As a general rule, coffee in Baja is a disappointment. I don't mean the actual plants or the seeds that come from them; there's some truly amazing coffee coming out of states from San Luis Potosí all the way south to Chiapas. No, I mean that by and large, finding a good cup of coffee in Baja is j ... More >>
As all things in the Valle de Guadalupe, progress has been slow--the kind of slow that makes food taste great, that refines Port and Highland Scotch, the kind of slow that makes a ballad sung by Ron Isley flow like honey dripping from each carefully placed syllable just behind the beat--laid back. T ... More >>
My hope that good flour tortillas might be on the upswing was buoyed by last week's find of decent, not-awful flour tortillas in a non-Latino grocery store. Unfortunately, they were dashed this week. I bought a pack of Mama's Tortillas at the grocery store (Stater Bros. this time, I think) from one ... More >>
This week was the release of our Summer Guide to Orange County, and we decided to tell all of our favorite summertime stories in comics form. Let's take a look at the culinary comics and the rest of our blogs this week... We learned that Edwin, along with being our super-secret food critic - is an ... More >>
Hi, we hope your week was swell. And we want to make your weekend even better by showing you some awesome things. Sure, this is really just a recap of awesome things, but we need page views and you need condensed information so you can get to partying even sooner. Here we go... This week, Edwin wen ... More >>
Well howdy-do, and welcome to another week in food. This time around, Edwin reviewed Black Trumpet Bistro in Huntington Beach, and then he gave us the restaurant roll call for April. He announced the opening of Tootsie - a cute ice cream shop in Santa Ana. And last, he told us that MTV will soon ha ... More >>
Documents released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles shows again how the Orange diocese is still not telling the full story of its sex-abuse scandal
I've spent nearly a decade writing about Eleuterio Ramos, the most notorious pedophile priest in the history of the Diocese of Orange, a monster who admitted to molesting "at least" 25 boys, a ghoul who church officials--including current Diocese of Boise and Diocese of Sacramento bishops Michael Dr ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana collection sells Chinese, Vietnamese, Turkish—and, of course, Mexican food
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 >>
Three weeks ago, Bill gave what may be the world's first quasi-comprehensive guide to the vendors swirling around the mass fustercluck known as the northbound border crossing at San Ysidro; it's only quasi-comprehensive because the vendors change occasionally.Today, Tijuana Sí! covers what should a ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are Mexican Indians so poor?
Birria is something you'll find in every part of Mexico, and the most famous versions come from Jalisco and Zacatecas (where our jefe comes from). In those states they roast the goat in a natural or conventional oven, using the drippings to make a rich cumin-laced stock and serve every part of the g ... More >>
One of my father's cardinal rules of life was that the police always eat where there's good food at a good price. New to town? Look to see where the uniforms are eating. It could be a luncheonette in New Jersey with the best Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a hard roll, a little shack in Iowa servi ... More >>
For seemingly ever, tostilocos have governed the diet of Mexis in Orange County yet proven almost impossible to cross over to gabachos--even those of the hipster set. Not sure why: the concoction of chips topped with fruits, peanuts, onions, salsa--really, whatever the hell you want--is like Frit ... More >>
Flaccid_Leper wants to know. The Canadian transplant, now living in Costa Mesa, wants to know, and he has posted the following questions at Reddit.com: 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 >>
Flickr user yarhargoatIt gets fatiguing reading the same articles on travel to Mexico that parrot the U.S. State Department over and over again. Precious few of those people have ever actually been to the places they're writing about, but they turn the fear dial up to 11, the result being that Am ... More >>
Dave LiebermanLast week, I talked about how easy it was to make panisses, and the photo (taken with my old iPhone, yeah, yeah, haters gonna hate) had some empanadas in the background. Empanadas are, with about $10 worth of equipment you might not already own, the easiest appetizer to make.
[Locals Only] Spanish-language hardcore ska: What could be more Orange County?
It's a rite of passage for the college crowd, for girl's night out, and for gabachos who want to play Mexican for a night: the tequila shot. Salt your hand, lick it off, down the shot, then suck a lime slice. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR! Mexicans do it, too, although not as muc ... More >>
Photo by the Elmo MonsterOur requisite mention of Piaggio for the week!We went luxe lonchera crazy this week, and even crazier in other departments. The bedlam after the jump!
OC WeeklyLos FabulocosDos(Delta Groove Music)Let time take its path, and simplicities start falling away, at least for the most part. We know there are people out there who use the phrase "Latin music" as if that explains everything because there are people who similarly think that everyone south ... More >>
Updated, with a comment from Pee Wee's and the Tucson Weekly at the bottom...I've been hearing good things about Pee Wee's Famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers in Surf City, but had to roll my eyes when the Orange County Register announced this morning they were introducing "real Mexican hot dogs" to i ... More >>
Flickr user twodollaAccording to a recent study by the University of Michigan and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pot use is increasing among American teenagers, while drinking is on the wane. This is apparently bad news, at least according to a group calling itself the Community Anti-Drug ... More >>
Dave earlier this week gave us a list of food trends that most of us can agree reached their innovative end in 2010, if not earlier; this list is different. The following trends are still raging, will probably rage throughout the coming year--but they need to die for the reasons I'll explain. The vi ... More >>
Headline: Two Men Injured When Shot Outside Church PartyComment by CADRE77: Go figure, another shooting in little mexico.Comment by TOMNORANGE: Let's just put a fence around Santa Ana. They're shooting each other at a CHURCH!Penal Colony, Channel IslandsComment by SCAFI53: Looks like Tijuana !!!! ... More >>
A hallucinogen called ibogaine has helped addicts kick heroin, meth and everything in between. Is it the trip that does the trick?
The title says it all...Mickey Mouse was at SanTana's Mexican Independence Day Festival yesterday, wearing a costume of imperceptible ethnicity and a sarape. That's the best you can do, Disney, to Mexicanize the Mouse? Even Minnie wore a baile folkórico dress, for chrissakes.Disney should've con ... More >>
Headline: Report: Illegal Population to Soar if Birthright Citizenship RepealedComment by WRESTLER76: So basically anyone that came over with Christopher Columbus and after him are illegals and none of there descendents have a right to be here, only native americans ... so i agree, lets start wit ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] The chaotic life of Mexicans who hike
Dave Lieberman"You're insane." "You're going to die, you know." "Are you stupid?" "Can I have your car?" Such were the reactions I got when I mentioned that I would be taking part in a culinary tour of Tijuana given by Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA: total certainty that I would never ma ... More >>
Headline: Grand Jury Says OCTA Fails Low-Income Bus RidersComment by rufus1: Transportation welfare...OCTA is the original Tijuana Taxi Service...What a waste.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this is your Mexican regional music on drugs
Orange County Register: The Catch restaurant and sports bar that had been in the shadow of Angel Stadium for 32 years before closing in February 2008 will reopen even closer to the Big A. . . . While noting highway deaths dropped nearly 10 percent locally and nationwide, the Reg unveils a map s ... More >>
When I heard late that the United States Attorney's office is investigating Archdiocese of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony for his role in covering up the rapes committed by his priest, I attributed it to a hallucination brought on by last night's episode of Lost. But here's the Los Angeles Times ... More >>
Anaheim burger titan Carl Karcher died on Friday (look for our obit in this Thursday's edition of your favorite fish wrapper), and how does the company he founded honor the man? By unveiling a stupid commercial for its breakfast burrito. Hey, pendejos: the long lines on the United States-Mexico bord ... More >>
Black Lips Give Garage Rock a Sloppy Smooch of Vitality
The life, death and final escape of Eleuterio Ramos
The life, death and final escape of Eleuterio Ramos
Seven terrible Mexican remakes of American songs
Kem Nunn on environmental apocalypse, surfing subcultures and his new novel, Tijuana Straits
Old pals, piquant poultry and memories a-plenty at San Clementes Bird Nirvana
Julieta Venegas is Latin alternatives reigning reina
Let a teenager do it for you
Manu Chao rocks the universal barrio