My Favorite East L.A. Weekend

Inspired by  the “My Favorite Weekend” column in the LAT Calendar, I give you my version of:




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? NO MÁMES!!!

This is my favorite East L.A. Weekend:


Saturday morning I’ll usually call my Compadre Fermín to come over and give me a jump start. We’ll work on the car till noon or until we get hungry then we’ll call over the  Shopping Cart Guy with The best Elótes and Chicharrónes in the neighborhood. My compadre will usually run down to Safety Liquors for some cold brews and we’ll kick it old school with some 8-tracks of Oldies but Goodies Vols. 1-10 and some Johnny Chíngas while we wash, detail and primer his bomb. Lately, I’ve been having problems with my car’s muffler, so we might head over to “EL PEDORRERO” on Whittier Blvd. for an inspection.

 El Pedorrero


That evening we’ll gather the family for dinner and a movie out on the town. We arrive and place our orders with our “Burrista” 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.

 El Korita

Never any Late Fees at MEXFLIX


Later that night, I’ll usually tell my Viéja that I‘m going over to my Compa’s for some beers. Instead, he & I will head over to NICOLA’S on Goodrich Ave. Because whatever Escándalo happens at Nicola’s, stays at Nicola’s, that’s all I can say about that. Before sneaking back home, we’ll stop off for after-hours Bean & Cheese Burritos at J&S in Montebello.


Sunday morning I wake up with a gacho hangover, but like a trooper, I’ll grab my large empty pot and drive over to Juaníto’s for Menudo and Tamales to bring home.  After breakfast, the family usually grabs soap and water and washes all the Juaníto’s Menudo & Tamales I had spilled all over the car’s interior.


 If we don’t have a Piñata or Quinceanéra party to go to that day, and if I don’t have to make a visit to BAD BOYS BAIL BONDS to spring out a relative, Me and the family will all get in our  Sunday best clothes, (for me it’s a new ensemble from “Los Tres Hermanos” 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 we’ll all go to the ELAC SWAP MEET. Afterwards, we’ll stop at TEXAS DONUTS for a good tragazón.

Pass the INSULIN homes!

Later that evening I’ll mellow out by lying on the couch in a stupor with two more Cahuámas while my wife goes grocery shopping at “El Super”. I’ll ask her to pick me up some Tostadas de Ceviché from the “Mariscos El Chino” truck. Meanwhile, the kids watch yet another rerun of “HANNAH MONTANA”. I wish Telemundo would create it’s own version and call it “JUANA TIJUANA”.




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About AlDesmadre

Al Guerrero, Artist/Humorist. Los Angeles, CA. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles from the age of two, Al Guerrero grew up just steps from the famous Chicano strip, Whittier Boulevard. His youth experiences include witnessing and participating in the 1970 Chicano Power demonstrations, cruising cars on Whittier Boulevard, and graduating from Garfield High School. After dropping out of UCLA (with honors), he drew upon his lifelong passion for art and cartooning and pursued a career in graphic arts. During this period, he traveled overseas and found artistic inspiration from the masterworks he discovered within the European Art Museums. His career blossomed when he was eventually hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1995, where he worked as a creative artist for a number of years. Although the artistic work was rewarding, he eventually grew weary & disillusioned with the bureaucracy of the entertainment business, and left to work briefly in the educational field. His credits include producing a feature film with actor, Conrad Brooks of Ed Wood fame, founding and performing with the Punk Rock group “The Psychocats” at numerous L.A. & Hollywood venues during the 1990’s, and in 1999 he founded and created a hell-bent puppet cabaret show aptly named: “The Puppets from Hell”. As a long time active member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, Al “Quaeda”, as he was known, was involved in countless Cacophony Society pranks and events throughout the city. He also produced the “Incredibly Strange Cinema” cult film series as well as themed events such as the now infamous “Pornothon Movie Nights” and the satirical “Mexican Night: Noche De Tequila & Putas” shows at local nightclub venues. Throughout his art career, he has exhibited his canvas paintings at various local galleries, and has also written & illustrated numerous comic strips and Graphic Novel stories. Today, he lives in Silver Lake, California and works as a freelance artist and writer with numerous multi-media projects under his belt and in the works. His personal hobbies include collecting vintage toys and comic books, cinema history and Los Angeles City history. Contact: Al Guerrero P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697

13 thoughts on “My Favorite East L.A. Weekend

  1. L.A. Eastside ate my previous comment. Boo.

    ¡Los Tres Hermanos! YES!!! I’m planning to write a post on that institution once I get back to L.A.

    Sounds like a good weekend! I prefer feasting on tacos de carnitas o chicharrones con carne on Sunday mornings, especially from la Amapola in Maywood.

  2. “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? NO MÁMES!!!”

    Oh man, that is the funniest shit I’ve read the whole day.

    This is why I keep coming back to this blog. and DAMN! that’s a big ass donut!

    Personally i don’t eat menudo much, but where is the POSOLE Post at!

  3. Ha, I was thinking of doing a “favorite weekend” too! I guess it’ll just have to turn into a series! Nice work Mr. Desmadroso!

  4. “…there’s never any late fees with MEXFLIX.” That’s a comedic master stroke right there. Bravo!

  5. “Juana Tijuana”, lol.

    Great post and taco truck love. And I think “MexFlix” will stick with me a long time….

  6. About 10 years I went to EL PEDORRERO to replace a muffler for my truck. The owner is sure more colorful than his shop. He is such a smooth talker (BS is a better word). He kept talking to me about life with all kinds of quotes from who knows what sources. He told me to “sit down” in his waiting area so we can talk. I wanted to leave but it was too late because he had my truck on a lift and the welding started. It felt like I was visiting the in-laws. What an experience! He gave me a pack of his business adult playing cards I guess for listening to him or to make me more at ease. If you want to see crap all over the place go see for yourself.

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