Mexican Food in America

01/11/2014 Eric Valenzuela 4

Staying with grandma in the evenings she was always making chile rellenos or albondigas or chilaquiles (which remarkably has no chile) or something to that effect.

Mexican Cuisine

01/11/2014 Eric Valenzuela 1

Don’t be afraid of the spicy! Salsa should not taste like ketchup with onions in it, it should give your tongue a tingle. Also, someone please correct me if I’m wrong but I never hear of Mexicans who get heartburn.

The Mission District in San Francisco

01/11/2014 Eric Valenzuela 1

Over the past decade or so, since it has become the trend for young urban white people to gentrify neighborhoods because it’s “more real” the Mission has seen a dramatic increase in the white population along with increased housing prices.

Chaka: Vandalism and the art of graffiti

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela 1

It’s impossible to say exactly when graffiti art goes from vandalism to collectible. When it comes to something as subjective as art, coming from a place like the streets of Los Angeles, it usually takes a nod from the likes of Ashton Kutcher or Christina Aguilera.

Zoot Suit Riot

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela 2

I would much rather see a bunch of guys hanging around in suits, even if they are ill-fitting suits, than pants that could house several animals, and prints in which a clown would feel silly.

Loteria

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela 3

Loteria is Spanish for lottery and the first games of this type came over from Spain in the 1700s. At first, they were hobbies of the wealthy but eventually they found their way in local fairs and parties.

The Spanglish of the cholo

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela 3

This isn’t the typical Spanglish where one might say carro instead of coche, or always answer with “que” when “mande usted” would be more appropriate. No, this is more like saying “watcha,” or “trucha”.

Olvera Street, Los Angeles

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela 1

Amid all the hustle and bustle, the offices and cars and museums and everything else going on at such a fast pace all around Los Angeles, everyone should make at least one pilgrimage to see where it all started.

Mexican loteria

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela 2

Mexicans typically don’t need a game to drink but I guess for those of you who aren’t Mexican (and just supposed to be) you can add this to your themed party along with a piñata and a sombreros next to the margarita machine.

Fútbol, not Football

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela 5

I may have gone to school in Orange County but I knew the basics of soccer far before I understood football or basketball. To my credit I did score the winning goal of the only game my junior high school team won.

Why do Mexicans Have so Many Kids?

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela 63

To those of you who are waiting to start a family I would suggest this: don’t even look at a Mexican woman the wrong way, especially if she still has her catholic school uniform, because you could end up a daddy before you know it.

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So What’s Up With This Arizona Law?

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela 1

Many Jim Crow laws said nothing about race. Saying you have to pass a reading test to vote, that doesn’t say anything about race. Saying you are exempt from those types of tests if your grandfather could vote… nothing about race there either.