Gustavo Arellano

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Canto XXXI: Eulogy for Ernest Miller, Quiet Genius of Southern California’s Food Scene

Gentle cabrones: I knew that my inaugural #TortillaTournament for KCRW would be successful the moment I pulled into the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXVII: Are You There, Readers? It’s Me, Guti

Gentle cabrones: I never did read the young-adult classic, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. Weird, because I read a bunch of the Judy...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXVI: Songs in the Key of Life Trips

Gentle cabrones: If you really, really, REALLY know me, you'll know that I love, love, LOVE music. The earliest memory I have—even earlier than of my...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXV: Whistle While You WERK

Gentle cabrones: Greetings from Primm, where I'm getting gas on the road to Denver, where I'll be reporting a story for...someone about...something. “Why are you driving...

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...

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...