This is really cool: The paperback edition of my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America is out TODAY!Do I need to write anything more? Okay, I will!
M-I-C . . .. . . See you at the bottom!Following citations by the state Friday over concerns about workers falling from tall attractions, Disney closed the Matterhorn and Space Mountain at Disneyland and Soarin' Over California at California Adventure on Saturday.
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexican girls ditch school so much?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexican driver's licenses work in the United States?
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her new column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theo ... More >>
Judge to punish Cypress resident and former CVS pharmacist tied to terrorism plot against U.S. soldiers
Look in the kitchens and closets and home bars of California beernoscenti, and you'll see rows of brown or green glass bottles emblazoned with the names of California's many craft breweries. I myself have a growler from nearly every brewery in Orange County, and they sit on a shelf in my kitchen, wh ... More >>
A federal judge in Southern California has awarded $4.48 million to 347 Filipinos because a Los Angeles company violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) by tricking them into slave labor as teachers in Louisiana public schools.This week, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Kronst ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans always vote for Mexicans?
Virginia's anti-sodomy law has been struck down, due in part to an assist from the dean of UC Irvine's School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky.The decision came in a case involving sex between an adult male and a 17-year-old girl, which the Richmond, Va.-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed shoul ... More >>
This is really cool: the paperback edition of my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America is coming out April 16!Do I need to write anything more? Okay, I will!
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has an annual budget of nearly $12 billion, nine divisions, planes, helicopters, night-vision and audio spy equipment, fences, dogs, boats, guns, checkpoints and more than 45,600 agents, but it can't stop one dirt poor but determine Mexican, Sergio Alcal ... More >>
While on routine patrol just after 4 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2011, the crew of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Petrel spotted an open-bow, panga boat operating without lights in rough waters near San Diego.The boat weaved through commercial freightliners in an attempt to avoid detection, but the Coast ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans like to play in the street?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are all gabachos Mexican-haters?
[Hey, You!] That's right, it's the kids' fault . . .
In the center of the wine and olive oil laboratory known as La Escuelita (but officially as la Estación de Oficios de El Porvenir) stands a wooden building with mattress springs for walls. Inside is a brown clutter of detritus: a Christmas tree made of upturned wine bottles stands anachronistically ... More >>
A man serving an eight-year prison sentence in Minnesota is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Ana Wednesday for pulling the largest known Ponzi scheme in Orange County history--without stepping foot in California. Gerard Frank Cellette, who is accused of masterminding a $200 million, multi-state i ... More >>
Despite initially claiming post-2011 arrest innocence and implying that the FBI had manufactured a false case that she aided Middle East terrorists, an Orange County pharmacist has pleaded guilty and faces sentencing next month.Turkey native and legal U.S. resident Oytun Ayse Mihalik of La Palma wor ... More >>
Along with its report of its quarterly results yesterday, McDonald's revealed that it will introduce a whole new product come February, in time for Lent. Fish McBites are just what you think: nuggets of fish made from the same species (Alaskan Pollack) that's used for the Filet-O-Fish.
Before President Barack Obama just announced 23 executive orders he will issue and a $500 million package and changes in law he will seek from Congress in the wake of the mass shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 elementary schoolchildren, the Laguna Woods-based California Tea Party called for hi ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans still bother with the United States?
I once lectured in South Carolina--at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg in 2008, to be exact. Overflow crowd of over 300--mostly gabachos, with a handful of Latinos clustered in the front. It was a great event, everyone very respectful--and then on the drive back, at 4 a.m. in ... More >>
Emeril Lagasse has done it all in his long career in the culinary world. He's an accomplished chef and regional James Beard Award winner, he's a successful restaurateur with eateries all over the US, he's written plenty of amazing cookbooks enabling us to channel our inner chef, and most notably, he ... More >>
I began writing this on Friday, hours after NRA loon-in-chief Wayne LaPierre offered his predictably over-the-top defense of gun nuts, pimps and apologists for the weapons industry. Hard to imagine the cognitive dissonance required of somebody who can stick to his, yes, guns in the face of ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans try to get their sons to marry Mexican villagers?
On Dec. 8, I reported that Congressman Dana Rohrabacher claimed Democratic operatives paid poor people and "illegals" to steal the 2012 presidential election for Barack Obama.Rohrabacher offered no proof of his claim and so I challenged him to name just one crony who paid one identified "illega ... More >>
Today, Washington State made history by becoming the first state in the union where you can smoke marijuana just to get high. A bunch of folks celebrated that fact by gathering at Seattle's Space Needle for a stroke-of-midnight smoke-out. "I feel like a kid in a candy store," one of the midnight rav ... More >>
Anybody notice that ever since Obama was re-elected, all's been quiet on the federal marijuana crackdown front?Maybe all those conspiracy theorists who claimed that Obama would move to legalize marijuana during his second term, or at least back away from the crackdown his administration launched in ... More >>
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 >>
News item: At its meeting starting at 4 p.m. today, the Irvine City Council will discuss what to do with a $9.3 million surplus.It's a "problem" other city councils wish they were facing, and it's nothing new for Irvine, which the previous fiscal year "wrestled" with a $14.4 million surplus.Which wa ... More >>
This Thursday, I fly to the University of Houston in what will be the official end of my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America tour. It's been a great ride that has taken me from the Bay Area to Texas about a million times, the South and virtually all other points, but while the tour en ... More >>
Kids: let me tell you about the most magical food festival of them all--not some overplayed clustertruck, but the Southern Foodways Alliance's annual symposium in Oxford, Mississippi. The SFA, of course, is an awesome organization devoted to celebrating and documenting Southern food, and their sympo ... More >>
Proposition 37, the ballot initiative that would have made California the first in the nation to require the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on processed foods, has failed, receiving 46 percent of the vote with 82 percent of precincts reporting.The news is seen as a blow to many in ... More >>
As we reported this morning, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the ballot measure that would have required the labeling of genetically engineered food. Supporters believed the initiative would prevent a misleading use of the word "natural" on foods that have been modified in a lab. What may ... More >>
For all our obsession with Mexican food in Southern California, I gotta hand it to Texans--they're even more obsessed. They're the people, after all, who historically have contributed more to the combo plate of Mexican food in this country than any other region--including the combo plate. In San Ant ... More >>
From lo-fi electro to southern rap, this LA producer attacks each track from multiple states of mind
America, go at it. From 2 to 6 p.m. today, Taco Bell will be giving customers a free Doritos Locos Taco.The fast-food chain had promised fans that if any player stole a base during the World Series, it would declare today Free Taco Tuesday. On Thursday, Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants swiped ... More >>
A few months ago, Fish-O-Licious, an independent California Fish Grill aspirant closed in Fountain Valey. No one blinked. It was a very good restaurant that did its best, but for whatever reason, it wasn't enough. Chasing the success of the California Fish Grill chain has been something of a white w ... More >>
Whether to pass or strike down Proposition 37, an initiative requiring labels on some genetically modified foods, is the subject of a debate that will take place at Chapman University this afternoon.If the proposition passed, it would make California the first state that mandates GMOs (genetically m ... More >>
Updated, with new info on the bottom...ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 16, 11 A.M.: One glorious day--when I'm done with all my Taco USA shilling (have you bought your copy yet?), when we finish some projects 'round here, when things settle down with my backyard--one glorious day, I'm going to start doing a bit ... More >>
Orange County is home to growing numbers of refugees from that country's growing civil war
Good news: U.S. tourists are finally starting to return to Baja California. Three friends and I just returned from yet another fantastic weekend doing the "20,000 calories south of the border" tour, and while we adjusted to "Mexican time" and had a grand time lowering our blood pressure, some of our ... More >>
SEE OC WEEKLY'S FULL KCON SLIDESHOW HERE! From the parking lot, you could hear the screams. Inside the festival area of Verizon Amphitheater, giddy fans crowded in a massive white tent. A sea of hands holding cameras and cell phones shot up into the air. "Oh, my Gooooood!" girls squealed, ... More >>
The basic lesson "Money doesn't grow on trees" is becoming less pertinent, thanks to a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 2367, authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), allows California schools to sell their garden produce and reinvest the money in their garden programs. The i ... More >>