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A New Museum Dedicated To Mexican Food Is Opening In Los Angeles Next Spring

Los Angeles is home to the largest Latino population in the country and it is predominately Mexican. As such the city is home to some of the best Mexican food in the U.S. Now, LA will be home to the country’s first museum dedicated to celebrating Mexican food. LA Plaza Cocina, a 2,500-square-foot facility located in LA Plaza Village, is scheduled to open in early 2019 which is currently under construction in downtown Los Angeles.

The museum got its name La Plaza Cocina, to represent how the heart of the Mexican home is in the kitchen.

Food is a key part of Mexican culture and the museum’s goal is to highlight these connections through various programs and exhibitions. La Plaza Cocina has been in the works for many years and it was natural that LA would be city that would get a museum dedicated towards Mexican food.

“Mexican food is one of our greatest cultural contributions to the world,” Board member and LA Plaza founder Gloria Molina said in a statement. “The museum will become a central space where fans of the cuisine can experience, share, savor, and explore its history and what it has become.”

Chefs that have had a huge influence on Mexican cuisine will be part of the museum’s various educational programs.

Jessica Ureña, Development Manager of Special Projects at LA Plaza, says that having the museum located in LA is one of the biggest perks especially considering how many Mexican chefs are in the city.

“When you look at Los Angeles there is such a huge influence from Mexican culture and cuisine and we want to highlight that by inviting some local chefs to teach others what makes Mexican food so special,” Ureña said.

There are already a few scheduled cooking classes for next year that include a wine tasting tutorial on Valle de Guadalupe wines, a cooking session with Humberto Raygoza, owner of the Chori-Man and a class on Maya cooking from the Yucatán. Ureña says these courses are open to the public and will be one of many ways La Cocina wants to give back to the community.

“These chefs make of the cultural fabric on this great city and we want teach people along the way the value of Mexican cuisine,” Ureña said. “We know that some people may have never taken a tortilla making course or even a mole class, this is our way of sharing that.”

The museum will be a vibrant hub for Mexican cuisine and food enthusiasts.

In addition to La Plaza Cocina, a new retail space called La Tiendita will be opening as well that will offer unique Mexican foods, cooking utensils and books available for purchase. The creation of La Plaza Cocina is an expected extension of La Plaza’s celebration of Mexican and Mexican American art, history and culture, that includes culinary studies. The museum today has its own edible teaching garden and culinary program offering workshops for children in grades K-12.

While the museum is slated to open in early 2019, LA Plaza Cocina has already received an outpouring of attention from local chefs and many people online.  Ureña says that the new space will finally give Mexican cuisine the stature it’s always deserved by not only celebrating food but passing it on to the next generation.

“La Plaza Cocina will be a place where we will tell and share stories about our grandparents food and hopefully inspire the next generation of chefs,” Ureña said. “For us its our mission to preserve our Mexican food and culture because in many ways food is Mexican’s greatest contributions to America.”


READ: 21 Facts About Mexican Dishes You Definitely Didn’t Know

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

READ: Here’s How An East LA Neighborhood Brought Down One Of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

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Video of an Anti-Mask Mob Storming a Los Angeles Grocery Store and Angrily Confronting Customers Goes Viral

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Video of an Anti-Mask Mob Storming a Los Angeles Grocery Store and Angrily Confronting Customers Goes Viral

Screenshot via SamBraslow/Twitter

We may have officially left 2020 behind us, but the drama surrounding the pandemic is still alive and well in 2021. As safety precautions like social distancing and masks remain in place in order to curb the spread of the virus, COVID-deniers and anti-maskers have become further emboldened.

But there hasn’t been such a blatant and obnoxious display of anti-masker activism as what happened recently in Los Angeles.

On Monday, a video went viral of an anti-mask woman screaming and appearing to attack a young man in the grocery store.

The video shows an anti-mask woman angrily running after a young man wearing a mask, at one point trying to plow him down with a shopping cart. As she charges towards him, she cusses at him and accuses him of having tried to hit her. There is no footage of the alleged hitting.

The woman follows the man throughout the grocery store as he tries to get away from her. She continues to strike at and scream at him. At one point, the young man tries to ask a security guard for help to no avail. More anti-mask protestors surround him and yell at him as he tries to distance himself from the situation.

The video was one of many incidents incited by an anti-mask mob in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The mob stormed Los Angeles’s Century City mall and nearby Ralph’s grocery store on Sunday. The group held pro-Trump and anti-mask signs, as well as signs that expressed doubt over the severity of the coronavirus.

In a Twitter thread, reporter Samuel Braslow documented the hours long “protest” of a group of anti-maskers. As the group swarmed the popular Los Angeles Century City mall, they were loud, relentless, and sometimes violent. They yelled inflammatory rhetoric such as “F–k communist China!”.

The Twitter thread also shows the mob storming into a Bloomingdales and chanting “No more masks!”. At one point, a few members of the group start performing a “MAGA” version of the YMCA.

The incident in the grocery store wasn’t the only time that the group had aggressive run-ins with onlookers.

Various videos show the group getting into various arguments, including with a food court worker, a shopper walking with his girlfriend, and an emotional woman who revealed to them that her mother was in the hospital with COVID-19. A male protestor responded: “A lot of people are. That’s life. People die. Your father [sic] is not special.”

While the LAPD and mall security ended up closely monitoring the situation, they never tried to arrest the protestors or force them to leave. According to Braslow, they opted to instead only intervene “when necessary”.

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