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Food And Wine Learned A Valuable Lesson About Respecting The Cultures Of Foods They Are Covering After This Concha Fiasco

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Some times people discover new things and just can’t quite figure out how to describe them. Other times, people discover things people have been enjoying for centuries and don’t know how to explain it in non-colonizer terms. This is the situation Food and Wine found themselves in when they tweeted about these “sweet brioche-like rolls,” which are really conchas. The food magazine posted the tweet and it wasn’t long before Twitter users dragged them all over the internet for their tweet and the media outlet deleted the tweet but screen grabs are forever.

Here is the now-deleted but preserved tweet from Food and Wine that sparked the Twitter outrage.

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We all know that we were taught to add extra words and be descriptive to add to a word count in school. However, this was just a step too far for some people in the interwebs.

It wasn’t just the wording of the tweet that angered people. It was the cultural insensitivity.

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Guarantee that no Latino food journalist, Mexican or not, would have called this a “brioche-like” bread. This shows the importance of having people of color working in media to better tell these stories.

Folks were really defending the pan dulce like the cultural treasure it is.

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Now all I want is to curl up on a couch with pan dulces and cafecito. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect day in?

The tweet brought out a lot of strong emotions in the hearts of concha-loving people.

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It truly is one of those foods that takes you back to your childhood and holds you closer than any man or woman ever will. 💯

Some did see the tweet for what it was: click bait.

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It definitely did the job and caught everyone’s attention. Like, who wouldn’t stop in their tracks after seeing this tweet?

It really is disappointing to see them strip the concha of its ethnic and culture identity.

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Far too often, Eurocentric ideals have tried to change and claim parts of different cultures for their benefit. So much of our identity as Latinos is in our food. It is our childhood. It is our uniqueness. And for those of us who were born and raised in the U.S., food serves as one of the most tangible pieces of a home country we’ve never known.

Some people laid it out in simple terms.

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Not 👏🏾 at 👏🏾 all! 👏🏾 Would you call brioche bread a less sweet concha-like bread for a Mexican audience?

Enter the obligatory Columbus reference because folks still honor this behavior.

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Not that people think you can just take land anymore, unless you’re Russia. But non-ethnic folks love finding things our communities have used for decades and act like it’s a brand new food group.

Oh, Food and Wine also considers it a “light breakfast,” which it’s not.

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Have you never had one? Have you seen the size of these things? How is this a “light breakfast”?

In case folks didn’t know, one person did offer Twitter users facts about the different flavors of conchas that exist.

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Personally, I love them all. I could eat these sweet bread any and every day. Who’s going to the panadería with me after work?

Some legitimate questions have been asked about the use of brioche over concha.

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Obviously it is easier to say French words than Spanish words, right?

Also, some people don’t even know wtf is a concha so… 🤷🏽‍♂️

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It isn’t that surprising that people would get defensive about the fact that the concha was being stripped of its identity.

Even our dads got in on dragging Food and Wine.

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Spoke like a true Mexican father. “Que brioche ni que la chingada” indeed.

People are suggesting that they start hiring people of color so, you know, they can be accurate.

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It’s not that hard to understand. If you want content about Latinx culture, hire Latinx people who know and live that culture every day. It’s like expecting Latinx journalists to understand the ins and outs of Japanese cuisine.

The publication didn’t release a statement about the Twitter backlash.

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They simply deleted the tweet and kept moving. However, that’s not how people want to see things resolved online now.

And people were looking for it.

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It’s just another day in the office for a digital media company. Things spread far and wide when you put them on the internet and things never disappear once they are online.

Can we all agree that things should not be whitewashed anymore?

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Just stop. It is not a good look on anyone. Either those whitewashing seem insensitive or the ones who are upset seem unjustly angry. It needs to end.

Leave things as they are and use the real names.

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If we, the Latinx community, can learn the difference between brioche and sourdough, you can learn what a concha is.

It really will be better for everyone if we just respect each others cultures.

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It is not that hard to respect each other and our foods. That’s what this how thing is about.

While the publication stayed silent, the woman who runs their social media channels did apologize.

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At least someone at Food and Wine was big enough to admit their mistake.


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Growing up Caribbean meant growing up with a pile of green plantains on your kitchen counter. Platanos are a staple in traditional Caribbean cooking. Keep them green and they make deliciously savory dishes. Let them get yellow/brown and soft and they are sweet and soft. They are one of the greatest foods from Latin America.

Here are some traditional and innovative ways to use our favorite starchy fruit.

Torta de Plátano Maduro (Plantain Cake)

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Try mixing plantains with another exceptional fruit guava and queso fresco for the ultimate dessert or side dish. You literally just have to mix fried plantains with guava paste, a spoonful of sugar, eggs, milk and cinnamon and bake like a cake.

Arañitas

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This is what happens when you grate a green plantain and fry it into fritters. Boricua style involves all the garlic and pepper you can find.

Canoa de Plátano Maduro

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Fun fact: The greener your plantain is, the more starchy it will be. Once it starts to brown, those starches start converting into sugars, which make them perfect for sweet tooths. This recipe is easy.

Preheat your oven, make some picadillo, slice a brown plantain lengthwise, stuff and bake. It’s sweet and salty.

Arepas de Plátano Verde

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Venezuelan arepas are usually made with masa. However, if you use some plátanos verdes you have a totally different feel and flavor palate. Totally worth it if you have some time.

Arroz de Pajarito (Rice with Ripe Plantain)

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Take this recipe with you to college. Anyone can make it, and it’s the ultimate comfort food, especially if you made your rice lime-cilantro style. You can thank us later for this suggestion. You’ll be the hit of any pot luck.

Aborrajados Colombianos

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 OK, amigos, listen carefully. To make this traditional Colombian receta, you’re going to make a cheese tostone sandwich, and then dip the sandwiches into a batter of 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons milk. Then fry otra vez and enjoy!

Mangú

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You can always keep it simple. Mangú is puréed plátanos verdes, and is a traditional Dominican dish. Serve it up with some fried salami and fried queso and you are in business.

Mofongo

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Puerto Ricans go loco for mofongo. It’s made of fried green plantains that are mashed with all the garlic and oil. Then you add chicharrón and drench it in a broth.

Boronia (Colombian Mashed Eggplant and Plantain)

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Similar to mangú or mofongo, boronia is made with mashed eggplant. Sure, eggplant might be a very divisive and misunderstood vegetable, but this might be the way you like it.

Tamales

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It’s a Caribbean tamal. You probably didn’t know that these existed but plantains can do anything. Mash it up and wrap in a banana leaf and it’s basically the same thing.

Empanadas

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Oh yeah, you can also use plantinas as empanada dough. You can stuff anything you want inside a plantain and the result will be amazing. Name anything sweet or savory. Try me.

Plantain Pizza

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Let it be known that I made this pizza. Screw cauliflower crust you guys. This is a grain-free work of art. Basically just make mangú, add a couple spoonfuls of coconut flour and you’ve got yourself a pizza dough.

Jibarito

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Say bye to bread forever. Unless we’re talking about Cuban bread because I can’t leave that behind. Tbh, plantains have so much more flavor than any other white bread could even pretend to have. Go with it.

Plantain Lasagna

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Just fry your plátanos verdes in strips, assemble your lasagna and bake. This will throw everyone for a loop with all of the amazing flavors and textures rolled into one.

Piononos

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The cutest plantains have ever looked. All you do is slice a plantain very thinly, roll it with a slice of ham and cheese and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Done and delicious.

Plantain Cups

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If you don’t want to dip them, you can make tostones in a cupcake sheet and fill them with your favorite things. You can stuff these with rice, beans, gaucamole, etc. How delicious does this sound?

Aguají

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Fry your plantains as usual and then enjoy it in the most garlicky, green oniony broth you can find. Golden spoons mandatory.

Coconut Plantain Mini Cakes

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You don’t need to add any sugar to this naturally sweet tropical fruit based cupcake. Más o menos, you make magú, add a good amount of coconut flour, baking powder and shredded coconut along with some coconut milk to make this grain-free muffin made entirely of fruit.

That’s health right there.

Torta de Maduro

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We’re talking more queso y maduro combos here. Your maduros should be almost black they’re so ripe. While this looks like a fresh take on plátanos, it actually hails from El Valle de Colombia. Go get yourself 5 ripe, mashed plantains, 2 cups grated mozzarella, 3 beaten eggs, 1/4 cup milk, a few tablespoons of brown sugar, melted butter and a dash of cinnamon, vanilla and baking powder.

Mix it all together and bake for 50 minutes at 350.

Mala Rabia

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This is not naturally sweetened. Your terrible rage will either settle or spark after eating this sweet potato, plantain, guava dessert, all served in a light syrup.


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