Hello dearest readers! With LP being a slacker and actually taking vacation time this week (who does that?), it falls to me to deliver to you the dining digest you all know and love. This week, Edwin made the trek down to the Irvine Spectrum to try The Melt, a Web 2.0, San Franciscan grilled cheese ... More >>
[Hole in the Wall] This Santa Ana eatery is the best OC place to explore this Mexican-food trend
The embers hadn't even cooled in the cabin that served as the inferno that claimed the life of cop killer Christopher Dorner before songs praising Dorner's life started appearing on YouTube. And I'm not talking about some rap ditty or folk bullshit, but bona fide corridos, the ballads of Mexico that ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are all gabachos Mexican-haters?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Univisión and Telemundo look so sharp?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans try to get their sons to marry Mexican villagers?
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Houston to do a book signing for my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Afterward, I went with friends and fans to enjoy some awesome Tex-Mex at El Real Tex-Mex, and among those who attended were two colleagues/pals from our sister paper, the Houston P ... More >>
The 12th Annual Expo Tequila Tijuana kicked off last night on Avenida Revolucion and runs through Sunday, October 14th, right smack in the middle of the Baja Culinary Fest and Tijuana Innovadora tourist fair. If you're planning on being in town for the Culinary Fest, the Expo Tequila is more than wo ... More >>
This week's Tijuana Sí! is a call to action: get down to Baja California next weekend.October 11-14 is Baja California Culinary Fest 2012, where all the unbelievably great food we write about here is showcased for the world to come see. Seafood, meat, beer, wine, vegetables, cheese... it's 20,000 c ... More >>
In 1988's campy bartender melodrama, Cocktail, Brian Flanagan and Doug Coughlin both shared the same dream--to have a place of their own, and live it up like kings. Baja California has been my place to pursue such lofty desires; it's a place where a middle-class guy like me can "make it rain." It's ... More >>
The Sea of Cortez teems with ocean life, the likes of which we only see here when chefs cart the haul north of the border. Chocolata and pata de mula (ark) clams, snook, perfect sweet shrimp, all come out of the water also known as the Gulf of California, and it's with Baja California that most of t ... More >>
State College Boulevard in Anaheim has hosted something like a dozen Mexican seafood restaurants in the five years since I moved here. They all claim to be Sinaloa- or Nayarit-style restaurants, because those are the Pacific coast states with the strongest seafood traditions, but with the exception ... More >>
One of largest groups of settlers from mainland Mexico to Baja California are Sinaloans (the other being Sonorans) and with them comes one of the greatest seafood traditions in Mexico. Sinaloan seafood cocktailing, cooking, and grilling have had a tremendous influence on Baja cuisine--Sinaloan stree ... More >>
It might only be in the United States, or possibly Southern California, where one finds Caucasian, Vietnamese and Latino students dancing together to traditional, folkloric Mexican songs. The Eighth Annual "La Purisima Ballet Folklorico" at La Purisima Catholic School in Orange featured just that. I ... More >>
Unless you subscribe to the Latino package on Dish Network--I do!--you may not have noticed that Mexico now has its own food network: Utilisima. The global foodist fever has caught on south of the border, introducing reality-based food programming, and the concept of chef as celebrity. It was all ve ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim eatery sells quesadillas more deity than tortilla
[Hole In the Wall] The Santa Ana lonchera serves Sea of Cortez rarities like manta ray and cockles. Cockles!
[CANNES REPORT] Halfway through, and it's clear: Cannes 2011 has issues
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why would an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe cause so much controversy?
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 >>
Tacos y Mariscos Sinaloa #2 (the first one is in Anaheim) belongs to the genre of Mexican eateries that infuriate me: the dives that masquerade as a regional restaurant. A thorough look through the menu finds no Sinaloan specialties, but instead a hybrid of Tex-Mex (fajitas, nachos), Cal-Mex (bur ... More >>
Flickr user tinfoilraccoonNew 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.
The Sinaloan seafood specialties here will oom-pah their way into your heart
Of course, in my shock, I forgot to take photos--but here's that nifty marquee...I hadn't been to Mariscos Licenciado #2 in Anaheim, one of the county's few-but-picking-up-in-numbers-as-of-recent Sinaloa-style seafood restaurants, in a couple of months, but have sent dozens of happy eaters to the ... More >>
Chico's Tacos in El Paso: The Most Mexican Restaurant in AmericaRick Bayless came to and left Orange County last week, and none of Weeklings were able to attend, busy as we are with our normal lives (Dave, Edwin, and Shuji, their 9-to-5s; me, skinheads and pedo-priests). Sucks, because the battle ... More >>
Drugs, death and fear in the murder capital of the world
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Facts and stats always win
[Hole In the Wall] Orange's new Sinaloan dive helps you attain an aguachile summer
Cachanilla is also a plant...I've always enjoyed the shrimp and fish tacos at Baja Cachanilla in SanTana--each juicy, plump, on handmade tortillas and topped with one of the thicker, sweeter fish taco creams you'll find. It's better than Baja Fresh just a couple of blocks down Bristol, and Wahoo' ... More >>
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this is your Mexican regional music on drugs
[Hole in the Wall] This Garden Grove eatery actually does serve Morelian specialties
pbe @ flickr.com CC BY-SA 2.0Pambazo: the illegitimate child of French toast and panini.One of the foodie complaints about so-called "Mexican" restaurants in the United States is that the food on offer is not usually remotely like the food served in México. Mexicans at home don't eat burritos; t ... More >>
Tacos Sinaloa in SanTana works: a Mexican Norm's, a place where families can enjoy delicious takes on Mexican standards, where the rotisserie chicken crackles as good as any Armenian joint, where the fat burritos not only come with cebollitas and grilled jalapeños, even the to-go order comes wit ... More >>
In "Less is Mor" Vickie Change educates us about Hollywood nightlife mogul Anton Posniak, who set out to remake the OC scene. Now he’s got more lawsuits than restaurants here. Gustavo Arellano mocks California's fires in "The Fire All the Time: Create Your Own Inferno News Story!". And Matt Co ... More >>
I've long praised Mariscos Licenciado #2 in Anaheim, not just because it sells amazing seafood, but because of the type of marine jewels it prepares: specialties from the Mexican Pacific coastal state of Sinaloa, renowned for it seafood, narcocorridos, and eardrum-disintegrating bandas. The differen ... More >>
'Thoughtful, argumentative, loyal and kind'
'Wake up and smell the tacos'
Seven ultra-violent Mexican songs to put you in a bueno spirit
So how on earth (literally) did Mexicans end up making arroz a staple of their diet?
Mexicos Ugly Americans
Diary of a Mad County
Breaking international law via soup at Mariscos La Sirena
Five Mexican Mexican restaurants to fiesta at during Cinco de Mayo
Violently good Sinaloan seafood at Mariscos Licenciado #2
The country where hope died