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Orange County Register Reporter Pleads With Readers to Try Santa Ana Restaurants, Racist Hilarity Ensues

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The only time I met Orange County Register reporter Jeff Overley, one of the people with the fine--if sporadic--Food Frenzy blog, was a couple of years back, when we were both judges at a dog show at the Back Bay Bistro. He struck me as a good, earnest person, which is the attitude he's carried into food blogging, always trying new places and urging people to come along in a polite, civil manner (unlike yours truly).

Which means, of course, he's anathema to the Register's core audience of lunatics.

The most telling example happened this Friday, when Jeff wrote a blog post titled "Please, foodies, don't be scared of Santa Ana." SanTana, of course, to most Reg readers is the ninth level of Hell, mostly because Mexicans live there and even despite the city's continuing gentrification efforts. "Start talking about taquerias, panaderias and the like, and you can cue the outright terror," Overley wrote. "There seems to be this fantasy that gang members will descend on visitors like knife-wielding mosquitos the second they enter 'SanTana.'"

He continued with a review of Puerto Madero, the great Argentine market near Santa Ana College, painting vivid pictures of their empanadas, their sandwiches, their everything. Of course, that wasn't enough for the Register audience, who immediately ridiculed Jeff's earnest attempt to make a rational point. Some good readers did defend Jeff, but too often the conversation swayed to the insanity of our own Navel Gazing skinhead audience.

But the best comment, by far, was by one Eric, who ranted, "This column is now heavily influenced by OC Weekly, which is extolling the virtues of eating in TJ as another 'safe' place to eat. No thanks, I'll spend the extra bucks and eat someplace where I won't risk getting my throat slit."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Eric referred to Dave's excellent post about dining in Tijuana. Hey, pendejo: the more the Reg becomes like the Weekly, the better your culinary life will be. May you be blessed with half-Mexican grandkids...and sorry, Jeff, for what you must deal with on a daily basis.

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Mpescaia
Mpescaia

I have been blessed with half-Mexican grandkids, and they are GORGEOUS and AMAZING! 

John Mooney
John Mooney

The problem I have with the OC Register's food reviews is the fact that I've never actually seen a bad review of a place. When I did challenge them on their facebook page about that their reply was "why would we want to eat at a place that gets bad reviews?". They're not Bryan Miller or Alan Richman but seriously? 

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Vincent Vuong
Vincent Vuong

OC Register is for the flailing mishaps of life we call Orange Curtain Nazis who come out of their shells when threatened by the prospect of realness in all aspects of culture.  These are the same people that are made fun of on King of the Hill and who look at New York City as a brothel for all that are damned in the world.  Culture dies in the hands of the readers of OC Register -- it is bad enough I have to hear them pretend they know what they are talking about but instead, they also have to go about destroying the cultural heritage of the United States.  Some of them I look down upon at classical music gatherings -- they know nothing, nothing, they pretend to know, but they are knowledge-less idiots to me.  They are bigots to the rotten apple core.  Let them rot, let them die.  Life leaves them behind for a good reason... Thank GOD!

post
post

Get 'em Gustavo! Nice article! Looooved it.

Wboelter
Wboelter

@mysterysauce-"we here in the OC..."

Santa Ana is in Orange County, duh.

Mysterysauce
Mysterysauce

Wow, you really are a stupid one aren't you?  How about the risk of being caught in the crossfire of some stupid gang turf war, the risk of having your car stolen or broken into, the risk of being mugged?  FACTS are that Santa Ana is a high crime area, period.

If one had the choice to eat at the Happy Burrito in Santa Ana or the one in Huntington Beach at 1:00 am, the prudent, less riskier choice would be HB.

Wboelter
Wboelter

At least you admit to Santa Ana having nice parts to it.  WHY would ANYONE want to hang out in the bad part of ANY city?  Costa Mesa has some BAD parts along with every city in this country.  Then you call me a gay homosexual?  How much time do you have at recess to play on your computer?  I got a good laugh out of that and called my girlfriend and told her.  HAAAAA!  You got me again-you are so smart.  Well, I need to attend to my bullet holes from eating dinner out last night.  When I was walking the dogs this morning in my neighborhood I thought, how beautiful it is here.  Beautiful homes, friendly neighbors and a great community.  Embrace you Mello Roos and HOA dues, I avoided that BS with my purchase.  Of course those dues pay for gates in front of boring communities to keep the riffraff out.  What a waste of home owner's money!  Gates do not keep anyone out.  Besides, it SAFE to live anywhere but Santa Ana, no need for gates.  Heck, why lock the front door?  Oh crap, I think I'm about to get shot again, thanks for the laugh with the PUTO name calling.  Idiots are funny people, I don't care what they say! 

KF
KF

I'd choose Santa Ana over HB any day. HB's Affliction t-shirt-wearing MMA thugs mating with porn stars are scarier than anything in SA. But the real horror is the stucco-fied Main St. that had so much potential to be something...

JB
JB

LMFAO!!

Wboelter
Wboelter

You got me-I'm stupid. Gee, I thought I was going to get away with the facade. Now that I think about it-I do see bullet holes all over my body! All I was trying to do was eat my dinner at Memphis in downtown SA! These bullet holes are so typical of eating downtown! Shit! I also had to wait an hour for a tablea because all the damn gangs were dining out. Even the martini bar was packed tonight with F-Troop!! You are so smart. I should just move. IDIOT.

GreenInOC
GreenInOC

The biggest crime anyone is likely to be a victim of in that part of the city is being on the receiving end of some spectacularly awful attitude from the American Apparel employees.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

REAL mature of you. Your fear of nothing is HILARIOUS. Don't worry, son: none of those mean Mexis will harass your wimpy ass haha

Mysterysauce
Mysterysauce

Oh I see, you only go to the nice parts of Santa Ana...Puto.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yes, Huntington Beach, the capital of white-power America, trigger-happy cops, and general drunken insanity. REAL safe there...

Robert
Robert

Is it me or is this guy far and away the biggest racist on the board? 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Okay, just for that comment, your TK certificate is delayed AGAIN haha. Also? Red herring all over this here post—shame on your for following it!

Jdizzy
Jdizzy

between HB and Santa Ana who has the higher crime rate?

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Unbelievable as it may sound, there are wondrous foods available in Santa Ana that are NOT chain restaurants with posts available in other OC cities... which was sort of the point of the whole post in the first place.

I know...reading is hard.

Skinhead
Skinhead

"Navel gazing skinhead audience" - so the OC Register is read by an anti racist, ska loving group?

Or did you mean to use the term bone head or neo nazi?

Skinheads are not racist. Look it up.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Don't look at me, amigo: look at the racists who appropriated the term for themselves...

Nancy
Nancy

What exactly is the point of this blog? Is it supposed to entice people to change their mind and eat in Santa Ana? I think not, rather it continues to fan the fucking racist flames. It is not only the "Whites" who find Gustavo Arellano to be just as racist as those he continually degrades only to then try and call himself an adult who engages in "serious conversations" I am a minority who was born and raised in Santa Ana, and as much as I loved it, it is dirty and there IS crime and that crime IS coming from Mexicans if only because of the high percentage of Mexicans living there. There is nothing racist about stating facts. Having said that I don't think people stay away from Santa Ana, I have been in Gallo Giro on Bristol MANY a time at 2-3am with a good diverse crowd waiting in line for a fabulous torta. Let's actually be adults and not sensationalize everything nor make general statements that are simply untrue, I am talking to your racists ass Gustavo! "May you be blessed with half-Mexican grandkids" ??? wtf?Shit attracts flies, blame yourself for your core readers.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Nancy, the whole point of the senseless comments sections both here and over at the Register is that people DO avoid it because they're convinced that the second they leave the warm, loving embrace of Tustin, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Garden Grove or Orange, they're going to be (pick one or several:) shot, raped, mugged, kidnapped or carjacked.

They hide behind the comforting wall of "I can stay safe by never going there," which we all know is patent bullshit... crime is everywhere.

I disagree, incidentally, with your characterization of El Gallo Giro's tortas as good (I like them best for their aguas frescas) but at least you've been there enough to have an opinion of it.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Nancy, you have a way with words. Well said!!!.....

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Nice, a self-hating tonta—and El Gallo Giro is HARDLY good food. REAL SanTana there...

Guest
Guest

 Seriously man? So because she states FACTS, she's now a hater?  Pull your HEAD out of your ASS Senor La Raza....

Sam
Sam

Give the guy a break. He has to write something that will actually get comments, lol.

Nancy
Nancy

hahaha, JUST the reply I expected! So predictable...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Hope you enjoy your barely cooked torta next time you're down in SanTana!

Megan Sheetz
Megan Sheetz

Speaking as a 115 lb guera, I have never had a problem in Santa Ana.  I have, and have had many friends that live/ have lived in all areas of Santa Ana and yes, some of these friends are, gasp, Mexican.  I love these fusterclucks pointing out the nonsensical latent racism and classicism in Orange County.  I take comfort in the fact that you are all a dying breed and enjoy laughing at the death rattle.  Keep it coming.   

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

hey dummy, who do you think pay the taxes to support you and the other minimum wage workers... so when we all die off, you can ask your mexican friends to support you...

Megan Sheetz
Megan Sheetz

I don't work for minimum wage, but thanks for assume that since I enjoy santa ana that I must be "lower class" it was funny and illustrates my post perfectly. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Talking to women that way? So not only are you a fake doctor and a racist, you're also a misogynist. NICE...oh, and for supposedly having an education, you have more grammatical mistakes than a wab.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

lol.. here comes gustavo coming to the rescue.. the original brown knight?... as for speaking to women, we live in the 21st century and gustavo, like his countrymen live in a world of false machismo.. in other words, they will cheat on their women and bring bastards to the world, but god forbid they wear a condom, because that would not be "manly" ....

as for being a fake doctor.. gustavo, keep on living that fantasy.. but you better hope you dont end up in the emergency room... lol

..

Clawy
Clawy

What the hell were you doing judging a dog show?? That's the real story here.

GreenInOC
GreenInOC

I lived in Santa Ana in the late 80's and early 90's.  

I worked in Santa Ana for over a year in the mid-90's.  I visit Santa Ana often.  Love the food, the beauty (the architecture is stunning and diverse), the vibe.I have been in Santa Ana thousands of times.  The only crime I have experienced was when I was living there and my car was broken into twice. I think it's fantastic that the head up their bum racists are "afraid" of Santa Ana.   I don't like looking at them, listening to them or sharing the road with them.  

With the idiots out of the picture, I can enjoy the incredible food, people and life of Santa Ana undisturbed!

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

people, people dont rain on gustavo's narrative, blanco and chino es muy malo, mexicans es muy bueno... right gustavo?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Okay, this post has now officially been hijacked by lunatics...hey, skins: go back to your circle jerk and leave actual, serious discussion to adults.

'64 Valiant
'64 Valiant

What you talkin' 'bout Willis The Circle Jerks rocked! Group Sex ranks as one of the best  hardcore albums. Their version of Wild In The Streets is the greatest.oh.. er, ah, as Emily Litella says, never mind....

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

lol at gus... you were the one who said people with valid concerns about crime in santa ana and would rather not venture into the slum to eat, "racist".. sounds like your "serious" discussion pretty much involves you calling people names. cmon, put that chicano study education to use...

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