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3rd Annual Taste of Mexico at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Mexican food [culture] and Los Angeles are synonymous, in my mind. Understanding the history and the culture of Mexicans in Southern California is something that has always interested me, so it was a great pleasure when I was invited to cover an event known as The Taste of Mexico.
I had only heard of this event recently on the call-in version of ¡Ask a Mexican!®, a syndicated advice and information column in the OC Weekly, written by Gustavo Arellano—bestselling author of the books: Ask a Mexican and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America—on The Tom Leykis Show.
The event is for Mexican restaurants in both Los Angeles and Orange County to showcase their talented chefs and creative food items that represent both Angelenos and Mexicans alike. Food aside, it’s about the deep-rooted culture and history of a people who make up our beautiful city, there would be no Los Angeles without Mexicans. So many of our street names have Mexican influence, La Cienega Blvd is even spelled incorrectly. In Rockstar’s most recent video game, Grand Theft Auto V is based in Los Santos (Los Angeles) which is located in the state of San Andreas (California), there is clear influence, reference and theme here and it is time for those who do not acknowledge it to recognize what this culture and these people have done for us as Angelenos and in the United States. Living in L.A. is not just about the fame and glory of Hollywood, we have culture and a lot of it. Whether it be Mexican or otherwise, Los Angeles is a cultural melting pot that no other city in the United States can claim, not even you, New York.
Food is one of the best ways to explore a culture, and also one of the most captivating. Hosting the event at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes was not a arbitrary decision, in my opinion, it was clear that a place that represented a peoples’ legacy would be the only suitable venue for such a culturally-rich event.
Mariscos El Coraloense
6600 Florence Ave.
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Tampico Spice Company
Ricky’s Fish Tacos
1400 North Virgil Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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