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Why Hipsters Have Silver Lake All Wrong

Intelligentsia Coffee is overrated.  So are a lot of the so-called Silver Lake hot spots deemed cooled by skinny jean-clad hipsters. From a good cup of café to michelada popsicles, here’s your ultimate guide to the Latino side of Silver Lake.

Cafecito Organico

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Intelligentsia is the place to be seen.  But when you just want your caffeine fix, skip the froufrou line and head to Cafecito Organico, a cozy coffee shop known for its solid coffee options, cool décor and awesome menu. Plus, what other coffee shop do you know serves a side of tamales?

534 North Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA 90004 / (213) 537-8367

Los Globos

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When you become sooo over the scene at The Satellite (trust me, you will), get lost in the crowd at Los Globos. On any given night you can dance to the jams they don’t play at your everyday club – from rancheras to rock en español, salsa and even electro music.
3040 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90026 / (323) 666-6669

Diablo

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If you’re craving something más picante than Pazzo Gelato’s ice cream treats, check out the michelada paletas at Diablo. Because what’s better than a spicy michelada paleta you can then dip into your favorite beer? Nothing.

3129 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 / (323) 666–4666

El Caserio

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Silver Lake favorite, The Fix Burger is good…but a burger is a burger. When you need comfort food with more sazón, El Caserio has you covered. The saltado de lomo is a favorite.

401 Silver Lake, Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 / (213) 273-8945

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El Siete Mares

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Fancy oyster bars like L&E are cool for special occasions. But if you’re in the mood to dine al fresco while eating a fresh mariscos, El Siete Mares is your spot. A refreshing cóctel de camarón or ceviche de pescado is exactly what the doctor ordered to help you cool off on those scorching hot L.A. days. 

3131 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 / (323) 665-0865

Tacos Delta

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This isn’t your typical four star breakfast restaurant like Local, but Taco Delta‘s breakfast tacos and chilaquiles are so legit, they hit the spot every time…EVERY TIME. Adding to it’s appeal is the taco stand setup.

3806 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 / (323)664-2848

Cha Cha Lounge

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Spots like Cafe Stella pull in a pretty, but uppity crowd. Cha Cha Lounge pulls in a pretty and fun crowd. This chill, Dia de Los Muertos-themed dive bar has DJs spinning great tunes, a futbolito and cheap drinks. Plus, check how they do table decor.

2375 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039 / (323) 660-7595

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

@nappancakes

casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

@nappancakes

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♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

Beverly Hills, one of the most well-known destinations in the country and world has long been a thriving and prime area for real-estate. Long before it was colonized by the Spanish, and was largely populated by rich white elites, the Indigenous people of California known as the Tongva, thrived there.

Hundreds of years later, in the 1830s, when the area was colonized, Maria Rita Valdez Villa, the granddaughter of Spanish colonists Luis and Maria Quintero and the great-granddaughter of an African slave was granted the original 4,500-acre of Beverly Hills, then known as El Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas.

Yes, as it turns out the foremother of Beverly Hills was a Black Latina!

During her ownership, Maria Rita oversaw cattle ranching and farming.

According to LA Magazine, Rita “was well known for holding a yearly celebratory rodeo under a famous eucalyptus tree at what is now Pico and Robertson boulevards.”

Sadly, after working the land for so much time, three Indigenous Californian outlaws attacked the ranch in 1852. The attack led to a shootout amongst “a grove of walnut trees at what is now Benedict Canyon and Chevy Chase drives” and eventually in 1854 Maria Rita decided to sell the area to investors Henry Hancock and Benjamin D. Wilson for $4,000.

Perhaps there’s a chance for justice for Maria Rita in the end.

Recently, Los Angeles County officials revealed that they were contemplating returning a beachfront property that was seized from a Black family nearly a century ago.

According to the Guardian, Manhattan Beach used “eminent domain” in 1924 to force Willa and Charles Bruce, the city’s first Black landowners, of the land where they lived. “The Bruces also ran a resort for Black families during a time when beaches in the strand were segregated,” explained the Guardian in a recent report. “Part of the land was developed into a city park. It is now owned by Los Angeles county and houses lifeguard headquarters and a training center.”

Manhattan Beach county Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that she was looking into ways to restore justice for Bruce family. Options include delivering the land back to the family, paying for losses, or potentially leasing the property from them

“I wanted the county of Los Angeles to be a part of righting this terrible wrong,” Hahn explained in a recent interview with KABC-TV.

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