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...
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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...
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Business Runs in the Family at Cafe La Taza

-+*Carlos Martinez, manager of Cafe La Taza on Mission Street, says business runs in the family. His father, Noel Martinez, managed a supermarket in his native Nicaragua before moving to the United States with his...
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Mixing Printing and Musical Notes at Ibarra Brothers

-+*Most know the Ibarra brothers as the owners of a printing shop with the same name on Valencia Street, but the native Nicaraguans have a secret identity: they’re famous musicians. They have a record label...