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If you’ve ever enjoyed a baked potato or an order of French fries, you have Peru to thank. Of course, we all learned in school that the potato came from Peru and that people there enjoy a gazillion different varieties. Anything more about Peruvian cuisine, though, and most people would draw a blank.
 
 
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Health as a Human Right in South Los Angeles.

EsperanzaSalud located at Mercado La Paloma is an easily accessible health education and information center staffed by experienced Promotores like Rosa Giron and Juana Calel.  

According to an investigation recently conducted by Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, there are not enough supermarkets in the South Los Angeles sector.  Rosa, who was part leading the investigation, explained that in the last five years, the access to healthy food has improved up to 50% in covenience stores, yet the problem is still far from being resolved. 

Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC), the Los Angeles County Department of Health and LAUSD are working in collaboration with different communities and local supermarkets to make sure that fresh food is being offered and display in visible areas.

 La Opinion full article:http://www.impre.com/laopinion/noticias/2010/6/2/faltan-opciones-sanas-para-com-191872-1.html

Leading a presentation in a college classroom, Linda Valverde organizer for the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), asked students to describe Skid Row using one word. Students overwhelmingly characterized the community with words such as “prostitution, drug use, mental illness, and homelessness.” Linda said, “Well, I’m here to say: demystify the myth, because I am a community member of seven years in Skid Row, I live AND work in Skid Row.”

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The Mercado La Paloma is a site of transformative change.  The space is a former garment sweatshop which Esperanza has transformed into a vibrant marketplace.  The Mercado Houses 14 small family-owned businesses.  All of our Mercado vendors are first time successful business owners, creating job opportunities for our community, serving healthy authentic food, and selling handmade art crafts.

 A recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it stays in your mind long after digestion’s end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet.  Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive?  Probably not.  We’re as lucky as we are well fed.  We last obsessed over Tandoori tacos, and KyoChon’s Korean Fried Chicken.  Today, we obsess…

Full article: Recession Obsession: Mercado La Paloma

Congratulations Mo-Chica!    The new Peruvian Restaurant at Mercado La Paloma, which opened in the spring of 2009 has been making headlines for its unique and delicious food. 

MERCADO INTERIORS 4 UPLOAD 5_09-8558Ricardo Zarate remembers reading a 2004 article in the Economist magazine predicting that Peruvian cuisine was the Next Big Thing. The moment he read the article, he knew it was right: Peruvian was the next big thing, and he wanted, desperately, to cook Peruvian in his own restaurant.  The Peruvian community in Los Angeles is large but scattered, and Peruvian restaurants are mostly solitary creatures, with none of the visible concentration of Koreatown or Thai Town  – writes the LA Times.

I’ve been in Los Angeles for two years, and I still don’t know where the Peruvian community is,” Zarate says jokingly.

Full Story: LA Times: Hidden Peruvian Treasures.

Adam Pash, editor of Lifehacker.com and Board Member of Esperanza Community Housing, appeared on KCAL 9 News speaking about how this website can help consumers save money on everyday expenses.  On lifehacker you can find affordable items such as  eye-glasses, cheap  flight fares to visit friends who are registered on facebook and even coupons for pizza!

Link: KCAL 9

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