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24 Times That Prove Latinos Just Don’t Do Basic Snacks

Whoever said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day clearly hasn’t snacked like a Latino. Latinos go beyond the basic snacks and make sure they eat the best stuff they can even if it’s something they’re eating in the car on the way to work. Whether it’s something as simple as fruit or as complicated as bionicos, Latinos have the best snacks. It is all about the preparation and pairing of different ingredients to really make the most basic snack pop.

1. Elote con Papitas

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Corn may be a vegetable but this is a vegetable you’ll be excited to eat. I would’ve never thought to mix a vegetable with Hot Cheetos dust and limon but it is delicious. This snack offers the perfect balance of a serving of vegetable and a bag of chips.

2. Sandia Loca

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Speaking of eating enough vegetables, fruit is another important food group. Sandia is perfect for the hot summer months but even then, we know better than to just eat boring, plain sandia. You just have to kick it up.

3. Chamoy Manzana

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Caramel apple who? There’s no reason to cover an apple in caramel when you can coat it in chamoy and tamarindo. Not only does it look really interesting, it tastes even better.

4. Concha Ice Cream Sandwich

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There’s no need to sandwich ice cream in between two boring cookies when you can use a fresh, sweet concha. The cocha even makes this messy snack easier to eat by soaking up any melted ice cream. This also proves that we are even able to upgrade our own snacks because everything is a starter kit.

5. Churros with Ice Cream

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You’ve heard of ice cream with conchas, now get ready for ice cream with churros. Dipping your churro in chocolate is so two thousand and late, try dipping your churro in ice cream. If your snack still needs a bit of color, try having your churro covered in fruity pebbles.

6. Mango Flower

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Let’s be real, if anyone’s getting me flowers, I hope they get me mango flowers. By simply slicing and throwing on some chile y limon, Latinos elevate this fruit into a snacking essential. *drools profusely*

7. Paletas

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If you love popsicles, try paletas made from real fruit. You won’t need to be convinced when you see fruit chunks in every bite. If fresa isn’t your flavor, they come in any flavor you could ever want. Seriously. You can even get yourself a tequila flavored paleta if you want.

8. Bionicos

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This one is basically a salad, right? With all that fruit, granola, and coconut it’s almost too healthy! But if we’re staying healthy, we’ll just pretend that it’s not covered in condensed milk.

9. Pepino Loco

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If the sandia loca is too crazy to cut into, try the pepino loco. As you can see, loco is a common way to describe these snacks because they are crazy good. Swap out the sandia base with a pepino and it’s the perfect size for you to eat on the go.

10. Mango Loco

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There are so many crazy snacks but this one is a gateway to the mangonada you’ll see later on. The mango loco has all the fruit we love from the sandia and pepino loco but if you’d prefer ice cream, you’ll love the mangonada.

11. Esquite

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This snack is a variation of the elote we saw earlier and the hearts on top show just how much everyone loves esquite. Everyone loves elote but esquite makes it that much easier to eat by getting rid of the corn cob for you. If you ever chase after any man, it should only be an elote man.

If you’ve loved the elotes you’ve seen here, you should check out the unicorn elote.

12. Mangonada

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A minimalist version of the mango loco. The mangonada is a refreshing sorbet that does away with any unnecessary garnishings. All of the flavor, none of the fluff. Just because something is simple does not mean that is is basic.

13. Raspado

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Even simpler than a mangonada is a raspado. I’ve been eating these since before I even knew what shaved ice was. Make sure you ask for a straw so you can drink any juice that melts because it is so delicious you won’t want to waste a single drop.

14. Jello

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If you’ve been to a Latino party, you’ve had a rainbow jello. This jello offers up the best of every flavor by mixing them all together and making it even sweeter by throwing in condensed milk.

15. Platano Frito

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Whoever said “everything tastes better fried” was right. Frying platanos is easy enough that anyone can and will do it once they’ve tasted this sweet snack. This is just one of those things the is not too overpowering in flavor but perfectly seasoned to let you taste the fruit’s natural flavor.

16. Carne Asada Fries

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Carne asada fries are the perfect comfort food. You can keep the boring fries and ketchup. The cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, and chile add so much depth that this snack just gets better and better with every bite.

17. Quesadillas

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Quesadillas might not be filling enough to be a meal but it is a great and easy snack to make. All you have to do is throw on some cheese and anything else you want. For a quesadilla like the one in this photo, try throwing in some red peppers and to really wow your instagram followers, throw in a side of carrots.

18. Buñuelos

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What’s the perfect blend of platanos fritos, and churros? Buñuelos. Buñuelos give you the crispy bite of a platano with the sweet cinnamon flavor of a churro. Like a churro, don’t be afraid to dip this in your ice cream.

19. Tostilocos

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Tostilocos are a classic snack full of crunch. Each bite can be exactly what you want when your Tostinos are covered in peanuts, tamarindo, chile, limon, and maybe even some cueritos or mango.

20. Agua Fresca

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Pressed juice? Never heard of it. Agua fresca is the originally juice. You know summer’s right around the corner when you see giant jugs of juice at the store. With so many classic flavors, everyone can find at least one (or five) agua frescas that they love.

21. Obleas

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An oblea may just be a basic wafer but the snack doesn’t end there. This oblea is covered in peaches but you can make an oblea sandwich with anything you’d like. Another popular way to eat obleas is with a lot of cajeta in between both wafers.

21. Papas Rellenas

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You are what you eat and these papas rellenas are so good that by the time I’m done eating them, I’m the stuffed potato. The ones in this photo are stuffed with meat, spices, and a bit of chile that gives it that bit of kick we’re all looking for.

22. Hot Cheetos con Queso

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I don’t know who thought to mix Hot Cheetos with cheese but they are are definitely a Latino. Cheese makes almost everything taste better and you will not regret trying these cheesy Hot Cheetos snacks.

23. Empanadas

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Empanadas are like giant papas rellenas and they are just as irresistible. Be careful when you first try this snack because you might become obsessed. I could eat empanadas everyday and never get tired of them.

24. Pepino con Tajín y Limon

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Pepino con Tajín y limon is a classic. This really is one of the easiest snacks to make but even then, you won’t have to because your friends will be dying to make it for you once you make them try it.

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Undocumented communities are being left out of Covid relief plans. Chef Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya in Chicago is working to help undocumented restaurant worker in the time of Covid. Abuse of undocumented workers is rampant in certain industries and Chef Dávila hopes to offer some kind of help.

Mi Tocaya is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square that wants to help the community.

Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry with restaurants being hit exceptionally hard. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good as the virus dragged on with no decent relief plan from the federal government. As several countries financially support citizens to avoid economic disaster, the U.S. government has given citizens $1,800 total to cover 10 months of isolating and business closures.

Namely, Mi Tocaya is working to help the undocumented community.

Mi Tocaya, a family-run restaurant, is teaming up with Chicago’s Top Chefs and local non-profits Dishroulette Kitchen and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The goal is to highlight the issues facing the undocumented community during the pandemic.

The initiative called Todos Ponen, is all about uplifting members of our community in a time of severe need. The restaurant is creating healthy Mexican family meals for those in need.

”We asked ourselves; How can we keep our doors open, provide a true service to the community, maintain and create jobs, and keep the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors. This is the answer,” Chef Dávila said in a statement. “I confidently believe The TODOS PONEN Logan Square Project addresses all of the above and can very well be easily implemented in any community. Our goal is to bring awareness to the lack of resources available to the undocumented workforce- the backbone of our industry.”

The initiative starts in February.

Mi Tocaya is offering 1000 free meals for local farmers and undocumented restaurant workers. The meals are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647. to make this happen, Mi Tocaya also needs your help.

The restaurant has teamed up with two nonprofits to make sure that they can scale their operation to fulfill their commitment. They are also asking for donations to make sure they can do what they can to help undocumented restaurant workers.

According to Eater LA, 8 million restaurant workers have been laid off since the pandemic started. Some restaurants have had to lay off up to 91 percent of their staff because of Covid, about 10 percent of those are undocumented. In the cities, that number is as high as 40 percent of the laid-off restaurant staff are undocumented.

“People don’t want to talk about the undocumented workforce, but they’re part of our daily routine in most restaurants,” Jackson Flores, who manages the operations of Mi Tocaya, said in a statement. “They are in the toughest position in the whole economy because they’re an invisible part of it. Restaurant worker advocacy groups have added the creation of relief funds to their agendas, but there have yet to be long-term changes in protections for undocumented workers. Without access to unemployment benefits and other government resources, this group is especially vulnerable.”

READ: Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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From TV-less Weekdays To Cereal Bowls, People Are Sharing The Strangest House Rules

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From TV-less Weekdays To Cereal Bowls, People Are Sharing The Strangest House Rules

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If you’ve ever spent the night at someone else’s home, you know that there are people in the world who have house rules that can be very different from your own. From rules about drinking all of your milk cereal to not raising the volume of the television to a hearable level, different households have them all. Now, some of these crazy house rules are being shared in the comments section of an AskReddit. Not only are some of the stories and rules shared wild, some are also even a little sickening.

Check them out below!

“I had a friend who instead of washing the dishes after a meal just put them straight back in the cupboard. I thought his parents would freak out but it turns out it was just something they did in their house. Whenever I went over I always made sure to eat beforehand.” Reddit User

“Family who babysat me when I was young had a rule of “no drinking during meals” and I don’t just mean soda, juice or milk, no water until your meal is done. This was insane to me because we would be called in to supper/lunch after playing outside in the summer and weren’t allowed to drink anything until we sat down and finished our plates. Also, this rule didn’t apply to the father of the family who would often drink beer during meals.

My great-aunt had a parlor room in which all the furniture was covered in plastic and never used, it also had a plastic walkway going through the middle (just a strip of plastic cover) which was the only path you could walk on (she would flip out if you touched carpet).” –Random_White_Guy

“I wasn’t allowed to put extra salt on my food, had to be in bed by 8pm (all the way through middle school), and had to ride my bike to school everyday even though my best friends parents offered to take me.” –willwhit87

“No fighting over the heel of the bread. The father once off hand told his oldest children that the heel of a loaf of bread was the best and made them want it instead of the regular pieces. By the time there were 4 kids sometimes fist fights would break out over the heels. Loaves had been opened on both sides, or loaves were a mess because someone reached through the sack and pulled the back heel out. For a while there was a turn system where the heels were promised to a child for each loaf, but that fell apart when one went to summer camp and lost their turn. One time my friend wasted an afternoon waiting for his mother to come home with a fresh loaf of bread instead of going out and playing. I witnessed fist fights over the bread most people throw away.” –DarrenEdwards

“In college I had a friend that lived with his grandparents when he went to school. Before they’d let him leave the house his grandmother would say ‘nothing good happens after midnight’ and he would have to repeat it. If I was there, I would also have to repeat the phrase.” –iownalaptop

“I slept over a friends house in grade school one time. He prepared us a bowl of cereal the next morning for breakfast. Not thinking ANYTHING of my behavior, I didn’t finish the milk. I just never used to. I don’t know.

He was like “You uh…gonna finish that?”

“Uhhh oh…I uh…I don’t think so? Does that matter?”

He panicked. Absolutely panicked. I think he put it down the toilet before his parents came back into the room.

I don’t know what the rule was, exactly, but FINISH YOUR MILK OR DIE would be my guess based on his reaction. I still feel bad about it. I was like 8 and didn’t think.” –soomuchcoffee

“When I was a kid. I spent the night at one of my friends house. And you were allowed to drink a soda like sprite before bed. But you had to stir it till all the carbonation was gone.. Don’t ask me why…” –newvictim

“I had a friend in middle school, and his dad worked for Pepsi. No one was allowed to bring any Coke products into the house. The first time I went there his mom told me I could not come in the house because I had a Dr. Pepper. I thought she was joking and tried to walk in, but stopped me and said that if I don’t throw that in the garbage outside that I would have to leave. They were fucking serious about that shit.” – SlowRunner

“During college years, I used to visit my friend during summer months at his parents’ house, where he lived at that time. They had two odd “house rules” I’ll never forget:

  1. We couldn’t open any window in the house (even the bathroom window) – ever! Even if it was far cooler outside than inside during the summer.
  2. We weren’t allowed to close our bedroom doors at night, so that his parents’ cat could have free access to all rooms at all times. (This made it difficult to sleep, without a breath of air from the windows, and the cat walking over us in bed while trying to sleep.)” –Back2Bach

“I knew this family that would share the same bathwater as a means to cut down on their water bill. So when one person took a bath, they ALL took a bath that day. The waiting list was about 4-5 people deep. From what I understand, a lot of families do this, however, I just couldn’t see myself washing off in someone else’s soapy leftovers =( If that were the case, I got first dibs on getting in the bathtub first lol”- __femme_fatale__

“My ex’s family would throw all their left over food over their balconey instead of putting in the trash can. I asked them why they did that, they replied it keeps bugs away……..and didnt think rotted food right outside their door would bring bugs.” –PimemtoCheese

“I had a friend whose mom required her to sit on the floor. Never a chair, couch, bed, or other piece of furniture. I went to her house once and sat down on her bed and she flipped out, made me get off it and spent several minutes smoothing the sheets to make it look flat again. I think her mom thought “kids are dirty” but the rule was in place even after bathing and wearing clean.” –knitasha

“Went over to a school-mates’s house for dinner when I was in elementary school…his mom cut everyone’s good into little tiny bites before giving you the plate and only let us eat with a spoon… Her oldest daughter apparently choked on something once when she was a teenager and it became a rule…even on hamburger and hotdog night.” –GRZMNKY

“I was doing a project with a classmate at her house and on our way to her house we stopped at a store and picked up some snacks. We did our schoolwork and then just kind of played and messed around while eating those snacks. Then her mom came home and lost her absolute shit about the snacks. It wasn’t so much that we had eaten them, it was because the snacks had crumbs that had contaminated their otherwise purified home.

My friend had to stop everything and vacuum the entire house to get every crumb of snack, then take the nearly empty vacuum bag, the empty snack bags, and the half-empty but “contaminated” bag of kitchen trash outside and ask one of the neighbors if she could put it in their garbage bin because not a crumb of that kind of food was allowed on the property in any form after sunset. My mom picked me up and as I was leaving they were doing some additional purification ritual and my friend was praying for forgiveness for having potentially defiled their home.

Turns out they were 7th Day Adventist and it was against their code or whatever to have leavened foods in their house/property during a certain period of time? I don’t remember the exact details, but I remember it was a pretty big thing about how every crumb had to be removed from the property ASAP.” – alexa-488

“My neighborhood friend and I would hang out almost every day of the summer. We would go out exploring in the woods with a bunch of our friends and would usually come back all muddy and tired. My friend was very nice and would offer me water and food. His parents would take those away from me if they saw me with them saying they were only for their children. He was always allowed to eat at our house yet I’d have to walk back if they started having any type of meal. The worst though was his next door neighbor who had a daughter our age and when we were hanging out we all got muddy (we were 10) the girls mom proceeded to take her daughter and my friend into her house to clean them up and told me I wasn’t allowed to enter and that I could use the hose. Some people just know how to ruin a kid’s self esteem.” –boomsloth

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