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25 Latinx Owned Businesses Who Are Disrupting The Food Industry

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If there is one thing Latinos are known for, it is definitely the food. As you can see, we have taken out own traditional foods and fused them with some of the most iconic dishes. How can you deny the grandeur of an elote pizza? Not only are we creating some amazing foods, we are also disrupting the traditional food industry with our unique take on flavor and menu items. Check out the 25 Latinx businesses that are changing the food game.

Part of being Latinx is having food as a love language. No matter your family’s traditions or where you grew up, one things can be certain: everything centered around food.

Which is why it’s awesome to see these Latinx entrepreneurs absolutely reinventing the Latinx food game and putting modern twists on home classics. It’s not only impressive, but it’s also a really unique way to introduce Latinx culture to others that might never encounter it. We’ve added another dozen to our list of amazing places to check out that totally change the way we eat Latinx food.

1. Twisted 4 Sugar

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Calling all sugar addicts! Get ready for Twisted 4 Sugar – it’s cotton candy with a Latin twist. The flavors have hints of dulce, spicy and sweet, and the best part is you can get it delivered right to your house. Who doesn’t want cotton candy delivered to their door step? I’m all about it, thank you.

2. Lola’s Cocina

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Lola’s Cocina is the brainchild of Dolores Wiarco Dweck. It’s a corner of the Internet where you can shop delicious ingredients but also take cooking classes and peek around different recipes. Basically, it sets you up to win in your own kitchen and create bonding experiences with your own family. It’s more than just a “blog” – it’s a place that celebrates Mexican culture and food.

3. Pink Elephant Bakery

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Handmade sweet treats with a modern flare? Count me in! This place isn’t your typical panadería. They’re open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and have been serving the San Jose area since 1978. But they continue to evolve and adapt to modern times, including their aesthetically pleasing Instagram page and cool, artistic website.

4. Equelecuá Cuban Vegan Café

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Equelecuá is the first and only Cuban restaurant in the U.S. to feature an all vegan menu featuring tostones, mojo wings, picadillo, Cuban sandwiches and arroz con leche. #drooling.

5. Tlayuda la

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Any restaurant that brands itself as an “artsy Oaxacan” place is a win in my book. It’s not just going to devour delicious, authentic plates and dishes. They pride themselves on their ambiance of local artists, murals, and colorful designs. I’m all about a place that leans into not only its trendy brand, but also makes some incredible food.

6. Churro Boss

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Churros. For. Days. And these aren’t your mama’s churros. Churro Boss serves up unique, flavorful, and decadent twists on the classic churro out of their brick and mortar joint in Monterey Park. If you truly want to treat yourself to a fancy churro like the bite-size “oreo drizzled churros”, then Churro Boss is your place.

7. Nuni Toaster

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It’s not a restaurant, but it’s definitely changing the food game! A toaster, specifically for tortillas? Have the heavens opened up and blessed us so? Sure seems that way. It’s simplifying heating up tortillas by just sticking them into this custom, made-for-tortillas-only, toaster.

8.  Hija de Sanchez

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Rosio Sanchez is a Mexican-American champion of Mexican cuisine in Denmark. Truly, this country had never been exposed to Mexican cuisine. She even said people asked her “what kind of pancake” is the corn tortilla. She fuses Scandinavian with Mexican with dishes like a fjord shrimp taco, in which the shrimps are fried whole and basted with árbol chile oil.

9. Broken Spanish

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Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Chef Ray Garcia offers a spin on Modern Mexican food based on local, fresh ingredients. Tamales are stuffed with English peas and farmers’ market swiss chard. Plus, there’s the most authentic Choco Taco we’ve ever seen out of a wrapper.

10. Todo Verde

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Any company that is a mobile company is destined for greatness in 2018. Todo Verde provides healthy and affordable smoothies, juices, aguas frescas, and plant-based food to the East Los Angeles communities and neighborhoods. Founder Jocelyn Ramirez is a vegan cook and advocate for healthy food and she’s absolutely revolutionizing the smoothie game with her company.

11. Mexvegana

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Mexvegana is on a mission to prove to you that vegan food doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite. Plus, they’re known for their “Mexican Sushi” which sounds as good as it looks – truly mouthwatering.

12. Elado Ice Cream

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Located in a strip mall in Pico Rivera, Calif., this ice cream parlor boasts unique and inventive flavors. They’ve got chamoy on sorbets, watermelon cucumber lime chabet, and the Conchita con Helado y Churro ice cream sandwich. I’m drooling just typing this.

13. Holbox Los Angeles

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Holbox is reinventing the Mexican seafood game. Located in Downtown LA, this menu is simply not of this world. Here, you can sit at the counter and watch your food being prepared. It’s the freshest, most decadent seafood you might find in Los Angeles.

14. Chicas Tacos

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Chicas Tacos is proudly serving the Los Angeles area, with modern twists on tacos. For instance, a caesar salad fish taco? Um, yes please. They’re all about their unique twists on classic Mexican flare. Everything is authentic and organic and worth every penny.

15. East Los Sweets

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Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and more at this East LA bakery that handcrafts all of their desserts to be exactly what you want. Who doesn’t want a pan dulce cake pop?

16. Swirl Fiesta

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Swirl Fiesta brings everything we love together – Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and corn, plus all kinds of pineapple dole whips and sweet treats. But seriously, that corn though! Smothered in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? We’re going to be there ASAP.

17. Alicias Delicias

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These aren’t your average sugar cookies. AliciasDelicias makes edible art and it’s fantastic. Anything from Frida Kahlo cookies to beautiful, watercolor cookies – it’s easy to spend hours scrolling through the Instagram page, in awe of the designs.

18. Courtesan Cupcakes

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Jessika Lauren is a self-taught, Los Angeles based vegan baker who was featured on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”, where she baked a Spicy Green Curry cupcake, and Halloween themed cupcakes.

19. Birosca

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As featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, Birosca is staffed entirely by women. Owner Bruna Martins even says, “Mineira cuisine has always been and will be made by women.” Miniera cuisine is made with only local produce, including fruits like pequi which, if you bite too deep, you’ll need a professional to remove the hundreds of nano spikes at the center. Do not try this at home.

20. La Newyorkina

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In our last post, we heard from some of you that we left out a few major players here. So without further ado, La Newyorkina, an artisanal Mexican ice cream shop operating out of Washington Square, NYC. We see you.

21. Taco Mesa

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This place has been around longer than a lot of us were born, and since Day 1, “healthy and authentic Mexican cuisine” has made its way to the Costa Mesa, Calif. area. This flagship location makes award-winning al pastor burgers stuffed with proscuitto, pineapple, sweet chipotle adobo and grilled onions.

22. Taco Rosa

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Taco Mesa’s sister store, Taco Rosa gets creative. They make Tacos Koreanos, served with slow-cooked chipotle BBQ pork ribs, Napa cabbage, roasted sweet red peppers and green onions. Muchísmas gracias.

23.  Molli Sauces – True Mexican Flavors

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We think of Molli Sauces as the food researcher equipo we all wanted to be in when we grew up. They serve fresh food at their restaurant and also bottle their famous sauces. This gorgeous pic is from a culinary research trip in Mexico. They cooked that beautiful flower as a filling for tacos and quesadillas. Bless.

24. Yuca Bar & Restaurant

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Based in the East Village, Yuca Bar highlights drinks from all over Latin America and Spain (read: Caipirinhas, Sangria, Mojitos, etc.).

25. Bolivar Restaurant Bar Lounge

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You can eat. You can party. It sounds like a Latinx classic, but what makes Bolivar special is how they separate Miami cuisine from Colombian, Venezuelan and other classics. Brava.

Your Zodiac’s Latino Soda Of Choice Is Your Spiritual Gasolina

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Your Zodiac’s Latino Soda Of Choice Is Your Spiritual Gasolina

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While the rest of society is tapping into how nature is a significant signaler to our emotional and spiritual needs, Latinos grew up finding meaning in every change in the wind, and every dream. We’re superstitious AF, but we’re also highly in tune with nature.

We’re also chugging soda and eating Goya beans from a can because it’s 2019 and we have full-time jobs and three other gigs to get to. Whatever you have on your plate today, these zodiac-aligned sodas are destined to be more effective for you, hijo de las estrellas.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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Honey, the arrangement of the stars this summer is signaling you to stay off the ‘gram. Get away from social media and get out of your head. There’s nothing like a sweet, tropical Jupiña to take with you to the beach or mountains.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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Taurus’s are often misunderstood as lazy, but the fact is that you are more in touch with your self and your needs than any other sign. You’re free from the shame of indulging as an act of self-love. So when you have a Malta, you definitely add condensed milk to it to maximize the effects of every self-treat. Plus, it reminds you of drinking Malta as a niño and feeling like you could kick your feet up with the beer-drinking adults.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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You’re represented by celestial twins–signifying a range of meanings, primarily to represent your many interests. The story goes that the goddess had so many passions, she doubled herself to get it all done. Cuba’s Iron Beer hasn’t decided whether it’s root beer or cream soda, and that’s because, like you, it can be both. 

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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This summer, your space is yours. Whether you’re staying home to reflect and refuel your tank or burning up that gasolina on the dance floor, Jarritos stay with you. Nourishing both your home realm and your social side will be important for you. Pro tip: spiked Jarritos is even better.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Leo, your allure could be spotted from a mile away. Inca Kola’s neon yellow bubble gum flavors will make you glow in the dark. Don’t play like that doesn’t sound like your dream.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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The energies of the lunar eclipse in Capricorn is still inspiring productivity like never before in you, hermit. Topo Chico is not a soda, per se, but it is a bubbly drink that you can enjoy anytime. Whether you’re drinking it straight from the bottle at your desk or adding your favorite fruits, Topo Chico is the only bubbly you need to keep you in the zone.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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Ooh, Libra, your summer is set to look very physically (read: so much sex) active. You always have many people vying for your attention, but as you work on building trust with your chosen partner, you’re going to need to hydrate. Materva is brewed with mate leaves, giving you a bit of caffeine (alongside 40 grams of sugar, but who’s counting) to fuel your love life.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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Like Mexican Coke, you, scorpion, have a cult following. But this month isn’t about what other people think of you. No matter the expectations of you, it’s time to turn inward and go back to old wounds that cause all the classic drama in your life. Don’t worry, when you let it go, you’ll still be a classic inside and out.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

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Travels are in your future, Sagittarius. There’s nothing more germane to its country of origin than Colombiana soda. Its bubble gum scented cream soda flavors will always remind you of the importance of honoring the place you visit.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

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Fellow sea goats–it has been un mes tan pesado. No te preocupes–instead of trying to find out where you fit, it’s time to realize you belong everywhere in this world. You’re not just a Mundet, you’re an elusive green apple cider. Embrace your individuality. It will set you free.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

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You, Aquarius, are in a humanitarian activist mode. With Puerto Rico’s police force firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, PR’s favorite soda, Kola Champagne, will be fuel for your fire.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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Our favorite water-lovers can take their game to the next level this summer with Coco Rico. This soda is here for you when you want to drink out of a coconut on the beach, but with more sugar and carbonation. It’s next-level water, básicamente.

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Every Foodie Should Familiarize Themselves With This List Of The Best Latin American Restaurants In The World

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Every Foodie Should Familiarize Themselves With This List Of The Best Latin American Restaurants In The World

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As we reported a few days ago, Latin American chefs did pretty great at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in Singapore. Latin American fine cuisine got a total of nine spots in the list, and two in the top ten. This is quite an achievement for a region that is relatively new to fine dining. Cities like Mexico City and Lima have just become culinary epicenters thanks to visionaries that have translated tradition into modern masterpieces. However, credit is due to the centuries of cultural remix that has produced legendary dishes. Indigenous, colonial and other influences come together in the plate and wow judges and patrons. If these places have something in common, it is the inquisitive nature of their lead chefs. They went deep into the cultural roots of their countries, even finding new ingredients to achieve creativity and perfection.

We have to pay respect to the traditional recipes and the many years (and sometimes centuries) of experimentation by everyday cooks that led to these awards. So, we have listed some of the traditional influences that these restaurants have had. Sometimes it was all there already, and chefs just took it a step further! The restaurants in this list range from the high end to a Brazilian eatery that is relaxed and not expensive at all.

At number 6: Central (Lima, Peru), Best restaurant in South America,
Influenced by: ancient, indigenous Peruvian food

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This is the flagship restaurant of kitchen wizard Virgilio Martínez Véliz, who travels deep into each region of his home country to fund ancient ingredients. He collaborates with indigenous men and women to learn about traditional ways of cooking. He has introduced ingredients such as the Amazonian piranha into the menu. His drive to experiment has made him a celebrity chef the world over. You can learn about his journey in S3E6 of the Netflix show Chef’s Table

At number 10:  Maido (Lima, Peru), Influenced by: traditional Japanese cuisine with a Peruvian twist and local ingredients

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A testament to the ethnic diversity of Peru. The Japanese immigration in Peru has been constant and has led this ethnic minority to have a vibrant place in the social, cultural and political life of the South American country. This restaurant is let my “Micha” Tsumura, who offers a Nikkei experience that includes classic Peruvian seafood such as sea urchin and sea snail. Lima is certainly keeping up with cities such as New York, Tokyo, and Paris, which are usually the leaders of the pack. 

3. At number 12: Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico), Best Restaurant in North America, Influenced by: traditional Mexican food, particularly from Oaxaca

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Enrique Olvera has established himself as one of the main voices of the global fine art circuit. In his flagship Mexico City restaurant he offers dishes that use indigenous ingredients, particularly from the colorful region of Oaxaca. His team makes tortillas by hand, grinding species of corn that are rare. Olvera is not shy to experiment with ingredients that might seem “weird” to Western patrons, such as chicatana ants. A delightful experience that needs to be tasted to be believed. 

4. At number 23: Cosme (New York City), Influenced by: traditional Mexican garnachas 

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A New York restaurant with a 100% Mexican soul. Created by Olvera and led by Mexican chef Daniela Soto-Innes, who has revealed herself as a unique culinary voice and was named the World’s Best Female Chef 2019. She serves Modern Mexican food that is inspired by the crunchiness and glorious saltiness of Mexican street food, or garnachas. If you want to take your carnitas, infladitas, and tamales to the next level, then this is the place for you. Sinful delights all around. By the way, the kitchen is 50% female, which goes hand in hand with the chef’s ideas of equality. She also employs people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, both from the United States and overseas. 

5. At number 24: Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico), Influenced by: traditional Mexican cuisine

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The brainchild of chef Jorge Vallejo (who used to work at Pujol) is a tribute to the postcolonial flavors of Mexico. If Pujol strived to bring back ancient recipes, Quintonil offers new interpretations of classic everyday dishes such as tostadas de cangrejo and the luxurious escamoles (ant eggs). Even dishes that your abuelita might have made, such as Huazontles or salpicon, are featured here. Look at their take on a flauta in the photo above. 

6. At number 26: Boragó (Santiago, Chile), Influenced by: ingredients from Chile’s geographical diversity

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Rodolfo Guzman is a raising rockstar. Like Peru’s Central, this restaurant features ingredients from every corner of the country. Rodolfo gets ingredients from the Atacama desert, all the way down to the frigid Patagonia landscapes. Have you ever tasted flowers? Well, here you can: the signature dishes is a blend of roasted flowers, Van Gogh style! 

7. At number 34: Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Influenced by: traditional asado techniques 

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They say that if you are going to do one thing, you do it the best you can. This restaurant led by Pablo Jesus Rivero might make the best steak in the world. Following the traditional ways of cooking meat in the Pampas, cuts like rump steak and skirt steak are cooked to perfection. Sweetbread empanadas are also a standout. The decor follows the aesthetic of a 19th-century country estancia, when European pioneers made their way into the depths of the nascent country.

8. At number 39: A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil), Influenced by: Brazilian working class cooking

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Pork is a relatively easy stock to raise, and it has been a staple in the diets of Brazilians for centuries. Chef Jefferson Rueda reimagines everything you can do with pork. He raises the pigs on a diet of vegetables, slaughters them in house and uses every single part of the animal, making items such as blood sausages. The degustation menu is a culinary experience that also includes beans, cabbage, and banana, other staples of Brazilian home kitchens. The owners strive to make the restaurant accessible to the community, so prices are far from exorbitant. You can dine for $13 dollars.

9. At number 49: Leo (Bogotá, Colombia), Influenced by: indigenous uses of local fruits and vegetables

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Chef Leonor Espinosa has become a celebrity thanks to her bubbly personality and her use of little known ingredients such as corozo fruit, arrechon (a supposed aphrodisiac) and bijao, a banana-like plant. She learns from communities and their gastronomic traditions, creating dishes that include, for example, a crunchy coating made from ants. The menu explores different Colombian animal and plant species. A map shows where each one was sourced. The chef also runs a foundation FUNLEO, which aims to identify, reclaim and enhance the culinary traditions in Colombian communities.

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