border, introducing reality-based food programming, and the concept of chef as celebrity. It was all ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Corazon de Tierra: Baja Med from the Ground up in Mexican Wine Country

    An hour south of Tijuana, somewhere along Ensenada's Ruta del Vino--the road through Baja's wine-rich Valle de  Guadalupe--two Americanos are searching for a sign. Not the eagle-on-the-cactus-with-a-serpent-in-its-mouth kinda sign, but one that, nevertheless, we hope will lead us to some sort o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    A Tijuana Virgin On His First Visit: No Shootings, No Narcos, Amazing Food Galore

    ​I didn't get shot. Not once, not at all. As silly as that sounds, after all of the travel warnings I've read and horror stories I've been told, a tiny part of me kinda thought the moment I arrived in Tijuana I would be stopped by the cartels and taken out. I admit I'm not much of a traveler, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Mexico As Imagined By the Washington Post

    Flickr user yarhargoat​It gets fatiguing reading the same articles on travel to Mexico that parrot the U.S. State Department over and over again. Precious few of those people have ever actually been to the places they're writing about, but they turn the fear dial up to 11, the result being that Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    On the Line: Pedro Resendiz of Tamarindo Truck, Part Two

    ​Day two with Pedro Resendiz gets to the heart of what makes the Tamarindo Truck tick. We tie together family, life experiences and the menu, which differentiates the Resendizes' luxe lonchera from the rest. He also shares his thoughts on receiving criticism (and the importance of having a thick s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Baja Culinary Fest to Take Place Oct. 5-9

    ​A huge column of smoke rises from a charcoal grill set into a counter; the air fills with the scent of beef grilling and the sound of fat spattering onto the fire below. It takes just a minute or two, and I'm fascinated. My rapt gaze is lost on the taquero, for whom this is not new. He hacks the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    [UPDATED With Criminal Charges, Another Incident:] Boat Carrying Mexican Nationals Capsizes Near Crystal Cove State Park

    ​UPDATE, JULY 15, 4:17: Four of the fourteen Mexican nationals who were onboard the panga boat that capsized near Newport Tuesday have been charged as criminals -- three for "conspiring to bring illegal aliens to the United States" and the other for illegal entry. The three alleged consp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    UPDATED with Cause of Death: R.I.P., Lloyd Knibb, Skatalites Drummer

    ​UPDATED, May 13, 9:51 a.m.: Lloyd Knibb's wife Enid said her husband died from liver cancer late Thursday. According to the Associated Press, "Knibb had been receiving treatment in the U.S. but returned to Jamaica this week. Knibb's manager, Ken Stewart, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that he wa ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2011

    Big-Wave Surfing's Swell Guys

    The monster swells can be big business, but for one group of OC surfers, it's still all about the ride

  • Food

    August 12, 2010


    Huntington Beach's Fish Camp would be beloved by Melville's star

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Will Carnival Smoking Ban Reach the Port?

    ​Carnival Cruise lines operates two ships out of the Port of Long Beach, but you'd better check before bothering to pack cigars the next time you book the Ensenada turn-around.What's that? Carnival's tub has a cigar lounge? Yep, that's true, but the cruise line is experimenting with a total smokin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Eating Tijuana, Part One

    Dave Lieberman​"You're insane." "You're going to die, you know." "Are you stupid?" "Can I have your car?" Such were the reactions I got when I mentioned that I would be taking part in a culinary tour of Tijuana given by Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA: total certainty that I would never ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2010

    [UPDATED] Baja-Centered Earthquake Rattles OC, SoCal

    ​ A magnitude 7.2 earthquake (initially reported as 6.9)  hit Baja California at 3:40 today, with shaking and rolling felt throughout OC. Aftershocks have continued both in Mexico and Southern California, according to the United States Geological Service.

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 7

    Orange County Register: Danger on Mexican streets will force captains and crews in the annual Newport Beach to Ensenada yacht race to remain on their ships. But who'll get ripped off by the Hussong's mariachis? . . . I went to a Laguna Woods Village board meeting and a UFC Smackdown broke ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2007

    Strange Bedfellows

    Punk Rock Cruise

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2006

    Their Casa is Casa Hogar

    A Laguna Beach High School student--the good kind, not the kind you see on that MTV show--is reaching out to Weekly readers. Dinika Bagga is a member of her campus Interact Club (shout out from a member of Pacific High's Interact Club, 1979-82, yo!), and each year the club travels to an orphanage in ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2006

    Un-Made in Mexico

    Sex, drugs and the American flag: The true tale of an Orange County family

  • Columns

    November 24, 2005


    Your Story is probably BS

  • Culture

    August 11, 2005

    Taste the Sand

    Two Kooks and the King of Creedle is surfing verite

  • Columns

    August 11, 2005

    Montezumas Revenge

    I go to Mexico, and America falls apart

  • Features

    July 24, 2003
  • Food

    April 17, 2003

    Give the Satyr a Brew

    Scouting Santa Ana for superior lunches

  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • Culture

    May 11, 2000
  • Columns

    September 23, 1999

    Beauty and the Beasts

    The Dub All Stars video shoot vs. the wedding of the century

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