El mercadito de los angeles

El mercadito de los angeles

El mercadito de los angeles

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One such place still exists in the heart of Boyle Heights at the corner of 1st Street and Lorena, across from the Metro Gold Line. The demographic, economic and cultural changes that have transformed downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market into hipster heaven have yet to arrive at El Mercado de Los Angeles — also called “El Mercadito de Los Mariachis”. Here, the sounds, smells, and flavors are still very close to the old neighborhood and its mostly Mexican heritage, with dueling mariachis singing every day on the huge top floor, giving the place its popular name.

Visitors to El Mercado de Los Ángeles on Friday encountered the signs posted at the entrance to an outdoor market set up in the parking lot: the traditional annual celebration from the eve of the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe to the early hours of December 12 will not take place this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: boyleheightsbeat.com)


She bounces around me and into the small space where the cash register is located. Her small frame, accentuated slightly by a bright red, green and white apron, is almost swallowed by the sweets around her, making her fade into the shelves of Mexican candy. Almost everywhere I look, I am greeted by a warm rainbow of wrappers. As she speaks, Gloria slows her words for me. I was grateful for the gesture, even though I couldn’t find the precise sentence in my blunted Spanish to tell her that.

“The nice thing about these sweets is that they are actual pieces of the fruit. It's not from concentrate. There's no chemicals. It's all pretty natural,” says Mel Zuñiga, another local chef who, with Warren and Cynthia Loya, created Three Radishes — a pop-up and small catering business based out of East Los Angeles started by the three friends. (Source: www.kcet.org)





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