In the annals of Lenten celebrations ala Carnaval and Mardi Gras, few match the desmadre that is the pachanga that happens during Easter weekend and the week that follows in Jerez, Zacatecas, the ancestral home of our Mexican-in-Chief and tens of thousands of other Mexican-Americans in Orange County ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And where do those fancy Mexican belts come from?
[Hole In the Wall] This old-school doughnut shop weathers all trends, whether gentrifiying or foodie
Chocolate. Drink of the Aztecs, modern-day obsession, and Mexico's second-best food gift to the world (the first, of course, is nixtamalization, which kept two entire continents from starvation).Mexican chocolate comes as a shock to those who've never had it. It's not a block of smooth, emulsifie ... More >>
"Javier Cabral" is Huichol for "El Cabrón de Cabrones"For months, Javier kept telling me about how he was working on an article for Saveur about food from Zacatecas, a subject I'm somewhat obsessed with as you gentle readers know. He's a zacatecano también, from a different part of the state bu ... More >>
About a year ago, I got one of the most bizarre requests of my professional career: Fullerton College Professor Jerry Padilla asked me to make sure my dad and his friends were getting doughnuts the following Saturday.The profe wanted to take his students on a field trip of significant places in t ... More >>
The day is this past Tuesday; the occasion, Opening Day for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The music is tamborazo, the brass-band racket native to Zacatecas; the group, from Jerez, where my parents and thousands of Orange County residents are from (most of them coming LEGALLY, because their parents we ... More >>
Taken from Wikipedia lest we pay the papparazzi...I get the strangest, most beautiful letters regarding my book, Orange County: A Personal History, and I probably got the best one yet last week from a middle-aged lady who lives in the San Gabriel Valley. She had long heard me on the Orange County ... More >>
Guerrero with her mural I cringe every time I drive past Anaheim's GardenWalk and its fortress of chains. This isn't my Anaheim of immigrant shops mixing with longtime businesses in cheap strip malls, nor does it have the Googie charm of the original hotels and stores that sprung around Disneyla ... 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 >>
"You had me with you until your last paragraphy where you wrote: 'His balls were much, much bigger than any of ours.' "
Ridin’, ropin’, rasslin’ & other games of skill & contests of strength, blazing trails, seeing sights &, of course, Anteaters
The New World Flamenco Festival returns to the Barclay
Old pals, piquant poultry and memories a-plenty at San Clementes Bird Nirvana
Anaheim eatery combines authentic German food, Mexican chef