What Makes Tijuana so Tasty: A Local’s 101

Like hundreds of other SDSU students, I call Tijuana, Baja California, my home. As someone who has grown up in the city, I feel a Mexa obligation to share the beautiful wonders of its incredible, tantalizing food-scape. The following list contains all of my favorite places in Tijuana to eat, drink and engage in fun shenanigans. I am pretty confident that if you go, they’ll become your favorites too 🙂 

To impress your friends with some seriously tasty yet classy vibes:

Caesar’s

Av. RevoluciĂłn 1059 Col. Zona Centro 22000 Tijuana, Baja California Mexico

  • Right on the notorious Avenida Revolucion, Caesar’s is the place to go for a gussied up night with friends or significant others. This is probably the most notorious restaurant from the list, as it is attributed with the invention of the Caesar salad. This restaurant takes you back to 1920s Tijuana with old-fashioned, Great Gatsby vibes and a beautiful wooden bar. I recommend ordering the Duck ravioli, the marrow plate, and, well, the caesar salad. 

La Justina

Av. Revolucion 926 Col. Zona Centro 22000 Tijuana, Baja California Mexico

  • Aesthetically pleasing, incredible food, and out of this world beverages. There’s a little more mystery to La Justina, and I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll leave it at that. This is the do-yourself-a-favor-and-go-kind-of-place.

To eat finger-licking Mexican Mama/Papi goodness:

Cemitas La China Poblana

Av Miguel Negrete 924 22000 Tijuana, Baja California Mexico

  • Inspired by Poblano dishes from the state of Puebla, this restaurant makes unbelievable cemitas which are a 2.0 version of the classic torta. They have other dishes like mole, tlayudas, and tacos, but the real stars of this eatery are the cemitas. The bread is always fresh because they bake it in house, they put a ton of queso Oaxaca in the cemita every time, and they have avocado milkshakes. It is my paradise. TIP: order either the milanesa or lomo cemita!!

Taqueria Tres Salsas

Av Guillermo Prieto 2620, América, Centro, 22044 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

– At this point Tijuana has become synonymous with tacos, so it is not difficult to find a decent taco place no matter where you are in the city. But believe me when I say that no other taco in Tijuana compares to what you find at Tres Salsas. It is open until 5 a.m., they make their corn tortillas fresh upon order, and their meats are always seasoned to perfection. 

Panaderia La Mejor

ConstituciĂłn 1727, Zona Centro, 22055 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

– This isn’t exactly a restaurant, but oh man… this place, is so good that I’m a little emotional right now just thinking about it. This panaderia (bakery) is a tiny little sliver of a place that is very easy to miss when driving by. No more than 10 people fit in this bakery at a time, so when you walk in into the tiny establishment you are engulfed by the fuzzy warmth and intoxicating smell of sweet and savory bread baking. My top recommendations  are the canasta, polvoron, gusanito, bolillo and CONCHA!!! 

Extra recommendations for my trendy/vegetarian/vegan/zen/fit-life/yoga peeps:

Inspiracion 9

Blvd. Agua Caliente 11300, Agua Caliente Secc Pinos, 22014 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Alma Verde (not the La Cacho one!!) 

Ave. Hipodromo No.19, Col. Hipodromo, 22020 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Sounds Like Sublime

Everybody knows Sublime, those guys with the “Santeria” song. Sublime was a major player, and contributed to the music scene of Southern California today.

The group is from Long Beach. And, they definitely give off West Coast rock ‘n’ roll vibes. But, Sublime combines that with reggae in order to get a unique ska sound.

Although Sublime was not making studio albums for a long time, they have had a ton of music released overall. Song after song set the stage for today’s punk scene. This is the reason that many people today listen to bands that got their start in the mid ’90s.

If you’re looking for some more ska punk to get you through your day, then you’re reading the right post, because I have some suggestions for you.

  1. The dirty heads –  This is a hip hop reggae band that was formed in Huntington Beach. They’re made up of five members and cite Sublime, 311 and Bob Marley as inspirations for their sound. This shows how influential Sublime is, linking the great artists Bob Marley and 311 together.
  2. Another band that may have been influenced by Sublime is Pepper. Although this band formed in Hawaii in 1997, they also have the same reggae ska punk rock vibes that Sublime is known for. They were still active and making music in 2013, so go check them out to get a Hawaiian Sublime trial.
  3. Slightly Stoopid – This band is from right here in San Diego, where they formed in 1995. They tour almost nonstop, and have been for the past 10 years. They share the ska sound that you’ve come to expect from Sublime but present it in their own Slightly Stoopid style. These bands will surely help you to get your ska fix when you’ve already had your fill of Sublime.

Youth and Celebrity Culture

More than ever before, it seems like the younger generations of both Millennials and Generation Z tend to invest much more time and interest in celebrity news. What celebrities are up to and what drama they’re involved in tends to consume young minds. Who’s pregnant, which celebrity couple broke up and what celebrity got plastic surgery are at the forefront of a lot of pop culture news stories.

With the prominence of social media outlets like Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram, celebrities are able to update fans and followers on their lives frequently and instantaneously. By posting photos and videos of their lavish lifestyles on private jets and yachts, stacks of hundred dollar bills and their almost too-perfect-to-be real selfies, people have become immersed and infatuated with celebrity culture.

Unrealistic beauty standards have arisen. It just takes one simple visit to Instagram’s main page of trending photos to see that a lot of women are striving to look a certain way. Diversity is being embraced less, as celebrities like the Kardashians and Jenners, other reality TV stars, actors/actresses, and artists, have influenced many young men and women to do their makeup in a certain way and to dress in a certain style. Trends such as lash extensions, lip fillers and plastic surgery have risen in prominence.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with one owning his/her sexuality and not being afraid to present themselves in whatever way they want to without fear of being judged by society. However, the importance that has been placed on a lot of celebrities has influenced younger boys and girls. And, there is now an insurmountable amount of pressure placed on youth to adhere to certain standards of beauty and conduct, for them to be deemed acceptable or beautiful.

These pressures have arisen from the importance and time us youth have invested in talking about celebrity news, and in being immersed in the personal lives of these stars. A lot of young people are so invested in it, that they actually do feel affected when their favorite celebrity couple breaks up, or when their favorite rapper is beefing with another rapper.

The fact that we as a society value so highly what celebrities have to say and what they’re doing directly points to the fact that our society is very superficial, and places a lot of importance on money, conventional beauty and status. Younger generations think that the only way to be respected and successful nowadays is to make a six-figure salary or to be a millionaire, and have lost the concept of what really matters. We should not spend so much time caring about celebrities and what they do, and should focus more on issues that actually matter and do affect our lives in real and meaningful way.

Featured Image: Retrieved from here. 

 

Boutique Finds: Misha

My biggest problem when shopping for clothes is that I want something different. I don’t want to always see others wearing the same clothes I have, and I like to put a spin on a popular look.

So, when Misha opened in Puyallup, Washington, it covered all my fashion needs. I stumbled upon the store when I was home for Christmas break in 2015, which happened to be right after they first opened. Malia, the owner, is from Hawaii and probably has the best style I’ve ever seen. She puts together the cutest outfits, and it shows in the clothes that are sold at the boutique.

As said in the biography on Instagram, Misha sells a modern bohemian look. They are known for their reworked band tees, trendy sweaters & jackets, and fun shirts with sayings such as “Support your local girl gang,” printed on them. And, that is exactly what they have done- created a girl gang. The store hypes them up like crazy. You can post pictures of the products you buy in the store with the hashtag #MishaBabe, and it will guarantee you a response and even a share on their page. A problem I sometimes have with buying new clothes is deciding how to style them, and the hashtag helps all the time.

I love going to Misha when I am shopping for a certain event, because they always style me so well. It has hurt my bank account, however, because I cannot seem to stop adding stuff to my check. But, it is always worth it. With Misha I have found the perfect outfits for birthdays, vacations, concerts and dates- accessories and all.

Malia is not only the owner, but she also makes one of my favorite items to buy in the store- outlaw flannels. She reworks the flannels with bleach that makes a cool and unique pattern on every one of the shirts. As said before, I like to put a spin on trendy clothes and this does exactly that. I can button it up and throw on yoga pants for a cozy look. Or, I can layer it with a t-shirt and a vest for a day of errands and coffee. I can even throw it over a dress, or on with a denim skirt, to spunk up a girly look. Every shirt is different, and she brings a ton in to the store each week.

Finding this store might have been the biggest blessing for my closet, and I love being in Washington so I can stop by and let them style me. I never leave the store without a bag in my hand, and the biggest smile on my face. Supporting local businesses in my hometown and small businesses is just another perk to buying here, and I cannot wait to get back to Puyallup to do some shopping! If you are interested in buying from Misha you can either order online or order through Instagram!

Pictures retrieved from here and here.