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Patricia Escárcega

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Patricia Escárcega is a journalist based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Playboy, Roads & Kingdoms and The Counter. She was previously a restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times and Phoenix New Times.

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Reyes Winery in Santa Clarita
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Lost LA

'Wine Was a Tool of Conquest': California's Hidden Multiethnic History of Winemaking

Before Napa and Sonoma counties became synonymous with California wine, the epicenter of wine production in the state was Los Angeles, thanks to a diverse labor force.
A vegetable bowl full of freshly grilled corn, black beans and cubed summer squash topped with bright-pink pickled onions, tomatoes and sliced avocado.
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Broken Bread

How to Replace Rice in Your Dishes to Honor Traditional Mesoamerican Cuisine

Rice — a staple of Latin American kitchens for generations — was a crop introduced to Mesoamerica by Spanish conquistadors in the 1520s. As a new generation of Latinx cooks meditate on the relationship between European colonization and food, Deysi Serrano of Milpa Grille shares tips for incorporating ancestral ingredients and cooking techniques into your daily life.
Three tacos are served on a dark gray ceramic plate. The tacos are made of black tortillas and topped with a red Korean short rib and topped with shredded daikon, carrots, napa cabbage and green garnish. The plate sits on a dark wood table and is surrounded by two other plates at the corner of the photo.
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Broken Bread

Boyle Heights’ Milpa Grille is Keeping Mesoamerican Traditions Alive in L.A.

Deysi Serrano's fast-casual Boyle Heights restaurant Milpa Grille is dedicated to preserving Mesoamerican tradition all the while creating space for other budding Latinx businesses to grow together.
An Asian American man with a baseball cap and a woman in red and a cap order food from a food stall at Avenue 26 night market in Lincoln Heights.
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Broken Bread

How You Can Support L.A.'s Street Vendors Right Now

Street vendors are an essential part of Los Angeles street culture and commerce. They also provide an essential source of livelihood and support the local economy. Here are four easy ways to support them right now.
Fruit juices in jugs are lined up on a table in front of a food truck. A man in a black t-shirt uses a ladle to scoop juice into a small sample cup for a customer.
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Broken Bread

After Breakup of Avenue 26 Night Market, Vendors Rebuild Around the City

Avenue 26 Night Market's immense popularity in the pandemic became its downfall. More than half a year after its fateful shutdown, vendors share what has become of their burgeoning businesses while navigating city politics and a pandemic.
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