“Rosa’s Sunbeam Mixer was a critical tool for crafting her cakes, but owning the mixer was illegal under the communist regime.”


During peak hours, in the 300 block of Brand Boulevard in the city of Glendale, in what is called “Metropolitan Los Angeles,” you might see a line of eager people making their way into Porto’s Bakery & Café. You might see a similar scene in Buena Park, Burbank, Downey, or West Covina. Porto’s is a many-splendored gift to the Southland. And it’s not just the empanadas; it’s the spirit of freedom and enterprise. Rosa and Raul Porto and their children brought this gift to America from Cuba a lifetime ago.


  • Narrator: Chris Flannery
  • Historian: Abbylin Sellers
  • Audio Producer: Derek Wood
  • Music Supervisor: Blake Huxell