Baja news & stories

Tijuana’s transportation system in turmoil

Taxi drivers throw rocks, slash tires of new buses

“Bajan!” Anyone who has ridden public transportation in Tijuana has shouted those two syllables. There are no real bus stops in the city, the few that exist are symbolic. You can yell “bajan” at any ...

Family feast at Telefonica Gastro Park

Breaded beef tongue or rabbit pibil?

It was a classic family outing with my parents, my brother, his pregnant wife, and their two-and-a-half year old son. My brother picked us all up. In the car we started debating on where to ...

Kokopelli rises from the ashes as Tras/Horizonte

Back from the grave and into my belly

I’ve known Kokopelli tacos since they started on a street cart on Calle Ocampo in 2012, and the food truck craze wasn’t prominent in Tijuana yet. The grilled octopus taco in a charred tortilla named ...

Not all that tasty, plus a hangover

Everything is great at Mamut Brewery. Except the beer.

Situated on Third Street in what used to be the Foreign Club building, Mamut Brewing Co.’s main location is top notch. The old hotel is one of Tijuana’s oldest buildings. Legend says that the building ...

He’s hungry as a wolf; she does the happy crocodile dance

Mexican craft beer, bacon, and perversas at Plaza Fiesta

I have been meaning to write about the kitchen inside Border Psycho’s tap room for a while. Border Psycho is one of the few breweries in Tijuana that exports to the U.S., a well-established craft ...

Tijuana Big Boy

A Tinder date disaster

My friend Dan from San Diego matched with a Tijuana girl through Tinder. They agreed to meet on a Monday night on a double date, accompanied by my roommate and his girlfriend who was celebrating ...

The best seafood tacos in Playas de Tijuana

The partnership between La Cerve and Alga Bien is a welcome addition to an area of Tijuana that has seen too many failed attempts at new restaurants and bars.

Bizarre life, delicious food at the border

Restaurants that comforted me in the time of my discomfort

Being both Mexican and American did nothing to prepare me for the bizarre life at the border. Mastery of Spanish did little to help understand the complexities of Tijuana. In this city, cultures clash, streets ...

Several smells do the tango

Ocean views, vegan food, and hookah at Açai Café

I have walked by Açai Café on the beach boardwalk of Playas de Tijuana countless times and thought of it simply as the café with the Mario Bros. mural painted on the side. I had ...

The best camarón enchilado taco in all the land

Tijuana’s Los Compadres Taco Stand

My friend Danger Dave took me to Los Compadres for the first time a few years ago. He guaranteed that they had the best camarón enchilado taco (spicy shrimp), better than Tijuana favorite El Mazateño. ...

My personal best halibut at San Quintín — 44 pounds

Fishing hole location disclosed

San Quintín Bay lies in the shadow of volcanoes a couple hundred miles south of the border on the Pacific coast of Baja. The bay spreads out from over seven miles of channel into false ...

The torta was truly drowned

The rare tortas ahogadas at Carnitas el Jerezano

The torta ahogada (“drowned sandwich”) is one of the many signature dishes brought to you by Jalisco, the state that is home to tequila and also my paternal family’s home. From what I know, there ...

Sometimes gay-friendly Tijuana

LGBT rights parades contrast with restrictive legislation

“Governor Quiko [Kiko] Vega violates rights of trans.” “Religions: Stop promoting trans assassinations.” “Stop the abuse by policemen against trans in Tijuana.” “To be trans is not a sin nor a disease.” These were just ...

Enter a maze of beer and food

And then overindulge in greasy bar grub at the Lazy Pig

“We accomplished our primary task, which was to have as many tap rooms as we can in one place,” says Juan Carlos Bucio, the mastermind that turned Plaza del Balazo into Plaza Cerveza. “The second ...

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