• Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    OC Film Fiesta Soars High with Opening Night Film Flying Low

    Campy, heartwarming, and not without its comedic charms, Beto Gomez's latest film Flying Low sustains the director's on-point sense of parody in using for fodder a send-up of '80s and '90s Mexican music and cinema. That humor is at play throughout most of the film, yet it doesn't take away from any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    The Best Drinks in Orange County

    The humble "drink" doesn't get the respect it should. Centuries ago, tea and coffee houses were the centers of philosophical and political discussion. The Age of Enlightenment conveniently corresponded to the rise coffee shops in Europe, and revolutions were planned around steaming glasses and kettl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    National Taco Day, Baja Edition: 5 World Champion Tacos to Tackle South of the Border

    All this taco talk from those crazy New Yorkers has got me thinking about my upcoming trip to Baja for the 3rd Annual Baja Culinary Fest, October 24-27, where some of the best tacos in Mexico can be savored from the taquerias to carts and to beach shacks. Certainly, the best seafood tacos in Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Shillelagh

    If O'Connells on Fourth Street is the drunken surly grandfather of Long Beach's dive bars, then its attached restaurant Shillelagh is the sweet little grandmother of neighborhood cafés. Because as much as locals haunt O'Connells by night for its shuffleboard-and-Jameson vibes, they seem to frequent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Wendlandt Brewery, Ensenada B.C.- The Baja Craft Beer Scene Looks to the International Market

    There are a couple of problems with Mexican craft beer at the moment: 1) It's difficult to find bars that have a selection beyond a few brands. 2) Many are talking about how great the beer is without telling you much about the beers(how do they taste?), and there's a lack of discernment among the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    XXII Fiestas de la Vendimia, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California: 50 Ways to Leave Your Liver at Baja's Annual Wine Harvest Festival

    On Friday night I attended the kickoff party for the 22nd annual Fiestas de la Vendimia at the Riviera Casino in downtown Ensenada which runs from August 3rd through the 19th. Around 3,000 attendees sipped Mexican wines from the Valle de Guadalupe, sampled the finest Baja cuisine from various booths ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Taco Kokopelli: Next Wave Chef Takes to the Streets in Tijuana

    In order for a parrilla to continue to burn, there must be some fresh mesquite added to ensure its vibrancy. And it's an apt metaphor when considering the current Baja cuisine renaissance. The much-celebrated trend has been spread by just a handful of chefs from Tijuana to Cabo, and it's been the Cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Tijuana's El Rincon del Oso: The Best Gorditas on Earth

    To kick off our Tijuana Sí! column, I'm going way back in time to an article I did in 2003 about my all-time favorite restaurant: El Rincón del Oso in Tijuana's Mercado Hidalgo. A couple of things have changed in the market (the lack of gabachos, for one, in the past couple of years, although that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Is a Road Trip From OC to Mexico Safe?

    ​Flaccid_Leper wants to know. The Canadian transplant, now living in Costa Mesa, wants to know, and he has posted the following questions at Is it safe to drive in Mexico? Any idea of good party places somewhat close to the border that are also tourist friendly and relatively safe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    On the Line: Pedro Resendiz of Tamarindo Truck, Part Two

    ​Day two with Pedro Resendiz gets to the heart of what makes the Tamarindo Truck tick. We tie together family, life experiences and the menu, which differentiates the Resendizes' luxe lonchera from the rest. He also shares his thoughts on receiving criticism (and the importance of having a thick s ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    Vaya Con Mom

    After their mother was deported to Mexico, the Brito children embarked on a two-year journey trying to navigate life in the United States on their own

  • News

    June 23, 2011

    100 Reasons to Be Ecstatic About Summer In OC!

    Summer here is bliss, better than anyplace else in the States

  • News

    February 17, 2011

    Big-Wave Surfing's Swell Guys

    The monster swells can be big business, but for one group of OC surfers, it's still all about the ride

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Teen Prodigy Genesis Codina Adds a Youthful Grito to Anaheim Mariachi Festival

    ​Mexico celebrated the bicentennial of its independence last Sept.16, and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution is approaching next month. So how do you get your grito on? By checking out the Anaheim Mariachi Festival this Saturday! The fourth annual event features numerous performers su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2009

    Five Questions with On Blast

    ​Long Beach (OK, technically they live in Signal Hill) quartet On Blast--multi-instrumentalist Andy Kiddoo, singer Josh Brown, guitarist Travis Raab and producer/bassist Tone Blair -- play Thursday night at Alex's Bar with Free Moral Agents and Mode and Friday a bar mitzvah. After runni ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 5, 2007


    Allow me to write a similar column to !Ask a Mexican! called Ask an American, and lets see which column people like more

  • Features

    May 20, 2004
  • Music

    October 7, 1999