Immigrant Life

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Dig in at Pica Pica: Venezuelan Cuisine in the Mission

Adriana Lopez moved to the Mission District from Venezuela nine years ago. In 2010, she opened Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, a Venezuelan arepas restaurant at Valencia and 15th streets. Lopez told Mission Local about the history of...

Salvadoran Chef Tells the Story of Her Mission Market Restaurant

Inside the Mission Market Food Mall is a small restaurant that customers say will transport you to El Salvador with its authentic cuisine. The restaurant’s master chef and owner, Aminta Calderon, migrated to San Francisco from...
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Don Julio Presides Over His Mission Curiosity Shop

Julio Lucero migrated to the United States in 1979 because of the brutal civil war that was then escalating in his homeland of El Salvador. About a decade later, Lucero became the owner of a...