Homeless bagels and robatayaki in Highland Park; natural healing shop opens in Eagle Rock; Tierra Mia makes its mark in Latin coffee craze


A team of Highland Park bagel makers have created a petition to convince landlords that their humble enterprise known as Belle’s Bagels is a sustainable business and tenant in today’s competitive market, reports Eater LA. Founded by JD Rocchio and Nick Schreiber, Belle’s Bagels has operated as an occasional pop-up and at La Perla Bakery on Figueroa. Now their sign that reads, “Come eat me bro” and their hand-rolled bagels are ready to find a permanent home in Highland Park.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Tierra Mia Coffee, with locations in Highland Park and Echo Park, was recently featured in The Guardian for the company’s contribution to the rise of the Latino coffeehouse in Los Angeles. The coffeehouse offers familiar Latin flavors, such as its classic horchata latte and Mexican hot chocolate, plus a short list of premium coffees sourced from Panama and El Salvador.  In addition to Tierra Mia, the article also mentions Antigua Coffee House of Cypress Park, Primera Taza of Boyle Heights and Cafecito Organico, which has an outlet in Silver Lake.
  • Those seeking natural healing need to look no further than Window of the Sky in Eagle Rock, reports Racked LA. The shop offers acupuncture by appointment only and treatments to sooth the soul. There’s also an onsite boutique comprised of hand-picked potions, herbal tinctures, teas, essential oils, candles, minerals and jewelry. Window of the World is located on the 4700 block of Eagle Rock Boulevard in Eagle Rock.
  • RBTA’s robatayaki lands in Highland Park’s burgeoning Figueroa Street in June 2016, reports Eater LA. The concept comes from Sticky Rice (GCM) owner David Tewasart and chef Justin Baey, who was former sous chef under Ricardo Zarate.

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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