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LA’s Best Latino Foods, and They’re Not Mexican

Los Angeles knows how to do Mexican food, no doubt about it. But L.A. is home to so much more: there’s Colombian, Cuban, Peruvian, Salvadoran and Brazilian spots are all over town. And they’re GOOD. Here’s where to find ‘em.

Atlacatl

Salvadoran

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Visiting Atlacatl is like eating pupusas at a friend’s house. The loroco (edible flower) and cheese pupusa is the best you’ll ever have. Don’t miss the yuca frita, it’s got a satisfying crunch you can’t get from french fries.

301 N Berendo St, Los Angeles, CA 90004  (323) 663-1404

Porto’s Bakery

Cuban

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Don’t be overwhelmed by the long lines, it’s worth the wait once you try their refugiados (guava and cheese pastries), fruit tarts, meat pies and potato balls. If you’re in the mood for lunch, order a media noche sandwich and a guava smoothie.

315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203  (818) 956-5996

La Fonda Antioquena

Colombian

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Hungry? Try a Bandeja Paisa or Ave Maria plate. You’ll have your fill of beef, chicharrón, beans and plantains. Wash it down with una Colombiana (https://www.sodapopstop.com/products/detail.cfm?link=332). They’ve also got empanadas, pasteles de yucca and Colombian staples like pandebonos. Get some to go and have them con un cafecito.

5125 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004  (323) 957-5164

El Gaucho Meat Market

Argentinian

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Along with a variety of products from South America, El Gaucho Meat Market sells authentic Argentinian grub: empanadas, sandwiches and sweets such as alfajores. The lomito sandwich – don’t forget to add chimichurri – is a favorite with customers who show up to watch soccer on weekends.

2715 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278  (310) 297-2617

Mario’s Peruvian

Peruvian

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Start off with fresh oysters as an appetizer. Then go for the lomo saltado con papas fritas. The staff isn’t exactly known for its family vibe, but the food will keep you coming back. Insider tip: bring your own beer.

5786 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038  (323) 466-4181

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Don Felix

Peruvian

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Don Felix is on the other side of town from Mario’s. Calamares fritos or fresh ceviche de mariscos are always a good start. Don’t forget to order a sweet, sweet Inca Kola with your meal.

305 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004  (323) 663-1088

Sarita’s Pupuseria

Salvadoran

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Located inside the bustling Grand Central Market, Sarita’s does pupusas right. Take your pick from stuffing options such as loroco, mushrooms, beans, beef, pork, chicken, chicharron, and zucchini. Of course, they’ve all got a little cheese inside. Make it official by topping ‘em with curtido – fresh pickled cabbage and carrots with a hint of spice.

317 S Broadway #41, Los Angeles, CA 90013  (213) 626-6320

Tropicalia

Brazilian

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It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Portuguese, porque también hablan Español. One of the few Brazilian restaurants that serves moqueca de peixe – a seafood stew with garlic, pepper and coconut milk – Tropicalia also serves flaky meat empanadas. Their sangria is dangerously delicious, so be careful.

1966 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027  (323) 644-1798

Mambo’s Café

Cuban

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A former car garage, Mambo’s Café’s tostones are a must try. Whether you order ropa vieja or Mambo’s chicken, you’ll also get platanos fritos, rice and black beans. Don’t leave until you try their Latin version of Bananas Foster with caramelized plantains.

1701 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201  (818) 545-8613

El Molinito

Colombian

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Located on the outskirts of L.A., El Molinito is a hidden treasure. La picada, their appetizer dish, has bite-size versions of Colombian finger foods. What do you get? Cheese arepas, patacones, chicharrones, empanadas, fried plantains and pieces of pork. The guava juice is creamy, but it’ll help wash it all down.

8535 Washington Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660  (562) 948-1828

READ: What Would Mama Cook? Latino Comfort Food

Bossa Nova

Brazilian

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Their pão de queijo (cheese bread) will melt in your mouth, but save your appetite because the portions are GENEROUS. It may feel more L.A. than Brazilian with the stylish crowd clamoring for tables, but you can make yourself feel like you’re in Rio with some camarão à Brasileira.

7181 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046  (323) 436-7999

Versailles

Cuban

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Versailles is known for its traditional Cuban pork and roasted garlic chicken. If you’re up for something new, try the beef tongue stew or the liver steak plate. Finish things off with a guava and coconut flan.

10319 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034  (310) 558-3168

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Kobe Bryant’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Has Tragically Been Moved To Federal Court Despite Vanessa Bryant’s Pleas

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Kobe Bryant’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Has Tragically Been Moved To Federal Court Despite Vanessa Bryant’s Pleas

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Updated October 7, 2020.

Soon after basketball player Kobe Bryant was killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, reports surfaced from the Los Angeles Times that L.A. County sheriff’s deputies had captured and shared photos of the accident site. Abominably, these images included pictures of the victims. Worse, deputies allegedly continued to share the photos in the days following the horrific accident that transpired in Calabasas, California.

During a time when she should have been allowed to mourn, Bryant’s wife Vanessa Bryant worked to file a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department alleging violation of privacy.

Bryant’s wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of Kobe Bryant’s doomed helicopter has been moved to federal court.

Bryant’s lawsuit claimed Island Express is liable for the deaths of her husband and daughter because the helicopter was only licensed to fly in visually navigable conditions.

According to paperwork obtained by the Daily News, Bryant filed her original wrongful death complaint against Island Express Helicopters this past February at Los Angeles County’s Superior Court. In response, the helicopter company filed a cross-complaint against two federal air traffic controllers, “triggering the venue change.”

Vanessa’s lawyers have argued that the removal was made as part of a “transparent and untenable attempt to forum-shop their way into federal court.”

“Defendants unlawfully and improperly seek to deprive Mrs. Bryant of her lawful choice of forum in California state court,” the lawyers argued in a September filing.

In response to Bryant’s lawsuit, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill in September to prohibit first responders from taking photographs of deceased victims ″outside of job duties.”

AB 2655 was signed by Newsom on Monday and prohibits first responders from taking photographs, not related to job duties, of deceased victims. According to KCBS, Violation of the law will result in a misdemeanor.

AB 2655 states that “Existing law generally prohibits a reproduction of any kind of photograph of the body, or any portion of the body, of a deceased person, taken by or for the coroner at the scene of death or in the course of a post mortem examination or autopsy, from being made or disseminated. Existing law generally makes a person who views, by means of any instrumentality, including, but not limited to, a camera or mobile phone, the interior of any area in which the occupant has a reasonable expectation of privacy, with the intent to invade the privacy of a person or persons inside, guilty of a misdemeanor. This bill would make it a misdemeanor for a first responder, as defined, who responds to the scene of an accident or crime to capture the photographic image of a deceased person for any purpose other than an official law enforcement purpose or a genuine public interest. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require an agency that employs first responders to, on January 1, 2021, notify those first responders of the prohibition imposed by the bill. By increasing the duties of local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.”

The images of the crash site victims occurred despite a personal request from Vanessa Bryant to Sheriff Alex Villanueva on the morning of the crash to request the site be secured for privacy.

This was a legal claim filed against the department in May.

″In reality, however, no fewer than eight sheriff’s deputies were at the scene snapping cell-phone photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches,″ the document filed by Vanessa explained ″As the Department would later admit, there was no investigative purpose for deputies to take pictures at the crash site. Rather, the deputies took photos for their own personal purposes.”

Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

On Jan. 26, a helicopter carrying Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Payton and Sarah Chester, Alyssa, Keri, and John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan crashed in the Calabasas hills. The sudden death devastated those who knew Kobe and the city of Los Angeles that mourned his death for months after.

Vanessa was shocked to hear that the sheriff deputies took photos of her husband’s and daughter’s bodies at the crash site.

“This lawsuit is about accountability and about preventing this disgraceful behavior from happening to other families in the future who have suffered loss,” Vanessa’s attorney, Luis Li, said in a statement. “The department formally refused Mrs. Bryant’s requests for information, saying it was ‘unable to assist’ with any inquiry and had no legal obligation to do so. It’s now for a court to tell the department what its obligations are.”

Bryant sued the department claiming damages for emotional distress, negligence, and invasion of privacy.

Kobe fans are upset with the LACSD and the allegations that the deputies took these photos.

According to TMZ, Sheriff Alex Villanueva knew about the photos taken by eight deputies and shared within the department. They were also shared in the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation. Sheriff Villanueva told the deputies to delete the photos from their phones and felt confident they did so.

A trainee allegedly shared the photos with a woman in a bar.

A witness to the event said that a trainee took out his phone and showed a woman the photos to impress her. The bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint about the trainee and their behavior with the photos. The trainee showed the woman the photos a few days after the crash leading many to believe that the sheriff’s department was fully aware of the photos.

Kobe fans are standing behind Vanessa as she follows through with her lawsuit.

Reports state that the sheriff’s department told deputies to delete the images to avoid disciplinary action. The coverup is sparking outrage by Kobe fans who are angered that the department did not do enough to protect the dignity and privacy of all of the victims of the crash.

Mitú will update this story as it continues to develop.

READ: Vanessa Bryant Forced To Respond To ‘Beyond Hurtful’ Comments Made By Her Own Mom On ‘El Gordo y La Flaca’

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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