Maria Elena Lorenzo and her family decided to take their culinary stylings from a Watts food truck to their new Bell Park brick-and-mortar, Tamales Elena Y Antojitos. Tamales, crispy tacos, and heavenly pozole are the result.
BLK Temple’s founders Malliha Ahmad and Essence Wall are reclaiming wellness and healing for the BIPOC community, even as their programming has necessarily shifted to the digital realm during the pandemic.
Initially, I just went to David’s Tea website to order tea on the recommendation of a friend. But after spending some time perusing their Explore page, I learned more about loose leaf than I even knew there was to know.
Rose and Warren Schwartz founded Magpies Softserve in June 2016, and in what must’ve been kismet, I moved a block away just a few months later. Their homemade-from-scratch soft serve ice cream is an old favorite, and is helping keep me sane during this terrible summer.