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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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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Undocumented communities are being left out of Covid relief plans. Chef Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya in Chicago is working to help undocumented restaurant worker in the time of Covid. Abuse of undocumented workers is rampant in certain industries and Chef Dávila hopes to offer some kind of help.

Mi Tocaya is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square that wants to help the community.

Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry with restaurants being hit exceptionally hard. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good as the virus dragged on with no decent relief plan from the federal government. As several countries financially support citizens to avoid economic disaster, the U.S. government has given citizens $1,800 total to cover 10 months of isolating and business closures.

Namely, Mi Tocaya is working to help the undocumented community.

Mi Tocaya, a family-run restaurant, is teaming up with Chicago’s Top Chefs and local non-profits Dishroulette Kitchen and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The goal is to highlight the issues facing the undocumented community during the pandemic.

The initiative called Todos Ponen, is all about uplifting members of our community in a time of severe need. The restaurant is creating healthy Mexican family meals for those in need.

”We asked ourselves; How can we keep our doors open, provide a true service to the community, maintain and create jobs, and keep the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors. This is the answer,” Chef Dávila said in a statement. “I confidently believe The TODOS PONEN Logan Square Project addresses all of the above and can very well be easily implemented in any community. Our goal is to bring awareness to the lack of resources available to the undocumented workforce- the backbone of our industry.”

The initiative starts in February.

Mi Tocaya is offering 1000 free meals for local farmers and undocumented restaurant workers. The meals are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647. to make this happen, Mi Tocaya also needs your help.

The restaurant has teamed up with two nonprofits to make sure that they can scale their operation to fulfill their commitment. They are also asking for donations to make sure they can do what they can to help undocumented restaurant workers.

According to Eater LA, 8 million restaurant workers have been laid off since the pandemic started. Some restaurants have had to lay off up to 91 percent of their staff because of Covid, about 10 percent of those are undocumented. In the cities, that number is as high as 40 percent of the laid-off restaurant staff are undocumented.

“People don’t want to talk about the undocumented workforce, but they’re part of our daily routine in most restaurants,” Jackson Flores, who manages the operations of Mi Tocaya, said in a statement. “They are in the toughest position in the whole economy because they’re an invisible part of it. Restaurant worker advocacy groups have added the creation of relief funds to their agendas, but there have yet to be long-term changes in protections for undocumented workers. Without access to unemployment benefits and other government resources, this group is especially vulnerable.”

READ: Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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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

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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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