Eating at a Taco Bell in Texas is like ordering your hamburgers in Southern California from McDonald's--what's the pinche point? Taco Bell founder Glenn Bell was frank about the difficulty of spreading his chain to the Lone Star State in the 1960s, and even today, you're much more likely to see Taco ... More >>
Justin Soileau's been a running favorite of ours here at Heard Mentality ever since the native born Texan moved out to California and began recording and performing throughout the county and elsewhere. He's just released his first full album, a self-titled effort, last week via Bandcamp, iTune ... More >>
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Sorry for the hiatus of this column, but thankfully, the crimes never stop--especially when you're in a one-stop town like Midland, Texas, where they like to drink and drive and drive while drunk in the drive-thru--and then break a rear-view mirror for good measure.
From chili to the combo plate, fajitas to tacos al carbón, the frozen margarita machine to nachos, Texas has long dominated the national conversation on Mexican food in this country. But that's now irretrievably changed, as California and our onslaught of regional Mexican, Korean tacos, Mission bur ... More >>
Remember last fall when Texas Governor Rick Perry packed 1,000 supporters--including former Orange County Republican Party chairman Tom Fuentes, rising from his death bed--into Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach? Perry also scooped up cash for his presidential run at some private affairs with Orang ... More >>
As Southern Californians we take for granted our In-N-Outs. It's only when we hear of our out-of-state neighbors going ape shit when one opens in their neck of the woods, with people sobbing as if they've just seen the Messiah Himself, that we take stock on how beloved our homegrown burger empire ... More >>
There was a lot to hate about 2011 as a whole.And, there are still nine days left for December to make a case for changing my mind about which was the worst month in Orange County this year.But, from my perch on this ivory tower I call "couch," I'm ready to proclaim October 2011 as the nastiest m ... More >>
UPDATE, AUG. 16, 12:04 P.M.: Through the court affidavit and his appearance before a federal magistrate in Santa Ana Monday afternoon, we now know Samuel
Martinez Gonzalez's side of the story that has him facing a maximum sentence of life behind bars if convicted.The 26-year-old Santa Ana man cl ... More >>
Flickr user riebartWith Texas facing a nasty drought, some folks are going deep into the bowels of, well, bowels, for drinking water. The town of Big Spring is breaking ground on a $13 million plant that will take treated wastewater, normally discharged into a lake or creek, and blend it in ... More >>
Flickr user ILRICattle from Mozambique--how many more immigrant cattle will come? Earlier this week, Foreign Policy published a somewhat tongue-in-cheek essay in which the author argued that the United States treats foreign cattle better than it does immigrants. According to the piece, the U ... More >>
Courtesy of Food NetworkNever underestimate the power of people who've been churned through the Anderson School of Business machine. This week's episode of Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race" showed that an ounce of amazing marketing savvy can overcome a pound of unfamiliarity with the pro ... More >>
Though the virtues of tacky 80s wear are typically lost on today's youth (usually for good reason), you can't deny the utter originality and attitude that breathes life into a what was once a plain t-shirt or pair of jeans--a classic feel with a snazzy twist. Maybe that's the mindset that inspired t ... More >>
Yes, it's not a state secret...Wednesdays are boring. Usually. But then again, there's always room for surprises. Like the whoop-ass Texas-born punk of The Riverboat Gamblers. Passing through California on a west coast stint, this furiously energetic tattooed five piece makes a stop at Detroit Bar, ... More >>
Emmis Publishing announced this morning that it has purchased Orange Coast Kommunications, Inc., publisher of 33-year-old Orange Coast magazine.
This should be excellent news. Among it's media (radio, television, books and magazines) empire, Emmis owns one of the nation's longtime, superior regiona ... More >>
The Los Angeles Daily News reported yesterday that the "newly empowered California House Democrats are extending an olive branch to a group that has shunned them for years: California Republicans."
A meeting is scheduled for this afternoon when, in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, members of the tw ... More >>
According to Money Magazine, Orange County is one of the best places in the country to live, if you happen to be, say, sheetrock or a nice kitchen countertop. Because if you are, then you could be part of some of the most expensive homes in the country. But if you're not building material, then Mone ... More >>
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to b ... More >>