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20 Latino Ice Cream Spots In LA You Should Definitely Try Out When You Visit

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There are countless choices out there for ice cream and it doesn’t have to be limited to summer. Oh, and ice cream has become really cool these days. Gone are the days of your plain old waffle cone and ice cream replaced with creations we could only dream of when we were younger. Here are 20 Latino-owned ice cream spots you should check out the next time you are in Los Angeles.

1. Elado Ice Cream

With a big selection of ice cream sandwiches and cakes, you can’t go wrong at Elado Ice Cream. They specialize in ice cream cakes which means they have mastered different ways to add ice cream into almost anything. From ice cream cupcakes to sandwiches they’ve got you covered. This ice cream joint has two locations in Pico Rivera and Anaheim, California. 

2. La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

Just a glance at these treats and you’re ready to make the drive to get your hands on one of them. Say hello to La Michoacana, this ice cream parlor takes a page right out of some of your favorite Mexican treats and combines them with ice cream. From the mangonadas to the chamoy paletas, it’s all here in its ice cream glory. There are multiple locations across southern California to choose from.

3. Crescendo Ice Cream LA

It’s an ice cream experiment that went terribly good and that’s just the start of it at Crescendo Ice Cream. This ice cream business doesn’t have a store at the moment but are frequently seen at various food and dessert festivals across SoCal. They specialize in nitro ice cream which is ice cream made with liquid nitrogen that melts quickly in your mouth.

4.  Ice Cream Garden

Ever wanted to plant and grow your own ice cream? Well now you can. Well not really but this is as close as you can get thanks to Ice Cream Garden, which serves your treat right out of a plant pot. It’s one of the craziest ice creams you’ll ever see and it looks delicious. They have pop-up shops and cater across the LA area. 

5. Mateo’s Ice Cream

For fans of paletas you can’t go wrong with Mateos’s Ice Cream located in the Westchester district of South L.A. This Mexican ice cream shop has been serving up tasty treats for decades and is famous for its pomegranate popsicles. This is a hole in a wall that foodies can’t miss whenever in the area. 

6. Cascada Refrescante

If you’re a fans of mangonadas this is your spot. Cascada Refrescante is a juice bar located in Buena Park and has some of the most refreshing smoothies and ice cream your eyes will ever lay on. All of their smoothies and juices come with an array of fruits and toppings you won’t find anywhere else. 

7. Paleteria la Mexicana

La Mexicana’s special brand of paleta invites customers into their shop to enjoy flavors more colorful and numerous than any other shop you can imagine. Located in Long Beach, this paleta shop is a Latino haven with its fruitful selection and tasty popsicles. 

8.  10 Below

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Who would ever guess that smores and ice cream would be the perfect combination? Well say hello to 10 Below. There are multiple locations on the east coast and just recently a new store opened in LA. 10 Below specializes in ice cream rolls with flavors like nutella, key lime pie and their famous rainbow unicorn.

9. Horchateria Rio Luna

There are many imitations of the concha ice cream but few do it justice like Horchateria Rio Luna does it. With an array of concha flavors and ice cream this is junk food heaven for the Latino in us all. Also try out the horchata selection while you’re at it, it’s just as good as the ice cream.

10.  Drips and Swirls

One of the biggest trends in ice cream right now is charcoal soft serve because of the unique almond flavor. Drips and Swirls are one of the original ice cream shops to start the fad and have quite a loyal following of fans because of flavors like pina stawberry and charcoal water mango. Located near downtown LA, Dips and Swirls even has a happy hour Tuesday-Friday 3-6 p.m., which gives an even better reason to check it out. 

11.  Zury’s Raspados

Growing up raspados were a big part of most Mexican childhoods and it’s no surprise many of us still crave these icy treats. Zury’s Raspados has brought your childhood back with their diablitos raspados that look as good as they taste. With multiple locations in LA, they offer mangonados, tostilocos and array of Mexican treats. 

12. Rico Tejuino Los Reyes

Located in Lincoln Heights, Rico Tejuino Los Reyes is mom and pop shop that you’ll keep coming back to. Most LA locals will tell you this is best place to get paletas and their specialty ice cream flavors of tamarindo and fresca. Make sure to arrive early as lines are usually out the door for this little gem. 

13. La Flor De Michoacan

It’s not hard to find paletas when in L.A. but finding one you’re going to keep going back to is another question. La Flor De Michoacan is the ice cream shop that you’re going to wanna tell your friends about. Their specialty is the Kiwi Strawberry paleta and their chocolate dipped paleta with almonds. This hole in a wall is located in Huntington Park and is worth the visit if you want to taste a huge choice selection of paleta flavors.  

14. Paleteria Michoacana

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Paleteria Michoacana is a Mexican’s ice cream dream with its selection of paletas and raspado flavors you might not find anywhere else. Located in Westlake, this ice cream shop has you covered from juices to elotes and everything in between. Check out the chicle raspado, according to many reviews it’s one of their best sellers.

Read: These Are Some Of The Most Outrageous Ice Cream And Sorbet Flavors From Mexico

15. Peddlers Creamery

Waffle Nacho Sundae anyone? Yes you read that right and it looks as delicious as it sounds. Say hello to Peddlers Creamery. an ice cream shop on literal wheels that moves around downtown Los Angeles. Their nacho sundae is one of their most famous items along with their ice cream pie bars. 

16. Pazzo Gelato

Gelato is like the brother of ice cream but still deserves all the love. At Pazzo Gelato, located in Silver Lake, finding new ways to deliver gelato is their mission. Whether its using the waffle cone as a spoon or even whipping up an ounce of bagel gelato. Yes, there is a such thing as bagel gelato.

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17. Raspados Nayarit

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Paletas dipped in a mangonadas is the perfect marriage and this little gem located in East L.A. hits all of the right notes with this treat. Raspados Nayarit is a hole in the wall shop that any local or visitor in L.A. can appreciate. It’s diablito selection is one of the best on the eastside of Los Angeles with a good selection of paletas to go along.

18. Paleteria La Reyna De Michoacan

The Pico Rivera area in L.A. is filled with countless ice cream shops but few stand out like La Reyna De Michoacan. Their chocolate dipped paleta with almonds is their specialty and with an array of flavors this shop is a must for all ice cream lovers.

19. Helados La Michoacana

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If you’re a fan of fruit in paletas filled with fruit than Helados La Michoacana is your spot. Located in San Bernardino, this fruity and delicious hole in the wall is the perfect compliment to a hot summer day.

20. Churrito Loco

Churrito Loco is in category of its own thanks in part to its creativity and food nostalgia overload. I present to you the Mazapan ice cream with a churro cone that can make any Latino want to get in the car and head to this little gem. The Moreno Valley ice cream shop should be on your to-do list this summer thanks in part to it’s churro cone and its array of Mexican candy toppings.


READ: These Are Some Of The Most Outrageous Ice Cream And Sorbet Flavors From Mexico

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Robert Clemente’s Jersey Number Hasn’t Been Retired But Latino Players Don’t Wear It Out Of Respect

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Robert Clemente’s Jersey Number Hasn’t Been Retired But Latino Players Don’t Wear It Out Of Respect

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Few players have gained the respect and iconic status in baseball like Roberto Clemente have. A 15-time All-Star, 12-time Gold Glove Award winner, two-time World Series champion for the Pittsburgh Pirates and a member of the 3,000-hit club, Clemente has a resume that few can match. Unfortunately, Clemente died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while helping with earthquake relief from his home of Puerto Rico to Nicaragua. A year later he became the first player from Latin America inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. These reasons alone have made Clemente a legend to so many Latino baseball players. It’s also why so many have refused to ever put on his No. 21 ever again out of respect to Clemente.

Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is the only jersey number retired across baseball, but many Latino players want Clemente’s jersey to get the same honor.

As well as being great on the field, Clemente was an even better person off of it. He was a huge advocate for Latino players and fought against Jim Crow laws during his era. That advocacy is not lost on players today.

This is why the No. 21 has become, in many ways, a “sacred number” in baseball, especially to Puerto Rican players. According to Baseball Reference, out of the 235 Puerto Rico-born players who have appeared in an MLB game since Clemente’s death 47 years ago, only 16 have used the No. 21 — and none in the past five years.

While Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is retired and celebrated every April 15th, many think the same should happen with Clemente. Coincidentally, Clemente debuted just two days after Robinson did on April 17, 1955.

“His body of work speaks volumes, so I do think that, as Jackie Robinson represents greatness in baseball and so much more, so does Roberto Clemente, particularly for Latinos all over the world,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló said at an event last year honoring Clemente. “So I think it’s the right time to retire No. 21.”

While it’s been more 40 years since Clemente’s death, many feel now is a great time to honor him.

Latinos have become a growing force in the major leagues and now make up 30 percent of all baseball players. With this growing presence, many feel now is the right time to make Clemente’s jersey retire across baseball.

Despite multiple campaigns and calls for the retirement of the number, there has been little change on the subject. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has resisted the idea of retiring the number. He says the league already honors his legacy with the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a player who demonstrates the values that Clemente displayed in his community.

While the No. 21 may not be officially retired, Latino baseball players have in their own special way.

While the Pirates are the only team to have officially retired Clemente’s jersey number, players have chosen to honor him in a different way: by choosing not to wear it all together.

Luis Clemente, the son of Roberto Clemente, has a different idea on honoring his father. He has called for not only a number retirement but a patch on the jersey or hat to be worn by the previous year’s Clemente Award winner. While he hasn’t had official talks with MLB about the proposal, there’s no doubt it would receive support among many Latino players.

“No Puerto Ricans will use the number because of Roberto Clemente,” Houston Astros shortstop, Carlos Correa, 24, told the New York Times. “The way I see it: Roberto Clemente is a figure for Latinos just like Jackie Robinson was for African-Americans. Clemente didn’t just break barriers but inspired other Latinos to get into baseball.”

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Mexico Is Becoming A Major Source Of Talent And Production For Netflix

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Mexico Is Becoming A Major Source Of Talent And Production For Netflix

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Mexico has long been a source for original stories and great talent when it comes to film and television. The country has also long exported some of best minds behind the camera, five out of six of the last best director Oscars have gone to Mexican filmmakers Alfonos Cuarón, Alejando Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro. That’s why it’s no surprise streaming giant Netflix is increasing production in Mexico with more than 50 projects in different stages of production over the next two years. With award-winning projects like “Roma” and fan favorite series like “Narcos: Mexico,” Netflix is just tapping into the emerging talent and stories that Mexico has to offer.

While there has been streaming services prior to offer Spanish content, none have the reach and audience like Netflix.

With the expansion and investment in Mexico, Netflix is ushering in a new era for filmmakers, actors and a global audience that will get to view the work. The incoming projects include five new projects, a musical inspired by the music of Pedro Infante, a series of documentaries about the U.S.-Mexico border executive produced by Gael García Bernal, American Jesus, based on a comic by Mark Millar and a anticipated series about Selena. The increase in production is noticeable. As of 2017, only seven Netflix productions were made in Mexico.

“The richness of talent in front of and behind the camera in Mexico was key in our decision to begin our local production strategy four years ago,” Netflix Chief Executive Ted Sarandos said at a publicity event in Mexico City last month.

Netlfix is planning to open a new office in Mexico City to help increase production there.

The expansion to film and produce in Mexico comes natural for Netflix. It was the place where it first started producing non-English original programming when it expanded internationally to Latin America in 2011.

The numbers also show that international expansion is the way to go for the streaming service. More than half of Netflix’s audience is now international, and international subscriptions are growing faster than domestically. In the last quarter of 2018, Netflix added 1.5 million U.S. subscribers and 7.3 million international subscribers — a record increase. Netflix executives declined to release the number of subscribers it currently has in Mexico.

It’s also benefited those living in Mexico by providing job opportunities.
Over 100,000 Mexicans have already worked on Netflix Originals and this will only increase in the coming years.

Lenard Liberman, the CEO of LBI Media, the parent company to Burbank-based, Spanish-language EstrellaTV Networks says the combination of Netflix and Mexico is good sign for consumers.

“The fact that you have a Netflix now and you have independent producers producing, it’s created more diversity and more interesting formats,”
Liberman told The Hollywood Reporter. “Where it used to just be novella novella novella, the fact that there are so many platforms now looking for great content means that there’s a lot of people being creative.

Netflix is giving Mexico a platform to tell it’s stories and give actors from the region a chance to be exposed to a huge audience.

What made productions like “Roma” and “Narcos: Mexico” so successful was the authenticity it provided viewers. Part of that authenticity comes from the on-site location filming that Mexico brings.

The focus on production in the country has also exposed millions to stories and actors who audiences might have never been to introduced to. Erik Barmack, who recently left Netflix to start his own production company after serving as the vice president for international originals, says no matter where the production is filmed or where a story comes from, audiences will always love great content.

“People from around the world are used to watching things subtitled and dubbed — they’re just looking for stories,” Barmack told the LA Times. “They’re not thinking, what’s coming from the U.S. They’re just asking, ‘How do I find the most interesting things from around the world?’”

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