NYRican in LA: What's a Rican Gotta Do to Get a Pastel Around Here?

While East LA may be a food desert in some ways, tortilla wrapped goodness accessibility aside, the rest of the city has some yummy options that are unmatched in New York City in my experience. I have become a huge fan of the Chinese food in L.A., especially the seafood and dim sum. You can't beat an L.A. taco, and there is a reason why there are so many burger spots around here. They are all really good, even according to my kids who have stood on lines for some of the priciest and "best."

But there are some flavors from my Abuela's kitchen and the streets of New York that cannot be imitated. For real, where's a chimi truck when you need one after a night out dancing and drinking? And where can a NYRican get a good slice of pizza or a nice bagel around here?

New York runs on chimi trucks.

Follow Maegan "Mamita Mala" Ortiz as she chronicles her adventures as a Nuyorican in LA, including her young daughter asking if she can be Chicana when she growns up, being grateful for not having to smell her vecinos, her musings on different Spanglish accents and slang, her quest for the best schools for her daughters, how she gets around without a car, and the story of how the self-proclaimed original "Twitterputa" fell in love and ended up here in the first place.

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