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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 appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world. For the Reader he covers music, food, 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 is also the creator of Tijuana Adventure, private tours in TJ.

Articles by Matthew Suárez

Tijuana call centers staffed heavily by deportees

“The new girl already quit,” said my girlfriend as she climbed into my car after work. “She only lasted two weeks and said she couldn’t handle it anymore. Nothing against me, she said the workplace …

June 19, 2024
Pick-up boxing in downtown Tijuana park a little bloody

“Come to my fight, this Sunday at five,” said ‘Tito.’ “Bring your camera, or at least film me with my phone.” I met Tito last summer when he was searching for a kickboxing partner. “I’m looking …

June 3, 2024
Tasting the beers and the food around the Ensenada Beer Fest

Beer man and food guy explore EnsenadaTen years ago, someone snagged me a ticket to the Ensenada Beer Fest, and I attended, boldly resolving to sample every brew being poured. It didn’t take long for …

April 10, 2024
Narco wars spill more blood in Tijuana

“Lo más seguro mataron a alguien” ("probably someone got shot"), I exclaimed to my girlfriend as I was driving down Calle Cuarta (4th Street) in downtown Tijuana on the afternoon of February 15. Yellow tape …

New Zealanders in Tijuana for gastric sleeve

The message arrived via my Tijuana Adventure Instagram on a Friday afternoon: “Any chance of a tour tomorrow?” A bit short notice, but I was free and quoted the fellow my price, which proved acceptable.“I’m …

January 3, 2024
A beer party of epic proportions with the Chicali Brewers Association

I went back to hell, but not for the bewitching Little Satan. The Chicali Brewers Association read my Reader cover story on Mexicali beer and invited me to the city’s Beer Week as a “beerfluencer.” …

December 6, 2023
9/11 bad guys hung out in San Diego

9/11 could have been stopped in San DiegoFormer FBI agent Mark Rossini, who was assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, said CIA officials blocked the memo to the FBI because the agency was complicit with …

November 12, 2023
The beer scene in Mexico City is tiny compared to Baja’s

A flight to Mexico City from Tijuana can be cheap. I found a round flight for $12 through the Volaris website. With airport fees included, the total cost was $72. No bags were needed, I …

October 31, 2023
Mexicali hot as hell, but beer is worth it

In 2014, Reader beer writer Brandon Hernández visited Mexicali, and wrote: “Our driver, whose humor was as dry as the Baja desert, jestingly told us he was taking us to ‘Hell.’” Brandon suffered temperatures of …

August 30, 2023
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