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The capirotada coming out of the oven.

Capirotada: A Mexican tradition that never disappoints

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // April 18, 2022

Capirotada is known by many as the “Mexican” bread-pudding. In essence the comparison makes sense, but the two dishes are essentially different.  Capirotada is popular during Lent and Good...

My full presentation of huevos rancheros.

Nothing beats Huevos Rancheros at the top of the morning

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // April 8, 2022

“Huevos rancheros” translates to ranch eggs, which makes sense considering the history behind this traditional Mexican dish. When I say ranch eggs, I mean in the form of livestock, not the buttermilk-based...

Wal Riek in his element at Broadways

San Diego native spices up Chico with his authentic cuisine

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // February 21, 2022

Wal Riek, a local business owner, is known for his unique but authentic soul food and urban cuisine. This is something he says the community of Chico has been missing. Riek came to Chico State in 2014...

Jose and Jovito Hernandez outside of their shop.

From the 664 to the 530, a father-son duo brings authentic Tijuana taste to Chico

Javier Hernandez, Social Media Editor // January 31, 2022

J’s Tacos and Beer emulates authentic Tijuana cuisine here in Chico. Jose Hernandez and his father Jovito Hernandez run their business together. This journey didn’t start here in Chico. It originated...

My cup of arroz con leche while I was studying.

Winter time calls for Arroz con Leche

Javier Hernandez, Reporter // December 5, 2021

The sun is starting to set early and the need for a warm drink has become evident. When wintertime comes to Hispanic households, there are a multitude of hot drinks that are a staple to help keep people...

Pasta is just one of many dishes that can be made using items from the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry.

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry provides plenty of meal possibilities!

Connor McPherson and Ian Hilton // November 17, 2021

Chico State students run into many obstacles when leaving home and going to school for the first time. Being away from your family can be hard on its own. It’s made tougher when you have to pay rent,...

Taqueria Ramirez, photo by Noah Herbst, taken Nov. 15, 2021

A guide to Chico taco trucks: Local cuisine through student eyes

Noah Herbst, Reporter // November 16, 2021

Taco Trucks: havens of greasy, authentic and inexpensive Mexican food. These meals-on-wheels businesses can be found with relative ease, and Chico is no exception. For students on a budget, taco trucks...

Market Aisle

Eating Like Adults

Devonte Barr, Photographer // November 11, 2021

Does it ever cross your mind where your food comes from? Or maybe, less about the food and more about why what’s offered is an option? It's overdue that we impose changes in the way the food industry...

bowl of food

Hey, did you know I’m vegan?

Thomas Stremfel, Opinion Editor // October 29, 2021

To this day, few things give me more joy than derailing conversations to remind people of my veganism. It’s easy to poke fun at myself, but there are few subjects that genuinely fascinate me as much...

Chocolate chip cookies you wish were yours. And now can be!

So long, summer! Celebrate the conclusion of the cookie countdown

Ian Hilton, News Editor // October 23, 2021

Every autumn, my heart lifts a bit higher. I don’t like being cold or rained on, the days turning darker are depressing and rounding up gifts for the holidays is a stressor. However, this is the season...

Chimichurri on cornflour empanada

End boring meals with cheap Chico chimichurri

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // October 12, 2021

The best things in life take time. They can also make a mess. But if that mess is a kitchen creation that makes every sandwich, pizza and taco burst with flavor, it’s worth thanking the community for...

Grilled hanger steak marinated as carne asada. Photo by Ian Hilton.

Hooked on hanger steak

Ian Hilton, News Editor // October 9, 2021

For college students, food must be affordable. Help from CalFresh is undeniably beneficial, however  stretching that dollar is a necessity for us. Once in a while, we need to treat ourselves. If...

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