Javier was born in Hollywood and was raised in the streets of East L.A and the San Gabriel Valley. He developed his passion for writing since his diary-keeping days in 4th grade after getting inspired by the cartoon “Doug.” He has never stopped writing since then. As a teenager, he became completely obsessed with the things we eat and drink. This obsession took over his life and he was eventually able to convey this obsession into a food writing career.
He published his first article about Mexican-American holiday food traditions a the now-defunct magazine called “LAteen” at the age of 16 and landed his first cover story about the cuisine of Zacatecas, Mexico for Saveur Magazine at the age of 21. Since then, he’s become a local authority on all things L.A., food and drink culture, urban L.A. culture, punk rock, and local news.
In 2012, he became the official restaurant scout for Jonathan Gold (REST IN FEAST), proudly working at LA Times as the extension of his belly. In 2016, he was hired as the West Coast Staff Editor and Writer for Vice MUNCHIES covering the California, Oregon, and Washington food scene. His writing has been featured in over a dozen publications, including Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Cooking Light, The Washington Post, and Southwest Magazine. At 29 years old, he published his first starred restaurant review for the (old) LA Weekly.
His first cookbook “Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico” on homestyle Oaxacan food will be published by Abrams Books (NY) in October 22, 2019. He currently works as Editor of the independent local news and culture site, L.A. TACO, and as an Associate Producer for the Taco Chronicles on Netflix.
He lives with his amazing wife Paola Briseño (who makes the best ceviche in the city), Old English Sheepdog, Fig, and Bouvier de Flandres, Jam, in Highland Park,