Mexico

Southbound toy smugglers wanted

“We are not sophisticated with tunnels and all that.”

A group of smugglers huddled in a prayer circle a couple weeks ago to ask God for help crossing into Mexico. “We prayed for [aduanas, Mexican customs officials] to turn a blind eye when we ...

Parkland push is on for Tijuana River Valley

County supervisor Greg Cox maintains desire for campgrounds

Nearly 100 people showed up at the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Wednesday night (December 14) to see what county officials are thinking about putting in the large and largely undeveloped park that starts at ...

State of emergency in the Tijuana River Valley

Declared every month since 1993 over ongoing sewage spills

Since 1993, the San Diego City Council has been redeclaring a state of emergency in the Tijuana River Valley over the sewage, sediment, and rubbish as large as tires that flow into the area in ...

Gringos in Tijuana

Tijuana orphanage, books about TJ, torture, the dump, Zona Norte, the bus from Mexico City, origin of margarita, shoe stores, dentists, La Mesa prison

Tijuana Mi Amor Marcos lived for months at the Hotel San Francisco, on Calle Primera, across from La Funeraria San Martin. His room was littered with Argentine novels and Communist literature from Latin America. The ...

Party hearty and then chow down

A late-night pizza stop in Tijuana

Despite the fact that there is no pizza in Tijuana that comes close to Pizzeria Luigi, there are many hundreds of pizzerias spread throughout the city. Many of them are commercialized garbage. Including many of ...

The grays return

Within a decade and a half of the first gray whale killing in Laguna Ojo de Liebre, it was fished out.

Early whale hunters saw spouts over the dunes before they found the bay entrance, but in early winter of 1857, Charles Melville Scammons led the first two whaling ships into Laguna Ojo de Liebre on ...

Las Gaviotas is for kneeboarders

Others stay ashore

San Diegans, at least a good number of them, have had a long-standing love for the 800-mile-long Baja Peninsula. Until the north-south Highway 1 was completely paved in the mid 1970s, it was an arduous ...

A pizza that’s better the next day is a pizza worth having

Napolito, a newcomer to Plaza Fiesta

When I talked to Juan Carlos Bucio for last summer’s Tijuana beer article, he described a vision of Plaza Fiesta beyond just beer. He envisioned Plaza as a daytime option for foodies, not just for ...

Night's song in Mexico City

A night well spent in Mexico's fun-loving cosmopolitan capital.

I woke up this morning feeling like there was something in my head — knocking, asking me to let it spill out. There was a rhythm and a beat and a step. I was being ...

San Diego's border barons set first meeting of Trump era

Closed-door confab at posh Tecate bistro and the Mexico lobby's push-back

About a block from the U.S.-Mexico high-tech border fence that president-elect Donald Trump has pledged to turn into an impregnable wall, a select group of San Diego and Tijuana big-money establishment names are set to ...

Another water-main break at the border

This time the runoff isn't sewage pollution

A broken pipe in Tijuana spilled clean water into Goat Canyon on Tuesday (November 29). The potable water spilled into the canyon through ten-foot-in-diameter drainage culverts for about three hours before Mexican authorities got it ...

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 ...

Life of a vagabond clown newspaper salesman

Tijuana's Pepe Nacho a little vague on the details

“But first, my presentation.” Pepe Nacho breathes in and places his calloused right hand on his ear, pretending he has an earpiece. It’s a Wednesday morning and Pepe Nacho, a newspaper salesman, has been out ...

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 ...

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