Inspired byÂ the â€œMy Favorite Weekendâ€ column in the LAT Calendar, I give you my version of:
Â MY FAVORITE E.L.A WEEKEND
BY AL DESMADRE
Hiking in the Hollywood Hills with my Labs? Brunch in Malibu? A movie at the Grove? Shopping in trendy Los Feliz boutiques or Pottery Barn? Wine bars & Sushi?Â NO MÃMES!!!
This is my favorite East L.A. Weekend:
Saturday morning Iâ€™ll usually call my Compadre FermÃn to come over and give me a jump start. Weâ€™ll work on the car till noon or until we get hungry then weâ€™ll call over theÂ Shopping Cart Guy with The best ElÃ³tes and ChicharrÃ³nes in the neighborhood. My compadre will usually run down to Safety Liquors for some cold brews and weâ€™ll kick it old school with some 8-tracks of Oldies but Goodies Vols. 1-10 and some Johnny ChÃngas while we wash, detail and primer his bomb. Lately, Iâ€™ve been having problems with my carâ€™s muffler, so we might head over to â€œEL PEDORREROâ€ on Whittier Blvd. for an inspection.
DINNER & A MOVIE
That evening weâ€™ll gather the family for dinner and a movie out on the town.Â We arrive and place our orders with our â€œBurristaâ€ at TACOS EL KORITA just off of Olympic Blvd. As we dine, we browse the extensive sidewalk selection of the latest movie releases for sale on pirate DVD for only $5.00 a piece. Most are good quality, with very few backs of heads visible at the bottom of the screen, and there’s never any late fees with MEXFLIX.
AY QUE BUENA!
Later that night, Iâ€™ll usually tell my ViÃ©ja that Iâ€˜m going over to my Compaâ€™s forÂ some beers. Instead, he & I will head over to NICOLAâ€™S on Goodrich Ave.Â Because whatever EscÃ¡ndalo happens at Nicolaâ€™s, stays at Nicolaâ€™s, thatâ€™s all I can say about that. Before sneaking back home, weâ€™ll stop off for after-hours Bean & Cheese Burritos at J&S in Montebello.
Â LA CRUDA!
Sunday morning I wake up with a gacho hangover, but like a trooper, Iâ€™ll grab my large empty pot and drive over to JuanÃtoâ€™s for Menudo and Tamales to bring home.Â After breakfast, the family usually grabs soap and water and washes all the JuanÃtoâ€™s Menudo & Tamales I had spilled all over the carâ€™s interior.
Â DOMINGOS ALÃ‰GRES!
Â If we donâ€™t have a PiÃ±ata or QuinceanÃ©ra party to go to that day, and if I donâ€™t have to make a visit to BAD BOYS BAIL BONDS to spring out a relative, Me and the family will all get in ourÂ Sunday best clothes, (for me itâ€™s a new ensemble from â€œLos Tres Hermanosâ€ and my old lady will insist on wearing those stretch pants that make her ass look like two Hoppity-Hops stuffed into a pillow case) and weâ€™ll all go to the ELACÂ SWAP MEET. Afterwards, weâ€™ll stop at TEXAS DONUTS for a good tragazÃ³n.
Later that evening Iâ€™ll mellow out by lying on the couch in a stupor with two more CahuÃ¡mas while my wife goes grocery shopping at â€œEl Superâ€. Iâ€™ll ask her to pick me up some Tostadas de CevichÃ©Â from the â€œMariscos El Chinoâ€ truck. Meanwhile, the kids watch yet another rerun of â€œHANNAH MONTANAâ€. I wish Telemundo would create itâ€™s own version and call it â€œJUANA TIJUANAâ€.