Gustavo Arellano — a.k.a. ''Ask a Mexican!'' himself — doesn't shy away from having strong opinions or expressing them. It's what has made Arellano into a popular columnist, author and public speaker over the years and what's bringing him to Houston on November 15 to kick off the University of Houston's lecture series, Food for Thought. The free talk covers everything from how salsa overtook ketchup as the country's favorite condiment in the 1990s to why Taco Bell matters from a historical and cultural perspective. Afterwards, Arellano plans to consume large quantities of Tex-Mex food — the subject of his most recent book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America — at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe.
Thu., Nov. 15, 5 p.m., 2012