Footwear designers pop up in Silver Lake; more coffee flowing in Echo Park; Boyle Heights’ veggie tacos



Shinola Silver Lake, which is based in Detroit, and The MiA Project in Highland Park have teamed together to present Makers Month, a series of events devoted to all things made in America. According to Racked LA, two of the weekend events include pop-ups featuring up-and-coming Los Angeles-based footwear designers Wal & Pai and Jessica Taft Langdon arrives the following weekend.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • The Semi-Tropic, a cafe and bar on Echo Park’s Glendale Boulevard, opened today, Nov. 6,  serving coffee and pastries. Mention The Eastsider for a special deal. The owners are awaiting a liquor license before they can start the beer-and-wine bar part of the business.
  • The days are numbered for the WILD lunch pop-up at Canelé’s in Atwater Village. The company’s Facebook page announced: “Our tenure at Canelé has come to an end. We want to express a heartfelt thank you for all the love and support you have shown us this past year.” Chefs Ria and Matt Wilson, formerly of Sqirl, won the praise of diners and critics alike for their inventive creations such as falafel waffles, seasonal salads and house-cultured butter. As for what’s next for the chef duo, time will only tell, reports Eater LA.
  • Two restaurants in Boyle Heights were recently featured in L.A. Taco for their veggie tacos. Conveniently located right across the street from each other, the first eatery, La 1st Street Taqueria, features handmade corn tortillas stuffed with cooked and raw vegetables with an option of seared tofu and a splash of lemon juice plus a choice of red or green salsa. Order beans and rice and you have a solid meal. Un Solo Sol Kitchen offers both meat and veggie options, including nopalitos tacos that come with tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach while the mixed vegetable taco includes peas, green beans, black beans and corn.

Cecilia Padilla-Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999

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