Los Altos

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Scott Durzo, Ex-P.E. Teacher Charged with Lewd Acts with Boy, Alarms Hebrew School

    See the update at the end of this post from a Hebrew school where Scott Durzo taught P.E. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 12, 7:02 A.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office and the Seal Beach Police Department are reaching out to the public in case there are other victims of a youth sport camp owner an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Adam Ingala-Whiting Arrested in Murder of Mission Viejo Man: UPDATE

    See the update at the end of this post identifying the murder suspect. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 5, 11:43 A.M.: Orange County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the apparent murder of a man in his Mission Viejo apartment over the weekend.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Baja Sonora

    Supposedly, the best tacos in Long Beach come from Baja Sonora, a cheapo Mexican restaurant in an aging airport-adjacent strip mall. Every year, the suburban mini-chain (another location is in Bixby Knolls) wins the title from all the local papers and so after nearly a decade of living in the city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Grounds Bakery and Cafe

    As old of a city as Long Beach is, it still turns into a typical suburban zone of long, safe streets beyond Pacific Coast Highway and east of Redondo Avenue, lined with boxy houses reminiscent of Lakewood or Huntington Beach or any other nearby neighborhood built out in the decades of post-war boom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The 20 Greatest Vicente Fernandez Songs of All Time: The Complete List

    See also:Antonio Aguilar, Ranchera Legend, Gets Giant Statue of Him Unveiled in Los Angeles; His 10 Greatest Songs!The 10 Best Songs of Ramon Ayala, Conjunto Norteño Legend and Accordion Hero10 Rock en Español Albums to Listen to Before You DieOver the past two days, we've been counting down the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The 20 Greatest Vicente Fernandez Songs of All Time, Nos. 20-11

    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 >>

  • Columns

    February 7, 2013

    Do Mexicans Hate Cubans?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And are all gabachos Mexican-haters?

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Azul Café, Valle de Guadalupe: Southern Mexico's Coffee Without Leaving Baja

    In the center of the wine and olive oil laboratory known as La Escuelita (but officially as la Estación de Oficios de El Porvenir) stands a wooden building with mattress springs for walls. Inside is a brown clutter of detritus: a Christmas tree made of upturned wine bottles stands anachronistically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    ON Tequila, Our Drink of the Week!

    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 And while his views might not be everyone's shot of bourbon, the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    George P. Bush Credits Dad, Uncle, and Grandpa With "Thoughtless Public Service" at Newport Beach Gala

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    No. 62, Sonoran Dog at Rubalcava's

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    On the Line: Ryan O'Melveny Wilson of Five Crowns and SideDoor, Part Two

    Before this chef hopped on a plane to Chi-town for business (to work on a burger blend and attend a quarterly financial meeting), Ryan O'Melveny Wilson had enough time to answer those burning questions, such as what he thought of his Chiquita-banana costume. Maybe his answer belonged in part one, bu ... More >>

  • Music

    April 28, 2011

    Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L.: Bedeviled

    In his new book, the infamous OC punk rocker describes how he exorcised 'An American Demon': Himself

  • Film

    January 28, 2011

    'The Rite' Is the Devil You Know

    Anthony Hopkins stars in a film where the demons are no scarier than nasty older sisters

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Five Silly-Looking Tequila Bottles

    ​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 >>

  • Culture

    December 9, 2010

    UC Irvine's New Computer-Games Major Gets Its Game On

    The school is banking big on computer games as an emerging discipline

  • Columns

    June 7, 2007

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Muy Caliente Summer Edicion

  • Columns

    March 22, 2007

    !Ask a Mexican! Web Especial

    The great !Ask a Mexican! naming debate

  • News

    June 23, 2005

    Cazadores Straight Up

    Mexicos best tequila woos American hearts, livers from Seal Beach