[Blog] Boyle Heights Taco Tour: Mariscos Jalisco, Santa Rita Jalisco + Guisados
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[Blog] Boyle Heights Taco Tour: Mariscos Jalisco, Santa Rita Jalisco + Guisados

Have you maxed out on al pastor or carne asada tacos from your local taco truck? Then you need a trip through Boyle Heights to remind yourself just how diverse and versatile tacos can be. That is what I did last week, along with professor Sarah Portnoy’s USC Spanish class on Latino food in L.A. We visited three terrific spots: Mariscos Jalisco, Santa Rita Jalisco, and Guisados. Continue reading

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[Blog] Lucha Libre in Boyle Heights

“Aaaiiiiiiiiiiii!” The bulk of a man shrieked as he thudded to the ground in an attack on his opponent. The two flailed about on the floor, each trying to pin down the other. The spectators roared with cheers and put downs alike. “Go get ’em!” cried some. “Pinche pendejo!” belted others. The noise was accented by a sound not always heard at sports events: raucous laughter.

Lucha libre is supposed to be silly. Continue reading

Concert Review: Alma Campesina Mariachis at Boyle Heights’ El Mercadito
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Concert Review: Alma Campesina Mariachis at Boyle Heights’ El Mercadito

Entering El Mercadito in Boyle Heights feels exactly like entering a marketplace in Mexico City.  The smell of fresh pan dulce, the sizzling of elote, the shopkeepers yelling “¡Pásale, pásale señorita!,” rainbow-colored rows of boots, and especially the music.  At El Mercadito, vendors sell all types of Mexican music, and often invite guests to sample … Continue reading