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She Thought She Would Build Her Dream In The United States, But After Being Deported Tijuana Is Giving Her The Opportunity Of A Lifetime

For those who migrate to the United States,  a chance to start over and to pursue the legend of the American Dream is vital to the years of hard work they will put into adjust and assimilate. Sometimes that dream is the grantee of safety. Other times is the ability to provide for one’s family. Whatever that dream is, it’s something that is promised to the people who come to the United States and it’s often what motivates them.

However, for migrants, the American Dream isn’t always so easily attained. Unfortunately, one’s status oftentimes impacts whether that dream is even accessible at all.

That’s what happened to one mother who was deported before she was able to achieve her dream of opening a Mexican restaurant in the States.

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However, that didn’t stop her from chasing her goal and making it happen.

Back in April, Twitter user, Sergio Peraza shared a post on Twitter celebrating his mother for finally fulfilling her dream, now encouragement over the restaurant is making the rounds. Peraza’s mother always wanted to open her own restaurant but was deported to Mexico before she was able to make that happen. Instead of being discouraged, she pushed through the disappointment and made her dream a reality in her new home of Tijuana. Called Mi Lindo Nayarit, the restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine.

Peraza even posted pics to hype up his mom’s cooking and they are all too tempting.

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The restaurant’s menu offers such treats as huevos el Nayar, Caldo, tortas, empanadas, posole and all the other Mexican delicacies that we love to eat. The dishes Mi Lindo Nayarit serves are perfect for both tourists looking for a taste of authenticity and for locals who just want a yummy meal.

Peraza’s post about his mother’s restaurant quickly went viral, attracting over 5,000 retweets and twice as many likes. Of course, this resulted in lots of comments celebrating Mom and drooling over her food.

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Some Twitter users wished the new restaurant prosperity and success in their business. The success doesn’t just impact Peraza’s mom. All the people working at the restaurant depend on it to thrive. Supporting small Latinx businesses are what the Latinidad is all about so we love this show of solidarity and appreciate its greater impact.

Others planned trips to visit the restaurant in order to support it.

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The beauty of Mi Lindo Nayarit being in a resort town is that supporters can plan a vacay and support the restaurant during the same trip. Sounds like the perfect idea for any upcoming three day weekends we might have on our calendars.

The overall consensuses was that Mom’s culinary aesthetic can’t be beat.

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If the old saying that we eat with our eyes first is true, then Peraza’s mom has us feasting for days on just these images. The helpings are huge, the food looks fresh and we can feel the love coming through from these tweets. It’s exactly what Mexican food should be.

Ultimately, it’s so wonderful to see this woman preserve through her deportation and see her dream come true.

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With all the terrible news coming from the border and ignorance and hate that is consistently aimed towards migrants, we hope to see more stories of success like this one. Let’s support each other in our dreams. It’s only through that support that we can all prosper and grow. Sometimes all the love and validation we have given will manifest into some bomb Mexican food.

Just Like Starbucks’ PSL, These Weird Pumpkin Spice-Themed Products Are The Official Sign That Fall Is Here

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Just Like Starbucks’ PSL, These Weird Pumpkin Spice-Themed Products Are The Official Sign That Fall Is Here

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Now that back to school season is officially over, we can welcome one of our favorite times of year: Fall. However, before the weather can even get chilly, the unofficial flavor of the season has already popped up everywhere. Of course, we’re talking about pumpkin spice.

We’re used to the flavor showing up in our lattes and baked goods, but pumpkin spice is that one ingredient that seems to appear everywhere this time of year. It isn’t just foods that are collaborating with the flavor. It’s showing up in the weirdest places and making some of the strangest products we’ve ever seen.

Here are some of the strangest pumpkin-spiced products that we found.

1. Pumpkin Spice Cheerios

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Cheerios is definitely one of those cereals we associate with our childhoods but they were usually plain or honey flavored. The introduction of pumpkin spice into this classic cereal has us uncertain. It could be pretty good, but it could also be really bad.

2. Pumpkin Spice Peeps

We’re used to seeing Peeps in our Easter baskets, but nowadays the candy makes an appearance for every season. A pumpkin spice addition to these marshmallow treats sounds too tooth-achingly sweet.

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3. Pumpkin Spice Doggie Treats

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In this case, what’s good for man is good for man’s best friend. To be exact, pumpkin spice dog treats are a thing and it seems that dogs are crazy for them. Might as well change this product to “pup”kin spice treats.

4. Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder

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You know what our workouts are missing? Pumpkin spice protein powder. The combo is already leaving a bad taste in our mouths but if it will keep you gym sharks from skipping leg day, it’s worth a try.

5. Pumpkin Spice Salsa

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This is outright sacrilegious. As Latinx folk, we feel pretty protective of our salsa and the addition of pumpkin spice to this on is giving us nothing but bad vibes. We don’t even want to entertain the thought of trying this.

6. Pumpkin Spice Tortilla Chips

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Perfect for the abomination that is your pumpkin spice salsa. Take our advice: DO NOT show up with these as the next BBQ. Your tios and primos WILL roast you and you’ll totally deserve it.

7. Pumpkin Spice Deodorant

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Do you really, really love pumpkin spice? Do you want your pits to smell like a freshly brewed PSL? Luckily, deodorant makers, SmartyPits, had you in mind when they created this fragrance. Be warned: when wearing this, you might smell like a Starbucks.

8. Pumpkin Spice Ale & Beer

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A general fact of life is that all good things will eventually be turned into alcohol. It’s with that rule in mind that we bring you pumpkin spice ale and beer. We imagine drinking this is like sipping a crisp Autumn day and it might actually be one of the few collaborations that work.

9. Pumpkin Spice Chicken Sausage

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Pumpkin spice chicken sausage? We have to object. Just thinking about this product is giving us a serious stomach ache.

10. Pumpkin Spice Beard Products

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Give your beard that good stuff; and by good stuff, we mean pumpkin spice. This beard oil gives a caffeine and pumpkin spice-infused kick to your face.

11. Pumpkin Spice Gouda Cheese

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Cheese is great. We’re big fans. However, we can’t imagine combining the smokey flavor of Gouda with the spices advertised in this cheese. We don’t think our palettes are ready for that.

12. Pumpkin Spice Hummus

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Hummus is creamy perfection but pumpkin spice hummus seems like an unsavory snack. While we appreciate hummus and we appreciate pumpkin spice, these things just don’t go together.

13. Pumpkin Spice Dog Shampoo

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If you can eat and smell like pumpkin spice, so can your pooch. Bathe your four legged baby in this pumpkin spice shampoo and they’ll be in the seasonal spirit as well.

14. Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm

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Pucker up! Make sure every kiss you have this Fall is flavored just right with pumpkin spice lip balm. Hopefully your significant other loves PSL as much as you do.

15. Pumpkin Spice Kombucha

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Kombucha   like pumpkin spice is an acquired taste. Not everyone likes them, but those who, do love them. Combining the two makes for a very specific taste only a few will actually enjoy.

16. Pumpkin Spice Gum

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Are you trying to give up coffee but still crave that pumpkin spice flavor? This gum was made for you.

17. Pumpkin Spice Pasta Sauce

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This goes right with pumpkin spice salsa in that “should never have been attempted” column. Tragically, this looks like it will ruin a perfectly good pasta dinner.

18. Pumpkin Spice Cough Drops

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Pumpkin spice even found its way into our over the counter medication. At least when you inevitably catch a cold, you’ll have this pumpkin spice cough drop to ease your pain.

Someone Made A Scented Candle That Smells Exactly Like Cuban Bread And It’s Taking Me Back To My Abuela’s Kitchen

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Someone Made A Scented Candle That Smells Exactly Like Cuban Bread And It’s Taking Me Back To My Abuela’s Kitchen

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Anyone blessed enough to have ever encountered the sweet and yeasty scent of Cuban bread knows that it is incomparable. Heavenly, really. That’s right, a good whiff of a simple loaf of fresh-baked pan cubano can go a long way in not only uplifting your mood but inspiring the greatest. Need proof? Just go to your local bodega and hit up the man behind the counter for an order of a Cubano or Elena Ruz. Cuban bread outfits them both, and both are classic sandwiches that will dance along your tongue’s memory for a lifetime.

Candlemaker Isabel Alvarez knows the beauty of the bread’s mouthwatering scent, so much so that she has captured it and put into a candle. That’s right folks, you can officially replicate the smell of Cuban bread in your home, without even opening up your oven.

Alvarez’s candle is supposed to smell like the real deal.

“You literally can smell the salty butter, the yeasty dough. It’s literally that savory aroma,” Alvarez said in an interview with the Miami Herald. “You can practically taste the crackling crust, the warm dough inside. It’s a trip.”

Alvarez, 47, has been getting requests from all over America, including Miami since her sister posted a photo of her candle online. She tagged Cuban-culture influencers My Big Fat Cuban Family, with its 59,000 Facebook followers, and Abuela Mami, the Miami online store which ships care packages of Cuban food.

Soon she was fielding inquiries from Miami to Seattle to Minnesota, where one customer told her she couldn’t buy Cuban bread; the least she could do was enjoy the scent.

“The reaction we’ve had from the Cuban community all over the country has been overwhelming,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez says her idea to create the candle came from her sister Elena Moore.

Five years ago, Alvarez started making candles when she realized she wanted one that was vanilla scented but not white. She thought green would do better. Soon enough she began selling her aromatic candles to friends and shows. Then, her sister asked her to create a special candle just for her wedding. Moore called the scent Havana Nights, one Alvarez says “smells like a sexy Cuban man.”

Then, Alvarez decided to create a few more Cuban-inspired candles. She created one inspired by her mother’s hometown Tinguaro. And then, one day while having café con leche with Cuban bread she was inspired to make the bread candle.

“I thought, ‘What else is the essence of Cuba? Cuban bread. It had to be’,” Alvarez explained to Miami Herald. “It could be breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack. It’s so immersed in our Cuban life.”

Alvarez’s Cuban candles are currently out on her company’s website, AlbisaCandles.com. But they are expected to be back and sold for $28. In the meantime, our memories of Cuban bread and the real food will have to tide us over!