Do They Celebrate That Over There Too?

01/09/2014 Eric Valenzuela

Of course, as demonstrated with Christmas, the extent to which these events are celebrated may vary. There are some holidays that one might think are great big festivals in Mexico (like Cinco de Mayo), but they are not. And then there are those that fall in to a gray area. […]

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El Cholo

10/15/2010 Eric Valenzuela

Never talk to cholos about football other than saying you love the Raiders, for two reasons: the Raiders suck, and cholos don’t know shit about the Raiders. […]


I’m supposed to be Mexican

09/30/2010 Eric Valenzuela

My family’s story is not unlike thousands of others. My parents came to Mexico as children. Legally, as far as I’ve been told. My grandparents, seeking more opportunity and a better life, looked to America as do just about everyone else in the world. […]


La Llorona: The Weeping Woman

09/24/2010 Eric Valenzuela

There was a woman who killed her own children to be with the man she desired. She was subsequently spurned by her lover and as a result she killed herself. However, because of her atrocities she is forced to wander […]



09/13/2010 Eric Valenzuela

1) Cuervo Gold is not a premium tequila.
2) Tequila is not meant to be taken as a shot every time you drink it.
3) Your buddies from San Diego State who “totally drank the worm from the bottle of tequila,” are lying to you.


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Novelas: TV for Audiences who can be Satisfied

09/01/2010 Eric Valenzuela

Novelas are always convoluted love stories with twists and turns in the plot. Generally you will see a couple kissing in the first few minutes of the program and something will happen to drive them apart. 120 episodes later they will be kissing again in the final scene.


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The King of Tacos

08/18/2010 Eric Valenzuela

They do  still serve aguas frescas which sounds very good during these summer months. Other menu items include tamales, sopes, and chicken, but you go for the tacos. I won’t be making my way to Southern California for at least another couple of months but already my mouth is watering for some of those delicious tacos.




08/11/2010 Eric Valenzuela

Sometimes she will wear simple flats which her father will replace with heels. She may carry a doll dress just like her, which her father will replace with heels. Or there could be the father/daughter dance where midway he will pass her on to her escort, the Chambelán, while they dance a vals (waltz).



The Dodgers

08/03/2010 Eric Valenzuela

After the game everyone piles into the car, maybe you fill up at the 76 station in back of the parking lot and ride the slow wave of traffic back onto the 101 Freeway. If you were smart you hit up Phillipe’s for a French dip sandwich before the game.