Filmmaker Hernan Vilchez and his actor Enrique Ramirez were somewhere near Albuquerque when they sent over carefully thought-out responses to my questions about their latest film, Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians, including the basis of the title. "We're the only ones who manage the peyote; it g ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the pecking order among day laborers?
New OC Labor Federation head seeks to marry labor and activism and give voice to the voiceless
This weekend, Xalos Bar in Anaheim will be packed with late-night revelers as the establishment marks ten years in business. On Friday, there will be no cover charge as banda music blares and Spanish-language television station Univision will have its cameras on location. The following night, everyb ... More >>
I'd always known that food in Mexico was both fantastic and cheap, but I'd never really thought about it until I added up all the costs for food that my friend Weston and I ate during a week in Jalisco last year, so we could square up before heading back to our respective cities. We spent more on on ... More >>
Lola's is the perfect Mexican restaurant for Long Beach's Retro Row with craft beer and frontside parklet seating adding contemporary flair to a menu full of regional Mexican favorites. Brightly colored decor and the sounds of mariachi evoke what may have been rancho life for Lola's founder, the mat ... More >>
WHERE MY LATINOS AT?! Wednesday night, they were being celebrated for their recent achievements in cinema at Newport Beach Film Festival's Latino Showcase through three spotlight films from Mexico, Chile, and Brazil at the Lido, Triangle, and Big Newport theaters, respectively. While I wish I coul ... More >>
Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every W ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are all gabachos Mexican-haters?
I'm a liquor store yenta. That's right; if I see you picking up one of those neon green bottles of margarita mix, or God forbid the bilious-looking piss-yellow bottle with the Cuervo garbage already mixed in, I will come over and strike up and awkward conversation in which I try to convince you to b ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And where do those fancy Mexican belts come from?
Last month, I had the pleasure and privilege of appearing on The Tom Leykis Show for three hours. The legendary radio host is back busting out his sage advice on women, money, and all the good and bad of the world on blowmeuptom.com. And while his views might not be everyone's shot of bourbon, the o ... More >>
Although we've been boozehounds here at SaFII since forever, 2012 was the year where we really took off and became full-fledged drinkers. Not only did we hold an epic Happy Hour with KCRW and the OC Bartender's Cabinet (and stand by for the next one...) but we began reporting on alcohol as its own s ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans try to get their sons to marry Mexican villagers?
Three weeks ago, Bill gave what may be the world's first quasi-comprehensive guide to the vendors swirling around the mass fustercluck known as the northbound border crossing at San Ysidro; it's only quasi-comprehensive because the vendors change occasionally.Today, Tijuana Sí! covers what should a ... More >>
The 12th Annual Expo Tequila Tijuana kicked off last night on Avenida Revolucion and runs through Sunday, October 14th, right smack in the middle of the Baja Culinary Fest and Tijuana Innovadora tourist fair. If you're planning on being in town for the Culinary Fest, the Expo Tequila is more than wo ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what are some Mexican regional stereotypes of Mexicans?
Roland Rubalcava has been doing great meals over at his family's market in Placentia, playing around with Mexican favorites while ensuring they do what Mexican food does best: comfort you like an abuelita while enticing you for more like a mujer from Los Altos de Jalisco. It's all great, but what re ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana restaurant is the first outpost of a Mexican chain devoted to pozole—but there's much more
From now until OC Weekly's Best Of issue comes out, Stick a Fork In It will be counting down one hundred of our favorite dishes in the county--one dish we think you should be eating each day until the magnum opus is published.
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 >>
To kick off our Tijuana Sí! column, I'm going way back in time to an article I did in 2003 about my all-time favorite restaurant: El Rincón del Oso in Tijuana's Mercado Hidalgo. A couple of things have changed in the market (the lack of gabachos, for one, in the past couple of years, although that ... More >>
Flickr user yarhargoatIt 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 >>
Flick user Ryan LeightyWe love Mexican food 'round here, and not just because I'm doing a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. It's the native cuisine of Southern California, something many Americans have seamlessly assimilated into their day-to-day lives--and an easy subject ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are they so rude?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Plus, are Spaniards white?
Piaggio on Wheels: bad-ass choripán...Ustedes know about my skepticism to the luxe-lonchera craze, especially the attempt of some to claim they sell honest-to-goodness street food, then charge you Ritz-Carlton prices for a pinche slider. Is it legit, or just Marie Antoinette dressing as a milkma ... More >>
Flickr user tinfoilraccoonNew Year's Day is coming. In the interest of the gastronomic improvement of our fair readership area, I offer the following set of suggested New Years' resolutions for the diners of Orange County.
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 >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] What better way to learn Spanish than shutting your yap and watching 'Sábado Gigante'?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, how not to get your pregunta answered
And can you play some tamborazo, too???A couple of weeks ago, I wondered out loud why a tortas ahogadas place would open in SanTana given Anaheim has a huge population of Jalisco natives. The only logical explanation is that SanTana is basically Mexico, so why not?!This weekend emerged an even st ... More >>
Dave Mau (left) and his brother Chris Dave Mau is the chef and raconteur behind the Dinners with Dave event, a night of free music and free food, held every second and fourth Wednesday at Memphis at the Santora. When he's not doing that or cooking at the Vermilion Valley Resort in the High Sie ... More >>
It was about 10 after midnight Sunday Morning when the mysterious Ben Dayhoe and I descended into his lair and cut a short-rib Kogi BBQ burrito for the two of us to split. We had spent two hours on the sidelines of the famed taco truck, which was dishing out its Korean-style Mexican food from the pa ... More >>
I grew up with Taquería de Anda. I remember it when it was a tiny wooden shack in Fullerton's rough Tokers Town barrio, and the lines went out the door every weekend morning, drawing from the many churches in North County that had just let out Mass. I remember seeing it evolve into a 24-hour restau ... More >>
A guide to Santa Ana's ambitious, conflict-of-interest-y downtown-redevelopment plan
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Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide
A sampling of Orange County's best damn dining guide
This week in paintings and photos
Relampago del Cielo marks its 30th anniversary with faces, dances of its past
Pepe Aguilar vs. Alejandro Fernandez: ?Quien es mas macho?
A Match Ordained in Heaven
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