[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are so many Mexican beers lagers?
Because I get so many pitches from public relations people whose approach to their career is to employ the steamroller approach to e-mail communication ("Dear Food Writer and/or Blogger"), it's hard to remember which clueless human megaphone sent me the e-mail about Ambhar tequila. I do know that, a ... More >>
Last week, I had the honor of being a judge at a cocktail summit held by the United States Bartender's Guild in Hollywood's iconic Roosevelt Hotel. 10 bartenders from Southern California slinged slings, fizzes, margaritas, all with the base liquor of Patrón Tequila, a booze that gets a lot of hate ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana food truck serves specialties from Guadalajara
The Rose Canyon Cantina, tucked away behind the last gasps of all-look-same inland South County in its own oak-lined dell, is the least likely place in the county to find a real, honest-to-God, Jalisco-style margarita. Most of the patrons are drinking tequila-tinged swill with bottled margarita mix ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant is where Mexicans eat when they want to eat 'regular' Mexican food
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Don't pay attention to the prophecies of St. Malachy: the world isn't ending because the next pope's name will be Petrus Romanus; it's ending because Vicente Fernández is retiring. The most Mexican Mexican of all time is ending his public performances this year, and his farewell tour is swinging th ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Houston to do a book signing for my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Afterward, I went with friends and fans to enjoy some awesome Tex-Mex at El Real Tex-Mex, and among those who attended were two colleagues/pals from our sister paper, the Houston P ... More >>
This past Friday, the Hispanic 100--that group of lovable OC vendidos--held their annual gala at the Balboa Bay Club. I was supposed to go, but had a prior commitment, and it sucks because I was really looking forward to getting drunk with wabs who, unlike my progressive wab friends, have no qualms ... More >>
What do you say to someone who tells you they only like vodka drinks, besides, "eeeeeeeegh!"? How do you rescue them from the precipice of artificially-flavored "martinis" and vodka-cranberry pretending to be a Cosmopolitan?Well, if you're at Chapter One in Santa Ana, you can nudge them, ever so slo ... More >>
Birria is something you'll find in every part of Mexico, and the most famous versions come from Jalisco and Zacatecas (where our jefe comes from). In those states they roast the goat in a natural or conventional oven, using the drippings to make a rich cumin-laced stock and serve every part of the g ... More >>
I ended up at the Starbucks on Bristol and Memory Lane today because my favorite Mexican bakery, Las 3 Princesas, didn't make any champurrado today and I needed something to dip their excellent pan de anís in. While I placed my order for a latte, the barista offered me a sample of the new Refresher ... More >>
It might only be in the United States, or possibly Southern California, where one finds Caucasian, Vietnamese and Latino students dancing together to traditional, folkloric Mexican songs. The Eighth Annual "La Purisima Ballet Folklorico" at La Purisima Catholic School in Orange featured just that. I ... More >>
Mission San Juan Capistrano
[Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim eatery sells quesadillas more deity than tortilla
In Los Angeles, New York and other hipster enclaves, the Mexican drink of the moment is mezcal, tequila's country cousin (tequila? SO Chapman U sorority party). Oaxacan-food princess Bricia Lopez (of Guelaguetza fame) just opened a mezcal bar at her family's restaurant, and a mezcal bar is being ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Mixiote, tlacoyos and tender barbacoa are the highlights at this regional gem
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why would an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe cause so much controversy?
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A couple of years ago, a friend gave me the above tequila bottle. I've kept it over the years because it's decorative, but the image has about as much to do with tequila as the Finns. It's an Aztec warrior--but tequila wasn't created until long after the fall of Tenochtitlán, and then by Spaniar ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, why do the people of Jalisco look down on other Mexicans?
Sweethead perform at Alex's Bar on FridayDon't know where to go this weekend? Heard Mentality makes it easy--here's the rundown of great music coming to town.
[Hole in the Wall] The La Cascada truck in Santa Ana offers birria at its best
Orange County got represented twice this week on KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food program. First up was Fullerton native and beloved Deep End Dining blogger Eddie Lin following Orange resident Joel Robinson as the two walked around SanTana, found food to forage, and then ate their pickings in an awesome sal ... More >>
Missed the first edition of this column? You'll have to scour the Wayback Machine for it because it's...gone (I did answer your question, though, JB!). Since no one else has asked me a food question, I hereby steal an exchange between Orange County Register foodie Niyaz Pirani and I over Facebook ... More >>
BAD: There aren't enough Salvadoran restaurants in Orange County, and that one of the few and longest-standing has closed down means Salvis are probably leaving their traditional OC homeland of SanTana for greener, more assimilated pastures. Pupusódromo didn't serve the best pupusas, but did serve ... More >>
Taco acorazado picture lovingly ripped off from Edwin's personal blog, Monster Munching...Edwin and Dave will chime in later with their lists; here's mine, in a particular order:1. Tacos acorazados at Alebrije's: Out of all the regional Mexican specialties la naranja offers, this is the best: a h ... More >>
La Mirada Theatre
El Camino Real in Fullerton needs no real introduction to Weekly readers; we've given it much love over the years for its weekend menudo that draws in Mexican mamis too tired to cook and the fact that Kobe Bryant is known to haunt the place. It's probably the best, for lack of a better term, "normal ... More >>
I can never hate Northgate Gonzalez Markets. Its story is one of the great Orange County immigrant success tales, its aisles the first one I remember walking, the hometown of its founders--Jalostotitlán, Jalisco--always fighting for Mexican supremacy in Anaheim against Arandas, Jalisco and my El Ca ... More >>
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