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Proof All These Trendy Hipster Foods Were Basically Invented By Our Latina Grannies

Avocado toast, quinoa, and so many other foods are the new cool, healthy thing to eat. But who said they were new? Our abuelitas have been feeding us these things since we can remember. Literally, most of our collective memories are about the delicious treats out abeulas, tías, y mamis fed us since we were in diapers. Now, there’s nothing wrong with people embracing our culture and our foods and, honestly, the rush to consume these foods is a compliment. So, thanks, y’all.

Rice Milk

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That’s cute. We call it horchata and we have been drinking this life-sustaining nectar since we could barely crawl.

The Wrap

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Now, it might look like a lazy burrito, and it kind of is. Our school lunches usually consisted of tortillas and some kind of filling, in separate containers, and we got to build our own lunches. It was like a Latino Lunchable.

Avocado

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Suddenly it’s a superfood and it’s everywhere from toast to burgers and beyond. Meanwhile, back home, we’ve been eating it with a spoon out of the skin. It is the best way to enjoy an avocado but we understand the need to change things up so they are more inticing.

Mexican Grilled Corn

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Elotes are a life source for so many of us. We couldn’t get enough of this delicious snack when we were growing up. Nothing like seeing an elotero fixing these bad boys on the streets.

Quinoa

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This little grain has made a big splash around the world because of the power they contain. However, the over saturation of quinoa in the global market is putting a strain on farmers and the general population in Peru and Bolivia where the grain has long sustained the community. Perhaps finding sustainable and fair trade ways to move quinoa around the world would be a good thing to consider.

“Tacos”

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Tacos have changed so much in recent years. Some have gotten smaller. Some have gotten bougie. Others have gotten crazy expensive and the ingredients in them are a little much. However, food evolves when other influences touch them so just seek out the ones you like and let the rest just exist.

Hand Pies

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Or, as millions of people in Latin America call them, empanadas. These dough pockets of goodness have been around for longer than we can remember. Enjoy your hand pies.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

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Okay. So our abuelas haven’t been feeding us these during our childhood but they were a major part of our community. They were created by a Latino employee at Frito-Lay and soon took off like wildfire. They are now on pizzas, elotes, smoothies, and there was even a pop-up restaurant dedicated to them.

Pupusas

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Pupusas are the most iconic food staple in Salvadoran culture. Moms prepared these all the time and they are currently seeing a Renaissance with restaurants popping up everywhere and there are even stands slinging this delicacy at music festivals. It’s about time the pupusa started getting the love it deserved.

Bonus: Big Butts

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Before Kim K and Nicki Minaj, Selena Quintanilla was rocking the big butt without issue. She was the inspo for so many women today rocking the big booty, real or not.

…and Blow Outs

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Sure, you can say they were created by salons in the South, but telenovela stars have been rocking them since the ’80s. Also, our moms never let us leave the house until she washed our hair and blow dried and styled it because when you leave the house you represent the family.


READ: Latin America Truly Is A Food Oasis And Here Are Some Of The Best Dishes

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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Netflix has a new food show out and it has everyone buzzing. “Street Food: Latin America” is bringing everyone the sabor of Latin America to their living room. However, reviews are mixed because of Argentina and the lack of Central American representation.

Netflix has a new show and it is all about Latin American street food.

Some of the best food in the world comes from Latin America. That is just a fact and it isn’t because our families and community come for Latin America. Okay, maybe just a little. The food of Latin America comes with history and stories that have shaped our childhood. For many of us, it is the only thing we have that connects us to the lands our families have left.

The show is highlighting the contributions of women to street food.

“Street Food: Latin America” focuses mainly on the women that are leading the street food cultures in different countries in Latin America. For some of them, it was a chance to bring themselves out of poverty and care for their children. For others, it was a rebellion against the male-dominated culture of cooking in Latin America.

However, some people have some strong opinions about the show and they aren’t good.

There is a lot of attention to native communities in the Latino community culturally right now. The Argentina episode where someone claims that Argentina is more European is rubbing people the wrong way right now. While the native population of Argentina is small, it is still important to highlight and honor native communities who are indigenous to the lands.

The disregard for the indigenous community is upsetting because indigenous Argentinians are fighting for their lives and land.

An A Jazeera report focused on an indigenous community in northern Argentina who were fighting to protect their land. After decades of discrimination and humiliation, members of the Wichi community fought to protect their land from the Argentinian government grabbing it in 2017. Early this year, before Covid, children of the tribe started to die at alarming rates of malnutrition.

Another pain point in the Latino community is the complete disregard of Central America.

Central America includes Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Belize, and Panama. Central America’s exclusion is not sitting right with Netflix users with Central American heritage. Like, how can five whole countries be looked over during a Netflix show about street food in Latin America?

Seems like there is a chance for Netflix to revisit Latin America for more food content.

There are so many countries in Latin America that offer delicious foods to the world. There is more to Latin America than Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia.

READ: This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

#NationalTequilaDay Gives You Something To Celebrate While Sitting In Your Living Room

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#NationalTequilaDay Gives You Something To Celebrate While Sitting In Your Living Room

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Even when we aren’t in quarantine, tequila can offer a quick and fun respite from the world. Today is National Tequila Day and the current state of the world is a great reason to celebrate. There is more than just the drinking of tequila to celebrate.

Happy National Tequila Day!

Tequila is arguably one of the several gifts Mexico has given to the world. It is just one of the many culinary treats that the vibrant and beautiful country has created. Makes sense that we would have a national do to truly appreciate the nectar from the Mexican gods.

Women had a major hand in developing the liquor that has become a staple around the world.

Women were some of the first to cultivate the blue agave plant center to create the drink. The women on Tequila, where tequila was born, would harvest the hijuelos in the blue agave plant. That part of the plant is what is used to make tequila.

Tequila, like champagne, is from a very specific place.

Champagne is champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Tequila is no different. In fact, there is a board of people in Mexico who decide who can and cannot call themselves tequila. Elon Musk was swatted down by that board when he claimed to be making his own version of tequila produced outside of the region.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the chemistry behind tequila, there are some helpful graphs floating around.

The treatment of the tequila really dictates the flavor, color, and profile of the drink. it might even help you discover what kind of tequila you might like to drink. Maybe you might prefer a mezcal instead. Mezcal is not always tequila but tequila is always mezcal.

Either way, enjoy your day celebrating tequila.

With so few options for outing, why not make your own tequila celebration happen at home. You won’t have to drive or put on pants so it is truly a win-win.

READ: 14 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Tequila Right Now