Glen Bell Story

  • Food

    March 22, 2012

    Mitla Cafe Is the Restaurant That Birthed Taco Bell

    [Hole In the Wall] This San Bernardino landmarks deserves a pilgrimage from all lovers of Mexican food

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Four Big Facts The Daily Got Wrong In Its History of the Burrito

    ​Here's to hoping my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America is hitting the cultural caliente list at the right time--and it is, if you go by recent histories on Mexican food published by mainstream publications. I know Smithsonian Magazine is working on something because they called me for c ... 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

    December 21, 2010

    A Trip to Where Taco Bell All Began

    ​It's easy to make fun of Taco Bell--very easy--but in more genteel circles than this infernal rag, I defend the company quite often. Sure, their food is slightly edible, but it's their take on Mexican that allowed the cuisine to further spread around the country, spawn a boatload of imitators, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Taco Bell Founder Glen Bell Now Enjoying that Great Chalupa in the Sky

    None of the obits I've found so far on Irvine-based Taco Bell founder Glen Bell are really worthy of reposting at this point, although the day is young and it is MLK Day. My thoughts on this fast-food pioneer will appear in next week's edition of This Hole-in-the-Wall Life. In the meanwhile, here's ... More >>