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Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Makes Taco Run With LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

Plus, a vegan bakery in Frogtown, a MAGA hat in Cafe Gratitude, and a new winery in Long Beach

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Campaigns In Los Angeles With L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Biden and Garcetti eat at King Taco no. 10

As the presidential race is still in its early form, former vice president Joe Biden made a stop in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Before two fundraising stops that brought in $700,000, plus dinner at STK Westwood, the presidential candidate joined Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti at King Taco on Pico near Alvarado. Biden spoke to reporters about immigration, gun control, and Congressional investigations into President Trump. Biden also noted his reluctance to run if Garcetti jumped into the race. According to L.A. Taco, Garcetti provided his backing — to King Taco. “I do endorse King Taco, the best taco around.”

A Writer Walks into Cafe Gratitude wearing a Trump MAGA hat

In an experiment gone awkward, Los Angeles Magazine writer Joel Stein donned a red “Make America Great Again” hat into one the deep cornerstones of Larchmont at Cafe Gratitude. Stein is knee-deep in research for his for his forthcoming book about “political tribalism,” and found that his visit to a liberal echo chamber wearing a polarizing and distinct symbol of our times wasn’t as bad as he anticipated. Stein loaded up on Gratitude’s signature “I Am Grateful” bowl with kale, quinoa, black beans, and garlic-tahini sauce.

Frogtown’s new vegan bakery

After taking up vegan baking, supplying baked goods to Glassell Park’s Little Ripper, or Kindness and Mischief Coffee in Highland Park, then raising over $30,000 on Kickstarter, Justine Hernandez appears ready to open her bakery Just What I Kneaded in Frogtown. Eastsider LA profiled the Echo Park native, and discussed the soon-to-open bakery which debuts this summer.

Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel Air Boycotts

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and owner of the Hotel Bel Air and Beverly Hills Hotel proclaimed he would will not impose the death penalty on those convicted of having gay sex on Sunday. The leader of Brunei backed down from his initial announcement last month, which would allow LGBTQ people to be stoned to death for practicing gay sex. Eater reported about the ongoing boycotts, but Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz also chimed in this week. According to the Los Angeles Times, Koretz recommended city employees will not conduct business, stay at, or attend any function at either property until these laws are repealed.

A new winery headed to Long Beach

In Long Beach, Water’s Edge Winery is coming to Downtown’s Pine Avenue. The Long Beach Post reports the former Mariposa nightclub is in the process of converting into a full-on winery where they’ll create and bottle wines and serve food in an open-space tasting room. Water’s Edge will be Long Beach’s first winery.