Any cultural exploration of Los Angeles must begin with Mexico because the city was established per order of King Carlos III of Spain which then controlled Mexico by 11 Mexican families in 1781.

The influence of this heritage is everywhere: Architecture, Food, Music and Celebrations. The Spanish language is prevalent, much of the city and environs have Spanish names. In fact, Los Angeles means the city of angels in Spanish.

We begin our adventure on Olvera Street, perhaps the best known Mexican enclave because it’s the historic core of the city. I’ve been to Olvera Street many times since but below is a picture of my first visit, I had brunch with friends, drank margaritas, more than one based on my expression and listened to Mariachi music. We had the most wonderful time! I borrowed the sombrero off the buffet table for this picture.

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