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F**k The “Ethnic Food Aisle.” An Ode To The Latino Grocery Store.

Chances are, you have shopped at both large, chain grocery stores and smaller, Latino grocery stores, where the foods you grew up with and often feel nostalgic for aren’t just found in one tiny “ethnic food” aisle smashed between bottles of sriracha sauce and British water crackers.

The Latino stores are there for us when the bigger chains aren’t, when you crave guayaba con queso crema or an icy-cold Inca kola, when you want ready-made tamales and can’t bear the thought of replacing Abuelita with Swiss Miss.

I’m talkin’ about your Sedano’s stores, your Fiesta supermarkets, your Vallartas. Here, then, is our ode to the phenomenon that is ~The Latino Supermarket:~


For one, they know you ain’t about to waste your time on just any old coffee.

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Give me Bustelo or give me death.*

*American coffee.


You can always find your favorite snacks without a problem.

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Sometimes you just want to dive into a giant bag of Takis and watch the world melt away.


…And that goes for sodas, too.

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Materva, Jupiña, Malta India, Iron Beer, Inca Kola, Jarritos…


I mean, where else would you find an entire WALL of Goya-sity?

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True story, tho: I once drank expired guanabana juice in third grade and now can’t even smell it without barfing. <3


And their prepared food? Rivals abuela’s.

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(Just don’t tell her I said that.)


And the bakery section? Heaven.

my inner mexican is scREAMINGGG. . . . . #innermexican #mexicanbread #mexicansweetbread #conchagrandes #vallarta #vallartasupermarket

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Forget cookies and basic cakes. Give us pan dulce, empanadas, or pastelitos de guayaba fresh from the oven.


And they know what kind of music you want to listen to as you shop.

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The rhythm is gonna get you.


They understand many of us are actually trilingual: we know Spanish, English, and Spanglish.

No one in this supermarket knew how to spell breakfast!! #sedanos #smh ????

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I see no breaklies.


They always seem to be more in touch with their local community.

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Charities, giveaways, block parties, oh my!


And it’s just a fact that they look cooler than other grocery stores.

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Did you ever think you’d utter the words, “that’s a really pretty supermarket”? But look at that image up there, man. It’s so nice!


And they have produce you just can’t find in other places, like sugarcane and plátanos.

#sugarcanehunting #latinosupermarket #IDEAL #nongmo #produce #lavidakrissy #evlinlake #centralandsouthamericanproduce

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Try asking for “sapote” at most other grocery stores and see what happens.


And where else could you find velitas for saints you never even knew existed?

Bodega realness. #bodega#latinosupermarkets#latinos#santos#colores#andreasgursky#latinoliving

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So #blessed.


So thank you, to every Latino grocery store, corner market, and bodega. You make life that much sweeter.

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READ: From Oreos To Popcorn, How The Latin Palate Is Making Basic Food Better

Do you have a favorite local grocery place? Can you pick me up about 17 cans of leche condensada and a giant bag of Pica Fresa next time you’re there? Thnx.

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Snoop Dogg Handed Out Thanksgiving Turkeys To People In Inglewood

Entertainment

Snoop Dogg Handed Out Thanksgiving Turkeys To People In Inglewood

The holidays are always hard for some families. There is the expense of providing the holiday experience every year. However, this year, with mass layoffs and hardships, Thanksgiving is an extra hard burden on some. Snoop Dogg teamed up with the Chargers and Rams to provide free turkeys to Inglewood residents ahead of Turkey Day. Families lined up to pick up the food at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

Snoop Dogg being Snoop Dogg spent time helping those in need to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Covid-19 has made 2020 the year of hardships and loss. However, the LA Chargers and Rams with the help of Snoop Dogg volunteered to make the holiday a little better for people this year. The rapper and football players gave turkeys to Inglewood residents in need to bring the magic of the holiday to their dinner tables. The food giveaway took place in the SoFi Stadium parking lot. The stadium in Inglewood is the home of the LA Chargers and Rams.

“I love the personal side,” Snoop Dogg told ABC 7. “To be up close and personal; for people to see me, touch me, take pictures with me, to be able to know I really care.”

Families not only got a turkey, but they also got all of the trimmings for a Thanksgiving feast.

Don Lee Farms, the L.A. Regional Food Bank, Pepsi, and Frito-Lay donated the turkeys and fixings for the giveaway. The kind act gave 2,500 Inglewood families a Thanksgiving meal as lockdown orders around the state forced some businesses to close back down. The lingering impact of the Covid outbreak has been devastating for American families exacerbated by the federal government’s failed response to the pandemic.

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to helping people during the holidays.

Snoop Dogg often helps those who need some help during the holidays. He has teamed up with Inglewood before to make sure that families are able to have the Thanksgiving they deserve. This time of year is all about giving and being thankful for what we have and how we can help others. Snoop Dogg is a master of putting to work his compassion for other people.

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These Are The Thanksgiving Thirst Pics Latinos Love To See Every Year

Culture

These Are The Thanksgiving Thirst Pics Latinos Love To See Every Year

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Thanksgiving is literally all about the food. We spend days planning out the menu and creating the most wonderful food experience of the year. For Latinos, the food game is exceptionally strong because we just know how its done.

Panes Con Pavo

Panes con pavo come after Thanksgiving as a delicious way to eat your leftovers. It definitely works. A pan con pavo is that splendid leftover turkey in a sandwich with some homemade salsa, cortido, cucumbers, tomatoes, and anything else you might want to add. You know it’s good if the juices are running down your arm like a po’ boy.

Congri

What seems like a basic dish requires the cooking prowess of an abuela. The way the beans are perfectly seasoned to balance out the rice is something you learn from experience. It’s a delicate balance to really add a layer of flavor to the beans that don’t overpower everything nor do they come up short. The mere image of this dish conjures up the memories of Thanksgivings past, especially for Cubans.

Arroz Con Leche

The smell of cinnamon filling the air is what all holidays are about. Arroz con leche is the quintessential dessert in Latino culture. The creamy goodness of the dairy and rice mixed with some sugar and cinnamon is enough to make you remember all of your fondest childhood memories. You might see this dessert everywhere during the holidays but it does make an occasional appearance throughout the year.

Tamales

There are always too many tamales created during the holidays. The running joke is that you will be eating frozen tamales until the end of summer because of how many your family makes. There is something so enticing about seeing the husk come off a warm tamal, releasing steam into the air. The cornmeal goodness is something no one will ever pass up on.

Tostones

Simple. Bite-size. Tostones are one of the most heavenly foods to come out of Latino culture. The savory plantain dish is a perfect pairing for just about any meal. Photos of the golden fried disks with salt sprinkled over them will make anyone’s mouth water. You can almost hear the crunch of these tostones when you look at the photo.

Pernil

A turkey is cool but a pernil is just… *chef’s kiss.* The crunchy skin of the pork coupled with the garlicky flavor that is infused in the meat is a coupling made from the most divine minds. The exquisite pork dish is a perfect substitute for anyone’s planned turkey on the big day.

Tres Leches Cake

Tres leches cake is another dessert that all Latinos have come to know and love. Who doesn’t enjoy a cake that is both light and fluffy while being sweet and juicy? The tres leches cake is always the most highlighted dessert and it should be. The delicate dessert is the showstopper and that is why it comes after the meal and paired with a nice coffee.

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