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Buda Burgers, in the bad part of town

The first time I tried a Buda Burger was two years ago. My roommate had left a half-eaten burger in the fridge, and I was hungry. He later gave me directions on how to find ...

Warning registered on road's instability

Repaired Ensenada highway at risk of collapse, says geologist

Baja California's scenic toll road between Tijuana and Ensenada is at risk of another major collapse similar to or worse than one that occurred on December 28, 2013, a scientific expert has warned. Luis Alberto ...

K-38's Calypso brings the funk

Unexpected find at the famous Baja surf spot.

It’s Friday night at Baja Calypso and there’s a calm but buzzing energy in the restaurant, and a soft glow from the Moroccan lanterns hanging from the ceiling and candles perched in tabletop wine bottles. ...

El Tigre leaves the punks behind

Provocative meats from Sinful Eats

One year ago, El Tigre had punk shows on a regular basis. They served cheap beer on tap, caguama (bottled beer), and mixed drinks intended to get you drunk for the least amount of money. ...

Middle-Easterners from the south

Border Patrol confirms apprehension of Pakistanis and Afghans in October

Two groups of mostly Pakistani — and several Afghan — men were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in western San Diego County in October, Border Patrol officials have confirmed. The first group — 11 ...

An easy gathering spot in downtown Tijuana

Praga does not offer much more

“Why don’t you try Praga? They have really good chai.” My friend Claudia suggested this after I told her that I did not feel like eating vegan at her Happy Vegan locale. I was looking ...

Which part of the pig do you prefer?

Hipster carnitas in Telefónica

The carnivore paradise that is the Telefónica food-truck park had one stall that served vegan food when I last visited in July. That place is gone and has been replaced with a food truck named ...

Border crossing rules have changed at San Ysidro

The days of walking freely into Mexico are over

In fact, you will need some steenking papers to enter Mexico.

A fairy tale land of beer

Plaza Fiesta’s Fauna Tap Room and Suculenta

Follow the stairs with the gnomes painted on the side to the second floor of one of the many locales that is the maze of Plaza Fiesta and you will find a kitchen with a ...

An awkward ménage à trois

Sage lemonade, pasta, and panini at Aether

When I first met Oliver Castañeda a couple years ago, he was running a small coffee shop named El Gnomo (The Gnome) in downtown Tijuana in the alley known as Pasaje Gomez. When Pasaje Gomez ...

Searching for marlin in Tijuana

Going out of the way for Tacos de Marlin

Every Saturday morning I play a pick-up game of soccer with friends from San Diego and Tijuana. The field we play on varies each week, but it is always south of the border. When we ...

San Diego’s first Baja-centric beer fest

Craft beer hops the border

Baja California is currently home to around 100 craft breweries, but many San Diegans have never tried a Baja craft brew. While southbound tourism has been picking up, borderphobia and long return lines have led ...

An overwhelming array of toppings south of the border

On the boardwalk at Horno 320°

My mom loves this pizzeria situated almost at the end of the boardwalk on Playas de Tijuana (half a mile south from the border wall). We went there as a family for Mother’s day and ...

Baja's/Tijuana's mortgage crisis

Hundreds of thousands of abandoned homes called a "social tragedy"

An estimated 362,000 homes in Baja California have been abandoned by their owners and another 60,000 are at risk of abandonment, according to the national director of El Barzón, a Mexico nonprofit founded to assist ...

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