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28 Things Latinos Who Grew Up In L.A. Know To Be True

Forget everything you saw on The Hills. Here’s a different view of the City of Angels.

1. This was your introduction to pizza.

To this day, La Pizza Loca is still the largest delivered pizza in the world.

2. You were fluent in Spanglish.

3. You’ll always remember this classic Mariachi mural at El Mercadito in Boyle Heights.

And also this shrine of the Virgin Mary in the parking lot.

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4. For your cousin’s Quinceañera, your family hired a musician from Mariachi Plaza in East L.A.

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5. These chefs made the greatest quesadillas this side of the border.

Nina’s Food on Breed St. in East L.A.

6. La Favorita Bakery is the place to go for the freshest pan dulce in Los Angeles.

 

Get there by 8 p.m. when the bread comes straight out of the oven. This is how all bread should taste.

And they provide some awesome limo service.

That’s right, LIMO SERVICE.

7. Before there was Best Buy, there was Dearden’s.

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8. Who needs to go to a mall when you could go to Los Callejones?

You can hone your bargaining skills at the Santee Alley.

Or the Alameda Swap Meet.

Didn’t find it at Santee Alley? It’s probably here.

9. During hot summers, street vendors gave you exactly what you needed.

Simple: Put a bunch of fruit in a bag. Add chili powder, lime, and a little salt. HEAVEN.

10. If you were waiting for the bus near MacArthur Park, the Guatemalan-style tamales would do the trick.

Directly from the cart. Made with rice, potatoes, corn, Guatemalan chiles, and a lot of love.

11. When you got home from school, these two delivered the six o’clock news.

OG news anchors Eduardo Quezada and Andrea Kutyas for KMEX 34.

12. You got all your medical advice from this guy.

Why go to a doctor when you had Dr. Pacheco?

13. There was two degrees of separation between you and a cholo.

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Every family has a black sheep. Don’t judge.

14. If you went to public school, you heard about the legend of Jaime Escalante.

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The greatest math teacher of all time.

He even had his own mural, posing with Edward James Olmos.

Painted on the side of a building near MacArthur Park, at the intersection of Alvarado Street and Wilshire Boulevard. Olmos played Escalante in the Oscar-nominated film Stand and Deliver.

15. You’ll remember these unbelievable cemitas from this world-famous food truck in Boyle Heights.

 

Don’t know the difference between a cemita and a torta? Find out here.

16. But if you were in the mood for some pupusas, Las Cazuelas in Highland Park was the place to go.

 

You could always count on Salvadorians to make some mouth-watering loroco con queso with fried plantains. BEAUTIFUL.

17. You cheered for the Oakland Raiders at the L.A. Coliseum before they abandoned their Angeleno fanbase.

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And we will never forget.

18. You were at the Rose Bowl to watch the L.A. Galaxy’s first game.

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19. You remember the power of Fernandomania.

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Fernando Valenzuela gave you a reason to cheer for the Dodgers. If you don’t remember, ask your parents.

20. If you couldn’t go to the game, you would listen to the Spanish voice of the Dodgers on the radio.

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Jaime Jarrin, making the Dodgers sound good since 1958.

21. If you needed a lawyer, you always had Los Abogados:

Easiest phone number to remember.

Or Los Defensores:

Also fairly easy number to remember.

22. These musicians will forever be the faces of Downtown L.A.

These murals next to the 110 freeway are titled The Harbor Freeway Overture. They’re an advertising piece for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

23. You went grocery shopping at one of these three supermarkets:

 

Or this produce truck that was conveniently parked in your neighborhood.

24. The uncontrollable joy of having el paletero stroll through your hood.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for a paleta de tamarino con chile.

25. The feeling you had when you saw this EBS Message on your TV.

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26. Your parents listened to this dude’s radio show in the morning:

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Humberto Luna Por La Manaña on the now defunct TenQ 1020 AM. Humberto was the first Latino radio personality to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

27. Waking up to the sound of crowing ROOSTERS!

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Yes, this was a thing in some L.A. neighborhoods. It became such a problem that the L.A. city council voted to limit one rooster per household.

28. You attended this groundbreaking May Day rally in 2006.

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The L.A. Times estimated around 500,000 people attended the massive protest.

So even though this is L.A…

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And this is L.A…

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