Roland Rubalcava

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2014

    Well everyone, its that time of the year again. We've pondered ever so hard and have come up with a list of what we think are the best everything in Orange County. Now, for those of you who can't click over to the Best Of section of our website, or pick up a paper copy (Seriously though, they're glo ... More >>

  • Food

    July 17, 2014

    Front Porch Pops: Just Lick 'Em

    [Hole In the Wall] Erin Whitcomb masters paletas from her Old Towne Orange location

  • News

    December 26, 2013

    OC Weekly's Year In Review 2013

    Tacos and terrorists, chopped-off dicks in the desert, and drinking with Marines in Coachella cap off our year that was

  • Food

    October 24, 2013

    Taco Maria, Full of Grace

    Carlos Salgado is making waves with his Costa Mesa brick-and-mortar

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    September 3, 2013

    Roland Rubalcava Sells Off Rubalcava's Market, Becomes OC's Premier Culinary Free Agent

    Sad/happy news to report from Placentia: Roland Rubalcava, the man behind the extraordinary Rubalcava's Bakery, has just signed the paperwork that legalizes what he's been whispering to us for a while: his family is selling the bakery where you could buy OC's best flour tortillas, bolillos, and a be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Make It Mexican With Roland: Horchata

    It doesn't take Roland Rubalcava of Rubalcava's in Placentia very long to make horchata, that famous Mexican agua fresca of rice, evaporated milk, cinnamon and little else. There are only five ingredients, and the most time-consuming aspect of the preparation is just soaking, which obviously require ... 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

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    June 4, 2013

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Mi Familia Flour Tortillas

    I sat down as I began to write this article, and I wrote down all the adjectives I would use to describe a flour tortilla from an American supermarket. Gummy, stale, dried-out (which takes talent in conjunction with gummy), oily-tasting, nasty. It doesn't seem to matter who makes the tortillas; whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    This Week In Food: Pocket Burger, Making It Mexican, and Taco Maria's Last Run

    Yaaaay! It's Friday! Let's take a look at this week in food before the weekend begins... Edwin reviewed Pocket Burger Shack in Sunset Beach, and then he named the Crazy Rock at TruSushi the drink of the week. He also gave us a list of the 10 best pork dishes in Orange County. Get on it! Gustavo we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Rubalcava's Market Now Stocking "Gallo Chino"--Mexican-Flavored Sriracha Sauce!

    A couple of weeks ago, Roland Rubalcava of Rubalcava's Bakery asked if he could meet me. I had him join me on one of my reviews, and he busted out two thimbles of Sriracha sauce. "Try them, and tell me what you think," he said."What is there to think about?" I responded. "It's Sriracha.""Just try th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Make It Mexican With Roland: Pozole

    Pozole is a very simple, and relatively easy soup to make. It's hearty, but healthy, and when made correctly, can taste incredibly fresh.

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    January 30, 2013

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

    We chow on puffy tacos and Diablo fries before the market gets ready to close for the night. And there's still time for a few more questions.  Roland-- the tortillas we purchased were excellent!Read our interview with Roland Rubalcava of Rubalcava's, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . . . .When ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    This Week in Food: Feelin' Cozy at The Attic, Top Drinks and Restaurants of 2012, and How to Make Homemade Tamales

    The holidays are almost over, and you can return to spending your money on more selfish things. Let's take a look at some favorite food and drink from this year, as well as new places on the horizon. Edwin's weekly food review covered the cozy Attic in Long Beach that serves creative Southern, Caju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Make It Mexican With Roland: Tamales

    This is the first installment of Mexican food tutorials with the warm and inspiring Roland Rubalcava of Rubalcava's in Placentia. Roland has agreed to take us through his favorite dishes that he learned how to make from his mother--this way, you no longer have any excuses to eat at a gabacho-fied Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Where to Buy Tamales in Orange County This Christmas, 2012 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. Other plugs I'll give right now are for ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Tortilla Tuesday: Flour Tortillas at Rubalcava's Market AKA Best Flour Tortillas in Southern California

    In the borderlands, a flour tortilla is sacramental, holy, filling, the true daily bread: fluffy, filling, thick, pliable, toothsome love. In Southern California? Universally, shit.I've eaten tortillas my entire life, and the flour versions have only been consumed out of necessity for quesadillas (d ... 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 >>

  • Food

    May 17, 2012

    Rubalcava's and the Rise of Primo-Mex

    [Hole In the Wall] This Placentia meat market is launching an audacious experiment with Mexican food

  • News

    March 29, 2007

    Blind Spot

    For OC jail inmate John Chamberlain, jailhouse justice served as judge, juryand executioner