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  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    [UPDATED] 2014 Hatch Chile Roasts in Southern California Begin August 2--Here are Locations!

    It's that time of year again: Hatch chile season is right around the corner. And while expat New Mexicans have always lined up for green chile to assuage their homesickness, the peppers have started to worm their way into the hearts of non-New Mexican Californians. Here is a running list of this yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    No. 95, Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Is there anything else we could possibly recommend from Alebrije's, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Inside the Foodie Matrix, Or: Why Food PR People Are Worthless

    Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!! Winter here in the OC may lack the simple charms of a New England one but it does have its advantages. We don't get many snowball ... More >>

  • Food

    June 6, 2013

    Carne Asada In OC

    [Hole In the Wall] Northgate Gonzalez Market, Rubalcava's and all the other places to buy our favorite Mexican meat

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Make It Mexican With Roland: Tacos de Papa

    "Today it's tacos de papa," Roland says as he slaps a bag of tortillas down on our stainless steel workspace. Daylight savings has kept the sun around for our evening meetings and the tiny kitchen in the back of Rubalcava's is filled with warm light coming from the back door. "So, what's new with yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Tortilla Tuesdays: La Tortilla Factory

    I am a gabacho. While I have many non-gabacho food-shopping habits (markets in Tijuana, an intimate familiarity with my local Northgate, a love for nopales, etc.), when time is of the essence, I resort to the dreaded White Folks Supermarket--you know, Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, et al.The problem is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Nuño Brothers Tortilleria

    There some OC Mexican market dynasties--the Gonzalezes of Northgate, the Bonillas of El Toro, El Toro Bravo, and El Camino Real, the Rubalcavas of La Reina and Rubalcava's Bakery, the Zambranos behind Taco Mesa, La Reyna, and Soho Taco--whose imprint is all across Latino OC, whose product travels fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Pedro Castillo-Sanchez Touches Boy's Penis, Jerks Off in Front of Him ... and Gets 3 Years

    We told you in March that a condom tossed out a car parked in the Northgate Market lot on West McFadden Avenue near Bristol Street in Santa Ana led to the arrest of a man for touching an 8-year-old boy's penis and removing his pants and jerking off in front of the kid.Now it has led to 35-year-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Alebrije's 2.0 To Have Grand Opening Dec. 24: Bigger, Badder, Better, Pink-er

    For the past couple of months, Albert Hernandez, the affable owner of Alebrije's (aka that pink taco truck that sells the taco acorazado that we rave about every week), has been telling Dave and I that he was going to debut a bigger truck, one that would finally allow him to make his lonchera mobile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    [UPDATED: DATES FOR THIS WEEKEND] At the Market (Soon): Hatch Chiles!

    [UPDATED Aug. 1] See the latest updates to the list at the bottom of this post.I'd never had a Hatch chile until I moved to California and married a girl whose family used to live in New Mexico. Now I can't get enough of them. Chile verde, stuffed chiles, hot sauce, rajas con crema, stewed with pota ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Northgate González Markets

    Sorry for the loooong delay in this column, but we got a bit...busy 'round these parts, what with the book and the promotion and stuff. But I got a month's worth of different tortillerías in the bag, and I'll restart with the one I was supposed to do before things got a bit...busy--Northgate Gonzá ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Pedro Castillo Sanchez's Tossed Condom Leads to Arrest for Allegedly Molesting 8 y.o. Boy

    ​A condom tossed out a car parked in the Northgate Market lot on West McFadden Avenue near Bristol Street in Santa Ana Monday night led a passerby to peer inside and see a grown man with an 8-year-old boy.The man in the car, Pedro Castillo Sanchez, has been arrested on suspicion of molesting the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    On the Line: Lisa Fontanesi of Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Part One

    ​The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution has been parked at the Santa Ana offices of Latino Health Access this month, working with schools and families of central Santa Ana to fight the obesity epidemic spreading across the nation. The Food Revolution truck moves from city to city and faces the challenge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Vallarta Market

    Dave Lieberman​I love Vallarta Market. When I made the San Fernando Valley my home, it was my local store, replacing a late-but-not-lamented Lucky and a Jons. I was excited to hear that a Vallarta is finally making its way to Orange County, land of Northgate and El Metate. I love the tres leches c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    One Dollar for Five Pounds of Jalapeños at Freshia in Tustin!

    ​I've always been amazed at price disparities among local ethnic shops in my years of reviewing restaurants for this infernal rag. I've seen King's Market in Anaheim sell habaneros at half of what Northgate does, bought good onions at the Turkish market in Garden Grove's Little Karachi for cheap, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Princeton University Doctoral Candidate Writing Dissertation Partly on Northgate Supermarket

    ​Yesterday, I enjoyed a lunch at Zait and Zaatar in Anacrime while getting interviewed by Alejandro Rivas. He's a doctoral candidate in sociology at Princeton University, and his dissertation is...well, I'm not going to spill its thesis or main contents, but I am allowed to share one of the focuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Gustavo's Five Commandments of Dining in Orange County

    See Commandment #4...​Recently, some Weeklings have been patronizing East/Borough at the CAMP, and raving about it despite my protestations. See, the pop-up restaurant charges $4.35 (before tax) for an eight-inch bánh mì, and an outlandish $6.40 for a foot-long--this, in a county that's America' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Battle of the Cuernavacans: You Sunk My Acorazado!

    Cuernavacan prideTaco acorazadoGet in mah belly.Dave LiebermanAlebrije's taco acorazado​

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Proof that Organic is Better: The Curious Case of Chipotle

    Part One of a five-part series this week on tacos, burritos, and salsas...sorry, hungrymomma!Us editorial Weeklings always steal food whenever the paper's ad side order mass lunches during a special issue sales push, whether Best of, Summer Guide, or some other such blockbuster. Sometimes, the chow ... 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 >>

  • News

    January 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Race-Baiting Gigante Supermarket Now Closed

    One of the first investigative series I wrote was on Gigante Supermarkets, a multibillion-dollar Mexican chain that wanted to open a store in Anaheim in order to conquer local Latino households. Its efforts made national headlines because this multinational cried the race card after Anaheim planning ... More >>

  • Food

    January 26, 2006

    !Ay, Mi Estomago!

    Orange Countys 61 best Latino restaurantes

  • Features

    May 23, 2002

    Live Like an Illegal Immigrant!

    Secrets of the Good Life from OCs Undocumented