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Adventures in Adobada: Taquería Los Albañiles

Well-constructed tacos on a dismanlted Segunda

Having finally come to terms with the jeering orange pile of disillusionment that is being marketed as the original taco al pastor in Mexico City, I returned to an old Tijuana favorite to reaffirm the ...

Adventures in Adobada: Melancholy in Mexico City

Losing faith at al pastor Mecca.

El Tizoncito invented the taco al pastor in 1966 by exchanging the lamb shawarma brought by Lebanese immigrants for marinated pork shoulder on a tortilla. Blame the half century since its inception, but these tacos regrettably don't hold a candle to Baja's succulent adobada tacos served on fresh masa tortillas.

Thirty samplers later, I was ready to pass out

Baja Beer Fest

I woke up in a mansion in Ensenada on Sunday morning not sure how I got there. My new next door neighbor, Freddy, had invited me to the Baja Beer Fest and told me not ...

Brownie Girl's bicycle recovered after being stolen

An act of kindness in Tijuana

Marifer Treviño, also known as La Brownie Girl, goes to music and food events in Tijuana selling her homemade brownies (including vegan, oreo, peanut butter, original, etc). When there's no festival or events, she goes ...

Revolutionizing La Revu

Tijuana cantina serves up a deconstructed margarita.

About a year and a half ago, Jaime Brambila and five associates began transforming the 1800-square-foot curio stall above his family’s former restaurant, Café La Especial (1952–2008), into a contemporary gastro bar. La Justina — ...

Wine and dine in Baja's Guadalupe Valley

The culinary scene in this close-to-home wine region is taking off.

Recently I went back to northern Baja's Guadalupe Valley. I hadn’t been there since the late 1980s. Back then, it was just emerging as a serious wine-growing region, with two giant producers (Cetto and Pedro ...

Canada issues travel warning for Mexico

"Exercise extreme caution" when traveling in Baja California

Canada has joined the United States in warning its citizens of the potential dangers they may face when visiting Mexico, with specific reference to Baja California. In an advisory posted on the home page of ...

9/11 is the best thing that ever happened to Baja cuisine

Is this Baja med?

Cool cats from both sides of la linea rip away at Tijuana’s new food.

Adventures in Adobada: "Tacos Coahuila"

A street cart with no name slings dope pork in the red light district.

Tijuana’s so-called “tolerance zone” has been canonized as a post-topian hive of lechers, dope fiends, harlots, swindlers, and godforsaken gringos — and all for good reason. The infamous red light district is Biff Tannen’s alternate ...

Guadalupe Valley’s days of wine and tacos are now

Baja boutique

You don’t have to look far to find Baja California’s influence on San Diego’s food-and-drink scene. Family-owned taco shops and mariscos trucks are hallmarks of our city’s culinary landscape. Seasonal, sea-and-farm-to-table Baja Med cuisine is ...

Adventures in Adobada: An introduction

If you like bacon, you'll love its sophisticated, eccentric uncle, adobada.

While glistening towers of adobada are ubiquitous in the streets of Tijuana, San Diego’s bouquet of badass ‘bada is limited. Adobada (“marinated”) is better known beyond borderland as al pastor (“shepherd style”), a nod to ...

All My Friends here to stay

Tijuana's eclectic music fest sees a successful fourth year

The early start of the fourth edition of the All My Friends festival at 2:00 p.m. saw barely any patrons when the first band started playing on a stage that was set up poorly on ...

(The real) Tijuana!

A T.J. beyond Revolución... and Americans are going there.

The gringos are back! And in large quantities! …but please stop going to every single tourist trap in downtown Tijuana. The American paranoia seems to be coming to an end. San Diegans are starting to ...

That speakeasy type of vibe

Mexican New York speakeasy in former strip mall

You hear it all the time: “We are not Mexico. We are not the U.S. We are Tijuana.” Just as this mentality has bred a number of cultural hallmarks that are distinctly tijuas (the Caesar ...