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Authentic Mexican and Latino Foods and Murals in Mission District

• We will begin at Calle 24 (24th St. and Mission) Right from the beginning, we will see the largest variety of product and services for and by the Latinos of the area Our activities a stop at a very complete Art-craft store (Luz de Luna) to a  stroll around the neighborhood to see Mission alleys and streets with tons of Murals. And along the way, we will check some eateries.Meeting place:  Taco Loco, 3274 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110. You can get here by public transportation, Uber or the like and car, there is a parking lot right across from our meeting point.We will walk along 24th St or “Little Latin America” in the Mission District, and from the get-go see local street art. We will see some Murals from a good distance across the street and and the way back real up close and the ones we saw first now from the other side of this “street/outdoors gallery” and in this way, we will get submerged in a Latino neighborhood life as it would happen in any Hispanic countryWe will decide to just have a quick ‘burrito’ or ‘pupusa’, both examples of the excellent local Latino cuisine. Finally I will guide you to the super hip Valencia St. area, the trendiest street in town, full of youthful energy and people, lots of new stores, boutiques and restaurants of all kinds, with suggestions on how to spend the rest of your eveningSan Francisco’s history, heritage, arts, culture and "comida" (food) have roots that extend far south of the U.S. border.Spanish missionaries arrived in San Francisco (then known as Yerba Buena) in 1776. A Catholic priest named Father Palou founded Mission San Francisco de Asis, which still stands in the Mission District as Mission Dolores on 16th and Dolores streets. It is the oldest structure in San Francisco. California and Mexico were part of Spanish territory until 1821, when Mexican independence marked the end of European rule in California.Latino Culture in Post-Mexican California and CurrentlyThe Mexican-American war (1846-1848) ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. Mexican citizens living in these territories became Americans “overnight,” the vast majority of them chose to stay and become U.S. citizens. Although the treaty promised that the landowners in this newly acquired territory would enjoy full enjoyment and protection of their property as if they were citizens of the United States, many former citizens of Mexico lost their land after the treaty. Most land grantees and their families retreated south. The ones remaining kept culture tradition and cuisine which would later be further enriched by the many and different migrants from all over Latin America and the return of the Mexican communities, along with many more Central American in the 1980's, bringing new ideas, colors and flavors... So join me and enjoy this revival of color smell and flavor of the Americas