Matthew Suárez

Matthew Suárez
Matthew Suárez is a writer, musician and photographer who worked in Los Angeles as paparazzo for Bauer-Griffin and National Photo Group (2007-2011). His celebrity pictures have been printed in newspapers and magazines all over the world. For the Reader he covers music, border and Baja stories. He also writes in his own blog Matingas.com. As a musician he holds a BA in classical guitar under the tutelage of O. Nicholas Raths from Saint John's University. He has a solo career and plays in several music groups, including San Diego's oldest big band, RockinJazzBigBand. He is also the creator of Tijuana Adventure, nighttime tours in TJ.

Latest Articles

Get the TJ street dog that includes bacon

Memes and music follow closure of Chinese restaurant

The news of dog meat in a Chinese restaurant spread like wildfire. I overheard people in every corner of Tijuana talking about it — while eating street tacos or just walking around. Social media was ...

Adventurous eats near the puente negro?

Not-frog tacos and a day's worth of tostadas by Sinaloans for las paisas

A food truck near the Iris Avenue trolley station has caught my attention every time I go by. It has a painting of the same food truck crossing a black bridge and reads “Mariscos El ...

Where have all the squatters gone?

Tijuana government eliminates river channel encampments

I nicknamed the pedestrian bridge, the one near the vehicle bridge as soon as you come into Tijuana through San Ysidro (Puente el Chaparral) "The Bridge of Doom." Because if you found yourself underneath it, ...

You don't get the tacos, you get the meal

Even the Border Patrol knows the legend of Don Pepe

I have resisted the smell of Pollos Don Pepe for about 6 months. I work in the small soccer store next door from the taco shop in the strip mall next to Northgate Market in ...

Borderlanding

Tijuana’s nightlife is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Baja and San Diego have a long history of partying together. These days, the atmosphere is less belligerence and more participants. Promoters from both sides work together to throw underground shows at new and inventive ...

Flat screen nation

Tijuana landmark gets monumentally sized TV set

El Arco Monumental de Tijuana is a similar structure to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, but a quarter of its size and with a hanging clock. Its official name is “El Arco del Milenio” ...

A virtually wall-less border crossing

San Ysidro's Sentri lane changes at least one life

“I am immortal. I got my Sentri card,” posted Erick Mark Cavadas on his Facebook feed in early December. “Don't get too excited, the sentri lane has been sucking,” replied a girl that I did ...

Down south in Estero La Bocana, Baja Sur

Wildlife and fresh seafood just a 12-hour road trip away in Baja.

Dolphins play near the shore at sunrise, whiplashing their tails to form a sand circle to entrap their breakfast. The panicked fish jump up directly into the dolphins' mouths – a nature event I'd only ...

"I don't think he understood my concept."

The naked lady house

Tijuana III Millennium or “La Mona” is an iconic giant sculpture of a naked woman that doubles as a house. The sculpture is five stories tall and weighs over 18 tons. La Mona is located ...

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