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"Estrada's Kitchen" - A Film of Remembrance
My great-great grandmother founded Estrada's Spanish Kitchen in Visalia, California, back in 1914. Her daughter, my great grandmother, ran the Estrada's in Colma, California, (founded in 1917). My grandmother and grandfather took over operation of the Colma kitchen in the 1960's.

My mom grew up in the Colma kitchen and I spend the good part of my childhood running around and playing within it. In the 1980's the Colma kitchen was sold to a non-family member, and earlier this month it was sold yet again.

On account the future use of the kitchen property might very well involve it being torn down, I took some time to video the space for posterity.

I initially did this for my mother, who was upset at the possibility of loosing the presence of a place that meant so much to her and our family. But, in the end, I realized the video was for all who've lost the footprint of a place they once called home.

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circle23 From: circle23 Date: August 23rd, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)


reminded me of the thanksgivings with the hispanic side of the family i no longer see
eac From: eac Date: August 23rd, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this; brings up bittersweet memories of my grandmother's house, which is currently being transformed into...well, someone else's house, now that she's gone.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Estrada's Spanish Kitchen

My family went to the Visalia Estrada's since it opened until it closed. My great-grandmother when in a horse and buggy. Occasionally I check the web to see if there is an Estrada's cookbook. Do you know of any recipes? It was our favorite resturant. I have my own version of the sizzin salad, the macaroni and the chili con queso. But would love more. I enjoyed your video. Thanks BS
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