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asktijuanaPOCHO’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. [Mas…]

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Happy Easter from Los Pochodores!

(Left to right) Lalo Alcaraz, Victor Payan, Sara Inés Calderón, Dennis Wilen.

Not pictured: Al Madrigal, Celina Martinez, Elise Roedenbeck, Eres Nerd, Gustavo Arellano.

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askillegalPOCHO’s Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers the pregunta “What part of ‘illegal’ don’t Mexicans understand?” with his own question for pinches Know Nothing gabachos. [Mas…]

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gusradioDear POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano:

Why do Mexicans play the pinche radio so damn loud? [Mas…]

tacos-villa-corona-breakfast-burrito.0.0Here in Los Angeles, we like breakfast burritos. We like the breakfast burritos so much that breakfast burritos can be enjoyed in Jewish delis, Chinese restaurants, Greek diners, burger stands, sushi joints, lunch trucks, Mexican restaurants, old-school coffee shops and fancy places near the beach.

LA.Eater, for example, just published a list of three dozen breakfast burrito destinations, which includes Mid-City 24/7 Lucy’s Drive-In (Gustavo Arellano’s go-to place for chile relleno burritos), Anthony Bourdain pick Tacos Villa Corona in Atwater Village (photo, above) and ∼$12 burritos at the The Farm in Beverly Hills which are filled with aged cheddar cheese and applewood smoked bacon.

But breakfast burritos are an anomaly in some parts of Texas, where breakfast tacos are the norm. [Mas…]

mexicheeseWhen POCHO’s Associate Naranjero, the esteemed Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano, watched the video of BuzzFeed feeding Taco Bell to actual Mexicans (photo), he knew he needed to set the record straight regarding the yellow cheese that tops lots of Mexican-American food. Because queso, k no? Yellow cheese, says Gus, has an honorable history — and pocho cred. Also, BuzzFeed, FYI: Burritos, white rice and flour tortillas ARE “Mexican food,” doh!

Gus wrote the book, you know. Literally. It’s called TACO USA (How Mexican Food Conquered America).  

And now, prepare your device and your mind will follow.

Why do Mexicans hate yellow cheese so much? (the video)

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pochoquestPOCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal gets some help from POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano as he tries to understand what it means to be half-Mexican in America. [Mas…]


Dear Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano:

Is it true that the way to a Mexican guy’s corazon is through his panza? And if so, why?

[Possible F Bomb at the tail end of this video.]

Ask A Mexican: Should Mexicans move to the South? (video)

by Comic Saenz February 19, 2015 Cultura

It’s complicated, but Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano considers the future of Mexican-Americans in the South and suggests it’s the new, unconquered Aztlan ripe for the Reconquista Part II. After all, paisas and good ole’ boys are the same with the horses and the whiskey and the marrying their second cousins, right? (Gustavo’s art courtesy […]

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Why does @GustavoArellano say his name so Spanish? (audio)

by Comic Saenz February 17, 2015 Audio
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The ¡Ask A Mexican! Why do Mexicans OVER-PRONOUNCE Spanish? video prompted California Report’s Queena Kim to call POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano for more info. No, it’s not really pronounced “Kimm,” she explains. It should be pronounced more like “Keeeem.” C’est la vie.

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Ask A Mexican: Who should Mexicans root for in the Super Bowl? (video)

by Comic Saenz January 29, 2015 Cultura
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You’ve got a question for a Mexican? A vexing, emotional sports question with racial, demographic, ethnic and regional Razafications? Luckily for all of us, POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano is prepared to answer what has to be the biggest pregunta in football fandom today: Who should Mexicans root for in the Super Bowl? The […]

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Watch! Al Madrigal: ‘Half Like Me’ (Al meets with a Minuteman)

by Comic Saenz January 22, 2015 Cultura
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POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal’s new docu-comedy Half Like Me went live on FUSION Thursday night. In this clip, Al meets up at the US-Mexican border with a patriotic member of the Minutemen. Also, Borderlandia looks familiar somehow. PREVIOUSLY ON HALF LIKE ME:

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Ask A Mexican: Here’s an idea – Learn to love hipsters (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz January 22, 2015 Cultura
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In between the Mexican curse words, Gustavo Arellano has a modest proposal: Learn to love your local hipster and/or chipster. We’re still trying to figure out what and who ¡Asked A Mexican! That cartoon, though! [NSFW adult language.] CHIPSTERS? Are you a Chipster (Chicano + hipster)? There are Pocho Ocho ways to tell. You might […]

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Ask A Mexican: Why do politicians hate taco trucks so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz January 20, 2015 Cultura
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Even in Santa Ana, Orange County, Califas (it’s actually “Santana,” Gustavo Arellano notes), the Latino-controlled city council dislikes taco trucks. To find out why, it seems prudent to once again ¡Ask A Mexican!

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans OVER-PRONOUNCE Spanish? (videos)

by Comic Saenz January 8, 2015 El Now
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano is always ready with answers to your preguntas:

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas? (video)

by Comic Saenz December 11, 2014 Cultura
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♫ ♬ Masa roasting by an open fire… ♫ ♬ Wait; that masa thing doesn’t sound right. Dear Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas? Previously on tamales:

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Ask A Mexican: Why should we care about Ferguson? (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz December 4, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano recalls America’s history of police brutality against people of color in his latest video: Why Mexicans Should Care About Michael Brown and Ferguson. The author and editor (OC Weekly) reprises a 2007 toon from POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz to prove his point. One additional pregunta, though: Is Gustavo’s hoodie fashion […]

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans love Thanksgiving so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz November 27, 2014 Cultura
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Is there one question you can ¡Ask A Mexican! that you can’t get an answer for? Gustavo Arellano always has something to say, and inquiries about Thanksgiving are a good example.

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Salvadorans and Mexicans hate so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz November 20, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano steps back into the video limelight to ponder the question: Why do Mexicans (and Mexican-Americans) and Salvadorans (and Salvadoran-Americans) hate each other so much? Is it because Salvadoran horchata is better than Mexican horchata? And the fact that pupusas kick gorditas’ culinary nalgas? Or are they just following an age-old […]

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Ask A Mexican: Why do gabachos love burritos so much? (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN November 12, 2014 Cultura
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POCHO co-conspirator Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano takes to the video to answer an age-old question: Why do gabachos love burritos so much?

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Ask A Mexican: Hispanic? Latino? Chicano? What’s the deal? (video)

by Comic Saenz October 3, 2014 Cultura
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In an Hispanic Heritage Month Latino Heritage Month special video episode, POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers the perennial question: Hispanics? Latinos? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?

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Hey! You’re lookin’ for tacos in all the wrong places (photos)

by MOSCA MEXICAN September 26, 2014 Cultura
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As POCHO amigo Gustavo Arellano pointed out in his book Taco USA, America loves tacos. How much does America love tacos, you ask? Taco imagery is everywhere — jewelry (necklace, above), toys, drinks, desserts, babies, kitties, doggies, purses, rear-view mirrors. And how could we make a listicle without the pink taco? [The pink taco final […]

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¡Ask A Mexican! Is yelling ‘puto’ at futbol homophobic? (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz June 20, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano continues on his World Cup kick with a discussion of the Mexican team’s performance in their tied match with Brazil and the spectators’ habit of calling the opposing team putos. [NSFW adult language.] P.S.: Spoiler warning: You may be a puto if….

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¡Ask A Mexican! Why do Mexis swim with clothes on? (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz June 12, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers a summertime pregunta: Why do Mexicans go to the beach and swim with their clothes on? [NSFW partial nudity.] PREVIOUSLY ON ¡ASK A MEXICAN! VIDEO THEATRE:

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