You may already know Alexander Rodriguez from On The Rocks, his nationally syndicated radio show on iHeartRadio and Universal Broadcasting Network; however, you will soon also know him as cohost of Glitterbomb, TV’s first national LGBTQ Latinx talk show that debuts Thursday, September 20, at 7pm PST/10pm EST on LaTV. The outspoken, unabashed, and Hollywood-obsessed Rodriguez will join colleagues Patrick Gomez, a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly, and actor Enrique Sapene for this English-language pop culture fest that will cover the latest in news, trends, and entertainment.
Since Alexander normally tackles all things Hollywood, we thought it would be fun to have him point his focus a little south and give us the dirt on his home turf, Orange County, California.
1. What’s the best thing about Orange County?
Hands down it’s the beach. Always gives you a nice ocean breeze, amazing sunsets, and great restaurants for people watching and cocktail sipping…or gulping. Shirts are pretty much forgotten by the beach, so you get a sneak preview of possible dates. Okurrr….
2. What is your favorite O.C. tourist attraction?
My mom’s hair. Just kidding. A South O.C. favorite would be the Mission San Juan Capistrano. It features a museum, parts of the original mission church, and a section of town with the original adobe buildings you can walk through. My family has been a part of the city for years and I served as a cantor at the basilica for about 13 years and my grandma’s name is chiseled in the baptismal font in the new basilica because of her hours of volunteer service.
3. And, the most overrated tourist attraction?
Oh God, I hope I don’t get my gay card revoked by saying this, but Disneyland is probably the most overrated. You spend your life savings just to get in, it’s overcrowded with children (not my favorite), it takes forever to get on a ride, and the place has no bar. I get palpitations just thinking about it. I’d rather spend that money and time at happy hour.
4. Where is the best place to see cute locals?
Gay bars are very sparse and Grindr is full of closet cases, so I would say head to any of the beautiful beaches in Laguna Beach. It’s a great place to check out the locals while getting some sun and if you strike up a chat with some beach beauties you can move it up to any of the many bars/coffee houses—or hotels—within walking distance.
5. What is your favorite O.C. bar to grab a cocktail?
For happy hour, I prefer low key hole-in-the-wall bars. The only LGBT bar in South O.C. that’s still left is Main Street Bar. My favorite straight bar to go to is Riptide—great happy hour sushi and lots of eye candy, just be careful who you wink at.
6. What is an undiscovered gem every LGBTQ tourist should visit?
The holy site of my first gay kiss. Ha! I would say it would be The Velvet Lounge in Santa Ana. DJ Jonathan Aleman is beyond great, the crowd is so diverse there’s something for everyone, and their drag shows are pretty good competition for any in L.A. And, the drinks are cheap and strong—just like me.
7. Where is the best brunch spot in Orange County?
The tastiest and most fun would be El Adobe, near the Mission San Juan Capistrano. The restaurant has been around since 1948 and parts of the walls are from the original structure built in 1797. The restaurant itself has a great history, like rumors of ghosts in the basement that like to say hi to the staff. It was home to my baptism and graduation parties. Also my grandma used to be a model for their fashion shows, so this restaurant is part of our family history. The food is gourmet and authentic Mexican and is so good. Great flavored margaritas and very talented mariachis. Its soooo much fun. Just take some Tums and Beano because you will eat too much.
8. What is your favorite place to shop in the O.C.?
Online. Ha ha! I hate shopping but have been lucky enough to establish a great relationship with the staff at Men’s Wearhouse in Mission Viejo. They help me with all my casual and fancy looks for the TV and radio shows and know all my sizes so I don’t really have to spend a lot of time figuring out outfits. If I’m going shopping for a husband, however, I will head to Home Depot.
9. Where is your favorite nearby destination for a weekend getaway?
It has to be Palm Springs. I get away to Palm Springs monthly – it is the place—especially for the LGBT community—to get away for some deep relaxing, poolside drinks with great shopping and a great nightlife. It’s Los Angeles on Xanax.
10. Where will you go on your next vacation?
Next on my bucket list is Buenos Aires! I’ve always wanted to go and have been planning on taking my next long-term relationship. Since that isn’t happening, I’ll probably take my twenty cats.