Los Angeles has a deep Mexican connection. In fact, it is one of those American cities where you tend to hear more Spanish than English. It is also one of the official languages of the city. And as a visitor to this city, it becomes a no-brainer when it comes to understanding this Mexican connection. For me, my understanding of the local connection begins with food. That is the best way for me to enjoy their culture, history and traditions. And that is precisely what I did today at Los Angeles.
After exploring Hollywood and its myriad of attractions and Universal Studios, I arrived at Olivera street, an ancient street in downtown LA, which is where this city really took form. When I reached this street, I was a bit jaded from all my walking and exploring and hence I needed no second invitation when I saw a very popular and inviting Mexican restaurant here.
Pretty soon, I found myself with a nice cold glass of classic margarita and some tortilla chips with fresh salsa. After a couple of sips of the margarita and some snacking of the sumptuous tortilla chips, I ordered myself a guacamole salad and was pleasantly surprised when they brought the ingredients (avocado, chillies, tomato, onion, salt pepper, line, cilantro) to my table and started making the salad right in front of me.
The end result was a lip smacking salad, but the fact that they came and made the salad in front of me made for an enriching experience. And it was a great Mexican delight to celebrate my first day in Los Angeles and a great way to reward myself for all the walking I did in the Hollywood district.