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Recession Obsession: Mexican Pastries at the Panaderia

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The Official Recession has enveloped us for fifteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is somewhere fantastic, whether times are good or not, because it's that damn good. We last obsessed on some Salvadorean pupusas and no-cook, take-home Korean food. Today, we...

Los Angeles’ unemployment rate has grown ugly (see what ugly looks like.) I recently heard someone say “keeping your job is the new promotion.” I believe it. As our fears rise, and bank balances shrink, we must maintain careful watch of our food budgets. The good news is, thanks to a scattering of panaderias around Los Angeles, we don’t need to wave goodbye to desert.

Mexican pastries, housed at panaderias (bread stores,) are large, sweet and inexpensive. A taste of this trifecta will rarely cost north of $1. That’s why panaderias are LAist’s latest Recession Obesssion.

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Panaderias house a variety of doughy sweets. Cookies, cream-filled pastries, jelly-filled pastries, sweet pan dulce, cakes, muffins and more. Find a favorite. There's a nice range to explore. Sometimes Mexican pastries can be heavy on the dough, light on the flavor. While I warn you, fear not. This gamble is cheaper than a trip to the Commerce Casino.

For Fun: If you want to be the most popular person at a party bring $5 worth of goods from the panaderia. The large bag of sweet surprises will have your peers thinking you spent much more than a fiver.

  • La Adelita Panaderia y Tortilleria El Mejor Pan Dulce, Pasteles Para Toda Ocasion | Hollywood | 5812 Santa Monica Boulevard | Los Angeles 90038 | (323) 465-6526

What’s your favorite panaderia? Comment below!