Walk & Talk | A Culinary Tour of Downtown LA with Life & Thyme’s Antonio Diaz

I meet Antonio Diaz at the spot of his choosing: G&B cafe in Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. At two o’clock the market feels less congested than at noon, but you can still feel a buzz in the air—there’s music playing, people are talking and butchers and cooks are running around.

 

The air smells of fresh fruit, recently made bread, garlic and roasting meat. It’s a proper central market. Antonio is a 27-year-old entrepreneur that was born in LA to Mexican parents and was raised with the values of a hard working immigrant family that accepts the challenges of a new life and takes every opportunity for betterment.

 

Previously the co-founder of a design studio, in 2012 he took his passion for photography and design, combined it with a dormant passion for writing and founded Life & Thyme, a community-driven publication that focuses on the art of culinary storytelling. After reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, he realized it was time to talk about food from a different angle and decided to highlight the makers behind good-looking dishes.

 

Here’s a summary of the places we hit during our Walk & Talk and if you want more photos and the juicy details, get your hands on a Hayo No. 1: South!

 

Antonio xHayo

 

Walk & Talk | A Culinary Tour of Downtown LA: Life & Thyme’s Antonio Diaz

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  • Wexler's Deli

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    Pick of the menu: OG with a side of pickle

  • Belcampo Meat Co.

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    Pick of the menu: Fast Burger

  • Eggsult

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    Pick of the menu: The Slut

  • Guisados

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    Pick of the menu: sampler tacos, horchata and Jamaica water

  • Verve Coffee

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    Pick of the menu: iced coffee

  • Blacktop

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    Pick of the menu: cortado

  • Wurstküche Restaurant

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    Pick of the menu: Austin Blues with caramelized onions, sweet peppers and large Belgian fries.

 

Words by Joanna Riquett
Photography by Josh Telles

Joanna Riquett
Joanna Riquett

Joanna is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Hayo Magazine. She's an award-winning publisher and editor, community builder, and designer of experiential content focused on combating apathy, misinformation, and lack of education about Climate Change and what is happening on our planet today.

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