My wife and I were downtown over the weekend, and so, in the late afternoon, decided to go for a treat at a place we discovered through a Jonathan Gold column in the LA Weekly a couple of years back. It had been a while since our last visit, but I am happy to report that Raspados Zacatecas is still just as good as ever.
This place (located at 422 N. Ford Blvd., in East LA, 323/264-7651) makes a sort of snow cone out of crushed ice and their own, homemade syrups, which have a really intense fruit flavor and are full of little chunks of fruit pulp. Once the ice has melted a bit, you end up with a sweet, fruity slush with chunks of semi-frozen fruit floating here and there. It's really good, particularly on a hot day. My favorites are the fresa (strawberry) and the piña (pineapple) -- the Missus favors the mango. If you haven't tried this place, it's definitely worth a trip.