Sunday, September 19, 2010

Where Did the Name Los Angeles Come From?

The name Los Angeles is Spanish for The Angels. There is much more to this name, however. On Wednesday, August 2, 1769, Father Juan Crespi, a Franciscan priest accompanying the first European land expedition through California, led by Captain Fernando Rivera Y Moncado, described in his journal a "beautiful river from the northwest" located at "34 degrees 10 minutes." They named the river Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de la Porciúncula. In the Franciscan calendar, August 2 was the day of the celebration of the feast of the Perdono at the tiny Assisi chapel of St. Francis of Assisi. Early in St. Francis’ life, the Benedictines had given him this tiny chapel for his use near Assisi. The chapel, ruined and in need of repair, was located on what the Italians called a porziuncola or "very small parcel of land." Painted on the wall behind the altar was a fresco of the Virgin Mary surrounded by angels. Now contained within a Basilica, the chapel was named Saint Mary of the Angels at the Little Portion. The newly discovered "beautiful river" was named in honor of this celebration and this chapel. In 1781, a new settlement was established along that river. The settlement came to be known as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciúncula or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion although its official name was simply El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Eagle Rock Brewery

Eagle Rock Brewery: Los Angeles Microbrew

As the first brewery with operations based in Los Angeles in over 60 years, we're dedicated to the production of unique artisanal beers using the best ingredients to promote the ongoing development of the beer community in Los Angeles.

Our microbrewery is attached to our public tap-room, where fellow beer lovers can gather to relax, refresh, and enjoy our unique beers. As we do not serve food, we encourage patrons to bring your own food or make a visit to the local food trucks/vendors that we have outside. Guests visiting our taproom need to be *21 and over to enter - no exceptions.

Eagle Rock Brewery Address:

3056 Roswell St
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Neighborhood: Glassell Park
(323) 257-7866

Monday, September 13, 2010

Antigua Coffee House

For over 150 years, the Garcia family in Guatemala has grown and sold coffee from their private finca (estate) Panibaj to the United States and the European Union. We are certified by ANACAFE (Asociacion Nacional de Cafe) with Antigua style strictly hard coffee bean (Arabica), while maintaining a traditional organically shade grown process. This type of coffee bean is recognized internationally as one of the finest in the world, making dealing with a non-corporate, family owned and operated business an enticing idea.
Antigua Cultural Coffee House coffee comes from a region rich in tradition, culture, history and pre-Hispanic heritage.
The Antigua Cultural Coffee House Company was created in 2004 to provide authentic, Central American grown gourmet coffee in Southern California. With a family-owned plantation providing their own supply, the Antigua Cultural Coffee House Company is able to provide its customers with the highest quality of coffee beans, sent directly from Guatemala.
The company’s coffee plantation is located in Panibaj, Guatemala, at an elevation 4,500 feet above sea level. It specializes in providing organically shade grown gourmet coffee that is strictly hard bean (SHB), Antigua style.
The company is led by owners that have a common focus to provide excellent coffee for its customers, while growing the company to compete with the larger, well-established coffee bistros.

Antigua Cultural Coffee House Address:
Cypress Park/Los Angeles

3400 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Neighborhood: Cypress Park
(323) 379-6148

Tierra de La Culebra

La Tierra de la Culebra is a two-acre art park home to a sculptural 500 foot long serpent--La Culebra--revolving mural panels; a 150 tree urban forest and gardens, incised ziggurat, a state, sundial, pond, sculptural amphitheater, and many other sculptural landscape components, all of which are used for youth arts programming, cultural festivals, art classes and building projects.

Tierra de La Culebra

240 N Ave 57
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Bike Oven

Fix it on the cheap at the Bike Oven.

The Bike Oven in Los Angeles is a much needed space in our city. It strives to  serve the community and improve the quality of urban dwellers by promoting and aiding the use of bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation. As the threats of global warming are now more real than ever, and as our city can take no more cars, the Bike Oven is an excellent space to get started on a culture change.
From the Bike Oven's site: "The Bike Oven provides all the tools and supplies you will need to do most minor or major repair jobs. Volunteer mechanics are available to assist you if you need guidence or instruction. We have a large supply of used parts available at low cost for replacing damaged parts, building up your bike, or doing that one speed conversion you’ve been planning. We keep a small stock of basic new parts (tires, tubes, cables, etc.) in most common sizes. We often will have complete bikes available for purchase, but almost always have a variety of used bikes and frames that need a little work and TLC to bring them back to life. Bring in your own bike, or start off with one of ours, and we’ll help you get back on the road."
A donation of $5.00 per hour is requested (plus any parts, cash only).

Bike Oven Adress Los Angeles/Cypress Park:
3706 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 223-8020