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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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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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CDC Warns Of Listeria Outbreak Linked To ‘Hispanic-Style’ Cheeses

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CDC Warns Of Listeria Outbreak Linked To ‘Hispanic-Style’ Cheeses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning everyone against “Hispanic-style” cheeses linked to a listeria outbreak. The latest food outbreak is attacking one of the most sacred things in our diets and people have a lot of opinions.

Listeria has been detected in “Hispanic-style” cheeses, according to the CDC.

According to a warning from the CDC, listeria has been detected in what they are calling “Hispanic-style” cheeses. This means that people should avoid queso fresco and queso blanco. The source of the outbreak is being tracked and there is some understanding about where the outbreak is coming from.

The CDC recommends that people avoid these cheeses right now and to make sure that the cheeses they buy are made from “pasteurized milk.” Listeria is a serious illness for the elderly, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people.

The CDC reports that Connecticut officials have found Listeria in some El Abuelito queso fresco. The cheese was purchased from a supermarket in the area where a patient purchased “Hispanic-style” cheese. The outbreak seems to be concentrated in the Northeastern United States and has impacted four states.

Seven people have been hospitalized because of the Listeria outbreak.

The announcement is a very personal attack for a lot of people. Queso fresco and queso blanco are very important for a lot of dishes in our cuisine and to go without, during Lent and Covid, is asking a lot of us.

People are kind of irked that the CDC didn’t use a different phrase to talk about the cheese.

We get that technically the cheese is in Spanish and that it is more commonly used in Latino food. However, the cheeses have names that can be used. Sure, there was no idea of the brand but would it really be that hard to say “queso fresco and queso blanco”?

At least it would have prevented other people from having to answer other people’s questions.

It’s called efficiency. Some news outlets were sharing images of yellow queso dip because it is also technically a “Hispanic-style” cheese but it not the cheese in question.

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