a portmanteau of the words California and Mexico and a perfect intermingling of. Calexico’s location provides easy overnight trucking access to the ports of Long Beach, California, and Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

It’s sub-tropical hot desert climate and landscape is in itself a colourful mix of giant redwood trees, snow-capped mountain peaks, fertile valleys and beaches that go on for miles. It forms one of the most diverse series of landforms in the United States.

At Calexico the restaurant at 44 Stanley in Auckland Park, they pride themselves on diversity and originality – inspiration hit when trawling through the names of great rock legends and flavourful food styles and genres – a perfect combo of music, eating and drinking. They’ve collected small pieces of things that inspire them and created a hearty and homely space for everyone to enjoy.

Their menu is a vibrant blend of flavours from California and over the border: they take traditional, much-loved recipes and make them their own. On their shelves you will find a mish mash of all the great names in music, everything that makes them truly who they are. The X symbolizes a crossing over, multiplying and blending and togetherness – it symbolizes not only the name but their story and what they hold dear.

This merging and appreciation of cultures, an awakening of all the senses, always equals a happy heart. It provokes wanderlust and creates a sense of pride, not only of who they are, but for how they can love all people – wherever they come from – equally. In the words of Billy Joel, “Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”