Week 8 – Making My Peace With Geography

The best burrito in America can be found in a small tortilleria in East Los Angeles. “The best” is relative, but in any case La Azteca’s walls are draped in its past accolades and framed features from various publications spanning the past 70 years they’ve been open. I made it a point to visit this special place at least a handful of times after I found out about it, and I can attest that it lives up to the hype.

I grew up eating California-style Mexican food, and even though I moved to a large and diverse city—arguably the food capital of the world—one thing I had to come to terms with was the fact that I would no longer have the access and excess of great and affordable Mexican food as I do back in Los Angeles.

I may grow to love halal carts in the same way if I stay in New York long enough, but there is not much more one can do but appreciate and hold dear, the places here serving up quality Mexican food that reminds me of home.

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The chile relleno is a mildly sweet pepper stuffed with savory cheese, then battered and fried. It’s then layered with complex salsas and creamy beans, and finally wrapped in the magic that is a homemade flour tortilla. From La Azteca Tortilleria.


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