[LA Weekly] 10 Restaurants for Mardi Gras
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[LA Weekly] 10 Restaurants for Mardi Gras

This list was published in 2012, but most likely holds true in 2013. So take me to the Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday is Feb. 12, and L.A. has festive dining options a plenty. Continue reading

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[Blog] Tijuana Culinary Tour
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[Blog] Tijuana Culinary Tour

Ever since the Mexican-American War split a chunk of Mexico’s west coast in 1848, Tijuana’s border existence between two major countries has made it unique. The position has made the city a hot spot for tourism, crime, drug trafficking, immigration, industrialization, art, music, and even “zonkeys.” But now there’s another reason for Tijuana’s singularity: the food. During three days last October, I sampled some of Tijuana’s finest food from taquerías to posh restaurants. Read about it here. [Post in both English and Spanish.] Continue reading

[USC] Miss Chiquita Banana: Here to Stay, for Better or Worse
COUNTRIES & CULTURES / FOOD / Immigration Issues / Latin American food / LATIN AMERICAN/LATINO / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Miss Chiquita Banana: Here to Stay, for Better or Worse

Imagine a packed movie theater in 1950. An audience awaits Hollywood’s latest picture — but first, the commercials. An animated steamboat appears on the screen, chugging along to cheerful music. Then a beautiful woman alights. Or rather, a banana. She is “Miss Chiquita” representing prominent fruit company Chiquita Banana. By 1950, the filmgoers know her … Continue reading

[LA Weekly] Your Bäco Update: Josef Centeno’s Bäco Mercat Opens Next Week
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[LA Weekly] Your Bäco Update: Josef Centeno’s Bäco Mercat Opens Next Week

The bäco is back, and this time, in a starring role. Josef Centeno’s Bäco Mercat is slated to open Monday, Oct. 24 for lunch. The chef and owner describes his signature dish as “a sandwich-taco-pizza hybrid that encompasses my style of cooking in a sandwich: a lot of flavorful meat and sauce combinations.” The name derives from Centeno’s concept of a global taco…. Continue reading

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[Oxy Weekly] Pulitzer-winner Jonathan Gold to speak about food and culture in L.A.

By: Daina Beth Solomon *Unpublished March 3, 2010 Imagine picking up the colorful, alternative LA Weekly instead of a brick-thick Sociology or Urban Studies textbook, and, for homework, reading Jonathan Gold’s restaurant reviews.  More than describe the best spots for tortas ahogadas or Peking duck, Gold’s writings also comment on Los Angeles culture and society.  … Continue reading