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Canto XXX: You Can’t Go Casa Again

Gentle cabrones: First off, apologies for the delay in my canto. I usually send Saturday morning, but I reserve the right for a Sunday morning missive, too! Something came up—mainly my wife got super-slammed at...

Whittier’s Aaron Pico Gets Ready to Battle at Bellator 206

Most mixed martial artists make their professional debut in front of a few hundred people for a local promotion in a venue that most people have never heard of. Aaron Pico’s MMA debut wasn’t...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXIX: See Gustavo This Fall!

Gentle cabrones: Just came back from Southern Utah University in the tiny town of Cedar City—great time! Met a profe of Spanish who's a peruana from SanTana and said I was the first-ever Latino reporter...

The Glories of Lard: A Conversation With Ernest Miller of Coast Packing Company

I've known Ernest Miller, corporate chef for Coast Packing Company in Vernon, for about a decade. I first met him when he took a chocolate-making class at my wife's old store, The Road Less...

Canto XXVIII: A Hell of a Fandango

Gentle cabrones: As I've mentioned before here, I first journalistically made waves as a music critic, specifically covering rock en español. The grand irony is that I never cared for the genre—found it too fresa—until...

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Gustavo's Other Writing

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).