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Watch This Pastry Chef As She Almost Goes Crazy Trying to Make Takis At Home

The Bon Appetit Youtube series “Gourmet Makes” has gained quite the cult-following for its entertaining videos that follow a pastry chef, Claire Saffitz, as she tries to recreate popular junk and snack foods with higher quality ingredients. While usually Saffitz focuses on popular American foods like Oreos and Pringles, this time around, the Bon Appetit team decided to take their series in a more international direction. The latest snack food of choice? Takis!

Takis may not be for everyone, but for those who have grown up with them, they’re a delicious reminder of barbecues, family get-togethers and the joys of mindless snacking. Although the easiest way to experience a Taki is by buying a bag yourself, the snack food is best described as a small, taquito-shaped crunchy snack that packs a flavor that is reminiscent of both Hot Cheetos and Doritos.Made by Mexican snacking giant Barcel, the chip product is a staple among Mexican and Latinx families the world over. 

So for “Gourmet Makes” fans of Latinx descent, Saffitz’s decision to try her hand at re-making Takis was an exciting event.

Gourmet makes videos are usually composed of four parts. The initial description of the food, the reading of the ingredients, the exhaustive trial-and-error experimentation in the kitchen, and the final, communal taste test that is conducted by Saffitz and her fellow Bon Appetit chefs. And while the above steps may seem simple enough, the final gourmet snack product is usually days-in-the-making, with Saffitz anguishing over every ingredient and every step in its assembly.

Usually, a ton of preparation goes into the recipe-testing for gourmet makes, and this time was no different. Not only does Saffitz measure and weigh each individual Taki to make sure her creation is as similar as possible, but she also dunks a Taki in water in order to “hydrate and soften” the chip to “get a general sense of the shape”.

Although Takis are a popular Latino snack, most of the staff in the Bon Appetit test kitchen have never heard of the cult-favorite food.

After a chorus of “I’ve never actually had Takis” and “What the f*** is this?” from the staff at the BA test kitchen, Saffitz spends the better part of ten minutes researching and learning about the snack food. At one point, she even watches the viral video “Hot Cheetos & Takis” by the Y.N Rich Kids.

This time, Saffitz started her journey by reading out an exhaustive list of Takis ingredients (a reading that will possibly make you swear-off the ultra-processed food forever). After that, Saffitz gets to work assembling the Mexican chip. 

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First,  Saffitz begins by mixing the spices that make up Takis’ signature spicy-sour-bold flavor. Then, she creates the dough with corn flour and vegetable oil, flattening the dough in a sizzle platter. Then, she rolls the dough onto tiny skewers and bakes them at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. After they bake, she deep fries them in vegetable oil until they are crisp. For the final step, she tosses the tiny taquitos in her homemade blend of spices. 

And voila! The homemade Taki is born.

Screenshot via Youtube/ Bon Appetit

After three days of intense work, Claire Safftiz has made her very own version of Gringo Takis (which she at one point describes as looking like a “mini canoli”…sigh), and she’s ready to share her creation with the entire Bon Appetit team. We know that the experiment was successful by the first taste-tester who says “It’s just like, almost too much and then you’re like, okay one more!”. And that’s how you know you’re eating a real Taki. Nice work, Claire!

If you ever needed more evidence that Takis are the perfect snack food, you only need to head over to Twitter to find people waxing poetic about these tasty chips.

It’s crazy to think that no one in the Bon Appetit test kitchen has ever tasted a Taki before. We’re glad they’ve finally seen the light.

This person poses an extremely important question about how to responsibly incorporate as many Takis as possible into a balanced diet:

We’re still waiting on an answer to this one.

This person made an on-point observation about the joy Takis bring to life:

If happiness is currently off the table, then Takis are a close second.

This person made a very creative enchiladas dish where the main ingredient was Takis:

Get this person their own Food Network show, stat!

This teacher just became 100% cooler in the eyes of his students:

His “Teacher of the Year” award is in the mail as we speak.

Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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The Los Angeles food truck Tamales Elena y Antojitos has been serving up authentic Guerrero food for 20 years. Tamales Elena y Antojitos is a staple at E 110th St. & Wilmington Ave. in LA’s Watts neighborhood offering up banana leaf-wrapped tamales. Now, Tamales Elena y Antojitos will become a restaurant.

Tamales Elena y Antojitos is opening up LA’s first Afro-Mexican restaurant.

Not even a pandemic will slow them down. The family behind the famous food truck in Watts will soon be welcoming guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) in Bell Gardens, California. The tamales, pozoles, and array of Afro-Mexican dishes will be served to everyone who has come to adore the Mexican establishment.

The restaurant will add another cuisine to the vast palate that is LA’s food scene.

Los Angeles is home to a diverse and inviting list of restaurants representing cultures from around the world. Some of the best Mexican food in the country can be found in Los Angeles and Tamales Elena y Antojitos is adding another level to that representation. Angelenos are celebrating the Afro-Mexican restaurant staffed and owned by Afro-Mexicans.

The restaurant has a special place in people’s lives.

The family has been offering up their unique food to residents of Watts for 20 years. In two weeks, Maria Elena Lorenzo will be offering up her family recipes in-store to more people as of July 15. The family has spent years in the food industry and have worked hard to make their mark on LA’s food scene.

Lorenzo’s daughters have been played a big role in getting the restaurant going.

According to LA Eater, Lorenzo’s daughters have spent years working in various restaurants around Los Angeles. Her daughters, Maria, Heidi, Judepth, Teresa, and Nayeli spent time working front-of-house and back-of-house at restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Guerrilla Tacos. Heidi Irra worked at Mezcalero in downtown Los Angeles. Now, the daughters are bringing their experience to the family business and helping their mother start her restaurant.

Lorenzo, lovingly known as Mama, is clearly going to have a lot of guests are her restaurant.

Congratulations, Mama! This is one of those stories we love to see. Nothing makes you prouder than watching Latino families come together to chase the American Dream and succeed.

READ: Guelaguetza, One Of LA’s Most Iconic Mexican Restaurants, Is Sharing Some Of Their Recipes On Instagram

Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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One Ohio couple recently received an order for a pizza that’ll leave a pretty rancid taste in your mouth.

After running errands with his wife Misty Laska this past Saturday night, Jason Laska said they picked up a pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars. Eager to eat they cracked open the pizza once they got home, receiving a shocking surprise that likely ruined their appetite.

Misty noticed a backward laid swastika made out of pepperoni slices on the pie.

After getting in touch with Little Caesars, the couple was told it was meant to be a funny and private joke.

According to The New York Times, when Misty Laska first opened the takeaway pizza she noticed that it was not sliced. Then, she and her husband realized that the pepperoni pieces had been prepared in the shape of a swastika.

Misty told Reuters that when they first realized what they saw they were “just silent.” Furious, they returned to the store to return the pizza, the shop was closed. The next day, the pizza chain, which is the third-largest in the country called, to apologize.

“We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated,” Little Caesars told The New York Times. “This conduct is completely against our values.”

“That’s why it was not cut or anything like that,” Jason Laska said. “They made it as a joke and it was never intended to go out to a customer.”

However, even if the joke was meant to be a private one it is gross and unacceptable.

“Even in a joking manner, it’s absolutely unacceptable,” Jason Laska added.

Jill Proctor, a spokesperson for Little Caesars confirmed the incident and said that the employees involved were fired in a statement to CNN. “We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated. We’re deeply disappointed that this happened, as this conduct is completely against our values,” Proctor continued. “We have also reached out to the customer to discuss this personally with him.”

In response to the firing of the employees, Misty has said she hopes they are learning an important lesson.”These are the kinds of things that are continuing to fuel the hate and the confusion that exists in the country and in the world,” her husband said after sharing that they both hope

The Laskas hoped that by sharing their experience others will educate themselves about Nazism and the symbols used to perpetuate it.