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This Mother-Son Duo Preserved Mexican Culture And Saved Their Neighborhood With Authentic Food And Ingenuity

On a seemingly quiet street in Downtown Oakland, 8th street between Washington and Broadway, a mother-son team, Gloria and Alfonso Dominguez, have figured out how to preserve their Mexican culture through food, and how to save a neighborhood in crisis during the disastrous economic downturn in 2008.

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana is a lonchería in the heart of Downtown Oakland started by Alfonso Dominguez and his mother Gloria.

A family man, entrepreneur, architect, artist, music festival organizer, and chef, Alfonso is the definition of a renaissance man.

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As he puts it, after his parents were divorced and his mother gave her previous taqueria over to his dad, he couldn’t stand not seeing her with her own restaurant. Believing in her and putting his skills to work, he invested in his mom and together they opened Tamarindo.

Tamarindo, once just a small restaurant, opened up into a bigger space when the place next door shut down when the financial crisis began.

#aguasfrescas #tacos #LoncheriadeTamarindo Loncheria hours 11-3pm Mon.-Fri. Flour Gorditas is our special today.

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Serving up food from recipes that Gloria has collected from her travels all over Mexico and from partnering and working with other chefs, she’s been able to keep alive Mexican fare from ancient recipes to street food.

As an architect and artist, Alfonso brings a flair to his restaurants and bars.

Alfonso brings an aesthetic and understanding of structure, color, and design to everything he does. Sure you can have a taco in an amazing hole-in-the-wall, but why not have hole-in-the-wall level food, in a beautiful restaurant? Well, at Tamarindo, Alfonso made sure that you can.

The real secret of keeping the neighborhood awake and alive when everything was falling apart around them, was Alfonso’s resilience and Popuphood.

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He helped found Popuphood, an agreement between the city, landlords and business owners to grant new businesses six months of rent-free space to open their doors and get foot traffic back up in the neighborhood. By doing so, Popuphood helped revitalize the whole area. It’s a pretty amazing story.

Outside of Popuphood, Alfonso is helping other entrepreneurs, by franchising his idea “El Taco Bike.”

@eltacobike is out ! @mesteezo

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He’s giving young taqueros the know-how, support, and a taqueria on wheels, for them to be their own boss and be successful.

Sure, most of us would cringe at the idea of having to work with our parents, but maybe, if you could resist that urge, you’d end up like Gloria and Alfonso.

Felicidades mama! Proud of you , oh and thanks for my life;)

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Alfonso posted his mom’s photo to Instagram and captioned it “Felicidades mama! Proud of you…”

Good food, good vibes, good people. What else can you ask for?


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Snoop Dogg Handed Out Thanksgiving Turkeys To People In Inglewood

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Snoop Dogg Handed Out Thanksgiving Turkeys To People In Inglewood

The holidays are always hard for some families. There is the expense of providing the holiday experience every year. However, this year, with mass layoffs and hardships, Thanksgiving is an extra hard burden on some. Snoop Dogg teamed up with the Chargers and Rams to provide free turkeys to Inglewood residents ahead of Turkey Day. Families lined up to pick up the food at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

Snoop Dogg being Snoop Dogg spent time helping those in need to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Covid-19 has made 2020 the year of hardships and loss. However, the LA Chargers and Rams with the help of Snoop Dogg volunteered to make the holiday a little better for people this year. The rapper and football players gave turkeys to Inglewood residents in need to bring the magic of the holiday to their dinner tables. The food giveaway took place in the SoFi Stadium parking lot. The stadium in Inglewood is the home of the LA Chargers and Rams.

“I love the personal side,” Snoop Dogg told ABC 7. “To be up close and personal; for people to see me, touch me, take pictures with me, to be able to know I really care.”

Families not only got a turkey, but they also got all of the trimmings for a Thanksgiving feast.

Don Lee Farms, the L.A. Regional Food Bank, Pepsi, and Frito-Lay donated the turkeys and fixings for the giveaway. The kind act gave 2,500 Inglewood families a Thanksgiving meal as lockdown orders around the state forced some businesses to close back down. The lingering impact of the Covid outbreak has been devastating for American families exacerbated by the federal government’s failed response to the pandemic.

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to helping people during the holidays.

Snoop Dogg often helps those who need some help during the holidays. He has teamed up with Inglewood before to make sure that families are able to have the Thanksgiving they deserve. This time of year is all about giving and being thankful for what we have and how we can help others. Snoop Dogg is a master of putting to work his compassion for other people.

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These Are The Thanksgiving Thirst Pics Latinos Love To See Every Year

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These Are The Thanksgiving Thirst Pics Latinos Love To See Every Year

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Thanksgiving is literally all about the food. We spend days planning out the menu and creating the most wonderful food experience of the year. For Latinos, the food game is exceptionally strong because we just know how its done.

Panes Con Pavo

Panes con pavo come after Thanksgiving as a delicious way to eat your leftovers. It definitely works. A pan con pavo is that splendid leftover turkey in a sandwich with some homemade salsa, cortido, cucumbers, tomatoes, and anything else you might want to add. You know it’s good if the juices are running down your arm like a po’ boy.

Congri

What seems like a basic dish requires the cooking prowess of an abuela. The way the beans are perfectly seasoned to balance out the rice is something you learn from experience. It’s a delicate balance to really add a layer of flavor to the beans that don’t overpower everything nor do they come up short. The mere image of this dish conjures up the memories of Thanksgivings past, especially for Cubans.

Arroz Con Leche

The smell of cinnamon filling the air is what all holidays are about. Arroz con leche is the quintessential dessert in Latino culture. The creamy goodness of the dairy and rice mixed with some sugar and cinnamon is enough to make you remember all of your fondest childhood memories. You might see this dessert everywhere during the holidays but it does make an occasional appearance throughout the year.

Tamales

There are always too many tamales created during the holidays. The running joke is that you will be eating frozen tamales until the end of summer because of how many your family makes. There is something so enticing about seeing the husk come off a warm tamal, releasing steam into the air. The cornmeal goodness is something no one will ever pass up on.

Tostones

Simple. Bite-size. Tostones are one of the most heavenly foods to come out of Latino culture. The savory plantain dish is a perfect pairing for just about any meal. Photos of the golden fried disks with salt sprinkled over them will make anyone’s mouth water. You can almost hear the crunch of these tostones when you look at the photo.

Pernil

A turkey is cool but a pernil is just… *chef’s kiss.* The crunchy skin of the pork coupled with the garlicky flavor that is infused in the meat is a coupling made from the most divine minds. The exquisite pork dish is a perfect substitute for anyone’s planned turkey on the big day.

Tres Leches Cake

Tres leches cake is another dessert that all Latinos have come to know and love. Who doesn’t enjoy a cake that is both light and fluffy while being sweet and juicy? The tres leches cake is always the most highlighted dessert and it should be. The delicate dessert is the showstopper and that is why it comes after the meal and paired with a nice coffee.

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