We had the pleasure of judging a very special tasting event over the weekend. Somewhere between the hosted bar, auctions and food tasting, we helped support the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area in Costa Mesa. Along with Moxxe PR busybody Mona Shah-Anderson and our new friend Rudy Chaney of F ... More >>
Food fundraisers feature some of the most lucrative combinations: Girl Scout cookies, pizza parties for soccer leagues and raffles involving hosted dinners are just a few that come to mind. Factor in a worthy cause, and you have the makings of something profitable. Deep pockets can whet their appeti ... More >>
I've had a continual craving for pibil--the classic southern Mexican pork (cochinita) or chicken (pollo) dish of braised meat wrapped in banana leaf--ever since I was introduced to the chicken variety in a town outside of Chichen Itza, Yucatán, two Novembers ago.There's a satisfactory version on th ... More >>
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 >>
There are few restaurateurs for me that can do no wrong, and one of them is Ivan Calderón of Taco Mesa fame. Not only has his food remained consistently delicious over the years (even while appealing to a largely gabacho audience), but Calderón has also been strong community leaders in their ho ... More >>
From Twitter follower @iamrandyz:@OCWeeklyFood what's the best Taco Tuesday spot in north countyI asked if he wanted places with specific Taco Tuesday promotions, or places where it's Taco Tuesday every day, and he responded,@OCWeeklyFood well Id like to know both!Well, then!Taco Tuesday, of cour ... More >>
The Santa Ana native is king of Orange County's handball courtsbut can he go further and bring the sport some much-needed respect?
I recently hung out with the Soho Taco guys, and they confirmed what I suspected: The new executive chef at Taco Rosa, Javier Zambrano, is related to them--he's their uncle.Taco Rosa, of course, is the higher-end concept created by the Taco Mesa guys, a great place to try delicious Mexican food a ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyWhat'd you miss this weekend? We saw the Adolescents and the Bouncing Souls performed at the House of Blues Anaheim. And then we went to check out Eat.Drink.Pink OC for pink-hued baked goods and even drinks like the Cotton Candy Martini. And finally, on Sunday night, ... More >>
Edwin Goei After my friends and I saw the ridiculously long line at the Kogi stop in Costa Mesa this past Saturday, we turned around and left to have some Taco Mesa. But I got to thinking, what other foods might do well in Orange County via lonchera (other than tacos, which are already a s ... More >>
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