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This Paletero Is So Good He Gives Away His Recipes To His Competitors Because He Knows His Real Secret Ingredient Is His Wife

When Jaime Garcia took over his father’s long-standing paletería in Santa Ana, Calif., it was a bittersweet moment. He had been working in construction and never really thought about running a business, much less his dad’s paleta business. But that all changed. His father, unable to work, trusted him and asked that he take over and keep the business running. After some growing pains, not only did Jaime keep the business running — he and his wife helped it flourish and become a beacon of light in their community.

Jaime Garcia is known for having the best paletería in Santa Ana. His recipes are so good even his competitors ask for help.


He’s known locally as the Paleta Godfather. Like the Godfather, he looks out for his own, even sharing his paleta recipes with his competitors because he believes they’re all in it together.

Paletería La Flor De Michoacan brings joy to children and travelers of all kinds, even though it’s tucked away in an unassuming alleyway.


But people still managed to find it.

The OC Weekly found their shop and wrote a glowing review, which helped boost the reach of the small shop.


They hang the review proudly on their wall.

Jaime says the addition of his wife Martha to the team was the real secret ingredient.


At some point a few years back, Jaime was diagnosed with diabetes. Martha stepped in to help out and found herself more and more involved. When Martha started, there were only about 5 and 10 flavors of paletas. Under her guidance, the shop experimented with new flavors and eventually added more than 60 flavors of nieve and paletas.

Jaime says people from all over, as far as New York and New Jersey, come for a taste of his authentic Michoacan-style paletas and ice cream.


But nobody loves it more than the lucky kids in the neighborhood. Yum!

Find out more about Paletería La Flor de Michoacan on this episode of “What’s Good In Your Hood.”

What's Good: Flor de Michoacán

Meet the godfather of Mexican ice cream in the most Mexican city in the U.S. Santa Ana, CA, where he had to overcome his family's misfortune to build a paleta empire. Check it out in Episode 4 of What's Good In Your Hood.

What's Good in Your Hood 发布于 2017年9月19日

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These 5 Restaurants Prove Latinos Have Left Their Mark On Washington D.C.

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These 5 Restaurants Prove Latinos Have Left Their Mark On Washington D.C.


One of the most important things to plan for a trip, at least according to me, is where you are going to be eating. Sure, you can default to fast food or chain restaurants but you don’t really get the essence of a city that way. Instead, try seeking out smaller spots that are recommended to you by locals. They’ll point you to places you may have otherwise missed. That’s what I did for a recent trip to Washington D.C. and I was not disappointed. Here are some of the local-recommended restaurants I visited that are worth putting on your to-do list when you visit the nation’s capital.

1. Los Hermanos: Dominican

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Everyone in Washington D.C. will tell you the same thing: if you want good Latino food you have to go to Los Hermanos. It is no lie. The restaurant feels like being in mami’s kitchen and the food is just as great. I recommend the carne guisada with arroz con gandules and platanos maduros. You won’t be disappointed.

Good arroz con gandules can drive someone crazy, and these did.

2. Arepa Zone: Venezuelan

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The Venezuelan staple is alive and well in D.C. thanks to Arepa Zone. The restaurant has three locations. They have a permanent spot in Union Market but you can also find them posted up at the Georgetown University Farmers Market over the summer on Wednesdays, which is where we caught up with them. They also have a food truck to make their delicious food more accessible. I recommend the arepa pabellón. The mix of the shredded beef and platanos maduros is a delicious and worthwhile ride for your tastebuds.

Every bite is going to be a mouthful, guaranteed.

3. Mi Cuba Cafe: Cuban

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Mi Cuba Cafe is located next door to Los Hermanos if you are looking to mix the two Caribbean cuisines. The Cuban eatery boasts some of Cuba’s more recognizable dishes including lechon asado (pictured above). Pairing that up with some congri and tostones is really the only way to do the meal justice. As a Cuban-American from Florida, I will admit that it was better than I was expecting. Definitely on the recommendation list if you’re in D.C.

The tostones tho. ??

4. El Rinconcito: Mexican/Salvadoran

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El Rinconcito is a little slice of Central American heaven. The menu has several options. from Salvadoran tamales to chimichangas. There’s one dish all the employees recommend: the milanesa de pollo. The lightly breaded chicken filet is delicious as it is, no need to sauce or fuss. Just cut into that meat and enjoy. Topped with some platanos and a side of homemade tortillas, how can you say no?

Don’t be shy about digging right in.

5. Tortilla Cafe: Mexican/Salvadoran

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If you are visiting Capitol Hill and get a hankering for some Salvadoran food, make your way to Tortilla Cafe. The restaurant, which was recommended several times, is known for its pupusas. Get them with cheese or cheese and pork. Either way, you can’t go wrong. The food here is exceptional.

These pupusas are absolutely mouthwatering.

What did we miss? What is your favorite Latino food spot in Washington D.C.?

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