Mexico

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 ...

5000 monitos on his van

Don Zazueta swears he is best headlight shiner in TJ

There is a lot of quirky nonsense in Tijuana. There is the three-story house that has a naked lady sculpted around. There are several cars and motorbikes modified beyond imagination. Cars are more than just ...

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.

Danger dog’s burger brother

Tijuana street vendors who offer a basic burger

The “danger dog” was born in the streets of Tijuana, then spread to Los Angeles (and beyond). Usually sold by unlicensed street vendors on improvised dirty grills, the weiner is typically a bacon-wrapped and deep-fried ...

Everyone else in Tijuana seems to love this place

One disappointment after another

“If you don’t have anything to nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It’s an English proverb that I tend not to follow. Family, friends, and strangers are always recommending places for me. I ...

Dying to learn about Imperial Beach/border currents

Results in from last year's tests that colored ocean pink

The results from the pink dye dropped into the surf between Imperial Beach and the border last year are in, and they're set to color the way we think about how sewage spills and dumped ...

Tijuana makes the list of least-friendly cities

"It still suffers from a long-held reputation of being ‘dirty’ and ‘unsafe.’"

According to the August 15 edition of Condé Nast Traveler, only Newark, New Jersey, rates as less friendly than Tijuana in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Here’s what the magazine had to say about ...

Tijuana speakeasy Nortico’s drink should be outlawed

Bar reflects the bounties of the Cali-Baja region

“This is an homage to Tijuana’s golden era, which was Prohibition time in the States,” says Nórtico owner and chef Ruffo Ibarra, who unveiled the West Coast–style speakeasy hidden within his restaurant Oryx Capital last ...

Where to go for Tijuana AIDS

Anonymous sex a factor in increased infection rate

At least 30 new cases of HIV infection are reported each month in Baja California, and the leader of a prominent AIDS organization says he knows what's behind the alarming statistic, particularly in Tijuana. Steam ...

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 ...

Please, anything but sidewalk stars

Avenida Revolución goes Hollywood, restaurateur goes ballistic

"We’ve witnessed tourism making a slow comeback. But it’s not at all the type of tourism that wants to see star-studded sidewalks."

Tijuana–San Ysidro pedestrian port of entry opens

But have you seen the Mexican side?

The New Virginia Avenue PedWest port of entry from Tijuana into the U.S. opened Friday, July 15, at about 12:20 p.m., only 20 minutes behind schedule. People lined up in Tijuana for over an hour ...

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 ...

Shocks for sale

Only the delicate go early

Clickety-clink-clack. Toques! Toques! A man wearing polished shoes, a zoot suit, and a fancy hat walks through a bar with a decorated electric box attached to his hip. Two metal tubes that he smashes together ...

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. ...

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