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A NYC Eatery Is Serving Customers Cheeseburger Tacos And Some People Are Asking Why

An upscale taquería in New York City called Empellón Al Pastor is boasting a new taco flavor it “borrowed” from a taquería in Mexico City. This might be worse than the broccoli, potato and eggs taco that The New York Times published.

Insider shared a video of the chef and founder of Empellón Al Pastor Alex Stupak saying it like it is.

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Twitter user @scifilovr’s response? “911 I’d like to report a crime in progress…”

The chef went to Mexico City and visited El Rey del Taco and was interested in their cheeseburger taco. From that moment, Stupak knew he needed to take this dish from Mexico City and bring it to his customers in New York City.

He has been able to get people’s attention while serving up the same dish he saw on the menu in Mexico City.

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“We borrowed it from a famous little taqueria in Mexico City and we loved the idea that they took such an American food… the cheeseburger and made it into something so deliciously Mexican,” he tells Insider.

It’s made of a “hamburger patty mixed with cheese.”

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Twitter user Master Pesina wonders, “Why all this crap came from NY?… Why? freaking “new era” chefs.”

Stupak calls the taco “the perfect hangover food.”

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In a way, Stupak is right in saying that this taco “eggs you on to have another shot of tequila.” Greasy foods are the perfect cure for a hangover so it kind of makes sense that this delicious treat exists.

Mexicans on Twitter are at an absolute loss for words.

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The chef is calling it a “hybrid taco.” Honestly, it is a questionable dish at first. However, the more you think about it, the more interesting it becomes. However, do we know that the taco in Mexico City isn’t done with picadillo and then cheese is added?

Some people are really, really bothered by the cheeseburger taco, despite the fact it does have roots in Mexico City.

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Each individual taco sells for $5 each. While the price of the tacos is a little much, we are curious about how it tastes. Who wants to send us some of these tacos?

Okay, some people had questions.

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Like, why? And one Twitter user just straight labeled this what it is: “porquería.” No one should be eating tacos with a fork. That’s why the filling is put in the tortilla so you can just, you know, eat it.

Mostly, la gente are upset to see ‘salsa roja’ turn into ketchup.

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Why is that tomato not salsa? Why is the guacamole so naked and afraid?

Plus, the mix of “lime mayo” with ketchup is shocking.

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The ingredients seem to be the most upsetting part of the cheeseburger taco. Sure, the taco might be delicious and the idea behind it is pretty cool but it is just changing too much too fast.

Another Mexicana thinks everyone is being way too judgmental.

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There is nothing wrong with trying to protect your culture. However, there are moments when cultures collide and things come together to create amazing foods.

What do you think?

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Would you eat the cheeseburger taco? Do you think it is going too far? Is it okay for the chef to take the dish from a taqueria in Mexico City to sell it in New York City? Let us know.

READ: Cafe Ohlone Gives Diners A Taste Of California’s Oldest Most Traditional Foods

A Ring Camera Captured A Man’s Valiant Effort To Save A Mother And Her Daughters From A House Fire

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A Ring Camera Captured A Man’s Valiant Effort To Save A Mother And Her Daughters From A House Fire

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It was the middle of the night and Gladys Castañeda and her daughters were sound asleep as their next-door neighbor’s home went up in flames. Across the road, a neighbor noticed the flames and that the Castañeda’s weren’t outside, watching with the rest of the block. Ty Byers decided to take action and rush across the street towards the flames to alert the Castañeda’s to the impending danger. Ring doorbell video footage shows another neighbor, Amanda Smith, running over, desperately asking if they’ve gotten out yet. Both start yelling and banging on the windows and the door. All the while, Gladys thought someone was trying to break into their home. Using the Ring doorbell, she asked, “Can I help you?”

Once Byers realized she had the two-way speaker technology, he looks straight into the camera to shout, “The house next door to you is on fire! Your house is almost on fire!” Byers waited and helped run each of Glady’s daughters to safety while Gladys got prepared to abandon her home.

The Ring doorbell footage has since gone viral, and Gladys wants to shout Byer’s heroic efforts from all the virtual rooftops.

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The fire that nearly engulfed her Mesa, Arizona home was sparked in the early hours of July 26, 2019. Byers was new to the neighborhood, and she didn’t know him that well, but he still showed up as a model neighbor citizen. Even though the incident happened last summer, the video has been recirculating. Gladys admits that not even her closest friends knew about the near-death experience because she didn’t want to share the video out of “respect to my neighbors.” Now, she’s had a change of heart. “I didn’t want to put them out there like that but the more I think about it, why shouldn’t I? What they did was amazing,” Castañeda shared to Facebook. Now, she’s asking if people can help her share the video as an example of heroism.

Video footage shows ash blowing in the wind as Byers shouts, “Your house is almost on fire!”

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Castañeda was too afraid to go to the door, thinking robbers were causing a distraction to break into her home. With two young daughters, she didn’t know what to do but use the two-way speaker system on her smart doorbell to get more information. “Can I help you?” she asked over the intercom. After Byers shouts into the intercom, “The house next to you is on fire! Your house is almost on fire!” Castañeda responds, “Oh, oh, okay. Thank you.” Casteñeda ran out of bed to check on her oldest daughter, Emily and found that her room was already filled with smoke. 

“Without Ring, I don’t think I would ever have opened the door because in my mind I thought they were breaking in,” she told Ring. “When it’s a fire that big, minutes can turn into devastation. Who knows what could have happened?”

Byers then individually rushed each of Castañeda’s daughters over to his garage.

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Castañeda brought Emily to the front door and found Byers racing back to offer help just as she asked, “Can you help me?” Footage shows Byers sprinting across the street to rush Emily to his home across the street. A few seconds of inactivity go by when we see Byers sprinting back to the Castañeda residence. Castañeda passes over her one-year-old daughter, Victoria, and Byers rushes her over to her sister. Still, Byers races back and opens the door to lean in and ask, “Do you need any more help?” Fully clothed and with her phone in hand, she says, “No, thank you,” and runs across the street to be reunited with her daughters in Byers’ garage.

The Mexican-American mother is grateful for her children’s safety and wants everyone to credit Ty Byers and Ring doorbell for that.

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Castañeda’s husband had left for work just 25 minutes prior, which illustrates how quickly the fire erupted into a blaze that would completely destroy her neighbor’s home. Meanwhile, her neighbor had no idea his home was even on fire. The Castañeda residence was thankfully untouched by the fire, suffering only minor damages to the garage and some trees.

The Ring footage is now being used by her local fire department to investigate how the fire started.

READ: A Dad Interrogated His Daughter’s Date Using A Ring Camera And We All Feel The Secondhand Embarrassment

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Mexico’s ‘El Viejo’ Traditions That Ring In The New Year

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Mexico’s ‘El Viejo’ Traditions That Ring In The New Year

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Celebrating the new year in Veracruz, is a time for young people in towns across the coastal Mexican state, to dress up as “viejitos“ or senior citizens, and take to the streets to ask for “aguinaldos” and celebrate a tradition called El Viejo (The Old Man), which is believed to date back to 1875. Here’ what the tradition is all about.

A lively end of year tradition, typical of Veracruz. 

In the state capital, the youngsters parade through the streets to the sound of drums and trumpets to ask for money from drivers and pedestrians they pass along the way. In Veracruz’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec region, young men are the ones who don the costumes of both men and women to dance in the streets for a few coins.

 Typical of ’El Istmo de Tehuantepec’  El Viejo started in 1875 in the Port of Veracruz as a social protest by workers.

 It is said that that the tradition first startred when workers clanked cans and banged on loud drums, asking for Christmas bonuses, called “aguinaldos” in Mexico, outside the home of a rich factory owner who was celebrating his Christmas Eve dinner.

‘El viejo’ was originally inspired by a Korean immigrant who settled in Veracruz.

The tradition lost it’s political aspects and became more what it is today when a Korean man who lived in Veracruz dressed up like the  ‘viejito’ representing the old year in a Japanese almanac that he had. He would parade through the streets on the last day of the year followed by a little child representing the New Year, along with a noisy group of people playing guitars and  güiros, banging pans or setting off  cohetes and singing the following verses asking for their  aguinaldo:

Una limosna  para este pobre viejo, una limosna para este pobre viejo, que ha dejado hijos, que ha dejado hijos, para este año nuevo.

An alm  for this poor old man, An alm for this poor old man, who has left children, who has left children, for this New Year.

Nowadays, the Old Man is usually accompanied by an Old Woman.

The woman carries a baby doll—and the actors are usually university students dressed up with incredible masks and old clothes. They all stop by every store in downtown Xalapa asking for their aguinaldos. It’s a fun tradition where you gladly give your loose  pesos and tostones (50 centavo coin) to this happy crowd ushering in the New Year.