Gulf of California

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! "Shrimp and cheese?" asked my Italian coworker when I suggested Los ... 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 14, 2013

    El Balcón Cocina Artesanal, San Felipe, B.C: A Seamless Fusion of Northern and Southern Mexican Cuisine at the Gateway to the Sea of Cortez

    San Felipe was always known to me as a Spring Break retreat for American college kids looking to see Mexico and ride the mechanical bull. It came as a huge surprise that it's such a sleepy fishing village--you'd never mistake this place for Cabo, Cancun, or Puerto Vallarta. It's a great place to rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Mariscos Becerra: Smoking By the Water's Edge

    The sun was in our eyes as Greer and I headed west toward Playas de Tijuana on the border-hugging Avenida Internacional; we'd skipped lunch, knowing that gastronomic wonders awaited us past the new El Chaparral border checkpoint."I know a great place for a seafood lunch," I said knowingly. Then--it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Bol Corona: Gambling on Burritos in Post-U.S. Prohibition Tijuana

    It was 1934, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution had just repealed prohibition at the close of 1933, and a year later, Mexican president Lázaro Cárdenas would outlaw gambling and close Tijuana's world famous Agua Caliente Casino and Hotel. This was the state of things in Tijuana ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur: Baja's Daily Bread

    One of the many generous concessions to foreign investors during the Porfiriato was a 70-year contract granted to the Compagnie du Boleo to mine copper in the town of Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, from 1885 until their tax exemption ended in 1954. The venture ended in a state of bankruptc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Mariscos Ruben: Claw and Fin and Chiltepin

    The Sea of Cortez teems with ocean life, the likes of which we only see here when chefs cart the haul north of the border. Chocolata and pata de mula (ark) clams, snook, perfect sweet shrimp, all come out of the water also known as the Gulf of California, and it's with Baja California that most of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Mariscos El Cholo: Clamming It Up On Sixth and Madero

    One of my father's cardinal rules of life was that the police always eat where there's good food at a good price. New to town? Look to see where the uniforms are eating. It could be a luncheonette in New Jersey with the best Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a hard roll, a little shack in Iowa servi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Lo Mejor del Zarandeado: Nayarit-Style Fish Bliss At Anaheim's Mariscos Los Primos

    State College Boulevard in Anaheim has hosted something like a dozen Mexican seafood restaurants in the five years since I moved here. They all claim to be Sinaloa- or Nayarit-style restaurants, because those are the Pacific coast states with the strongest seafood traditions, but with the exception ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Viva Sinaloa y Pescado Zarandeado: Beach Grill Babylon in Tijuana

    One of largest groups of settlers from mainland Mexico to Baja California are Sinaloans (the other being Sonorans) and with them comes one of the greatest seafood traditions in Mexico. Sinaloan seafood cocktailing, cooking, and grilling have had a tremendous influence on Baja cuisine--Sinaloan stree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Chef Carlos Valdez: El Rey del Baja California Sur

    For decades Baja California Sur has been defined--unfairly-- by the OC on the Sea of Cortez tourist spot: Cabo San Lucas, where American spring breakers go to suck down margaritas, eat nachos until they burst, perform graceless acts at wet t-shirt contests, and develop pre-melanoma lesions under the ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 3, 2012

    Is Tijuana Safe?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And can dark-skinned Mexicans call themselves 'Spanish'?

  • Food

    January 19, 2012

    Mariscos El Yaqui Is Badass Baja

    [Hole In the Wall] The Santa Ana lonchera serves Sea of Cortez rarities like manta ray and cockles. Cockles!

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    [UPDATED with Death Stench:] Holy Calamari! Orange County Waters Squid-y (Again)

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 27, 4:09 P.M.: Newport Beach officials were scheduled today to remove 200 to 300 dead squid that washed up on Little Corona Beach Friday.That will hopefully remove the death stench, too.The city had hoped the tides would return the Humboldt jumbos to the sea from which they came, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Eating Tijuana, Part Two

    Dave Lieberman​I wanted to see whether the news reports were true; I missed Baja and the laid-back lifestyle it represents. When Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA offered a quick one-day tour, I jumped at the chance to see whether it was time to go back.I'm happy to report that it is. No soldiers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Five Real Mexican Foods That Should Be More Common

    pbe @ CC BY-SA 2.0Pambazo: the illegitimate child of French toast and panini.​One of the foodie complaints about so-called "Mexican" restaurants in the United States is that the food on offer is not usually remotely like the food served in México. Mexicans at home don't eat burritos; t ... More >>

  • News

    June 21, 2007


    On deck with weekend warriors angling for the mighty Humboldt squid

  • Culture

    January 27, 2000

    They Cant Crochet That, Can They?!

    Sex art that wont give you the willies

  • Columns

    January 13, 2000

    Dear Commie Girl

    Now with 40 percent more homespun wisdom!

  • Columns

    December 30, 1999

    For the Kids

    Teach them well: Dont get ripped-off

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    Confessions of a Lawn Killer

    Parting with the suburban icon is such sweet sorrow