• Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Sábado de Gloria at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena: Booze, Babes, and Banda aka SoCal's Best Easter Party

    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 >>

  • Columns

    January 24, 2013

    Whatever Happened to Jonny Chingas?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And where do those fancy Mexican belts come from?

  • Food

    January 5, 2012

    Jax Donut House Is Jax to the Max

    [Hole In the Wall] This old-school doughnut shop weathers all trends, whether gentrifiying or foodie

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: ¡Chocolate Mexicano!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Intern Javier Gets Cover Story of This Month's Saveur!

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    JAX Donut House in Anaheim Gets College Field Trips, Good Food Segment Because of Gustavo's Dad!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    OC Mexican Dodgers Fans Invade Dodgers Stadium with Their Loud-Ass Music!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Gustavo Arellano Related to Jessica Alba!

    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 >>

  • Columns

    September 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Finally, a Reason to Visit Anaheim's GardenWalk

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Northgate Gonzalez Markets Ripping Off Eco-Minded Mexicans

    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 >>

  • Columns

    October 25, 2007


    "You had me with you until your last paragraphy where you wrote: 'His balls were much, much bigger than any of ours.' "

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    On the Range

    Ridin’, ropin’, rasslin’ & other games of skill & contests of  strength, blazing trails, seeing sights &, of course, Anteaters

  • Music

    August 4, 2005

    It's Going to Rock Your Gypsy Soul

    The New World Flamenco Festival returns to the Barclay

  • Columns

    April 7, 2005
  • Columns

    March 10, 2005
  • Features

    October 30, 2003
  • Food

    January 30, 2003

    Surfin Chicken Safari

    Old pals, piquant poultry and memories a-plenty at San Clementes Bird Nirvana

  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • Food

    February 14, 2002

    Mi Casa, Tu Jagerhaus

    Anaheim eatery combines authentic German food, Mexican chef