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For One Week, These L.A. Restaurants Are Donating Proceeds To Help Those Who Are Suffering In Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is still reeling after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island last month. People have publicly begged President Trump to deliver the aid necessary to help relief efforts. He responded with a short visit, where he threw paper towels into a crowd of people. Celebrities have been taking it upon themselves to get necessary aid to Puerto Rico, including Pitbull and Real Housewife Of New York Bethenny Frankel. Now, chefs and mixologists in Los Angeles are coming together for a week-long fundraising effort called LA Loves PR centered around food inspired by the Caribbean island.

Angelenos will have a chance to donate money to Puerto Rico while dining and sipping on some of the best food and drink in the city.

LA Loves PR has teamed up with Unidos Por Puerto Rico and more than 100 chefs and mixologists to raise money for Puerto Rican hurricane relief. According to the LA Loves PR website, more than 80 restaurants and bars will offer special menu items, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Unidos Por Puerto Rico, an initiative created by First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, to provide support and aid to those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

LA Loves PR happens Oct. 7-14. The week-long event is bringing an edible tour of Puerto Rico straight to Los Angeles.

“Many of us in the restaurant, bar and hotel industry have sought inspiration and solace in Puerto Rico’s jeweled beaches, emerald rainforests and warm people,” reads the LA Loves PR website. “We place our memories on our plates and in our glasses, as tribute to this important sisterland that we will not leave behind.”

Chefs are sharing their mouthwatering creations on social media to get the word out, and the photos look incredible. From delicious canoitas…

 To a pork pernil, yuca escabeche, mint mojo sandwich.

*licks phone screen*

Participating restaurants and bars are really going all out to raise as much money as possible.

You can follow LA Loves PR on Twitter to see all of the great food options you can buy for a good cause.

And, yes. There will be tacos with a Puerto Rican twist for those who just can’t go without tacos.

How can you say no to sofrito chicharrón tacos? You can’t.

Learn more about Unidos Por Puerto Rico here and you can learn more about LA Loves PR here.


READ: While People Pleaded For Trump To Send Relief To Puerto Rico, Pitbull Sent A Private Plane To Help Cancer Patients

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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

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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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CDC Warns Of Listeria Outbreak Linked To ‘Hispanic-Style’ Cheeses

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CDC Warns Of Listeria Outbreak Linked To ‘Hispanic-Style’ Cheeses

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning everyone against “Hispanic-style” cheeses linked to a listeria outbreak. The latest food outbreak is attacking one of the most sacred things in our diets and people have a lot of opinions.

Listeria has been detected in “Hispanic-style” cheeses, according to the CDC.

According to a warning from the CDC, listeria has been detected in what they are calling “Hispanic-style” cheeses. This means that people should avoid queso fresco and queso blanco. The source of the outbreak is being tracked and there is some understanding about where the outbreak is coming from.

The CDC recommends that people avoid these cheeses right now and to make sure that the cheeses they buy are made from “pasteurized milk.” Listeria is a serious illness for the elderly, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people.

The CDC reports that Connecticut officials have found Listeria in some El Abuelito queso fresco. The cheese was purchased from a supermarket in the area where a patient purchased “Hispanic-style” cheese. The outbreak seems to be concentrated in the Northeastern United States and has impacted four states.

Seven people have been hospitalized because of the Listeria outbreak.

The announcement is a very personal attack for a lot of people. Queso fresco and queso blanco are very important for a lot of dishes in our cuisine and to go without, during Lent and Covid, is asking a lot of us.

People are kind of irked that the CDC didn’t use a different phrase to talk about the cheese.

We get that technically the cheese is in Spanish and that it is more commonly used in Latino food. However, the cheeses have names that can be used. Sure, there was no idea of the brand but would it really be that hard to say “queso fresco and queso blanco”?

At least it would have prevented other people from having to answer other people’s questions.

It’s called efficiency. Some news outlets were sharing images of yellow queso dip because it is also technically a “Hispanic-style” cheese but it not the cheese in question.

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