Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hanging with the Homegirls

Sometimes my Peep and I go on adventures far from home and visit fabu-awesome places like this and like this.

Sometimes, we go on grand adventures nearby, like last Friday.

Recently, we hopped on the Gold Line in South Pasadena and headed east . . .

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We got off at the Chinatown stop . . .

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But Chinatown wasn't our destination. This was . . .

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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.

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(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.

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However, he was late. So I settled into the booth and admired the original art on the walls and studied the menu . . .

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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 . . .

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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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