skip to content
Kiosk Magazine - UCIrvine Editorial Board

Return to Contributors

Alexis Hodoyan-Gastelum



As a writer, I've slowly come to the conclusion that what interests me is my hometown of Tijuana and its countless stories waiting to be told. It’s funny because I’ve spent my whole life trying to get out but now I’m finding my way back in through my writing. I knew I wanted to write about food and Tijuana and culture, but I wanted to find a deeper meaning to all of it. I wanted to find something The New Yorker or the San Diego Union Tribune hadn't noticed.

The story behind the story:

Back in January, people in Tijuana only talked about one thing:
AnthonyBourdain is coming to town. I saw him at La Mezcalera… He went to eat at
Mision 19 and tacos Las Ahumaderas… After his visit, articles emerged
about him talking about Tijuana, about the new culinary movement happening
down there, BajaMed (Baja + Mediterrenean). The boldest statement he made
was calling Baja “the new Tuscany.” But Bourdain is not the first to
notice the BajaMed movement. Food blogs, the New York Times, the
Washington Post, among other publications have been writing about BajaMed
since two years ago.