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|Melting Pot Food Tours' East LA Latin Flavors Tour shows off the neighborhood's color and charm.
Melting Pot Food Tours relaunches Los Angeles tour
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July 12, 2012
LOS ANGELES — Melting Pot Food Tours has relaunched one of its three regular tours.
The enhanced tour is now the East LA Latin Flavors Tour, a revamp of the LA Latin Spice Tour originally introduced in winter 2011.
With East LA Latin Flavors, guests explore the Boyle Heights neighborhood by foot and ride in the safe comfort of Los Angeles Metro Gold Line trains between tour stops.
Inspiring stories of the historic Latin district, artistic contributions, top cuisine from handmade tamales to pupusas to exotic sorbets and authentic merchant hospitality remain signatures experiences.
New features include a visit to El Mercado de Los Angeles, additional tastings and a full-day Metro pass.
"We purposely designed this tour as a way for locals and visitors alike to discover and explore an intriguing neighborhood off the beaten tourist path,” said Lisa Scalia, principal founding partner of Melting Pot Food Tours.
“Our recent enhancements add even more of the color and charm found in this district."
The merchants on this tour are remarkable, inspiring people, said Diane Scalia, Lisa Scalia’s sister and partner.
“Their contributions give special meaning to our City of Angels," she said.
"I think this is your best tour yet!" said Nan Marchand Beauvois, senior director at U.S. Travel Association. "Where else can you tour a neighborhood like this, that so well captures the true essence of Los Angeles?"
The first stop is Homegirl Cafe, a division of Homeboy Industries. The Rev. Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest and teacher, founded the gang intervention program in 1998.
Guests enjoy special blend orange-cinnamon coffee and specialties from Homeboy Bakery, while a member of the Homeboy family shares their story of receiving a second chance in life.
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|Primera Taza, a coffeehouse in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles, is part of Melting Pot Food Tours' East LA Latin Flavors Tour.
A Metro train ride takes guests to Liliana's, a family-owned and -operated landmark where freshly made handmade tamales and Mexican chocolate champurrado are served.
Exotic fresh fruit sorbet is enjoyed at El Mercado de Los Angeles, a three-story marketplace that holds everything from groceries to professional services and two full-service restaurants with Mariachi stages. Guests can sample artisan mole pastes from Mercado stalls.
At LaGloria Foods, Los Angeles' first tortilla factory founded 60 years ago, a third-generation family member leads a tour of the manufacturing floor where 1 million corn tortillas are produced daily. Guests shop at LaGloria's grocery store afterward.
A short Metro train trip takes the tour to the last three Latin Flavors stops at Mariachi Plaza, the gateway to Boyle Heights' First Street Corridor. The neighborhood is undergoing a renaissance as a center for Latin arts and culture, with authentic passion for preserving the Mariachi tradition.
Birrieria Jalisco offers birria, a goat dish. The secret family recipe for the slow-cooked goat meat with seasoned tomato consommé originated more than 100 years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico. The family has served this one menu entree for 40 years in east Los Angeles.
Un Solo Sol Kitchen introduces Salvadoran pupusas, made with cheese and loroco —a Central American herb. Along with a passion for revitalizing the First Street Corridor, owner Carlos Ortez shares his desire to transform Latin-American dining habits. His pupusas recipe honors traditional Mayan flavors with health-conscious substitutions.
Guests also meet Juan Romero, Boyle Heights native and owner of Primera Taza, a coffeehouse. He shares his commitment to bringing the beloved neighborhood back to life, while serving guests iced Mexican chocolate beverage.
Private groups of 10 to 25 are welcome for this tour. Contact Lisa Scalia at (424) 247-9666 for more details.
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