By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek Lady Casa is perhaps the country's most famous raver, and something of a cult leader to her tens of thousands of fans. When the Miami native makes a pilgrimage to LA and hosts an event on Venice Beach the day after seeing DJ Armin van Buuren, it quickly turns int ... More >>
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Long Beach loves its family-owned restaurants and the perpetual lines at East Long Beach mainstay Enrique's is proof not only of its namesake owner and head chef's mastery of Yucatan cuisine (try the pork shoulder!), but also of he and his wife's connection to the community. Two doors down, however ... More >>
I'd always known that food in Mexico was both fantastic and cheap, but I'd never really thought about it until I added up all the costs for food that my friend Weston and I ate during a week in Jalisco last year, so we could square up before heading back to our respective cities. We spent more on on ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant is where Mexicans eat when they want to eat 'regular' Mexican food
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Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us eve ... More >>
"Just when I thought I was out--they pull me back in."--Michael Corleone, Godfather Part III. There has been a lot of press about the Baja Med explosion, and Baja fine dining--on both sides of the border--what really makes our hearts flutter here in the U.S. is street food. In trends, you can always ... More >>
San Felipe was always known to me as a Spring Break retreat for American college kids looking to see Mexico and ride the mechanical bull. It came as a huge surprise that it's such a sleepy fishing village--you'd never mistake this place for Cabo, Cancun, or Puerto Vallarta. It's a great place to rel ... 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 >>
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 >>
In order for a parrilla to continue to burn, there must be some fresh mesquite added to ensure its vibrancy. And it's an apt metaphor when considering the current Baja cuisine renaissance. The much-celebrated trend has been spread by just a handful of chefs from Tijuana to Cabo, and it's been the Cu ... More >>
The first time I ever saw buches--perhaps more properly known as pescuezos de pollo--was at the late, lamented Breed Street vendor fair in Boyle Heights, where the scent of frying chicken competed for olfactory primacy against enchiladas, pambazos, churros, and pit-roasted meat. I wasn't paying atte ... More >>
The second installment of Coachella 2012 kicks off today in Indio. I just got back from enjoying Weekend 1 in the desert and between great performances by At the Drive-In and Tupac's hologram, I managed to get a little food blogging done.It's always smart to fill up before you get to the festival, b ... More >>
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Gabbi's Mexican KitchenGabbi's Market TamalesThe Christmas music is already playing at the mall, which means it's tamale-making season here in Southern California. This Saturday at 10:30 a.m., as part of the Chef Demo Series at the Orange Home Grown Farmers Market, Chef Gabbi Patrick of nearby Ga ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are there Mennonites in Mexico?
Dave LiebermanWelcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to numéro soixante-et-un, the latest entry.
Flickr user tinfoilraccoonNew Year's Day is coming. In the interest of the gastronomic improvement of our fair readership area, I offer the following set of suggested New Years' resolutions for the diners of Orange County.
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 >>
In the spirit of the season, Rex from one of the little Lagunas sent me this:For Thanksgiving, do Mexicans celebrate it with tamales? What dishes would you suggest? Wish that it were true, Rex. Fact is, Mexicans usually celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States the same way Americans do: the sa ... More >>
Yucatan Grill in Seal Beach is my go-to spot for tasty margaritas. This Caribbean-Mexican restaurant always makes their margaritas stiff (you have to get your money's worth in this recession!) and offers a variety of choices from a Suprema Yucatan (equivalent to a Cadillac Margarita) to a Pomerit ... More >>
I lost the email, so I'll paraphrase:Hey, cabrón! Peña's Restaurant in SanTana closed--pinche chingadera!-- so where can I get my cochinita pibil fix?A word on Peña's before we move on the the respuesta: it is, indeed, gone, but its loss isn't that big a deal. Although the hipsters and crazy Y ... More >>
Missed the first edition of this column? You'll have to scour the Wayback Machine for it because it's...gone (I did answer your question, though, JB!). Since no one else has asked me a food question, I hereby steal an exchange between Orange County Register foodie Niyaz Pirani and I over Facebook ... More >>
BAD: There aren't enough Salvadoran restaurants in Orange County, and that one of the few and longest-standing has closed down means Salvis are probably leaving their traditional OC homeland of SanTana for greener, more assimilated pastures. Pupusódromo didn't serve the best pupusas, but did serve ... More >>
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 >>
Still don't get their logo, but whatever...I haven't been too nice to the Crosby, the SanTana hipster haunt who I've previously called out for uneven food and for one of its owners cracking easy Mexican food jokes. But I'm man enough to take back what I've said if proven wrong, or at least open enou ... More >>
You'd think San Diego County's closeness to the Mexican border would make it a natural place for Latinos to call home, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, San Diego County continues to have the lowest concentration of Latinos among Southern California counties. That's because, immigration tr ... More >>
Luxuriating in the cochinita pibil at Peña's Restaurant
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