I mentioned in one of my previous posts about the Griffith Observatory that I am currently enrolled in a 2 unit Fine Arts class that explores culture in Los Angeles. One of our projects for the semester involved taking a field trip to part of the city you’ve never gone before and learning about its history and culture. My group went to Boyle Heights this past weekend to begin work on our project.

Boyle Heights has been called one of the most historically heterogeneous communities in Los Angeles because it has cultural roots from all over the globe. In the 20th century, Boyle Heights was populated by many Jewish, Japanese, and Mexican immigrants. Later, Slavic and Russian immigrants also moved into the neighborhood. Today, 94% of the population is Latino, and the area is famous for its many murals which are scattered over the shops and restaurants in the community.

After we took pictures of many of the murals, we decided to sample some delicious tacos at a┬árestaurant┬ácalled Guisados. Guisado’s was reviewed by The LA Times, and yes, it lived up to the hype. The tacos were so delicious, and each one was garnished uniquely. Overall it was a fun afternoon exploring part of LA I had never gone to before!