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I get along well enough with my neighbors, but we really don’t talk. That’s why it was surprising to me when I got a knock on my door one night from the lady across the street.

She had never talked to me before, even though she and her family have lived in my hood for years. But now, la vecina was all smiles and excitement.

“So is that a Chevrolet Traverse in front of your house?” she asked. Why yes, it was!

“Did you buy it?”

Nope, it was a test drive.

“When you’re done with it, can you let me know what you thought?” she said. “Because I want to get one, but my husband wants to go with a Toyota.

Better conversation than her asking me to not play Los Bukis so loud, amirite? [Mas…]

Photo Courtesy GMC

A couple of years ago, the wifey and I were just outside Albany, Kentucky (pronounced “Al-BANE-EE” down there), when my dad’s 2005 GMC Yukon told me something it had never shared before.

“LOW TIRE PRESSURE” a sensor on the dashboard screamed once I went to turn on the ignition, a sensor I didn’t even know existed.

I went outside to see whether the Yukon’s rudimentary (nowadays) computer was going loco, but dagnabbit, it was true. There was a big nail in the left tire.

We had to drive about 20 miles to the nearest tire shop, where a good ol’ boy patched the hole for $5. “Those GMCs know more than God sometimes,” he said. “Great SUVs.” [Mas…]

So you remember those cutesy Buick commercials from the past couple of years, the series that featured a chirpy synth soundtrack and beautiful people being surprised that beautiful people drive the General Motors brand and they all say “Is that a Buick” or some phrase of disbelief?

And how you laughed at the commercials, because no way on Earth would strangers or friends really congratulate you for driving a Buick? [Mas…]

I have been waiting for something like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown all my life.

Really.

The CNN season premiere April 30  was a watershed moment for Chicanos and Mexican Americans.

Here’s what I Tweeted the night I saw it:

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gushatPOCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano dons traditional garb to esplain How REAL Mexicans Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. [Mas…]


See the guy with the tamales in the hot box on wheels? He’s well-known in San Pedro, home of the Port of Los Angeles, on the south side of the City of Angels. This vato — The Tamale Guy — even has his own reviews (good ones!) on Yelp:

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Legalizing street vendors like the Tamale Guy is one of the key elements of the Manifesto of The Taco Truck Party, announced on POCHO last week by our Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano.

Via our friends at LatinoLA.com, here’s an academic analysis of the issues involved:

Why the City of Los Angeles Should Legalize Street Vending

Street entrepreneurs should not be criminalized

By Vanessa Alcantar and Robert D. Flores Jr.

“¡Tamales! ¡Tamales! ¡Tamales!”

Growing up in the East L.A. and Pico Union neighborhoods of Los Angeles, this shouting is something everybody in the neighborhood is accustomed to because it provides a sense of home. To everyone in our households, this is the cue to scour through the house for cash and hurry outside to catch the tamale lady in time before she takes off. [Mas…]

Top Taco Trucks Throwback Thursday #TTTTT (videos)

by Barney Asada September 8, 2016 Cultura
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Because of you know who and you know why, we thought it would be chingon to take a look back at the taco truck videos that have graced POCHO’s pages over the years. Did we mention we love tacos? In no particular order:

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The Taco Truck Party Manifesto: Make America Asada Again (video, toon)

by Gustavo Arellano September 6, 2016 Cartoons
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We Are The Taco Truck Party Here’s Our Plan To Make America Asada Again The reaction to last week’s dark warning by a Latino Trump supporter that unchecked Mexicans will lead to “taco trucks on every corner” has exposed a beautiful truth: America loves loncheras. But far too many taco fans only think of the […]

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Hopeful candidates begin election year Hispandering (audio)

by Comic Saenz June 13, 2016 Audio
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As the election cycle heats up, hopeful candidates try to gain Hispanic/Latino support, but we won’t get fooled again. POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano spill the Hispandering beans on Maria Hinojosa’s Latino USA.

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Persian food peeps prep pretty chingon carne asada tacos (video)

by RIK BAYLEZZADEH May 24, 2016 Cultura
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Aashpazzi, a Persian food portal, knows how to make some righteous American food, like carne asada tacos, and this video is proof.

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Chef with beard invents a grilled-cheese ‘taco’ that isn’t a quesadilla

by Comic Saenz May 13, 2016 Cultura
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As our esteemed Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano has pointed out over and over, the taco is American as apple pie. That’s why we weren’t surprised when we read reports of a marvelous new American “taco” creation, the grilled-cheese taco. Although we think the so-called Elite Daily’s headline asserting that “You’ll Never Need […]

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Ask A Mexican: How should Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo? (video)

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2016 Cultura

POCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano dons traditional garb to esplain How REAL Mexicans Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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A funny thing happened on the way to ‘Bordertown’

by Lalo Alcaraz January 9, 2016 Cartoons
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Hola. I’m Lalo Alcaraz. You might know me. I have been a Chicano political cartoonist forever. I know, I know, it’s God’s work, you’re welcome. Now, all of a sudden I’m a primetime TV writer and producer. Huh? Yes, the last two years in my life have been a super WTF. With ten percent LOL. […]

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Roots of Chicano Satire: Lalo Guerrero and Culture Clash (videos)

by Lalo Alcaraz January 5, 2016 Cultura
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Before there was Bordertown, there was The Culture Clash show. Only about TWENTY YEARS AGO, so SUCK IT humorless haters! (It was my first showbiz writing gig!) Big props and eternal thanks to the Culture Clash guys! And before all of us, there was LALO GUERRERO doing Chicano satire, hell, INVENTING it! Check out Guerrero’s […]

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BORDERTOWN Mexclusive: Whites are a minority in Mexifornia (video)

by Comic Saenz December 22, 2015 Cartoons
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OMG! Is it true? For the first time in history, whites are a minority in Bordertown, Mexifornia. What are the implications for gringos like Bud?

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Pope visits a (non-Catholic) megachurch in ‘Bordertown’ [video]

by Comic Saenz December 14, 2015 Cartoons
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First BORDERTOWN Clip! “The Pope Visits the Mexifornia MegaChurch” Bordertown premieres January 3, 930 pm on Fox. We’re all going to hell! Posted by Lalo Alcaraz on Monday, December 14, 2015 …. If the Facebook ^^^^ video won’t play, try this [it may take a minute to load]:

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Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano: What is ‘Hispandering’? (audio)

by Comic Saenz November 9, 2015 Audio
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POCHO’s Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz (right) and POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano (left) know politicians will say and do almost anything to get the critical Hispanic vote. Last week, they explained this “Hispandering” to LatinoUSA.

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Lalo Alcaraz: My Excellent Texalent ‘Bordertown’ Adventure (photos)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 21, 2015 Cultura
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(TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 2015 – TEXAS, USA) I’m “on tour” in South Texas, down along the border, screening episodes of the animated series Bordertown, which debuts next year on FOX. It’s exotic! The indigenous cuisine served ^^^ at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, in McAllen, is like nothing I’ve previously encountered – it’s “quirky.” And […]

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Lalo Alcaraz: My Big Fat Mexican Detroit Weekend (photos)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 16, 2015 Cultura
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I spent several days in Detroit this weekend with the UNITY Diversity in Journalism group, bringing our perspective as journalists of color to two vibrant local communities. We had a panel at the gorgeous Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, and discussed the situation of Arab American media portrayals from our varied panelists. At the […]

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Clip y Save: Fall screenings of ‘Bordertown,’ maybe near you *UPDATED

by Gustavo Arellano September 8, 2015 Cartoons
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If you follow POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and me, POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano, you know that we’ve been shamelessly promoting the upcoming FOX animated cartoon, Bordertown. In case you’re just some random Googler who stumbled across this page, here’s the synopsis: BORDERTOWN satirizes life on the U.S.-Mexico border — la migra, changing demographics, religion, […]

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Gustavo Arellano to UC Riverside grads: ‘You are secular saints’

by Gustavo Arellano June 15, 2015 Cultura
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Saturday morning, I had the honor of giving the commencement speech at UC Riverside’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for their Sociology, Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology students (what a mouthful!). Following are my prepared remarks, which I mostly hewed to. I did begin my speech with an explanation of what ustedes and y’all […]

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Can Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano finish OC’s hottest burger? (video)

by Comic Saenz May 11, 2015 Cultura
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Can intrepid POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano and OC Weekly colleague Nick Schou make it through the Nuke Burger, said to be the hottest/spiciest hamburger in Orange County? How spicy is it? The OC Weekly’s Charles Lam reports: The Nuke Burger [at Bombburger in Huntington Beach] is quite possibly the spiciest burger […]

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Ask A Mexican: How should Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo? (video)

by Comic Saenz May 1, 2015 Cultura

POCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano dons traditional garb to esplain How REAL Mexicans Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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Ask A Mexican: Is it safe to visit Tijuana? (video)

by Comic Saenz April 16, 2015 Cultura
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POCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano has just returned from a weekend trip to Tijuana. “Is it safe again in Tijuana, Gustavo?” someone asked him when he got back. “It’s safe — and it’s amazing!” he replied.

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