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This Tortilla Looks Like A Regular Tortilla, But It’s Completely Different

When you’re Latino, food seems to be the center of every family gathering. But no matter how much family and food go hand in hand, everything changes when you have a disease that overwhelmingly restricts your diet.

Veronica Garza grew up battling multiple symptoms that affected her skin, muscles, kidneys. It seemed like almost everything she ate had a negative effect on her.

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“For me, the obvious symptoms were icky joints, constantly feeling tired, rashes on my body, so I couldn’t be out in the sun without developing rashes…and just this general inflammation. I was even having issues with my kidneys. At one point the doctor was telling me that because I was so young, if it kept going in the same direction, I would probably end up on dialysis,” Veronica Garza told mitú.

After being diagnosed with both lupus and ITP, Veronica knew she had to make a serious change in her lifestyle, starting with her eating habits.

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But she wasn’t alone. Her family also joined this change to make the transition easier for Veronica.

“I think we all understood that it’s easier to do things together, to be successful together, so I never had [the issue of] showing up to family gatherings and feeling like I was left out,” she said.

Even though Veronica had the support of her family, it was still difficult having to miss out on such a huge part of her culture – the food. So she decided it was time to experiment in the kitchen.

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“We would get together and we would still try to eat tacos; we would just wrap fajitas in a piece of lettuce instead. That was okay for a while, but we did miss the foods that we had grew up eating, which led me to come up with my first tortilla, which was the almond flour tortilla,” Veronica told mitú.

After coming up with the grain-free, almond flour tortilla, there was only one thing that worried Veronica, and that was: what would her family think about these non-traditional tortillas?

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“It took a little while. At first it was just me testing it out, eating it by myself, trying to feel comfortable about it. Then I started putting them on the table for people to try them without really saying much about it”, Veronica told mitú.

“It took my dad a little while to even attempt to eat the tortillas. He just wasn’t having it. But as soon as he did have them, they became a part of his diet. Now they’re the only tortillas he will eat,” Veronica added.

It was with her family’s support that Veronica and her brother Miguel Garza took it upon themselves to share not only their tortilla recipe, but their story as well. That’s when they founded their company: Siete Family Foods.

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“One of our goals is to provide education and knowledge as to how we can remove processed food from our diets and include more real whole foods. Along the way it’s never really been like, ‘Oh awesome, we’re starting this business.’ It’s really been more about, ‘We have something that we really want to share with you.’ There’s no exciting entrepreneurial background. We do things together as a family and we just happened to be blessed to be able to share some of our passions with other people,” Miguel told mitú.

Whether it’s because of lupus, ITP, or another health condition that requires strict dietary restriction, Miguel and Veronica want to be able to offer a healthy but delicious food alternative.


“What we’re trying to do is create a product for people that may not have been able to enjoy it because of specific dietary restrictions. We want to encounter people that have a similar story to us. Hopefully this product allows them to experience some of the nostalgia of growing up with that culturally significant tortilla and still be able to enjoy it with family and friends,” said Miguel.

Despite the rollercoaster of running a business, Miguel and Veronica couldn’t be happier about how much their food products have changed other people’s lives.


“There are days when you wake up and it’s super exciting that you get to share something with people across the country, and there are also days that you just have a massive headache because of the stress of being involved in the business. It’s both exciting and scary at the same time. You wake up every day and just hope to do your best. I think one of the biggest hopes is that we’re making a difference beyond selling tortillas and tortilla chips – that we’re actually making an impact in people’s lives,” Miguel told mitú.

Ultimately, Siete Family Foods has been a blessing for the Garza family, and they hope to continue distributing food products that accommodate different autoimmune diseases across the country.


Veronica told mitú, “My brother had said that these tortillas are life changing to a lot of people, and that is something that I’m really proud of. It’s something that makes me happy every time. We get emails or messages from people and they tell us that the chips or the tortillas have changed their lives.”

From the kitchen, to the shelves of stores across the country, Siete Family Foods continues to grow, and the Garza family couldn’t be more proud.


“It’s definitely humbling. I know I make sure to stop by at a natural foods grocery store so that I can see our products on the shelves and take a picture. It’s still very exciting everywhere I go. There are people that I’ve never even met who are enjoying the products that we make,” Veronica said.


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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.

READ: California Is Poised To Become The First State To Offer Unemployment To Undocumented Workers

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