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A Lot Of People Have A Lot Of Feelings About This ‘Arroz Con Pollo’ Recipe From Tasty

Food is a very special thing in the Latino community. Every community has its own version of food that speaks to the soul of the culture. As such, recipe videos on social media are heavily criticized because people are very protective about the foods that reflect who they are. That is exactly what is happening right now with a Tasty video showing a recipe for “arroz con pollo.”

Tasty recently released a video of an arroz con pollo recipe and the responses have been swift.

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The recipe comes from Partick’s grandmother and people should understand that some people make food differently. Family recipes vary depending on where they are from, what they grew up with, and their own tastes. But, that kind of nuance is not quite readily available on Twitter.

People were immediately offended.

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Food is a sacred part of Latino life. We all know the recipes our abuelas and mamis made for us when we were growing up. We love those recipes and we can guarantee that your abuelas arroz con pollo recipe is different than your friend’s abuela’s arroz con pollo recipe.

There was some debate over the seasoning process for the chicken.

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They did add salt to the water but it is fair to question how much they added. With the amount of water they used to boil the chicken, they should have used more salt to give the chicken an appropriate salty flavor.

People are not arguing that they made rice and they made chicken but the use of the phrase arroz con pollo is too much for some.

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The dish arroz con pollo is a very specific and iconic combination of chicken, rice, and seasoning. It can vary depending on where you are from however, there is a lot to be desired after seeing this video.

Some Twitter people put the blame directly onto the people behind the dish.

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One of the greatest dangers of working on the Internet and doing things on the Internet is that people can say whatever they want whenever they want. Putting your name to something, while brave, can give people a name to rail against specifically.

Some people are trying to figure out what culture this dish really fits into.

It might be inspired by a different culture and there is nothing wrong with that. The world is a melting pot of food, people, and ideas. Sometimes there are dishes made within a family because of someone being from one part of the world and someone being from another. We did have a whole trade system in the world around spices.

Yet, people just want it to stop.

When people speak, they speak. This is definitely one way to make this happen. There is nothing confusing about what this person wants.

And people from the U.N. of Latinos on Twitter.

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So many cultures have a version of arroz con pollo. If you recognize this version, let us know in the Facebook comments so we can pinpoint the origin of this creation.

Watch the full video below and make your own decision about the recipe.

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

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