Armando is my third interviewee of the night, the one I want to write about. Unlike some of the other deportees, he doesn't seem beaten down by his fate. He smiles a lot and exudes confidence. His black hair is pulled into a tight ponytail. He brings a lightness to our conversations that the others ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans read Cervantes in the original Spanish?
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 >>
Son del CentroSon del Centrowww.facebook.com/sondelcentroSee Also:*Local Record Review: 'Visions of the Sun' by Cham Kerem*Local Record Review: 'However Strange' by Détective*Local Records Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red SparksTen years ago in the city of Santa Ana, a musical project ... More >>
After a night spent out late on Sixth Street or in the pulsating, mind-altering nightclub known as Clássico, the body needs two things: restorative caffeine, and something chile-spiked and offal-y. The latter is easily found anywhere in downtown Tijuana, with menudo and birria practically bursting ... More >>
See Also: *All Day Santa Ana Summer Festival Puts the Movement in Music*Son del Centro Benefit Show This Friday*Calle 13 Bring Their Latin Grammy Nominated Music to the House of Blues AnaheimThe worlds of Puerto Rican bomba and Mexican son jarocho will come together in mutual admiration this Saturda ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Chicano Studies professors always wear guayaberas?
Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs
On June 6, Chef Rick Bayless received from the Mexican government the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Insignia class (lower ranking reserved for non-royals and non-politicians) for his work in promoting Mexican cuisine in general, and Mexican haute cuisine, specifically, in his PBS television series Mexic ... 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 >>
The Espinoza brothers blend metal, hair metal and mariachi
Son del Centro's roots date back almost ten years now when high school-aged youth began exploring the rich Mexican musical tradition of son jarocho. Five years ago, the group's efforts came to fruition in the form of their first album Mi Jarana es mi Fusil. Son del Centro owes its accomplis ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is there any beef between Mexicans and Ecuadorians?
Sorry, folks: I answer what people ask. And while I have in the queue preguntas about sausage, chocolate, Aliso Viejo restaurants (or, rather, the lack of) and other more pressing issues, I couldn't help but like the query sent by Ramón:So, what's your favorite food-themed song?Hmm. I'm not sure ... More >>
"We can't even drive at night anymore," says Omar, who declined to give his last name. He's a resident of El Modena, the historic barrio in unincorporated Orange that has seen an influx of immigrants from the Mexican state of Veracruz (most undocumented) over the past 20 years to supplement ElMo' ... More >>
Flickr user rvacapintoAn uchepoMuch is being made of the recent report that UNESCO has deemed "traditional Mexican cuisine"--whatever the hell that means--as an intangible cultural heritage worthy of saving. But a close reading of the documents prepared for its nomination shows that most of the a ... 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 >>
[Locals Only] ¡Aparato! mix traditional Mexican music with post-punk rock
Frontera Grill is sabroso, though...Updated after the jump: Rick Bayless responds! And isn't happy...and one of the kings of LA food blogging has even funnier things to say about Bayless... Last Thursday, the CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California (formerly the California Chicano News Media Asso ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] How much money does Mexican sudor save American diners-and why don't Mexicans shower it off until later?
Corporate wants us to write arbitrary Top 5 lists--traditionally left for year-end reviews or Best ofs--for SAFII. Instead, we'll do lists of five: no particular order, but all fine representative of their genus. Let's start--surprise, surprise!--with my favorite salsas:*Habanero salsa at Conde Cake ... More >>
Coto de Caza residential weed picker Raul Salvador Marin wanted to tell the petite 20-year-old at a June 2004 Trabuco Canyon patio party that she was "a really pretty girl, white, young," but he didn't speak English and she didn't speak Spanish. The woman wasn't interested in Marin anyway. She spurn ... More >>
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