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9 Things You’ll Find In Every Cuban-American’s Pantry

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There a few staples most people have in their refrigerators: milk, juice, some mystery thing in a takeout box that you keep forgetting to throw out. But Cuban-Americans have a few special items that are all our own. Check it out:

A random bowl of lentejas.

#lentejascubanas #lentelsoup #cubanthrowndown

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With cling wrap over the top, ~for freshness.~

Garlic.

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People think everyone across Latin America eats spicy food. But for us, it’s all about the  garlic.

Even. More. Garlic.

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I’m not kidding around.  

Sofrito in a butter container.

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There’s a 99.99999999999% chance any butter container in any Latino’s kitchen is not going to contain butter.

Gallons of leche condensada.

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We have a *BIT* of a sweet tooth, and sometimes this manifests as drinking directly from a can of leche condensada.

Guayaba!

This came in the mail! #goya #guayaba The in-laws know what’s up!

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Preferably in the form of a thick, sugary paste.

And queso crema, of course.

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Because how are you going to have guayaba without queso crema? It’d be all lonely.

Tupperware packed with frijoles negros.

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The only thing better than frijoles are leftover frijoles.

This specific tin of saltines… only filled with rice.

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Where’d all the saltines go?

READ: 11 Ways To Get A Cuban To Love You Forever

What’s your favorite item in your kitchen right now? It’s the garlic, isn’t it? Let us know below.

Latino Man Dies In Hospital After Police Take Him To Hospital Mysteriously Covered In Bruises

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Latino Man Dies In Hospital After Police Take Him To Hospital Mysteriously Covered In Bruises

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What happened to Angel Cruz?

Just wanted everyone to know my nephew angel Cruz jr in div. 8 cook county jail past away don’t know what happened in…

Posted by Leo Theelion Vargas on Sunday, March 20, 2016

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Angel Cruz, 20, was found dead at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Chicago while under police custody. The cause of death is still unknown and has prompted his family to demand answers from law enforcement.

Cruz was arrested on March 12 for allegedly stabbing Leticia Vargas, his own mother, and his stepdad. He was taken into custody by police in Countryside, Ill. — a Chicago suburb — before being transferred over to the Cook County’s Sheriff’s office. From the get-go, Cruz was displaying signs of mental illness. He was eventually taken to St. Anthony’s for medical treatment, where he ended up dying.

Vargas told ABC 7 that authorities told her Angel Cruz had died of a heart attack, but she still had questions. After all, Cruz’s body was covered in bruises when he was taken to the hospital.

“This is my only child, I want to know what happened to him. I’m not blaming anyone, I want to know the truth,” she said in a news conference.

Vargas isn’t the only one looking for an explanation. Leo Theelion Vargas, Angel Cruz’s uncle, took to Facebook [seen above] all but alleging foul play.

The police are on the defensive.

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For their part, the Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office has been very adamant about their denial of any wrongdoing.

“There were no apparent signs of foul play whatsoever,” Cara Smith, spokesperson for Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement to CBS 2. “We’ll wait to see what the outcome of the toxicology tests show.”

“It’s certainly tragic what happened, but it’s unfair to suggest that harm came to him in the jail or in the custody of the sheriff’s office,” Smith later told the Chicago Tribune. “There’s no evidence of that whatsoever.”

The Cruz and Vargas have legitimate reasons to question the official police narrative, particularly one that’s as vague as this one. We are, after all, talking about Cook, the same county that went to great lengths to prevent the infamous Laquan McDonald dash cam tape from surfacing.

To read more about Angel Cruz’s mysterious death, click here.

READ: Body Cam Footage Shows Man Pleading With Police that He Can’t Breathe Moments Before He Dies

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