The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

Lorena Garibay

Lorena Garibay, Staff Writer

Lorena Garibay (she/her) is a San Francisco State University journalism major and Italian minor. Born and raised in Hayward, Calif, she remains very connected to her Mexican heritage. Her family originates from Zamora, Michoacan, a state in Mexico known for its rich gastronomy, agriculture and natural beauty. Lorena is also a student of Mexican folkloric dance and one day hopes to reach the level of maestra. She enjoys traveling and meeting interesting people and trying new foods. Lorena loves to sing mariachi music and her number one fan is her orange tabby cat, Nastia.

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The vodka section in Tony’s Market & Liquor located on 2751 24th St. in San Francisco’s Mission District on April 29, 2022. (Maximo Vazquez / Xpress Magazine)

Are San Franciscans Really Boycotting Russian Products?

May 13, 2022

  Anna Voloshyna sits down at her kitchen island countertop, and she readies herself to answer questions that’ll hit home for her — literally. Behind her are her mixers, stove, pots and pans,...

Different styles of tamales pictured at La Espiga de Oro Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District on May 5, 2022. Although the restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine, La Espiga de Oro also offers traditional Honduran and Guatemalan tamales. (Maximo Vazquez / Xpress Magazine)

Tamales Wrapped in Different Flags

May 13, 2022

  It’s 3:35 in the afternoon, and the smell of sweet bread and salsa combines as patrons of the Guatemalan panaderia, Eterna Primavera, get in line to order. Blanca Estella Ruiz is in the kitchen...

Tamales with Roosevelt – Video

May 13, 2022

This video was created to accompany the story "Tamales Wrapped in Different Flags: Tamales in San Francisco" by Lorena Garibay.

Billy Prusinowski, co-founder of the SF Bay Area’s Zoloti Maky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, cheers on Tatiana Burdiak as they practice their dance routine in Santa Cruz on April 2, 2022, for the virtual fundraiser they hosted to provide aid to the people of Ukraine.  (Bianca Heredia/ Xpress Magazine)

[Video] Greet Them With Bread and Bring Forth The Salt!

April 15, 2022

They wear flowers and ribbons in their hair that bounce around their shoulders, blowing in the wind as they twirl to the sounds of Ukrainian folk songs. Their dynamic dances and bravado stances are reminiscent...

[Video] Ukrainian Folk Dance: Holding on to Tradition – Video

April 15, 2022

This video was created to accompany the story Greet Them With Bread and Bring Forth The Salt! by Lorena Garibay.

[Video] Mezcal in the Bay – The Bleed Podcast

March 18, 2022

This podcast was created to accompany the story More than a trend: Mezcal Finds a Home in Bay Area Bar Culture by Lorena Garibay, published on March 18th, 2022.

Alex Gómez Uribe, a Jalisco native, holds a bottle of mezcal from Mezcal Totoy in Oakland on March 11, 2022. The contents in the bottle were produced by Antonio Leon, a “Maestro Mezcalero” and the maguey used to make this particular mezcal was Jabali. (Bianca Heredia / Xpress Magazine)

[Video] More Than a Trend: Mezcal Finds a Home in Bay Area Bar Culture

March 18, 2022

Jamie Bernal smiles as he points out the menu located behind his bar. Written in chalk, it reads, “agave cocktails, with tequila or mezcal,” but that menu read differently five years ago. He’s still...

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

February 18, 2022

It was early 2019, Miu Takahashi had finished packing her three suitcases that would accompany her on the long flight from Japan to the U.S. She had decided to study abroad at San Francisco State University....

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