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It’s Called Pollo Loco For A Reason, But You Can Also Order Vegan Meals

I know what you’re thinking, it’s called Pollo Loco for a reason. But no worries, there’s room for vegans at Pollo Loco too. Plus, we’ve got hacks on hacks to help you avoid eating a pile of iceberg lettuce. Trust.

Here’s just a few of the menu items you can order from Pollo Loco if you’re vegan:

1. The Beans Rice *Cheese* Burrito

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Yes, you can have all the classics, including the Beans Rice & Cheese burrito, but ask for it sans cheese. Unlike Taco Bell, Pollo Loco will charge extra for the guacamole, but worth it.

2. Chicken Black Bean Bowl

“vegan el pollo loco, vegan options at el pollo loco, vegan black bean bowl” Digital Image. PETA. 22 June 2018.

K, so, you’re gonna sound like a living stereotype, but get the Chicken Black Bean Bowl without the chicken and cheese. Just look at that avocado. It looks so real for fast food.

3. Tostada Salad

“Tostada Salad” Digital Image. PETA. 22 June 2018.

At Pollo Loco, the salad shell is vegan, woop! Just sub avocado for chicken and ask for no cheese, sour cream or cilantro dressing.

Pro tip: ask for avocado salsa instead, and watch your family seethe with jealousy.

4. Pollo Bowl

“Pollo Bowl” Digital Image. PETA. 22 June 2018.

This is one of the cheapest bowls you can get, and it comes with a side of tortillas, Yassss. Once again, you’ll just sub chicken for avocado and pile on the salsa.

5. Butter Lettuce Tacos

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Yuppp, the lettuce doesn’t make it vegan, but it does make it healthier than a corn tortilla. Plus, you’re getting all the protein you need with those black beans. Just be sure to ask to sub pollo for avocado and no cheese. 🙂

6. Classic Crunchy Taco

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Haven’t you memorized this yet? “Sub avo for pollo, add beans for protein, no cheese, please.”

7. Chipotle Avocado Burrito

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It’s like the beans, rice and cheese burrito, but it also comes with housemade chipotle salsa, yum.

Otra vez: sub avo for pollo, and no cheese or sour cream.

8. Avocado Taco Al Carbon Platter

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It’s like the other tacos, but it comes with all the citrus, onion and cilantro you need in your tacos. Just sub avo for pollo and ask for no cheese or sour cream.

9. Classic Salad

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She’s a beauty, once you take all that dead chicken off her, and substitute for buttery, heaven-sent avocados. Just ask for no cheese and no cilantro dressing, and lather her in salsa. You’re golden, boo.

10. Double Chicken Avocado Salad

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I know, it sounds silly, but order the Double Chicken salad, and substitute for double the avocados. Just ask for it without cheese or sour cream and add beans for extra protein. 🙂

11. Avocado Bacon Tostada Salad

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She’s already dairy-free you guys! So all you have to do is sub avocado for the chicken and dump the bacon.

12. Chicken Avocado Taco Platter

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I know, you’re probably thinking I’m going to say sub avo for pollo, but you’re wrong. This guy subbed beans for pollo, which probably makes more sense re: protein. I say, why choose? Get los dos!

Caption: “100% Vegan! POLLO LOCO TAQUITOS”

13. Pinto Beans

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Let’s talk sides. The pinto beans are vegan! This is truly a rarity, you guys, since it’s usually cooked with pork lard. Not at Pollo Loco, friends. Go loco.

14. Broccoli

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Yep, it’s a shocker, but their broccoli is also vegan. Fun fact: you can sub rice for broccoli for any meal at Pollo Loco, if you’re looking for a way to get more veggies in.

15. Double Chicken Burritos

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Like I said, double the chicken lost is double the avocado gained. This is like the BRC but it also has cabbage, pico de gallo and cilantro. Go big.

16. Double Chicken Superfood Bowl

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It’s like the other bowls, but it also has spinach. #Superfood. You know the drill, mija, ask for no dairy or dressing and sub avocado for pollo.

17. Double Shrimp Mango Bowl

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Ask for avocado instead of shrimp and enjoy the mango salsa, spinach and carrots that this version comes with!

18. Grande Avocado Chicken Bowl

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Life Hack: get your goods without pollo, sour cream, and cheese, bring it home and top it with soyrizo and vegan sour cream.

Life Hack x2: Order a side of chips, and just dump your bowl on top, add some vegan cheese and put ‘er in the oven. De nada.

19. Rice

“Rice” Digital Image. El Pollo Loco. 22 June 2018.

Yup, she’s also vegan. Sometimes, I just get a side of rice and pinto beans and bring her home to put on top of my local, organic kale salad. Y’know, for when you’re being lazy healthy.

20. Chips & Guac

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Thank god for Pollo Loco’s chips & chunky guac, you guys. Their avocado game is on point.

I’ll never stop saying it, but if you’re vegan, you should never leave the house without your vegan sour cream. Elevate your game.

21. Tú sabes que Pollo Loco *delivers*?

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Yup, I guess you can leave your vegan sour cream at home, folks. They’re bringing it straight to the comfort of your vegan kitchen.

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

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casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

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Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

READ: Spicy Food Lovers Have Reason To Celebrate As New Study Says Eating Chilies Could Be Secret To Longevity

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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