Sometimes, we go on grand adventures nearby, like last Friday.
Recently, we hopped on the Gold Line in South Pasadena and headed east . . .
We got off at the Chinatown stop . . .
But Chinatown wasn't our destination. This was . . .
Homeboy Industries is the brainchild of Father Gregory Boyle, a man who has dedicated his life to helping former gang members ease into the mainstream. His goes into LA's roughest neighborhoods and offers job training and work to gang members -- in exchange for them giving up the gang life.
His motto is, "Nothing stops a bullet like a job."
Father Boyle even wrote a bestselling book about this.
(Photo from the Los Angeles Times Blog)
Housed within Homeboy Industries headquarters is Homegirl Cafe. That's where I was going to meet a fellow author for lunch.
However, he was late. So I settled into the booth and admired the original art on the walls and studied the menu . . .
I also read the newspaper . . .
Finally, Michael Reisman showed up, claiming LA traffic was his nemesis . . .
We had a wonderful meal. (I had the chorizo soft tacos and salmon tacos, a keylime tart, and COFFEE!) Later, we chatted Alex Malaspinas about Homegirl Cafe. She even brought Peepy a plate of scrumptious cookies . . .
And look, there's even a gift shop and bakery . . .
Luckily for me, I can also get fresh baked Homeboy Bakery breads at my local Farmers Market!
However, if you don't live close, you can order holiday (or anytime) gifts online . . .
To listen to Terry Gross interview Father Boyle on NPR, CLICK HERE.
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