OC Press Club Awards!

Great news from the Orange County Press Club Awards last night! I am happy to announce that I received six awards — the most individual awards of any journalist at the gala. I am humbled and honored to have swept 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the restaurant-review category (for Waterman’s Harbor, Orsa & Winston …

¡Pozole Thursdays in Zihuatanejo!

The air is hot and sultry, weighted with smoke and sea salt and the heady balm of pig fat. It’s not exactly soup weather. It’s the rainy season, July, when I’m in Zihuatanejo, which doesn’t translate to any actual rain but rather a steamy, lazy heaviness that’s boxed in by an unrelenting sun, with the …

Sneak Peek: Pozole Thursday in Zihuatanejo

In tomorrow’s Travel section in the Orange County Register, I write about the unique tradition of Jueves Pozolero, or Pozole Thursday, in the quaint beach town of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.  Pozole is one of Mexico’s great culinary treasures, and nowhere is it more revered than in Zihuatanejo. Here’s a sneak peak. Click through for the preview gallery. And …

Where to eat now: Mexico City

Dining in Mexico City (photos by Brad A Johnson) Mexico City might be home to the world’s most underrated restaurant scene. For more than a decade, passionate young chefs in the Mexican capital have quietly redefined the upper limits of their native cuisine. Drawing inspiration from the international modernist movement while evangelizing local farms and …

Sneak Peek: Dining in Mexico City

In this Sunday’s Travel section in the Orange County Register, I write about the extraordinary restaurant scene in Mexico City, a world-class dining destination that holds its own against the top food cities in the United States. Here’s a visual sneak peek of that story. Click on the first image below to activate the slideshow.  

Mexico: My Favorite Hotels

What’s my favorite hotel in Mexico? That’s a question I get asked a lot. It’s a loadeded question to which my answer changes daily. I???ve stayed at so many hotels and resorts in Mexico that I can’t possibly count. Here are my favorites.

Where to Eat in Guadalajara: High/Low

A mariachi musician taking a lunch break at Mercado Benito Juarez in Guadalajara (Photo by Brad A. Johnson) You don???t hear much about it these days, but I just love Guadalajara. I think this is one of the most underrated cities in Mexico. Did yo…

Photo of the Week: Morelia, Mexico

Morelia, Mexico (Photo by Brad A Johnson) I love this shot, captured just across the street from City Hall in Morelia, the capital city of the state of Michoacan. Morelia is such a romantic old city, and this is where much of Mexico’s best candies…

How to Cook an Octopus, Mexico-Style

Grilled octopus salad with cactus pico de gallo (Photo by Brad A Johnson) I travel to Mexico frequently???mostly for the food. And whenever I come across a cooking class in Mexico, I almost always give it a shot. Last month I wrote about a class i…