1. This was your introduction to pizza.
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.
4. For your cousin's Quinceañera, your family hired a musician from Mariachi Plaza in East L.A.
5. These chefs made the greatest quesadillas this side of the border.
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.
7. Before there was Best Buy, there was Dearden's.
And La Curacao.
8. Who needs to go to a mall when you could go to Los Callejones?
Or the Alameda Swap Meet.
9. During hot summers, street vendors gave you exactly what you needed.
10. If you were waiting for the bus near MacArthur Park, the Guatemalan-style tamales would do the trick.
11. When you got home from school, these two delivered the six o'clock news.
12. You got all your medical advice from this guy.
13. There was two degrees of separation between you and a cholo.
14. If you went to public school, you heard about the legend of Jaime Escalante.
He even had his own mural, posing with Edward James Olmos.
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.