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

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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.

Obama Says He Wants To Help Immigrants. Immediately Proceeds To Deport Them.

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Obama Says He Wants To Help Immigrants. Immediately Proceeds To Deport Them.

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Deportation Raids Planned One Week After Obama Said He Regrets Not Passing Reform

Last week, at the White House Cinco De Mayo celebration, President Barack Obama told attendees that one of his biggest regrets was not passing comprehensive immigration reform. Exactly one week later, Reuters reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is planning a monthlong series of raids over the next two months that will target Central American mothers and children.

According to Reuters:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has now told field offices nationwide to launch a 30-day “surge” of arrests focused on mothers and children who have already been told to leave the United States, the document seen by Reuters said. The operation would also cover minors who have entered the country without a guardian and since turned 18 years of age, the document said. Two sources confirmed the details of the plan.

Obama: Deporter in chief?

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Deportations have skyrocketed under Obama, which has resulted in immigration advocates, and journalist Jorge Ramos, to refer to the President as “Deporter in Chief,” a label that has clearly gotten under his skin. To Obama’s credit, he did issue the executive orders that created Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), two programs that have provided deportation relief to millions of undocumented individuals. As we’ve reported previously, however, an extension of DACA and DAPA could be struck down by the Supreme Court.

What are the candidates saying?

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Despite not being the most important issue to Latinos, immigration has been at the forefront of this year’s presidential race, thanks in large part to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and his claim that Mexico is sending rapists and drug dealers to the United States. So far, Trump has yet to mention the raids, choosing to tweet instead about his meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan.

On the democrats’ side, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have previously gone on record  to say that they would not deport children if elected president.  Clinton even made a point to hold a rally in East Los Angeles—one of the most Latino parts of Los Angeles County– on Cinco De Mayo to further stress her support for immigration reform. We reached out to both the Clinton and Sanders campaign for comment, but have yet to hear back. On social media, Clinton has not said a word about the raids. For his part, Sen. Sanders retweeted his wife (seen above), who is very much opposed to ICE’s plans.

UPDATE 5/16/2016:

 Hillary Clinton’s camp sent us the following statement:

“I’m against large scale raids that tear families apart and sow fear in communities. I am concerned about recent news reports, and believe we should not be taking kids and families from their homes in the middle of the night. Families fleeing violence in Central America must be given a full opportunity to seek relief. And we need to take special care of children—which is why I’ve laid out a plan to guarantee all unaccompanied minors are provided access to counsel. We must also fix our asylum and refugee systems, and work with regional partners to strengthen conditions in Central America.  We need a comprehensive plan to stop the root causes of the violence in Central America and expand orderly resettlement programs.  Large scale raids are not productive and do not reflect who we are as a country.”

Likewise, Sanders criticized ICE’s actions:

Sending women and children back into harm’s way after they already fled horrendous violence in Central America is painful and inhumane, and must be stopped.

Senator Sanders also launched a petition, which you can view here.

Read: Thousands Of Immigration Advocates Take To The SCOTUS Steps To #FightForFamilies

Register to vote today by downloading the Latinos Vote app for iOS and Android. Our voice matters. #WeAreAmerica

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