Janette Villafana is a multimedia journalist from Santa Ana, CA who often covers stories that highlight diverse communities, their issues, success, and personal stories.
This Latina From South Gate Created a “Pawnaderia” That Bakes Mexican Pan Dulce Treats For Dogs
Meet Adriana Montoya, the founder of La Pawnaderia, a bakery that allows you to share your favorite Mexican treats and culture with a four-legged friend through pup-friendly pan dulce and “candy.”
Meet the Long Beach Paletero Selling Ice Cream To Both Dogs and Their Owners
Inside this paletero's ice cream cart, modified with four 14-inch balloon wheels to help push its weight across the sand, one will find a selection of ice cream for dogs, or “Frosty Paws” to be exact.
Like Bath Bombs For Your Food: Introducing Birria and Tinga “Bombs”
Inventor Shaylin Davis will soon be creating butter chicken and seafood-centric flavors of her food bombs, meant to bolster flavor and take pressure off home cooks.
It Took LAPD Two Hours To Show Up After a South L.A. Taco Stand Was Robbed At Gun Point
"As I kept writing down their order, the one in the grey sweater took out the gun. That’s when he said give me the money," said the owner of Tacos Deliciosos.
The Six Best Cemitas Poblanas and Where to Find Them In Los Angeles
Named after the type of bread they are made from—an oversized sesame bun—a cemita is like the torta's cousin. It comes stacked high with milanesa, pápalo, quesillo, avocado, chipotle, and pickled jalapeño. Here's where to find the best from East L.A. to The Valley.
South Gate City Council Makes Moves to Push Out Street Food Vendors
South Gate is in the heart of southeast Los Angeles, a city with street vendors engraved in its DNA. However, their City Council cite health hazards, safety hazards, and more to start cracking down on vendors operating in sidewalks, under street lights, parks, freeway exits, and more. Many of the city's residents and advocates wonder if the city's goal is solely to regulate vendors with no intention of helping them.
Meet ‘El Salsero’: The Santa Ana Chef Behind the Famed Lettuce Salsa
Luis Alberto's salsa de lechuga is mild, garlicky, and has a hint of lime. Like Luis himself would say, “you just need to try it.”
Through Their Conchas, This Huntington Park Panadería Celebrates Pride Month by Giving Back to LGBTQ Youth
“We lost customers, but to be honest, we don’t need them. We stand with our community. All of our community," says the owner of the Mexican bakery in SELA. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these Pride conchas will be donated to Latinx Equality Alliance.
Photo Essay: Hundreds Gather in Little Tokyo to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots
Big hair and even bigger pride to be pachucos! Here is our photo essay capturing some of our favorite moments from the momentous gathering.
Teen Fell to His Death While Attempting to Film Himself Climbing 6th Street Bridge Arch
A 17-year-old boy slipped and fell while climbing one of the 6th Street Viaduct's arches over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times.