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A Day Trip to Olvera Street

Just what the doctor ordered

By Lisa Zion, Contributing Writer
Published on LatinoLA: June 21, 2010

A Day Trip to Olvera Street

I'm driving on the 101S and my tummy is grumbling for food. My morning coffee was bitter and a quick search in my car reveals a chewable Pepto Bismol tablet. Great! I'm practically living out of my car since I search for people of interest to feature in this magazine. I travel from San Diego to Riverside. I am in Moreno Valley, Santa Ana and of course, Los Angeles.

All for you, mi gente.

I see a sign and I know I am coming near the wonderful Olvera Street marketplace. I can't resist, I must stop by. There are beautiful colors everywhere from sombreros, colorful clothing and the beautiful flowers.

The scent of wonderful cooking speaks to me. I can't take it any longer. I decide to stop in to La Golondrina, one of my favorite restaurants. The food is excellent, as always and I am treated like a queen by my waiter, Gilberto Reyes.

After a feast like this, I must walk off the calories by what else? Shopping! I enjoyed meeting Lupe Villa from Xochilt Imports, and Rosa Mariscal from Myrosa Enterprises. I purchased some wonderful birthday gifts for my two hermanas, Rosita & Linda who both happen to be born on the same day though they are 3 years apart! And of course, a gift for my Dad for Father's Day.

I can't think of a better way to spend a lovely morning than here in Olvera Street with mi gente. So, if it has been awhile since you've visited, please stop by. There are all sorts of activities this weekend including mariachi music, excellent wares & wonderful food.

Hasta luego!

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