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Friday, March 30, 2007

¡Ask a Non-Mexican!

You know there's some strange cosmic forces at work when a gabacho boy such as myself gets highlighted in a Latino lifestyle magazine. But, dear readers, it is all true. The April 2007 issue of Tu Ciudad Los Angeles is this year's "Best of Orange County (Latino-Style)" edition, which might start to rival Sports Illustrated's annual Swimsuit Issue in popularity.

I was contacted by their Editor-in-Chief a while back asking me which OC restaurant had the best guacamole and which place had the best margaritas. I had to say I don't even drink (I have since had virgin margaritas at Gabbi's and Taco Rosa) and that I knew it sounded silly but I really and truly felt El Torito Grill had the best guacamole, and I mentioned the guacamole at Olamendi's as a runner up. Since I've never stayed at a hotel in Laguna Beach I've never been exposed to what Ciudad ended up calling the best guacamole in OC. Read the issue to find out where it's at . . . then book a room and try some of Orange County's best guacamole. Ciudad points out many of the places we have mentioned here, including Taleo (which gets special mention and its own big article; also, stay tuned for a special post coming here soon highlighting some of Taleo's new menu items), Taco Rosa/Taco Mesa, Kantina, and La Sirena Grill. They also pointed out a couple Mexican eateries I still need to make it to and had a big article about O.C. Weekly's Gustavo Arellano.

For being cool enough to highlight the Orange County Mexican Restaurants blog, Tu Ciudad gets a five Panchito rating:

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And for resisting the temptation to use the term "The O.C." anywhere in their magazine they get five Speedy Gonzaleses, which I'm sure they will appreciate:

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The issue should be on newsstands now at Ralphs and Vons supermarkets throughout OC, plus selected Borders and Barnes & Noble booksellers. Look for me somewhere between page 30 and page 70. Sorry, I'm not going to scan it in and post it here. Be old-fashioned and buy a copy.


elmomonster said...

Congrats Christian! Gotta check it out!

ChristianZ said...


Wandering Chopsticks said...

I second the congrats! :)

ChristianZ said...

I second the thanks!

NancyQ said...

Just got the magazine at home today, great info on your blog, thanks three times ;-)

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for buying it! There's lots of other great information in there too, as I'm sure you've seen.