Dear Albuquerqueros: Ustedes will always have a special place in my heart, since the Alibi was the first paper with huevos to print my ¡Ask a Mexican! column. Unfortunately, I can't live in your wonderful town since my demented homeland of Orange County, Calif., needs me to expose skinheads and pedophile priests on a regular basis. But fate is bringing me back to Albuquerque this week on account of a book I'm working on—Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (And Soon, the World)! It'll be released next year and deal with how "Mexican" food has evolved in the United States—and I'll devote a whole chapter to the Land of Enchantment, because the rest of the States used to like "
New Mexicans remain an alien species to the rest of us Mexis—we share the same Hispanic blood, language and propensity to get drunk, but little else. I needed a guide, so I decided to ask some questions of Alibi contributor Joseph Baca—¡Ask a New Mexican! if you will. Hope you enjoy our back-and-forth, and see ustedes on St. Patrick's Day!