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This Parody Music Video About Tacos Is The Only Music Video That You Should Be Watching Right Now

If you are a kid of the 1990s you surely remember Weird Al Yankovic, the superweird dude that parodied classic rap and rock anthems such as “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Well, now we have our own king of parody in DJ Lechero, a carnal that is as SoCal culture as it comes. 

It is no surprise, then, that he went full force on Ambjaay’s “UNO”. The rapper’s video takes place in a taco truck and sort of parodies Latino culture and stereotypes. So, what did DJ Lechero do? He set things straight, eses, by setting his parody, “Cuatro Tacos”, in a real taco truck and making us crave the sweet smell of pastor, the tangy zest of freshly cut limones and the exhilarating picor of a salsa crushed in a molcajete

So first things first, who is DJ Lechero?

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Also known as Pablo Gordobar, he is a talking head at The Cruz Show on Real 92.3 Los Angeles. He is a proud representative of Whittier California and Mexican-American culture. 

And this is the original Ambjaay video.

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Spot the very cliched Tacos Mexico sign on top of that gringo taco shop. To be honest, we wouldn’t dare eating there, unless we were craving Taco Bell type of garnachas.  

And here’s Ambjaay being handed the keys to the changarro.

Credit: YouTube.  @Ambjaay 

Of course his intentions are not the best… cue a bad accent trying to say words like piñata and taco and rico. 

Dear Ambjaay, you don’t really rock the norteño style, so don’t even…

Credit: YouTube.  @Ambjaay 

We can’t figure out whether he is trying to perform a very bad homage to Northern Mexico culture or if he is making fun of us paisanos

Celso Piña would be revolcándose en su tumba at the sight of that accordion.

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Seriously, dude, you are trying waaaaay too hard!

Yeah, because all Latino gentlemen are borrachos and all señoras are fodongas, right?

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They didn’t even try to hide a worldview full of stereotypes. Man, if you are going to do some good old fashioned cultural appropriation at least do it right. Looks like this guy watched a bit of corrido videos and an episode of Chespirito and thought he was all set. 

The DJ Lechero version, “Cuatro Tacos”, is being praised as the real deal.

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DJ Lechero knows his audience. In his show, he has interviewed people like George Lopez, a true icon of Spanish-speaking entertainment. It is no surprise then that he can truly connect. “Cuatro Tacos” is turning into a real cultural phenomenon! Eso, raza!

DJ Lechero is in da house, perros!

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The first words that come out of his mouth are almost like a midnight hymn: “Tengo un hambre, goey… jefe…”. And the taquero stands at attention. Like music to our ears. 

That’s the smile of a vato who knows a party will soon be staged in his mouth.

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We are sure DJ Lechero had that same expression when he smelt the frijolitos being cooked in his abuelita’s kitchen while the masa was sizzling on the comal

And of course, a proper Mexican taco has a fresh squeeze of limoncito.

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How do you spot an authentic taquería? Well, there is like a three litre bucket full of quartered limes. The green ones, not the yellow gringo crap fruit. 

That’s how you eat a taco, reina!

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What a perfect tilt of the head, a precise pressure on the tortilla and a mouth so experienced that the lipstick remains intact. 

Damn, that song is catchy as hell!

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Un, dos, tres, cuatro tacos… 

Don’t forget the rice and beans on the plato!

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Is your mouth watering yet?

There is care in every single culinary detail!

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We can tell that this delicacy has been properly fried in manteca. Yum!

Now, that is what a taco truck after hours celebration looks like!

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The scene repeats itself hundreds of times every Saturday night in Los Angeles. People start leaving clubs and need a little something to ease la cruda that will surely take over their bodies in a few hours. Nothing better than a taquito bien picoso to get your senses back. 

That pastor is the proof of the existence of human intelligence.

Credit: YouTube. @The Cruz Show TV

Seriously. Looked at the perfectly carved pineapple, at the crunchiness of the trompo’s surface, at the perfect balance of adobo and fat in the epitome of taco culture. All hail the king, taco al pastor!

And for dessert, a message of peace and goodwill, a message against ICE.

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Like most Mexican-American personalities working in the age of Trump, DJ Lechero managed to sneak in a political comment. Yes, tacos unite us all. And no, we don’t want hielo… ICE. Get it?

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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Pandemia. Brote. Vacuna. La Peste. Although you may find these terms in a glossary about the Covid-19 outbreak, that’s not what these words actually refer to. Instead, they’re options on the menu at a Mexican taqueria called “Tacovid: Sabor Viral”, a perhaps surprisingly very successful Coronavirus-themed restaurant.

Although to many having a Covid-themed taqueria may seem morbid or disrespectful or perhaps gross – I mean who wants to order a plague taco? – the taqueria is making light of a very serious situation with humor. Something that several other businesses have done since the pandemic began.

”Tacovid: Sabor Viral” is the Mexican taqueria going viral – pun intended – for its Covid-themed menu.

Ok…virus-themed tacos don’t exactly sound appetizing. Especially, as we’re still in the midst of a very real pandemic. But one 23-year-old man in the Mexican city of León, who was forced to close down his dance studio because of Coronavirus, is counting on a Covid-themed restaurant – and so far he’s been surprised by its success.

Brandon Velázquez converted his dance academy into a taquería at the end of July, and given that Mexico and the rest of the world was – and is – in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to call it Tacovid Sabor Viral.

“I had to close my dance academy during the pandemic [but] then an opportunity arose to return to the same place, however, people still did not go out for fear of getting infected.” he told the newspaper El Universal.

“I had always wanted to open a taqueria and, at the end of July, the opportunity to do so occurred. It was how I took advantage of the moment to create this business with a coronavirus theme,” he added.

Items on the menu are named after – you guessed it – the Coronavirus and don’t sound like anything you’d willfully choose to order.

The young entrepreneur detailed the name of each dish, taking full advantage of the Coronavirus theme.

“We have around 12 different dishes, among them are the ‘Tacovid’; we have ‘Forty’, ‘Quesanitizing’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Outbreak’, and many others. The price varies depending on the dish you order,” he told El Universal.

In addition to themed dishes, the servers also fit the Coronavirus-theme.

When the pandemic hit Mexico, the government urged Mexicans to observe “su sana distancia” and the now common mascot – Susana Distancia – was born.

“In the restaurant, a waitress dressed as a nurse with the name of ‘Susana’ takes orders and works the tables, referring to the healthy distance campaign that was implemented as a precautionary measure,” he says.

To his surprise – and honestly mine as well – the taqueria has been very successful.

Brandon told El Universal that he’s been pleasantly surprised by the support he has received from customers. “I’m surprised because we have had really good sales, despite the circumstances, we have had a lot of support by the community and we’ve already expanded to have two locations.”

“Customers are funny about the theme we are using in the business, and they are delighted with the dishes we are offering. They enjoy it and have a good time,” added Brandon.

Things are looking so good for Brandon and his Covid-themed taqueria, that he’s looking to expand the food business and add new dishes to the menu. “There is always the idea of new names for other dishes that we want to include in the menu.”

Brandon also said that he’s looking to build out a business model so the restaurant could expand to other parts of the country as a franchise.

Apparently, people are really into Covid-themed foods, as this isn’t the first place that a shop as cashed in on the pandemic. Back in April, a panadería was selling out of Covid-themed baked goods so quickly, they couldn’t keep the shelves stocked.

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A Geographer Just Created A Digital Map Of Mexico Highlighting Taco Shops And It’s A Thing Of Beauty

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A Geographer Just Created A Digital Map Of Mexico Highlighting Taco Shops And It’s A Thing Of Beauty

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One of the biggest changes that the so called digital revolution has brought to our lives is the capacity that today’s computer systems have to process huge amounts of data. Processors today are able to run algorithms that bring together millions of data entries to find trends, cluster groups of similar objects and generate visualizations that can help us understand even the most complex aspects of science and culture. This is known popularly as “big data” and has changed the ways in which governments and companies understand reality and make decisions. For example, before high speed processing mathematicians took literally years to make sense of census data and find correlations between factors such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, age and literacy levels.

Guess what? This can be done today with a few clicks as computers bring together millions upon millions of data entries and make sense of it all. It all sounds very geeky, but big data is defining how we live our lives, from how traffic lights coordinate to how much tax you gotta pay each year.

So all this geeky, nerdy stuff should be put to good use, o no?

Enter Mexican geographer Baruch Sangines, a true wizard when it comes to generating great data visualizations.

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This young scientist is the Chief Data Scientist at a company called Jetty, and he does some pretty groundbreaking research on pressing social issues such as housing and poverty.

His LinkedIn profile is pretty impressive: “Experience in public and private sector with skills to analyze and visualize data related to: commuting, transit, housing, tourism, migration, security, and urban environment. Expert in territorial analysis and passionate about the cartography and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to visualize small and big data”. Wow. hold your horses, Einstein! He is a proud graduate of Mexico’s National University and has Master’s Degree on Demographics and Statistics. 

So why did he go viral on Mexican social media in the past few days? We mean, science is sexy but not viral sexy (sadly!). All because of this map:

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No, it is not a visualization of WiFi points in Mexico. No, it is not a rendition of cartel activity. No, it is not a highlight of the areas in which development runs at a faster pace. It is about something much, much more relevant to everyday life in Mexico lindo y querido. Any guesses?

Nothing is more important than a delicious taco when you most need it! 

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Just look at that tortilla, a bit crispy, a bit soft… and that perfectly marinated meat… 

Well, Baruch created a visualization of taco stands in Mexico and nos ponemos de pie ante tal maravilla! 

Baruch called this visualization Taco Universe, and it showcases all the registered taco stands and shops in the country. We can clearly see that there is a high concentration of taco shrines in the capital Mexico City, and that hotspots like Cancun and Cabo are also highlighted, perhaps thanks to gringo tourism craving fish tacos. The scientists used the database Directorio Estadístico Nacional de Unidades Económicas (Denue) (Statistical National Directory of Economic Units) from the federal census agency INEGI. The map highlights how taco culture is primarily based in the center of the country, with local varieties such as Puebla’s tacos arabes (a shawarma like type) increasing the traffic in that area. 

But it is important to note that many taco stands are not accounted for (and that is not this scientist’s fault).

Thousands of Mexicans subsist in an informal economy with businesses that are not registered and pay no taxes. Among these businesses, mobile taco stands reign supreme. There are hundreds of taco stands all around the country that are set up informally. Sometimes you can find the most delicious tacos there! You can also find informal vendors selling tacos de canasta, a variety that is literally carried in a basket. This map does not take these informal enterprises into account, even though they are key to Mexico’s taco culinary tradition. 

So you are curious about tacos de canasta now, aren’t you? 

Well, just look at these crispy, sweaty, fat-rich babes. Tacos de canasta are filled with guisados or stews, or with refried beans. We are almost sure that Baruch did not include them in his map, but we can forgive him for making us crave unos taquitos (we bet you are calling your comadres or compas right now to hit the taco stand) and showing us how Mexico is a country that despite its many challenges still finds time to live up to the old adage: barriga llena, corazon contento. 

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