VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Why Mexicans Eat Tamales During Christmas

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In the latest edition of my ¡Ask a Mexican! video series, I take on what everyone always asks me around Christmas time: the Mexican love for tamales. It's a bit early in the season for this, but better to do it now that stand in line for an hour at La Flor de Mexicali, you know?

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Taco Bell to Open Over 1,000 Restaurants Across the World (Except Mexico)

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Taco Bell is not only the world's largest Mexican-food chain, with nearly 6,000 restaurants in the United States (refry that for a second) and about 200 international outposts, it's about to go even bigger--like, conquer the rest of the world bigger.

Nation's Restaurant News is reporting that the Bell is following on the success of its wildly successful Doritos Loco and breakfast menu and investing in a push to conquer the rest of the world--except Mexico, that is.

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Next Naugles Pop-Up Restaurant is THIS SATURDAY...and Already Sold Out!

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Naugles ground beef-and-cheese

Man, do you folks love Naugles! My post merely saying there was a Naugles popup restaurantin the works got over 15,000 Facebook likes; the subsequent slideshow racked up the hits for us and got nearly 10,000 likes.

In fact, the demand for Naugles, the legendary Mexican fast-food chain that those who were able to experience continue to dream of, is so high that the next pop up was sold out even before it was announced.

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! On Why Mexicans LOVE Thanksgiving

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There was a big controversy last week over an anti-Mexican Indianapolis Star op/ed cartoon that suggested President Obama's immigration "reform" would mean millions of Mexicans would be invading your cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving. They ended up retracting the cartoon and apologizing, but I found a glimmer of hope in the fracas: now, Americans can know in earnest Mexis LOVE Thanksgiving. And that led me to record the following video.

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Dave & Buster's Apologizes for Tweeting "'I Hate Tacos' Said No Juan Ever"

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I think I've gone to maybe one Dave & Buster's in my life--at the Block, of course, or the Outlets at Orange or whatever the hell they call themselves now. I hear it's popular for its happy hour and games, but still can't conceive how it's been open all these years (it's one of the few original Block tenants). In fact, I can be honest in saying I think about Dave & Buster's about once every other year, so insignificant it is to me.

But now I have nothing but Dave & Buster's on my mind: as a cowardly pendejo company that doesn't have the huevos to stand by a tired, semi-funny joke that they tweeted yesterday, almost immediately deleted, then apologized for it.

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On the Line: Carlos Anthony of Taco Asylum, Part Two

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Let's discuss that fountain of youth

Carlos Anthony's attitude towards his cuisine is deeply rooted in family tradition, something I'm sure his grandmother is proud of. After all, she is the inspiration for many of his ideas. Keeping a positive attitude (and knowing how to precisely soft poach an egg) are two valuable talents Anthony possesses, but today his skill set includes responding to our rapid fire round.

Catch up with our time with Carlos in yesterday's intro over here.
Then continue getting to know him down below. . .

When you're not in the kitchen, what are you doing?
"Not in the kitchen"? I don't know what that means (laughs). I'm never not in the kitchen.

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Where to Buy Tamales in Orange County for the Holidays, 2014 Edition

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This is hilarious. Every year around this time, I get asked where to buy the best tamales in Orange County.

Really, the answers rarely change. Below is the article on the subject I did last year, which itself is mostly a retread of a story I did back in 2007. This time around, a shout-out to the awesome tamales de calabaza over at Taco Maria, as well. And don't bother with El Toro Meat Market's grease pools of masa. Anyhoo, enjoy the recap! And, yes, Virginia: Mexis eat tamales for Thanksgiving, too!

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On the Line: Carlos Anthony of Taco Asylum, Part One

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He may be sitting still, but that mind is working overtime.

A change in leadership prompted additional updates in this Costa Mesa kitchen, best known for some crazy stuffing ideas in their tortillas. I drop by the asylum early in the week, as Carlos Anthony divides his expertise between here and a San Diego spot. Hard-working and ambitious, it's no wonder Capricorn Carlos is a perfect fit for the industry.

How do you handle executive chef duties at two establishments?
It's no question that running one kitchen is a large undertaking, let alone two. However, to run any kitchen you need an amazing team. I am lucky enough to have some really talented and driven people working under me. I wouldn't be where I am today without Natalie Tyler and Sam Masucci, my sous chefs, not to mention the countless other line cooks, dishwashers and prep cooks that help steer the ship. I think what we all share in common is a passion for cooking, and that helps drive us through the hardest obstacles.

Tell us about your first restaurant job.
At the tender age of 15, I started tossing pizzas at the local pizza joint. I immediately fell in love with the thrill and pace of working on the line. I felt so comfortable in the kitchen, which is not a big surprise, since I was raised in a Hispanic family, helping my mother and grandmother in the kitchen from a very young age.

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! On Why Gabachos Love Burritos

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Big, big burrito...

So notice how the biggest fans of burritos aren't Mexicans but gabachos? Breakfast burritos, fish burritos, Mission burritos, Korean burritos--it ain't Mexicans who are turning them into a multi-billion dollar industry but everyone else. I tackle this subject in the latest edition of my ¡Ask a Mexican! videos, filmed at the Weekly Studios in Costa Mexico.

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Illegal Pete's, Colorado Burrito Chain, To Keep its Illegal Name Despite Protests by Chicano Activists

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Over in Colorado, there's been a big brouhaha over a burrito chain called Illegal Pete's trying to open an outpost in Fort Collins. Activists there tried to get the owner to change the name, arguing "Illegal" is offensive to Mexicans, arguing it's as offensive as "Redskins" and "Marco Rubio"; the story got picked up by conservative outlets, leading to all sorts of nastiness. The owner, to his credit, listened to the activists and gave his side of the story.

Then, when it was all over, he kept the name.

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