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West Adams and Jefferson Park are experiencing a familiar tug-of-war between established and new residents. Local restaurants, however, have become a vital link between the community's diverse and distinctive past and its hopes for the future.
San Gabriel has strong sociocultural roots woven mostly by descendants of descendants from Central America, East and Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and those native to California. These inhabitants have informed the city’s culinary DNA.
From the paleta cart to a burger counter, many food spots in University Park, Exposition Park, and Adams-Normandie offer unpretentious fare to families gathering for after-church meals, couples on their first dates, and college friends looking for grub.
Lake Balboa is a fairly young neighborhood, while Reseda is one of the oldest neighborhoods of the Valley. Both boast some fantastic and iconic local restaurants.
While making a gnocchi-like dessert, Iva and her grandmother discuss Iva's difficult assimilation when she migrated from Yugoslavia to the island of Cyprus, and how her grandmother's frequent visits to Cyprus made it more like home.
Protesters from a 1963 Woolworth's sit-in discuss the event and the frustration leading up to it.