Mezcal, tequila's cousin, making a mark in L.A.
Mezcal making a mark in L.A.: KPCC reports on the growing popularity of mezcal, tequila's Oaxacan cousin. The liquor, like tequila, is a strong liquor distilled from the agave plant; but according to Todd Richman of Frederick Wildman and Sons, "It’s very different from tequila in that the agave is cut up after it's harvested and roasted underground and smoked, and some are smoked heavier than others, and they’re all very different styles. It’s from village to village. It’s closer to wine." To try some yourself, head to Las Perlas, a downtown mezcal bar.
South L.A. starved for fresh food: The L.A. Food Policy Task Force found that despite the agricultural abundance of California, much of L.A. lives in "food deserts" of fast and processed foods. But the situation is even worse for those in South L.A., Intersections: The South Los Angeles Report finds. In an in-depth look at the barriers to healthful eating in South L.A., they put it bluntly: "There are fewer grocery stores in South Los Angeles than there are in neighboring cities, and the quality of food is of lesser value than those nearby communities."
Lalawag lives on: A month after it was announced that L.A. tech blog Lalawag was shutting down, TechCrunch reports that the site will live on under the ownership of the Valley Girl media network. Valley Girl was founded by Jesse Draper, daughter of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper. Draper plans to maintain Lalawag's "business made casual" attitude in covering L.A.'s tech scene.
Images of a successful CicLAvia: If you weren't one of the estimated 100,000 people riding or walking through L.A. for Sunday's CicLAvia event, you can still check out what a car-free L.A. looks like, thanks to the photos posted by Curbed LA.
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Photo: The bar at Las Perlas in downtown L.A., March 22, 2010. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times