Café de olla is a beverage with a long, rich history in Mexico, and thanks to the efforts of entrepreneurs like Chuy Tovar, the traditional drink is cementing its place in the United States. As the owner of Primera Taza, a coffee shop located in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, Tovar serves café de olla much like it was served 100 years ago, using ingredients as they would have been prepared then. As Latino USA reports, café de olla was preferred by Mexican soldiers in need of an energy boost, and it was a favorite of Mexican Revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. Current day café de olla enthusiasts, like Tovar, consider the drink a “superdrink,” thanks to its rich and nourishing ingredients.
Tovar, who is from Jalisco, told Latino USA, that his desire to cultivate Mexican coffee grew out of not finding enough of it in the United States. The only coffees he did find were usually “from Oaxaca or Veracruz,” leaving many Mexican regions under-represented in the U.S. Like Tovar, other coffee shop owners are doing their part to keep these kinds of traditional Mexican recipes available for the next generation.
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Believe it or not, it’s only been a year since Starz debuted critically acclaimed “Vida” had its first season, but fans feel like its been a lifetime. Inspired by the short story “Pour Vida” by Richard Villegas Jr., Starz is giving us all what Eastside LA really is: brown and queer woman building our futures.
The trailer for Season 2 is finally out with just a few weeks left to wait until we can binge all ten episodes of the GLAAD award-winning series. That’s right–an extra four episodes than last season.
The writer’s room is going to be all Latino again.
Virtually everyone in the room is female-identified and half of them are queer. Showrunner Tanya Saracho has explicitly said that this is a show about gentefication, but as a queer Latino, the queerness “had to be there.”
Emma is really working out that internalized homophobia.
Which means that Season 2 is going to be less panic attack-inducing and more steamy than the last season. We also get glimpses into a queer wedding–whose, no nos sabemos.
Fans are really, truly screaming for Emma and Cruz’s ship.
Yes, Cruz and Emma met at Emma’s mother’s funeral, but together, they’re creating life for #VidaStarz fans everywhere. If we’re to believe what this trailer is dishing out, these scenes are just a teaser for what’s to come.
Emma and Lyn finally begin to rebuild their late mami’s business and maintain its identity.
The sisters didn’t know that their mother, Vidalia (“Vida” for short) was queer and owned the bar with her nonbinary partner, Eddy. Now, Eddy, Lyn, and Emma are all working together. Of course, in Season 2, it seems Eddy will be recovering from the assault that left them in the hospital at the end of last season.
The trailer alludes to more conversation around colorism both in our own culture and outside it.
We see the new addition, Raúl Castillo, as a handyman telling Emma “Mexicans, we don’t usually do things like that. When she claps back that she is Mexican, he’s quick to tell her: “Could’ve fooled me.” We see Emma confiding in her friends who tell her directly that she’s “passing,” which quickly cuts to a scene of Emma crying.
Other themes certainly include the tremendous amount of financial stress the sisters are under. We hear Emma talk about foreclosure and we see flashes of emotion across everyone’s face.
Oh, and the tagline for the season is that it’s “operating on Chingona level.”
Mari asks a friend if she feels like she has her shit together. Answer: “F**k yeah, I’m operating on chingona level.” We also see Mari wearing a bandana around her face, marching in the street at night. This is the kind of energy we could all use in our lives.
It also looks like Lyn is going to take to the stage this season.
The first scene in the trailer shows Lyn tapping on a mic. What will the sisters make of their mom’s bar this season? What will Lyn make of herself?
The sisters are “ready to buck” this season.
Don’t think when Emma tells Lyn that they have to “really buck up if this is going to work” that Lyn doesn’t reply with, “I’m ready to buck.” It sounds like they’re going for a “swanky, Instafamous lounge” look for the renamed bar, “Vida.”
The first two episodes already premiered at Tribeca Film Festivals, and writer Chelsey Lora made a statement at the panel.
Caption: “New red carpet clutch tradition. On my way to our amazing @VIDA_STARZ premiere at #Tribeca. Please support our show by binging it May 23, I promise you will laugh & cry. #FuckICE. #supportLatinx #abolishICE #VidaStarz”
However, you’re honoring this Season 2 trailer.
Light your candles, brujas. Channel the poderosa chingona vibes Starz is giving u all.
An alumnus of Christopher Dena Elementary School in Boyle Heights wanted to make someone’s Dodgers dream come true.
Alejandro Herrera is one lucky kid. He won two tickets to game two of the World Series thanks to a generous alumnus of his elementary school. Ricardo Puentes, a Christopher Dena Elementary School alum, wanted to give back to his old school in a special way. Puentes bought two World Series tickets and offered them to the student who could write the best essay about what the Dodgers mean to them. The winner was Herrera, a 5th grader. Herrera, a Dodgers fan since he was 4 years old, says his family loves “Los Doyers.” While his grandfather started the tradition, Herrera gives his sister all the credit for making him the fan he is today.
But with only two tickets and three family members hoping to go, there was only one option. “My mom, my dad, and my sister were fighting [for the ticket] so we had to do a raffle,” Herrera told KTLA. “So they put their names in a cup and I chose it and the one that came out was my sister.”
Herrera and the man behind the tickets, Ricardo Puentes, were interviewed by KTLA and discussed how the Boyle Heights student won the tickets. Puentes, who immigrated with his family to the U.S. as a child, says Christopher Dena Elementary School gave him a safe place to land.
“We were an immigrant family. We came from Mexico,” Puentes told KTLA reporter Lynette Romero. “[I] didn’t speak a word of English. This elementary school was my welcome mat.”