A version of this statement was published to Twitter on April 1, 2021:


After two memorable years, I am leaving my post as a restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times.

I want to thank everyone who has sent me a message of support in recent months. 

Every text, every DM, every retweet, every kind Slack message, every email – they lifted my spirits more than you know. I am still catching up on messages. Thank you for your patience.

For two years, I had the extraordinary privilege of reporting on the people and food of Los Angeles and Southern California.

To the hard-working chefs, street vendors, community activists, business owners and other members of the Los Angeles food community who were so generous with their time, knowledge & insight: thank you.

Thank you to the Los Angeles media community for welcoming me so warmly into the fold. 

Evan Kleiman, I still pinch myself when I remember that I got to be a guest on Good Food. Thank you for being a phenomenal ambassador for Los Angeles food, and for caring so much about others. 

Thank you, Tien Nguyen: I am proud to call you a friend. 

Thank you to the @LATACO crew for your amazing work and for your support! 

Thank you David Allen, Mona Holmes, Elina Shatkin and the many brilliant local journalists that I've gotten to know. 

All my love to the Cali critic squad, Soleil Ho and Tejal Rao, for your exceptional work, for making history, for always making me feel like I belonged in your company.

Thank you Dianna M. Náñez, Jose Ralat, Lesley Tellez, Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, Amy Silverman and Lauren Saria for your support! Priscilla, my soul sister in Phoenix: I know it rarely feels like it, but you are changing the world for better. You give me hope.

I want to thank Cristina Silva, Julian Castro and the entire board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) for your invaluable support.

At the LAT, I am forever indebted to the people I consider family: Amy Scattergood, Ben Mims, Martina Ibáñez-Baldor, Brian Park. Los quiero como mi propria sangre. 

Alex Wigglesworth, I will never forget how hard you fought with me. Paloma Esquivel, Esmeralda Bermudez, Melissa Etehad, Erin B. Logan, Genesia Ting, Mariah Tauger, Denise Florez: You inspire me more than you know.

Thank you to the colleagues I never got to meet IRL, but who were always generous with their time and support, including Angel Rodriguez, Fidel Martinez, Sam Dean, Sam Schulz, Daniel Hernandez, Julia Wick, Matt Pearce, Kelcie Pegher. Laurie Ochoa, I always felt like a more capable writer after talking to you. What a beautiful gift to give another writer.

Thank you to the brilliant LATINAS of the Los Angeles Times. Every time I see your bylines, or other evidence of your hard work & gifts, I feel so proud.

Thank you to my wonderful husband and mi familia. To all mi primas, primos, tíos y tías who bought subscriptions just to read my stories: thank you!

None of this matters without readers. Thank you for reading -- and for writing to tell me what I got wrong, or tip me off on a taco truck, or just to say hi. It was always an honor to hear from you.

When I joined The Times in 2018, I became the first Latinx restaurant critic in the paper's history. I really only noticed it when young Latinx journalists began to reach out to me, asking for advice, some asking for a job, but most of you simply wanting to connect with someone you could relate to. 

I hope in the future to produce a toolkit that may prove useful to journalists of color, and especially woc fighting for equity and space in today’s media landscape.

For me, this was more than a job. It was an undreamt of opportunity to produce important, culturally relevant journalism for Los Angeles. It was a chance to write about communities that have been historically overlooked, misunderstood, or outright shunned by previous generations of journalists. I hope I have not let you down.

A look back on some of my favorite stories from the past two years. 

- My first published review:https://www.latimes.com/food/d...

 - Kra Z Kai’s in Corona: https://www.latimes.com/food/l...

- Sonoratown review: https://www.latimes.com/food/l...

- Interview with Lisa Hanawalt: https://www.latimes.com/food/l...

- Profile of Alana Jones-Mann: https://www.latimes.com/food/l...

- Amorcito in Long Beach: https://www.latimes.com/food/l...

- Forn Al Hara review: https://www.latimes.com/food/l...

- Hermosillo, unsung food city: https://www.latimes.com/food/l...

- Mingles Tea Bar: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- Hawkins House of Burgers: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- Spoon & Pork: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- Personal memories of the LAT 101: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- Still get angry comments about this one: https://www.latimes.com/food/s... 

- Las Taqueras: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- Last review before the shutdown: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- Art’s Famous Chili Dogs: https://www.latimes.com/food/n...

- On March 19, 2020, hours before the first shelter-in-place mandate took effect in L.A., I spent a sobering night interviewing taqueros: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- Thank you, Sarah Hendrix of Lady & Larder for this candid interview: https://www.latimes.com/food/n...

- A thrill to interview José R. Ralat: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- L.A.'s street vendors and the pandemic: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- Sometimes you can sneak something like this past the censors: https://www.latimes.com/food/n...

- I am proud of this story because it helped raise thousands of dollars for Tony Ruiz and Oscar: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

- Thank you, Rahanna Bisseret Martinez: https://www.latimes.com/food/n...

-  I loved talking to Javier Cabral: https://www.latimes.com/food/n...

- My final LAT piece: https://www.latimes.com/food/s...

Siempre estaré agradecida por el privilegio de escribir sobre Los Ángeles y las personas cuyo ingenio y trabajo la han convertido en una de las capitales culinarias del mundo.

Gracias por su apoyo durante estos dos últimos años.


- Patricia I. Escarcega

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