Sunday, October 23, 2016

Author Archives: Valentina

Food Bites: Burrito Madness at Hugo’s Tacos

Story by Valentina Silva What is it about a cheap burrito that’s so irresistible? I’m not sure, but Hugo’s Tacos in Atwater Village always manages to enchant me with Burrito Madness, an entire month when knowing the secret password gets you a giant burrito for $2.51 ... Read More »

Pantry Cafe, a rainy-day getaway in Hermon

Story by Valentina Silva Hermon is the most elusive neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. At least in my mind–I’d never even heard of it until I moved to Mount Washington. Just southeast across the Arroyo Seco Parkway from Highland Park, Hermon is such a quiet, hidden ... Read More »

Shopping for dinner at Echo Park’s Cookbook

Locally-grown, organic and quality foods are hard to find in Eastside neighborhood markets, so I was psyched when word came that Marta Teegan of Homegrown was opening a green grocer in Echo Park. When I finally stepped into Cookbook, I wasn’t disappointed. Read More »

Cinnamon’s addictive vegan pies

Story and photos by Valentina Silva In a neighborhood known for its meat-centric cuisine, Highland Park’s Cinnamon definitely stands out. The vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant offers a large menu of Mexican favorites, including their much-celebrated “chicken” mole, burritos, pozole, sopes and homemade tamales. They also serve ... Read More »

Street Food: Handmade flautas at Balbina

Story and photos by Valentina Silva With the Breed Street food vendors now dispersed, you really have to drive around Boyle Heights to find the best stuff. My tactic is to search out the stands with a bit of a crowd, the thinking being that most ... Read More »

Xoia Vietnamese Eats: A work in progress

Story and photos by Valentina Silva Xoia, Echo Park’s new Vietnamese joint, opened to a lot of fanfare last month. So much buzz was to be expected, considering the interesting back story and promise of an exciting new concept—Vietnamese food with Mexican flair (i.e. pho tacos) ... Read More »