In the Piñata District, a street food market is a theater that overwhelms the senses

Pinata Market
Francisco Martinez and his 4-month-old daughter, Andrea, in the Piñata District in downtown Los Angeles.
(Silvia Razgova / For The Times)

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Esmeralda Bermudez writes narrative stories about the lives of Latinos for the Los Angeles Times. She was born in El Salvador, raised in the Los Angeles area and graduated from USC.