• Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Zoraida Reyes, Transgender DREAMer Activist: Death Deemed "Suspicious;" Vigil TONIGHT

    The death of a transgender activist who fought against deportations that break up same-sex couples is being investigated as suspicious, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

  • Columns

    May 1, 2014

    Why Don't Mexicans Believe in Personal Space?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the pecking order among day laborers?

  • Columns

    April 10, 2014

    Why do Mexicans Say "¿Mande?" Instead of "¿Que?"

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans put rocks behind the tires of their cars while parked?

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Where to Buy Tamales in Orange County for Christmas, 2013 Edition

    This is hilarious. Every year around this time, I get asked where to buy the best tamales in Orange County. Really, the answers rarely change. Below is the article on the subject I did last year, which itself is mostly a retread of a story I did back in 2007. This time around, a shout-out to the aw ... More >>

  • News

    September 12, 2013
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    July 2, 2013

    Cham Kerem Salutes the People of Cherán, Mexico in New Music Video

    Cham Kerem have always describedthemselves as 'low-budget revolutionary peoples hip-hop' since emerging on scene.The group, comprised of members from Anaheim and SanTana, released Visions of the Sun last year. The rough-edged rebel raps weren't always the most studio polished, but remained unapologe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Fonda Santa Fe: A Market Stall Made Fancy and Imported to Avenida Revolución

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Dear OC Killers: Can You Stop Murdering People Outside Great Mexican Restaurants?

    Last week, SanTana Police Department officials released video stills of two men harassing another man whom police say they'd go on to murder just outside El Chile Picante. And for the umpteenth time, I threw up my fists and screamed in frustration.See, Orange County killers have this nasty habit of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    No. 5: Spontanaé Menu at Marché Moderne

    South Coast Plaza typically isn't a haven for bargain hunters, but for several years the prix-fixe lunch at Florent and Amelia Marneau's Marche Moderne has had one of the best lunch specials in the county.Dinner for two at Marche can easily top $100, but like Rachael Ray taught us on $40 a Day, expe ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 4, 2012

    Why Do Chicanos Love the Aztecs?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And what are some Mexican regional stereotypes of Mexicans?

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    No. 8: Pot Pie Purse at the Crosby

    Aside from La Palma Chicken Pie Shop and a handful of chain restaurants (Claim Jumper, KFC, Marie Callender's), there just aren't enough places doing pot pie anymore. And if they are, it's certainly almost never beef pot pie.Comfort food in the wrong hands can be too much of a good thing--over-porti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    No. 7: Venison Filet Mignon at Mare Culinary Lounge

    Mare is supposed to be known for its seafood. But you should know by now that Alessandro Pirozzi of Cucina Alessa fame has the golden touch, even with game meats, as it turns out. The venison filet mignon he serves at his newest restaurant, two cubes the size of a baseball sitting on opposite side ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    No. 9: Farmers Market Feast at Anais

    Everyone talks about eating more simply, more healthfully. Everyone talks about going to the farmers market and eating more fruits and vegetables. Then they go to restaurants and get fried meat, fried potatoes, fried fried fried, and fruit only in syrup mode.Gross.It's different on Sunday evenings, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    No. 12: Blowtorch-Seared Mackerel At Izakaya Ku

    The menu said the mackerel would be seared tableside; but I didn't expect the hand-held flamethrower. I admit it:I was nervous. I inched away in my seat a little when the waiter lit it and the thing whooshed like an acetylene torch. We were sitting in an all-wooden booth shrouded with noren, the tra ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    No. 14: Tri-Tip Benedict at Rocq Cafe

    Rocq Cafe has already established itself as the place in South County for intense, incredible macarons, but even the hungriest of cookie monsters (sorry! Had to go there!) needs a real meal sometimes.Much of Rocq's menu is on the lighter side--sandwiches, salads, housemade pastas--and those suffice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    No. 15: Porkabello At Bacon-A-Fair

    As we approach the home stretch of our favorites, we look back on one helluva fair season. Between our team's participation in culinary chowdowns (Go Dave!) to our interviews with Robert Irvine and Fabio Viviani, one thing is clear: It's all about the grub. Usually deep fried, and always incredible, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    No. 20: The Karma Burger At Mick's Karma Bar

    Like how the Thompson Twins were neither related nor named Thompson, the "karma" is as ambiguous as the fact that they don't serve alcohol (and that they close by 10 p.m.). Mick's has a number of factors going against it, even before we try to explain where this is located on the ground floor of an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    No. 21: Breakfast Hash And Eggs Waffle At Bruxie

    When folks ask us where our favorite place is for breakfast, we fail to mention Bruxie. Why? Partially because we forget (we're only look young). It's not like they're notorious for only the most important meal. But we're glad that we do, because one of our favorite bites is served on the weekends t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    No. 24: Nemesis at The Viking Truck

    There was a time when we couldn't get enough of the luxe loncheras. Eventually, we got bored and took a break. Maybe five months passed before we even contemplated a truck stop. So in the last year, we've had our fair share of catch up with mobile meals. An entire menu devoted to sausages is enough ... 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 4, 2012

    Notes Saying "Go Back to Baja Wetbacks" Placed on Cars of Latinos in Belmont Shore

    Long Beach is a great town, a town that likes to pride itself on its diversity, unlike us Neanderthals over in Orange County. Nevertheless, it's a place that boils with racial tension from time to time, as the city has turned from Iowa-on-the-Beach to one of the most diverse towns in the country.&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    No. 30: Four-Course $7 Lunch Special at Olé Spain Delishop

    It's been a SanTana-heavy list for me in this round of 100 faves, but we gotta speak the truth, and SanTana has really emerged in the past year as a destination not just for Mexican food but for ALL sorts of food--and it's only going to get better. That's why I love Olé Spain Delishop so much--not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    No. 32: Mac 'n' Cheese at Chapter One: The Modern Local

    Ladies and germs: it's okay to eat at Chapter One: The Modern Local again. Us Forkers had an unofficial ban against the place because one of its former partners trashed Mexican SanTana during a city council meeting last year. A terrible disappointment, because we did love Chapter One--Edwin gave it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    No. 31: Starving Artist Sandwich With the Fixins' at the Crosby

    Apologies for the crappy photo above, but the lighting at the Crosby is never bueno...We're all still waiting for the Crosby guys to open their much-anticipated Grilled Cheese Stop, so in the meanwhile we must content ourselves with the genius that sparked this restaurant: the Starving Artist at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    No. 33: Chocolate Dome Cake at AnQi

    The garlic noodles at AnQui? Of course. The tamarind crab? Legendary. Cocktails? Superb. The South Coast Plaza eatery can always be counted on for a great, inventive dinner--a recent addition is tongue tacos made from a wonton shell--take THAT, Glen Bell!They also have a molecular gastronomy section ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    No. 40: California Burrito at Taco Pronto

    We have no shortage of burrito joints in our fair county, and yet one type famous in our neighboring county makes itself noticeably absent here: the California burrito.What's that? You've never heard of a California burrito? Let's just say it's not named that because it has a cornucopia of our state ... 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

    August 15, 2012

    No. 42: Meyer Lemon Curd at Irvine's Lucca Cafe

    It was May, sometime during Meyer lemon season, when we happened by for dinner at Irvine's Lucca Cafe. Chef Cathy Pavlos had made a lemon curd dessert served in a glass Ball jar to celebrate the delicately tart fruit's ephemeral appearance.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    No. 44: Shao Shan Tsai at 101 Noodle Express

    The wonderful beef roll at Irvine's101 Noodle Express, or any other dish for that matter, is enhanced with the spicy-salty condiment of green pickled Chinese vegetables, cilantro, and fresh serrano chilis called shao shan tsai. It sits on your tabletop in a small clear container which will be nearl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    No. 48: Comida Corrida at Lindo Michoacán No. 2

    We are now more than halfway through our march toward our favorite dishes in Orange County. It's run the gamut from Japanese to Mexican, from American comfort food to post-Ramadan fast food. When we get to the end, you'll know it's time to go pick up your free copy of this year's Best Of issue i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    On the Line: 'Sushi Dave' Fernandez, of Sushi At the Venetian Gentlemen's Club, Part One

    ​Sitting down for lunch at Twisted Vine in downtown Fullerton, Dave Fernandez and I talked about family, restaurant reviews and great wines. It wasn't quite a business meeting, more like two friends sharing a bite to eat. Of course, he periodically checked his iPhone for incoming reservations, men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week: Drunken Women Calls Police Because Restaurant Ran Out of Beef!

    ​Out of all the reasons to call the cops to get to a Taco Bell, I'm sure none would infuriate them more that a drunken woman calling about the lack of beef at a restaurant. Really, does this story need any other intro? She's a candidate for this year's Darwin Awards, whenever they may be held.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Cinépolis of Mexico Brings the Luxury and Low-End Jobs to Hoity-Toity OC ZIP Codes for a Change

    See, the Spanish juxtaposed with Captain America ... oh, never mind.​Mexicans have taken over your menial jobs, your shitty apartments and your marijuana-delivery options, America.Prepare to have our amigos south of the border take over your movie theaters next.Like an endless wave of, oh, whateve ... More >>

  • Food

    June 30, 2011

    Birrieria Chivo de Oro Is the Golden Goat

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana eatery will scare away OC Register readers—more birria for us!

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Another Great Santa Ana Restaurant Suffers a Murder

    At least when the Mafia was around, they murdered with class, according to Hollywood​Sigh...we here at SaFII know, love, extol the beauty of SanTana, the county's dynamic seat, fight the wrong perceptions of many Orange Countians that it's a cesspool, a place dangerous to visit even during the day ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 6, 2011

    Dumping In the Desert

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, a racist tries to bait Gustavo, part MCMXLVIII

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Five New Years' Resolutions for Orange County Diners

    Flickr user tinfoilraccoon​New 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.

  • Columns

    September 16, 2010

    Spanish in the Workplace, Part Ninety-Eleven

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] What better way to learn Spanish than shutting your yap and watching 'Sábado Gigante'?

  • Food

    September 2, 2010

    Tacos Jerez Represents

    [Hole In the Wall] Zacatecan specialties make their way onto the menu of this new Huntington Beach eatery

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Five Questions with the Rapper for Las Mujeres, Ms. Krazie

    ​When America Ochoa immigrated to the United States from her native Michoacan, Mexico, she, like many others, eventually settled in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. Before ever coming to the States, however, she developed an interest in music and awakened to the possibilities of Mexican ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! What is OC's Regional Cuisine?

    ​From Spencer two cubicles away from me:So I'm going to [vacation spot], and will be hosted by a family. Apparently, it's a cultural thing that guests treat their host family with food from the region they're from. What can I give them?The obvious answer would be any of our ethnic cuisines that yo ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 17, 2009
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    April 16, 2009

    Chile de Arbol Salsa at El Camino Real

    El Camino Real in Fullerton needs no real introduction to Weekly readers; we've given it much love over the years for its weekend menudo that draws in Mexican mamis too tired to cook and the fact that Kobe Bryant is known to haunt the place. It's probably the best, for lack of a better term, "normal ... More >>

  • Food

    April 2, 2009
  • Columns

    January 17, 2008

    ¡Ask a Mexican!®

    Alcoholism among Mexicans: A blight as terrible as Carlos Mencia

  • Columns

    October 6, 2005
  • Food

    September 16, 2004
  • Features

    January 15, 2004

    Taco & Meat

    A Match Ordained in Heaven

  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • Food

    October 17, 2002

    Swap Meet Eats

    A flea-market cuisine guide

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