'Fronterizos' have a different story to tell about border culture. It's cooler than you think.

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SAN DIEGO — Rising culinary star Priscilla Curiel, whose bone marrow birria tacos have earned her wide acclaim from prestigious publications like Michelin and Food and Wine, is clear about the way she defines herself and the region that inspired her.

“Of course I’m fronteriza,” the California resident and Tuétano Taquería owner and chef said, referring to a term that comes from the Spanish word “frontera,” which means border.