Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican and a big fan of Den-Mex cuisine, has burritos on the brain these days, "and not just because of the whole pendejada involving Chipotle putting short stories by authors on its cups and bags...none of whom are Latinos," he says. "While America loves to gorge ... More >>
"Denver has the most gabacho gabachos in the United States," Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, proclaimed yesterday, name-checking Tim Tebow (briefly), John Elway and Tom Tancredo, with whom he'd debated immigration eighteen months ago on the same Su Teatro stage.
Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, returned to the Su Teatro stage last night, where eighteen months ago he'd discussed immigration with Tom Tancredo. Before that debate, Tancredo and Arellano had met across the street for dinner at El Noa Noa. And no matter how he feels about Mexicans, "Tan ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano isn't just the man behind Ask a Mexican!, his weekly column in Westword. He's also the author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and in that book he lavishes praise on the Mexican food of Denver: "I have finally learned to love Den-Mex," he writes. "Your epic Mexican ... More >>
From northwest Denver, with love. Chubby's has made the New York Times -- and not surprisingly, it's thanks to Gustavo Arellano, author of the weekly column Ask a Mexican as well as the new book Taco USA. In that scholarly tome, which traces the rise of Mexican food in the United States, Arellano ca ... More >>
The best Mexican dish in the United States -- at least according to Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican -- is the Mexican hamburger, which was invented in Denver....and can still be found only in Denver. That's what Arellano determined after researching his new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food ... More >>
If Gustavo Arellano thinks a Mexican hamburger is the best Mexican dish in the United States, we can't wait to hear what he thinks of a Mexican pizza, particularly this sense-searing pile of green chile, molten cheese and ground beef.
It wasn't until Gustavo Arellano, our Ask a Mexican columnist, started researching the spread of Mexican food in this country -- or what passes as Mexican food in this country -- for his new book, Taco USA, that we realized Denver was not only home to a unique green chile, but was also the place wh ... More >>
This week's feature story, "Mexican Hamburger Helper," by Gustavo Arellano, takes a look at the unique "Den-Mex" cuisine. Proclaims Arellano:
Los Carboncitas is a great Mexican restaurant, and one that actually focuses on the foods of Mexico, rather than Tex Mex or Colorado Mex or Den-Mex, as Gustavo Arellano calls the food at this town's standard Mexican joints. So Laura Shunk was eager to try Paxia, the upscale sibling of Los Carboncita ... More >>
A reader shot us an e-mail earlier today, posing a food-related question to "Ask a Mexican" columnist Gustavo Arellano: I absolutely love flour tortillas made with lard, but I have not been able to find a place that sells them in Denver. Everyone seems to think that vegetable shortening wi ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.It was just a week ago that former congressman and presidential/gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo and "Ask a Mexican" columnist Gustavo Arellano debated immigration in front of a packed house in Denver. And the fun's not over yet.
Gustavo Arellano's first look at a Mexican hamburgerGustavo Arellano, the author of Ask a Mexican, is an expert on many topics -- including the evolution of Mexican restaurants in this country. And before his recent visit to Denver, he'd never before encountered what we consider a mainstay i ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano.Update: The immigration debate continues, two days after the November 16 face-off that pitted Tom Tancrtedo against "Ask a Mexican" columnist Gustavo Arellano. "Gustavo seems to speak out of both sides of his mouth," one commenter suggests. "Of course Tancredo is a racist al ... More >>
Joe's Buffet once occupied this Santa Fe storefront.The space at 753 Santa Fe Drive -- most recently occupied by Club 753 -- is once again dark. But the address deserves some time in the spotlight for one very good reason: It was here that the Mexican hamburger, a major Colorado contribution ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano and Tom Tancredo didn't find much common ground in their debate about illegal immigration Tuesday night, but they did agree that the war on drugs has been a very costly failure. A new report seeks to quantify that costby looking at the long-term effects of adding increasing n ... More >>
Tancredo and Gustavo.By our count, about 1,600 people watched the debate on immigration between almost-Colorado governor Tom Tancredo and Gustavo Arellano, who writes the "Ask a Mexican" column that appears in Westword each week, on Tuesday night at Su Teatro on Santa Fe. That of course, incl ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano eating more traditional Mexican fareGustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican and a former food critic in Orange County, California, is in town this week for a visiting professorship at Metro and his debate tonight with Tom Tancredo. But really, he's here to eat -- a mission ... More >>
Chubby's fries, smothered in greenThis week, Gustavo Arellano reveals his list of must-visit Mexican restaurants across the country. And n Denver? "Go to the Original Chubbys," he advises. "What makes it so bueno? It's a real paisa with buen diente the one who is making the suggestion and no ... More >>
El Maestro, a reader of the SF Weekly, Westword's partner paper, recently asked Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican and a food editor himself, to explain the difference between a mole and molé, since an "offending column" was placed on the back "of the glorious page that has ¡Ask a Mexican!" ... More >>
Belly up to the Cinebarre. Blogging along... Cafe Society has items aplenty today. Get the skinny about the new Cinebarre in Thornton, the reopening of Gelman's in Highland, a review of Brach's Candy Poppers by the Candy Girls, the continuing expansion of Jack and the Box franchises in Colorado, ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano, author of the weekly Ask a Mexican and the go-to guy for all things Mexican, was born in in Orange County, California, the son of a legal immigrant and an illegal immigrant. He tells his family's story --- and so much more -- in his new book, Orange County: A Personal History, whic ... More >>
Ask a Mexican's Gustavo Arellano is asking. There's no place like the home page -- but these blogs are pretty nice, too. Cafe Society asks readers to offer advice about where Ask a Mexican columnist Gustavo Arellano should eat Mexican food during his Colorado visit this week. Also on tap: the clo ... More >>
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Before Gustavo Arellano started appearing in the pages of Westword, he appeared on The Colbert Report. To watch, click on the control below.