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Michoacan

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Transgender Activist Zoraida Reyes Was Choked to Death by Randy Lee Parkerson: Prosecutors

    UPDATE, OCT. 9, 5:21 P.M.: Randy Lee Parkerson met transgender immigrant rights activist Zoraida "Ale" Reyes, choked her to death and kept her body in the trunk of his car before dumping the corpse behind a Dairy Queen, according to prosecutors.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    The Great Orange County Language Map: A Sea of Spanish, Little Saigon, and Where'd the Koreans Go?

    Maps can tell you a lot about a place. Yes, they can tell you how to get somewhere, or what directions the streets run, but throw some data on a map, and they can tell you even more. So, with that run-of-the-mill intro in mind, I present to you, gentle readers, the Great Orange County Language Map, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Remembering Transgender Immigrant Activist Zoraida Reyes

    A procession made its way down West Fourth Street in Santa Ana Friday evening in memory of Zoraida "Ale" Reyes, a 28-year-old transgender immigrant rights activist whose body turned up the day before near a Dairy Queen in Anaheim. A somber mood hung over the gathering of about 200 that ended at Sass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Anaheim Man Shouldn't Have Used VW Beetle For Methamphetamine Delivery

    Henry Bustos grew up exceptionally poor in a small village in Michoacan, Mexico and sold candy and fruit on the roadside to help his family survive.At the age of 16, Bustos entered the United States without government permission and worked at minimum wage for numerous Southern California constructio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    The 10 Most Over-Played Songs at a Mexican Wedding, California Edition

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Diatribe with Dave: For The Love Of Logan

    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 ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    The Five Next Big Trends in Mexican Food in the United States

    This Thursday, I fly to the University of Houston in what will be the official end of my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America tour. It's been a great ride that has taken  me from the Bay Area to Texas about a million times, the South and virtually all other points, but while the tour en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    No. 6: Anything By Taco Maria

    I have been known to wait outside Taco Maria for 20 minutes, desperate to be the first in line before the masses come. I've been known to drunkenly tweet that if you don't know Taco Maria, you don't know Mexican food, and fight with people over said sentiments. I've plugged Taco Maria God-knows-how- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    No. 11: Picadita at Alebrije's Grill

    You can join the thousands of non-wab Orange Countians who have visited Alebrije's on the corner of Main and Cubbon streets in SanTana, eat nothing but their legendary taco acorazado (which we named our favorite dish in Orange County in 2010 because it was), and you'd be in our good graces forever. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    No. 13: Any Octopus Dish at Broadway By Amar Santana

    The first time I ever went to Broadway by Amar Santana was on a double date with Gustavo and his chica. I mostly wanted to drink, and I ordered something or other off the menu without really thinking too hard about it.Then the enormous, far-too-large-for-the-tiny-table plate was placed in front of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    No. 17: Sashimi Sandwich at North Shore Poke Company

    The picture you see above is crappy, and it shows only a quarter cut. The sandwich isn't much to look at anyway. Its appearance isn't important. What's important is that it is possibly the best dish at North Shore Poke Company, which is little more than a cold station with the proprietor, Shawn Gole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    No. 18: Kotlety i Zrazy at Moscow Deli

    I'm sure I'm going to take some flak for this being as high in the list as it is, and I have my defense ready: I eat this at least once a month, and I don't work anywhere near Costa Mesa. It's because it's so perfectly done that I drive so far to get this Russian home-cooking standard. Is it som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    No. 25: Tuna Empanada at Puerto Madero

    Even with fantastic sandwiches packed with charred Argentinian sausage, lengths of skirt steak, or a buffet of meats and cheeses, the star on the menu at Puerto Madero is a simple fish pastry. Tuna salads and sandwiches might be in other people's lunch bags, but one of the best ways to savor th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    No. 27: Any Fried Spuds at Umami Burger

    The meticulously-crafted, flavor-formulated burgers at Umami are the main draw, but whether you love or hate the Japanese-influenced twist on classic Americana, it can't be argued that every great burger needs an equally great potato pairing to truly shine.Fortunately, the Umami cooks are skilled in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    No. 28: Lunch at Playground

    You'd think there would be a lot of food choices in an area as concentrated with workers and residents as Downtown SanTana, but you'd be wrong. Good Mexican is out of the question, you can only eat so many arepas at Mil Jugos or Soul Burgers at Memphis before you're all doughy inside, and the Crosby ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    No. 34: Neff Ranch Orange Juice from That Guy at the Saturday Irvine University Center Farmer's Market

    You know that guy at the Saturday farmer's market in Irvine across the street from UC Irvine, the guy who sells orange and apple juices. You know...that guy! Kind of looks like Andrew Zimmern, except more soft-spoken? Only sells apple and orange juice? Near the northern entrance? Not the Cal Poly Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    No. 35: Carlsbad Aquafarm Oysters at Slapfish

    If Slapfish only served these oysters and nothing else, it would already justify the restaurant's existence. And co-owners Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude know how special these babies are. Gruel--who was a program manager of the Aquarium of the Pacific's sustainable-seafood initiative--is an advocate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    No. 36: Hu Tieu at Pho Crystal Noodle House

    The grime on the windows suggest that Pho Crystal Noodle House has been there on Bristol Street for quite a while--at least as another pho joint. The artifacts of its former life as Pho Bistro is still on an old marquee the landlords hadn't bothered to change. Apparently it recently changed hands be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    No. 37: Chocolate Soufflé at Bistro Bleu

    Just as at any place offering soufflé, you should order it at least a half-hour in advance at Bistro Blue. But at $6 (as of this writing), this soufflé automatically distinguishes itself as the most reasonably priced in the county. Thank owner-chef David Kesler for that. This ex-chef from The Ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    No. 38: "15-Minute Wings" at Simmzy's

    I do not know why they are called "15-Minute Wings". Supposedly they take that long to prepare; but I got them in significantly less time than that. I am guessing that since so many people order them, the production of these wings is non-stop. The point of the name, I think, is to convey that they t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    No. 39: Hot Pots at Boiling Point

    Boiling Point's hot pots are shabu shabu for the lazy. Everything you want and need--veggies, protein and a freshly cracked egg--is there already cooked to be picked off one-by-one in a simmering vessel heated by Sterno. All that needs to be done is to dip the still-steaming pieces into chile oil, g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    No. 41: Kohryu Ramen at Kohryu Ramen

    Japanese parents don't name their children after themselves. There are no men named Junior walking around Japan. Yet Japanese businesses have no problem calling their house specialty after the name of the shop. So it is with the Kohryu Ramen at Costa Mesa's Kohryu Ramen. With two new heavyweight ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Umami Burger Anaheim To Open July 1

    For months, I have wanted a hamburger to go with my cold glass of 1888 steam beer California common beer (screw you and the trademark you rode in on, Anchor Brewing!) from Anaheim Brewery. For months, I have been teased--nay, taunted--by the sign promising Umami Burger immediately adjacent to the br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Chef Carlos Valdez: El Rey del Baja California Sur

    For decades Baja California Sur has been defined--unfairly-- by the OC on the Sea of Cortez tourist spot: Cabo San Lucas, where American spring breakers go to suck down margaritas, eat nachos until they burst, perform graceless acts at wet t-shirt contests, and develop pre-melanoma lesions under the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    La Michoacan, Legendary Mexican Popsicle Company, Changing Name Due to State's Association with Drug Cartels

    ​One of the great Mexican-food stories of the past 30 years is the spread of paletas, Mexican popsicles--but not just any paletas. Most of the paleta business in this country and Mexico is run under the brand name La Michoacana and its iconic logo (seen above), with the industry started by people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Shuji's Top Five Restaurants for 2011

    ProfessorSalt.comTacos & Carnitas Sahuayo​It's the time of year again when I select a short list of five favorite restaurants. I love places with a tiny menu, tightly focused on producing one thing or variations on the thing at which they excel. Often, that specialist is an ethnic hole-in-the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong With Mexican Food

    Flick user Ryan Leighty​We 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 >>

  • News

    September 15, 2011

    The Mini-Monarcas of OC

    A Mexican first-division soccer team looks to groom its next generation of talent in Santa Ana

  • News

    July 8, 2010

    What's a Little Marriage Fraud Between Amigos?

    It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship

  • Food

    March 4, 2010

    How Far Can Dexter Holland's Gringo Bandito Go?

    What started as a gag gift by the Offspring singer is becoming a serious business

  • Food

    July 23, 2009
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    August 7, 2008
  • Food

    January 31, 2008

    [This Hole-in-the-Wall Life] The Best Pork Since Bacon

    Luxuriating in the cochinita pibil at Peña's Restaurant

  • News

    January 18, 2007

    Santa Ana Showdown

    After Oscar Gallegos shot two Long Beach cops, he swore hed never be takenalive. His run for the border ended with a trip to a Santa Ana strip mall.

  • Food

    January 4, 2007

    Masas of This Domain

    Where to Get the Countys Best Mexican Tamales

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Zack Is Back

    And he's playing Mexican music?!

  • Food

    November 2, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    October 12, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Edible Pillows at Rivera Mexican Food

  • Food

    August 31, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from OC'c best damn dining guide

  • Food

    August 10, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    July 27, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    July 20, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    January 26, 2006

    !Ay, Mi Estomago!

    Orange Countys 61 best Latino restaurantes

  • Food

    December 8, 2005

    Grub Guide

    This Week in Salsa

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
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    October 7, 2004
  • Features

    July 29, 2004

    The Wild One

    How a Harley-riding developer rolled into Santa Ana, raised hell and changed the future.

  • Food

    July 15, 2004

    This Hole-in-the-Wall County

    Orange Countys 74 Greatest Holes-in-the-Wall

  • Features

    October 30, 2003
  • Culture

    May 24, 2001

    Poor Mexico

    The country where hope died

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