Mike Barreras, a fourth-generation chicharrón maker, shows off his wares.
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The Edible East L.A.

Mike Barreras, a fourth-generation chicharrón maker, shows off his wares.
The edible side of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue. Mike Barreras, a fourth-generation chicharrón maker, shows off his wares. (ANNIE WELLS / Los Angeles Times)
A rose-shaped pan dulce at El Gallo Bakery.
A rose-shaped pan dulce at El Gallo Bakery. (ANNIE WELLS / Los Angeles Times)
A strawberry raspado at Zacatecas Raspados.
A strawberry raspado (crushed ice) at Zacatecas Raspados. (ANNIE WELLS / Los Angeles Times)
Ford Boulevard near Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Ford Boulevard near Cesar E. Chavez Avenue: a neighborhood that feels like a quiet town from long ago. La Fama PanaderÍa dates from 1928. (ANNIE WELLS / Los Angeles Times)
Mary Salcedo sells tortillas to go at La Fortaleza tortilla factory.
Mary Salcedo sells tortillas to go at La Fortaleza tortilla factory. (ANNIE WELLS / Los Angeles Times)
Piñatas at BJ Party Supplies.
Piñatas at BJ Party Supplies. (ANNIE WELLS / Los Angeles Times)
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