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A Sandwich A Day: Carne Asada Torta from Tortas Wash Mobile in Tijuana

Tortas Wash Mobile is Tijuana's first, most famous, and longest-standing torta stand. In 1964 the stand opened with no official name and was unofficially branded Tortas Wash Mobile because of its location, adjacent to TJ's first car wash. Today, the car wash is long gone, but locals maintain a fierce and passionate loyalty to the only item they serve, a carne asada torta (35 pesos, or less than $3 US). More

Restaurant That Invented Caesar Salad Closes

[Photograph: Robyn Lee] The storied birthplace of the Caesar salad, the Caesar Restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, tossed its last bowl of romaine last week. Legend has it that the concoction was invented in the 1920s by accident, inspired by leftover lettuce, garlic, anchovies, olive oil, wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, egg yolks, croutons and parmesan. And the man behind the magic wasn't Julius Caesar—it was an Italian immigrant in Mexico named Caesar Cardini. According to the Associated Press, the restaurant wasn't able to pay rent anymore with the local tourism-dependent economy so devastated by swine flu, crime, and drug violence. Related Dinner Tonight: Grilled Caesar Salad The Perfect Bite of Caesar Salad with Grilled Ribeye What is the... More

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