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Here Are 24 Gifts For Your Pan Dulce-Obsessed Self

Pan dulce isn’t just an obsession; it’s a way of life and my Latina sweet tooth is here for it. Sometimes, we forget that we’re *worth* treating ourselves to pan dulce in all its forms. Here’s 24 ways to treat yo’self or your pan dulce obsessed friend!

Pencils

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CREDIT: Etsy / Chicpartygoods

If you’re writing with a pencil, you’re probably taking a scantron test, in which case, you need ‘Concha Power’ to push you through. Personally, ‘self-conchas’ isn’t even in my vocab so I wear these guys behind my ear like a lady boss.

Dad Hats

CREDIT: Etsy / GildedNopal

Wear your heart on your sleeve, your concha on your hat, and do it all with this one dad hat. Catch me walking into every wedding with this hat so you know what I’m really here for.

Concha Fuzzies

CREDIT: Etsy / MiBarrioCo

I won’t gamble on any other sweets, so why would I gamble on my car decór?! Concha dice for my rearview drive, dalé!

Garland

CREDIT: Etsy / LiliBun

I’ve been waiting 3 years to decorate my apartment and I think I finally found what I was looking for. I’ll be celebrating conchas for the next 3 years. Or you can be a normal person and just whip these out for actual festivities.

Fan Club Patch

CREDIT: Etsy / Major Crimes Division

Pan dulce fan?! Guilty as charged, Major Crimes Division. Sew this bad boy on all your other dad hats so you can switch up your look.

Mickey Mouse Ears

CREDIT: Etsy / FloresCrafts

Do I even need to say anything here? I’m just praying that somewhere, in a land far, far away from my waistline, there’s a Magic Castle made of pan dulce, topped with a crown churro.

Workout Tees

CREDIT: Etsy / MamaMonsterDesigns

I won’t workout for my health, for girls, or for looks, but this shirt scores a 2 out of 3 in my books. Either way, I’m eating pan dulce.

Motivational Posters

CREDIT: Etsy / Odysseyroc

Mantra. The French brought conchas to Mexico and Mexican bakers made them even better, like Mexicanos do. I don’t know if that’s what this motivational poster artist had in mind, but that’s the kind of inspiration I need to eat my way through this borderline dictatorship. Let your conchas be your guide.

Enamel Pins

CREDIT: Etsy / rebeccamarquez

I don’t know why the marranitos are shaped like little pigs, but my guess is that the best pan dulce is so sweet with a little bit of spice, that it had to take a shape of its own. And I eat those suckers like a pig.

Phone Socket

CREDIT: Etsy / ShimmerySweetsDesign

These are great because now, you can finally continuously scroll through your feminista af IG feed on one hand while eating pan dulce the other. Find them in your favorite flava flave.

Keychains

CREDIT: Etsy / ThatcraftykatStore

Keep losing your conchas keys? Attach a concha to them and you’ll never lose them again. #NoConchaLeftBehind

Tumblers

CREDIT: Etsy / TumblersByCindy

Ok, I don’t know a single person who owns a tumbler, but I’m willing to go Florida Panhandle tacky for the conchas. I mean, “I like big conchas and I cannot lie”?! I’m here for it!

Tote bags

CREDIT: Cafe Press / Pan Dulce Bags

I don’t care what you say about tote bags, mine has a marranito on it AND it’s saving the planet. Get one!

Retro Tee

CREDIT: Zazzle / Sol T-Shirts

It’s Stranger Things mixed with my favorite breakfast food, and helps anyone talking to me get straight to the point. “Sorry, como? I’m thinking about pan dulce.”

“Payaso” Coin Purse

CREDIT: Xochico

If I have any spare change that hasn’t gone to pan dulce, I keep it here. More often, I’m pulling change from the purse than putting it in.

“Niño Envuelto” Coin Purse

CREDIT: Xochico

It’s a jelly roll pan dulce! It’s so cute, I’m about to just spend what’s left in my coinpurse for this one too. You can never have enough coin purses. The better to fit in my backpack…

Backpack

CREDIT: Xochico

Yup. That’s a concha backpack, and you better bet it’s stuffed to the brim with conchasmarranitos, campechanas y orejas. And that I need the backpack to free up my hands, which are (you guessed it) holding a concha pop socket phone and a full-fledged concha.

Vintage Art

CREDIT: Etsy / LoteriaPrints

Pan dulce is our mother f*cking heritage, people. It’s our moral obligation, to our ancestors, to show our appreciation… via pan dulce shaped gifts to ourselves. We’ll pass it down so our nietos can sell it on their Etsy accounts. 😉

Heart Earrings

CREDIT: Etsy / CulturaCorazón

Concha heart shaped earrings?! Please hold while I wipe a tear from my eye and tuck my hair behind my ear. Y’know, so you can see my concha swag.

Cardigan Pins

CREDIT: Etsy / Dulcecalaveritas

Are you forced to wear cardigans to your school or work? Do you feel depressed by the inability to express your true self? Finally, a product that will bring all your passions and interests in one single pin! Wear it proud, mi amigo, you’re reppin’ pan dulce now.

Wall Art

CREDIT: Etsy / Good Walrus Goods

A little wall art, anyone? If you’re redecorating a room in your home and need something for those bare walls, this is perfect for you. The little elote is killing me.

Rings

CREDIT: Killer Sprinkles / Etsy

Talk about that bling bling! Obsessed doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings on these rings.

Stickers

CREDIT: PlanStick / Etsy

Truly, I need no other stickers. What’s my plan for today? Conchas for breakfast, orejas for second breakfast, cochitos for lunch, wedding cookies for second lunch…

Phone Case

Because what’s a concha without some café con leche? It’s still the greatest thing in the whole world, I’ll admit.

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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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