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Muslim-Friendly Al Pastor? Halal-Mex Food Rises Across United States

As long as Hassan Musselmani can remember, he wanted to combine his dual identity as a Muslim and Christian through food. It initially meant adding pork to everything. “I thought that it was ironic and I...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXIV: How’m I Doing?

Gentle cabrones: I'll admit it—big projects this week caught up to me, giving me no time whatsoever to pen a more-fleshed out newsletter. On the other hand, I've been wanting to do a census like...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXIII: Southbound and Down

Gentle cabrones: Greetings from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they sell bánh mì tacos and mezcal is in all the high-end New South restaurants. The chica and I are here as part of our annual sojourn to...

Abuse Tracker, Influential Blog That Covers Catholic Church Sex-Abuse Scandal, Continues in Wake of...

In the summer of 2007, Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola, a freelance writer based in Gallup, New Mexico, suspected that the local Catholic bishop wasn’t telling the truth. The Diocese of Gallup, a hardscrabble town on Route...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXII: May Your Memory be a Blessing

Gentle cabrones: What a bittersweet week. It started with the unexpected death of Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold from pancreatic cancer just hours after you and I last connected, and ended with his...

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The Central Valley Is the Heart and Soul of California

A dispatch from Highway 99 and the underappreciated wonderland of Mexican food that stretches from Bakersfield to Sacramento

Chevy’s Traverse is for Mexicans who don’t need a huge-ass Suburban but still want...

It’s so much better than some rinky dink RAV4 or whatever the hell Toyota makes nowadays (I still stick to the Mexican credo that you buy Japanese cars and American SUVs and trucks).