Saturday, October 22, 2016

Shopper & Diner: Cafecito Organico expands to Eagle Rock; vintage comedy and Italian eats in Atwater; & East L.A. grocer fails to check out old “sell-bys”

Cafecito Organico in Eagle Rock | Marni Epstein

By Marni Epstein

Coffee art | Marni Epstein

Cafecito Organico, the coffee roaster and cafe has come a long way since its humble beginnings roasting out of a back room at Mama’s Hot Tamales near MacArthur Park says the LA Weekly. These days the cafe, with stores already in Silver Lake, Malibu, and Costa Mesa, has recently opened up a new Eagle Rock location. Nestled in a strip mall at 1757 Colorado Blvd near Blue Hen Vietnamese, the wifi equipped storefront can be a bit hard to find. However once you do, it’s serene atmosphere and inviting staff offer a welcomed addition to the neighborhood. Inside this Cafecito Organico is also making use of a lever machine to manually craft their artisan coffee.
In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • From coffee wafting through the air, to the smells of Italian food permeating the air in Atwater at Aroma Restaurant. Silver Lake chef Edin Marroquin is in plans to open a second location of the restaurant in the spot of the recently vacated Old San Juan Restaurant says Eater LA. This new location will also serve a breakfast and lunch menu.
  • Down the road in Atwater on Glendale Blvd, Vivian Fernandez of Tela Fiera Vintage Threads has teamed with up-start comedian and recent L.A. transplant Lauren Brown to bring a dose of comedy and community to her vintage shop. Neon Tommy notes that Fernandez had been looking for the opportunity to make her storefront more of a community hangout for Atwater residents; with the help of Brown and friends , she is now presenting  comedy shows in her backyard space the last Friday of every month.  A self service fire-pit with smores station and $5 bottomless beer is served alongside laughs with Atwater neighbors.
  • According to NBC News El Super Supermarket chain, which has locations in Highland Park and Boyle Heights, has  been stocking and selling expired products  including baby food, meat and dairy products. An investigation released by East L.A. Community Corporation and Consumer Federation of California noted that of its 30+ stores surveyed in Southern California, El Super was selling dairy items or eggs for past the manufacturer’s date at 70 percent of stores, and prepackaged meats or cheeses past their stamped sell by or use by dates at 83 percent.

Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.

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