• Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales

    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! "Shrimp and cheese?" asked my Italian coworker when I suggested Los ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Santa Prisca Swizzle at Broadway, Our Drink of the Week!

    I recently spent a week in Oaxaca with Cecilia Ríos Murrieta, the owner of La Niña del Mezcal, and a bunch of awesome bartenders and cocktail aficionados from Los Angeles. I estimate that during the trip, our intake of mezcal was a pint per person per day, and yet there were no hangovers. Unfortu ... More >>

  • Food

    March 13, 2014
  • Columns

    January 2, 2014

    Should Mexicans Pronounce Their Last Names Correctly?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And why won't Mexican men meet a gabacha's family?

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    La Niña del Mezcal Espadin, Our Drink of the Week!

    One of the cardinal rules of Drinks of the Week is that they have to be available here in Orange County. There's no point in writing about something our readers can't get, right? But this week we're going to make a rare exception. Why? Well, first, because it's damn good mezcal. DAMN good mezcal. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    No. 96, Clayuda at El Fortin

    Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Mariscos El Mazateño: Home of the Finest Tacos de Camarón Enchilados Around

    On a weekend morning near the Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, two hundred tijuanenses are gathered under a blue roof, talking and eating and drinking and causing an uproarious din you'll hear from the main street. Fifty more people are parking and waiting for tables. All 200 people are eating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    On The Line: Roland Rubalcava Of Rubalcava's, Part One

    Meeting Roland Rubalcava for the first time was a bit nerve-wracking. It's not often we're asked to interview someone who's friends with El Jefe. Yet Roland was more unassuming and chill than many of our subjects, despite the constant ebb and flow of regulars filtering through the market. From his s ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 29, 2012

    What Does 'Wey' Mean?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And should the U.S. bring back the guest-worker program for Mexicans?

  • Columns

    October 18, 2012

    Why Won't My Mexican Mom Accept My Gabacha Girlfriend?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And what exactly is a huipil?

  • Columns

    August 16, 2012

    Why Do Mexicans Put Stickers Honoring the Dead on Car Windows?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Chicano Studies professors always wear guayaberas?

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    On the Line: Arthur Gonzalez of Roe Restaurant & Fish Market, Part One

    A couple of chairs flipped right side up in the middle of a gutted dining space. That is how we roll with Chef Gonzalez in his unfinished room, also known as Phase Two in the grand scheme of things at Roe in Belmont Shore. Thanks to some dedicated parking spots, we start our session on time and with ... More >>

  • Food

    July 5, 2012

    Potzol den Cano Has Querétaro Power

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana restaurant is the first outpost of a Mexican chain devoted to pozole—but there's much more

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    No. 90, Toothpick Tacos at Mexico Supermarket

    Forget the Korean taco, Seabirds' avocado taco, even the Choco Taco: the most interesting taco in Orange County right now are the suckers above, which come directly to you from the late 1940s, when the crispy taco ruled America but taco fryers had yet to become popular and thus cooks fried them by c ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012

    Mare Is the MC

    The Oaxacan rapper brings xip-xop to OC

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Mare Is a Rapper Hell-Bent on Equality for Women in Mexico

    "I believe music is universal, and it responds to the context in which it was created," says Mare Advertencia Lirika--or Mare, as she's known professionally. "In my case, coming from indigenous roots, my music is the voice that speaks to this context." In Oaxaca, Mexico, where Mare makes her home, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Eat This Now: Tlayuda at El Moctezuma #2

    Dave Lieberman​Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim and Garden Grove is well-known as a black hole of good food, being lined with every chain America could come up with. Eventually, though, the beige sameness peters out, and by the time you cross Lampson Avenue, you're back in the dusty, grim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    The Toro Degollado, or Punching Yourself In the Liver With Capsaicin

    ​To the right is a picture of the cocktail I drank nearly every single night during the holidays. (On a related note, I may need to get over my horror of Bonobos or other stretchy-waist trousers.)I couldn't help it. I'm obsessed. I almost never drink cocktails with soda in them, but I've got a sec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Don Amado Mezcal, Our Drink of the Week!

    ​In Los Angeles, New York and other hipster enclaves, the Mexican drink of the moment is mezcal, tequila's country cousin (tequila? SO Chapman U sorority party). Oaxacan-food princess Bricia Lopez (of Guelaguetza fame) just opened a mezcal bar at her family's restaurant, and a mezcal bar is being ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 25, 2011

    Who Harvested Maize First: The Aztecs or the Mayans?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And what are the three milks of pastel de tres leches?

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Tortilla Tuesday: La Reina Tortilleria

    ​What, you thought your last name had to end in -a, -o or -z to be able to review tortillas? Nope! The humble disk of corn, the legacy of pre-Columbian Mexico, is a staple not just for Mexicanos; they're indispensable even in European-mutt households.La Reina is a market with a bad location: cater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    San Francisco Health Officials Ban Restaurant from Selling Grasshopper Tacos

    Flickr user christine zenino​San Francisco is going to play quite a role in my coming book on the history of Mexican food in the United States--and that's all I'm going to say about that right now. But Baghdad by the Bay is in the Mexi-food news right now, because pendejo health inspectors have as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    On the Line: Jared Cook of St. Roy Chef's Pub at Vine Restaurant, Part One

    Phot by Kevin Lara​Can a name for our featured chef be more appropriate than Jared Cook? Nah. The man in the kitchen at St. Roy Chef's Pub offers us his thoughts on foodies and how he likes to spend his free time. On the Line, Part One, begins below.What are six words to describe your food?Real, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Mole Teloloapan in Santa Ana: A Great Mole Found In an Unlikely Place

    ​Deep, deep in the highlands of the Mexican state of Guerrero, a place known more for the cruise ships that ply the city of Acapulco and the silver stands of inland Taxco, lies one of the gastronomic destinations of Mexico: Teloloapan, the home of mole rojo guerrerense.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    OC Cannabis University Now Offers Classes En Español

    ​Time was, all the good weed came from Mexico. After all, that's where it'd been grown for who knows how long, up in the hills of Sinaloa, Michoacan and Oaxaca. Now, the good stuff is grown north of the border, and with the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes now 15 years in the making, ... More >>

  • Food

    December 16, 2010

    Fond of Fonda La Meche

    [Hole In the Wall] Mexico City-style dishes abound in this tiny, homey Stanton dive

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    A Cure For Anti-Cemita-ism

    Dave Lieberman​If you're going to be a proper hole-in-the-wall hound around these parts, the first thing you've got to learn is that a great deal of the best food in Orange County comes not from restaurants or food trucks, but rather from sandwich counters in grocery stores.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    This Week in Food: Geeks Who Drink, Reclaimin' Claim Jumper, and Noshin Nutella!

    Flickr user Steve SnodgrassYes, people have dressed for Halloween as these​As usual, too many great stories this week on this infernal blog--read them all! Too lazy? Some highlights after the jump!

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Mama Said Eat Your Flowers: Squash Blossom Quesadillas

    Ask a European what to do with squash blossoms and the answer will be nearly invariable: stuff them with cheese, batter them and deep fry them.Ask a chilango--a denizen of Mexico's capital region--and the answer will be just as invariable, but different: quesadillas de flor de calabaza, squash bloss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    At the Farmers' Market: Quelites

    Flickr user ocean_of_stars​Sure, you can call them lamb's quarters, but around these parts, if you ask for lamb's quarters you'll be served meat, not greens. Around here, these cousins to the quinoa plant are called quelites (pronounced "kay-LEE-tayss").

  • Columns

    April 29, 2010


    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And: Do Mexicans measure up?

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Three Perspectives on the Closing of Pupusódromo in Santa Ana

    BAD: There aren't enough Salvadoran restaurants in Orange County, and that one of the few and longest-standing has closed down means Salvis are probably leaving their traditional OC homeland of SanTana for greener, more assimilated pastures. Pupusódromo didn't serve the best pupusas, but did serve ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Five Questions with Lila Downs

    ​BY GABRIEL SAN ROMANFor years, Lila Downs has melded her powerful multilingual vocals with musical arrangements that engagingly blend the sounds of our global village. Of mixed heritage herself, the signature syncretism that has come to define her artistic presentation has been most recently evid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Not Much of a 'Welcoming Committee' for Vicente Fox

    If the three people standing outside Irvine Barclay Theater late this afternoon represented the "Vicente Fox Welcoming Committee at UCI," the committee that has not forgotten Chiapas, Atenco, and Oaxaca, the committee that "opposes Fox and other oppressors wherever they show their faces," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Avanti Cafe Giving Free Snacks if you Vote

    2008 OC Weekly Best Restaurant in Orange County Avanti Cafe in Costa Mesa has a treat for you. From an email by one of Avanti's owners, Mark Cleveland: Visit Avanti Cafe on Nov 4, flash your 'I Voted' sticker and we'll treat you to a tangy sweet. It's an historic election & it's exciting to Vote! ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2008
  • Food

    November 8, 2007
  • Food

    April 19, 2007
  • Food

    April 12, 2007

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    April 5, 2007

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • News

    December 14, 2006

    Oaxacan in Orange County

    Or: How to keep Mexicans in Mexico

  • Columns

    November 30, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Of Micks and McDonald's

  • Food

    July 6, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    January 26, 2006

    Latinos We Like

    And the Food They Love

  • Food

    December 8, 2005

    Grub Guide

    This Week in Salsa

  • Food

    April 28, 2005

    To Dine the Impossible Dinner

    The quixotic quest for great gourmet Mexican cuisine

  • Food

    May 8, 2003

    Cinco de Yummo

    Five Mexican Mexican restaurants to fiesta at during Cinco de Mayo

  • Food

    September 5, 2002

    Holy Mole!

    Orange Countys first Oaxacan restaurant

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