Snackas of the day: Raspado de fruta natural from Raspados Zacatecas. When I think of shaved ice or raspados I instantly picture a bright colored corn syrup made of dye and glucose being dispensed from a pump. That is not the case at Raspados Zacatecas. They make big jugs of natural fruit juice laced with chunks of fruit inside. Pick a flavor and they will soak your shaved ice in a fruity fruit juice. My flavor of choice is coconut strawberry. I slurp the juice from the straw and when the straw gets clogged with fruit I turn to a spoon. NO ONE in this city of angels makes such a healthy raspado. Venture to East LA to try the best, but if you find yourself there on a hot Saturday or Sunday be prepared for a long line.
All photos taken by: Nicole Presley