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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

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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

American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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A number of states and cities across the U.S. are taking drastic measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Bars, restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues, gyms, and schools are all shutting down to limit the spread of the virus that has infected more than 179,000 people globally. The death toll for COVID-19 in the U.S. continues to climb as more cases are discovered. Major cities are taking the virus seriously and taking extra steps to keep their residents safe and healthy.

COVID-19 has been detected in 49 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

There are currently more than 3,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with more than 70 deaths reported. Most of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities in Washington state among elderly people. California, New York, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia have also reported deaths from the novel coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Trump’s COVID-19 response task force, doesn’t doubt that we are still waiting for the peak of infections and deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19.

“Well, it’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better and the kinds of mitigation strategies, containment, and mitigations that you’re talking about, is to do that kind of physical separation of people, which is one of the very effective ways you really mitigate the spread of the virus,” Dr. Fauci, an official with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said on ABC. ” If you look at the pattern of viruses, particularly these kinds of viruses, and even look at what’s gone on in China and in Italy and in South Korea, you go along like this the way we were then you have this big spike that goes way up. Then after a while, after much disease and suffering and death, it comes back down again.”

Dr. Fauci added: “The purpose of the mitigation is to get that peak and to blunt it so that it’s a bit of a hill as opposed to a mountain. We’re at a critical point now, more in some regions of the country than in others, the kinds of things that are going on will hopefully make that blunting of that peak so that we can save a lot of lives and save a lot of illness.”

Major cities across the U.S. are shutting down businesses and telling residents to self-isolate to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Update on COVID-19 Response from Mayor Eric Garcetti

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I’m taking executive action to temporarily close bars, nightclubs, restaurants (except takeout/delivery), entertainment venues, and other establishments in the city of Los Angeles. These orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will stay in place until March 31 unless extended. There is no food shortage and grocery stores will remain open. We’re taking these steps to help protect Angelenos, limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, and avoid putting a dangerous strain on our health care system. This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together.———————————————————Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19, estoy tomando medidas ejecutivas para cerrar temporalmente los bares, discotecas, restaurantes (excepto comida para llevar / a domicilio), lugares de entretenimiento y otros establecimientos en la ciudad de Los Ángeles. Estas órdenes entrarán en vigor a la medianoche de esta noche y permanecerán vigentes hasta el 31 de marzo al menos que se extiendan. No hay escasez de alimentos y los supermercados permanecerán abiertas. Estamos tomando estos pasos para ayudar a proteger a los Angelinos, limitar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus y evitar una tensión peligrosa en nuestro sistema de atención médica.Este será un momento difícil, pero no es para siempre. Los Angelinos siempre se han levantado para enfrentar momentos difíciles, y lo superaremos juntos.

Posted by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday, March 15, 2020

West Virginia, Washington D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Michigan, Florida, Washington state, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Diego have all shut down schools.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Sunday night that entertainment venues, gyms, fitness studios, bars, movie theaters, and nightclubs would be closed until March 31. Bars and restaurants can only serve take-out orders in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expanded measures to the rest of the state to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Tom Wolf called on the state to close all nonessential government offices and putting a stop to all nonessential business. Health experts are calling for Americans to do a better job od self-isolating and hunkering down to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further.

“This isn’t a decision that I take lightly at all,” Gov. Wolf told the press during a briefing. “It’s one that I’m making because medical experts believe it is the only way we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients.”

Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York joined together to pass similar lockdown provisions to tackle COVID-19 together.

‘”Our primary goal is to slow the spread of #Coronavirus so that the wave doesn’t crash our healthcare system,” Gov. Cuomo tweeted. “Social distancing is the best way to do that. I have called on the federal gov’t to implement nationwide protocols, but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, closed senior city centers, and postponed an election in Queens. Visitors are also no longer to go to Rikers Island.

Health experts are urging all Americans to take the necessary steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Social distancing and self-isolation are important tools Americans can utilize to make sure the COVID-19 outbreak is curbed. It is going to be a very tough time for millions of Americans who are hunkering down and waiting not the next few weeks as the global community tries to get this virus under control. Everyone has a part to play. Now’s the time.

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Moms Are Sharing Videos Of How To Make Their Comida For Their College-Bound Kids After A Mom’s Burrito-Folding Video Went Viral

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Moms Are Sharing Videos Of How To Make Their Comida For Their College-Bound Kids After A Mom’s Burrito-Folding Video Went Viral

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Last week, California Polytechnic State University student, April Olvera posted a video sent to her by her mamá, and the video went viral, already wracking up nearly ten million views, and nearly one million likes in less than seven days.

Olvera, away at college, texted her mom, Silvia Dominguez, to say that she didn’t know how to fold a burrito, and her mom sent her a video that contained a soothing video-folding lesson.

While some couldn’t help but wonder why Olvera didn’t know how to fold a burro, her mamí’s special brand of cariño shown in the forty-second burrito-folding lesson was the focus of the comments that followed.

Other Latinas needed the lesson too!

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Another Latina Twitter user, couldn’t get over the way Olvera’s mother, Silvia, repeated the lesson.

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Two guys commented on Olvera’s mom’s soothing voice, but we think @carys_arsenic nailed it.

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And this guy too who points out Ms. Dominguez’s calm in the face of a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams.

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When Olvera told her mother that her video went viral and inspired so many positive comments, Dominguez said, “Maybe it’s not the burrito. Maybe it’s about family and love.”

Burrito-folding-lesson mom, Silvia Dominguez, speaks Spanish in the video, smiling the whole time, clearly happy to be able to help her daughter away at college with anything, using her own phone propped up on the counter to capture the lesson.

“Okay,” she says in Spanish, holding up a corn tortilla, “Imagine that this is my flour tortilla. Add what you’re going to use, fold it from this side, fold it from that side, and roll it. Did you see that?

And then she unrolls the burro and repeats the steps: It’s a circle. Fold it here, fold it here, and roll it. Nice! Okay, bye. I love you.”

We also like how Burrito-Folding-Lesson Mom is even helping grown-ass men.

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And because imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, here’s a video made by the author for her son on his way to college in the fall.

Watch the video below.

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