JAX Donut House in Anaheim Gets College Field Trips, Good Food Segment Because of Gustavo's Dad!

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About a year ago, I got one of the most bizarre requests of my professional career: Fullerton College Professor Jerry Padilla asked me to make sure my dad and his friends were getting doughnuts the following Saturday.

The profe wanted to take his students on a field trip of significant places in the history of Mexican Orange County--and one of them in his estimation was JAX Donut House in Anaheim. I mention the shop in my Orange County: A Personal History because that's where my father and hundreds of men from his home region of Jerez, Zacatecas, have spent their morning for the past 35 years. Padilla took his students to interview the men, get a glimpse of the zacatecano diaspora in the flesh and enjoy the cinnamon buns I've consumed my entire life. They're little more than glaze, frying oil and dough, but my, how nostalgia influences taste buds.

I mentioned this weirdness to my producer at KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food With Evan Kleinam, and she suggested we do a radio segment. It aired this past Saturday, and we even caught Padilla taking another group of students to JAX. The segment after the jump!

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Diamond Dog
Diamond Dog

Gustavo's dad is in this country for 35+ years and doesn't speak English or chooses not to to speak English while being interviewed for a place that is a local American Icon?

My parents came to the USA about 45 years ago and didn't speak a word of English. They quickly did. Just the other day I asked them "do you think in English and dream in English now" and they said yes. As a matter of fact, when I was raised, their English was sup par but insisted that I learn English First and I was always spoken to in English. I am actually somewhat ashamed that I am not more fluent in the language of my heritage.

I am all for blending of different races, but is "blending" just our country accommodating others? Glad Gustavo's dad was able to enjoy many of the benefits of the USA and produce and raise Gustavo.

Arby Trent Darby, Ph.D.
Arby Trent Darby, Ph.D.

After the jump? You mean the 1/16th-in. jump? (Usually, it's a full 1/4 inches.) Is it possible that you overdo this little (always worthless, "hey, ma, i'm on the web") cliche?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Not only can my dad speak English, he comes off more lucid than you in TWO languages. And please share your rationale to all the servers who take care of you at ethnic restaurants—of course you won't, because you're a coward who has nothing better to do than whine.

Diamond Dog
Diamond Dog

So he speaks English but choose not to on an English speaking interview? What an insult. Awesome! And most of the ethnic servers that serve me try to speak English to me all the time. It may broken or sub par but i appreciate the effort.

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