Friday, May 25, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Save Elysian Park

Building 888 Units is wrong for our community, wrong for traffic and pretty much wrong for everything. Sign the petition to stop this now!

Save Elysian Park  Click the link

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Great Wall of Echo Park Lake

Imagine what an Echo Park tagger could do with a nearly 10-foot high, mile long wall. Unfortunately, for taggers and street artists, most of the new wall pictured above will eventually be underwater.  The giant, curving retaining wall of concrete now under construction is part of the approximately $65 million clean up and rehabilitation of Echo Park Lake. The 12-inch thick wall made with 4,000-cubic yards of concrete and reinforced with steel rebar follows the contours of the lake, and, with the exception of a few breaks near the boathouse and bridge, will completely encircle the body of water.
“The new retaining wall will replace the old one that was falling apart,” said Michelle Vargas. a spokeswoman with the Bureau of Public Works. “  The wall will stabilize the lake edge, prevent erosion, create easier maintenance of the lake, and act as a safety measure.”

Once the lake is refilled  next year and paths rebuilt around the water’s edge, only the top six inches to 12 inches of the concrete wall will be visible.
From theeastsiderla http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2012/05/the-great-wall-of-echo-park-lake/

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Best Burrito's North of the Border

Yucas (prounounced You Cas) on the tip of Hollywood, and in Los Feliz, CA is serving the tastiest and some very creative Burritos along with their other specialties.
The little hut at their original location has been in business since 1974, and 5 years ago they expanded to a sit down place in Hollywood.  I've been enjoying their food for the past 19 years, so can vouch for the taste and quality.
Their Chile Verde as well as the Chile Relleno Burritos are 2 of my favorites, along with their great Tortas. Other great dishes are listed on their Menu page located here: Yucas Menu
Family run since their opening, it is still run by Dora, who oversees all operations of both restaurants.
On the site Dora wrote a little history:

"Mom’s dream of having a little stand where people would flock to buy her good Yucat√°n home cooking became a reality on April 1, 1976. Shortly thereafter Yuca’s received its first write-up by the Los Angeles Examiner’s Food Critic; it proved to be the start of an amazing adventure with food that has now lasted over 3 decades.

Originally, Mom and Dad worked with my brother, Jaime, who took to flagging cars down and offering them his innovative, “Try it you’ll like it or you won’t pay” promotion. Many people took him up on the offer. They all paid.

Over the years, Yuca’s has been fortunate to receive great press from various publications and media outlets in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Receiving the James Beard Award on May 2, 2005 was the culmination of the accolades received - an amazing honor in the category “America’s Classics” that put the icing on Mom’s dream.

Our greatest achievement, however, is hearing our (famous or not) customers say, “This is the best burrito I have ever tasted!”

If you are in Hollywood or any place near, one time of eating here, you will definitely return.
The locations are at:
Original location:                                                   Hollywood:
2056 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA               (323) 662-1214                        
                                       4666 Hollywood Boulevard
                                       Los Angeles, CA 
                                         (323) 661-0523
Website: http://www.yucasla.com/