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10 San Francisco Meals You Need To Try Before You Die

The Bay Area is famous for a lot of things: fog, hills, outrageous rents and Lil B, to name a few. But, food is a HUGE reason why so many come to visit San Francisco. In fact, some of the best taquerias and pupuserias can be found in the Golden Gate City. Check out our picks:

El Metate

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You’ll be pleased with anything you order at El Metate, but the burritos, fish tacos and veggie tortas are particularly mágicos.

Taqueria Can-cún

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Taqueria Can-cún has three locations throughout the city. We recommend the one at 3211 Mission Street. It’s open late, and the burritos and guac are always made to perfection.

Colibrí Mexican Bistro

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Over in Nob Hill, Colibrí features a Central Mexican menu. From the pozole to the sopes, everything tastes like it was made with love, but the chilaquiles in particular are so good they might break your heart.

Limón Rotisserie

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One word: pollo. This Peruvian joint has a few locations and all of them will exceed your wildest dreams of what chicken should taste like. Also, the sauces are life changing.

La Torta Gorda

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This cute, old school diner serves up las tortas mas chingonas for a price that won’t break the bank.

Parada 22

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Located in the Haight, Parada 22 is your ultimate spot for fare puertorriqueño. Every meal comes on extremely large plates and the mofongo and pernil asado are incredible.

Los Panchos

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Coming straight at you from El Salvador, pupusas are special saucer-shaped masa cakes filled with delicious meat, queso, beans, and/or veggies. Los Panchos on Mission Street knows how to do them right.

Pica Pica

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The arepa is a beautiful creation from Venezuela, which has fortunately found a home on Valencia Street at Pica Pica. Don’t forget to order a side of yuca fries – están riquísimas.

Nopalito

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Nopalito has got it going on in terms of organic and locally-sourced Mexican dishes and their mezcal menu is on point.

La Santaneca

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Craving tamales? This Mission District staple serves the best tamales salvadoreños ever. Their caldo de res will cure any cold and the prices are as they should be: cheap.

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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Netflix has a new food show out and it has everyone buzzing. “Street Food: Latin America” is bringing everyone the sabor of Latin America to their living room. However, reviews are mixed because of Argentina and the lack of Central American representation.

Netflix has a new show and it is all about Latin American street food.

Some of the best food in the world comes from Latin America. That is just a fact and it isn’t because our families and community come for Latin America. Okay, maybe just a little. The food of Latin America comes with history and stories that have shaped our childhood. For many of us, it is the only thing we have that connects us to the lands our families have left.

The show is highlighting the contributions of women to street food.

“Street Food: Latin America” focuses mainly on the women that are leading the street food cultures in different countries in Latin America. For some of them, it was a chance to bring themselves out of poverty and care for their children. For others, it was a rebellion against the male-dominated culture of cooking in Latin America.

However, some people have some strong opinions about the show and they aren’t good.

There is a lot of attention to native communities in the Latino community culturally right now. The Argentina episode where someone claims that Argentina is more European is rubbing people the wrong way right now. While the native population of Argentina is small, it is still important to highlight and honor native communities who are indigenous to the lands.

The disregard for the indigenous community is upsetting because indigenous Argentinians are fighting for their lives and land.

An A Jazeera report focused on an indigenous community in northern Argentina who were fighting to protect their land. After decades of discrimination and humiliation, members of the Wichi community fought to protect their land from the Argentinian government grabbing it in 2017. Early this year, before Covid, children of the tribe started to die at alarming rates of malnutrition.

Another pain point in the Latino community is the complete disregard of Central America.

Central America includes Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Belize, and Panama. Central America’s exclusion is not sitting right with Netflix users with Central American heritage. Like, how can five whole countries be looked over during a Netflix show about street food in Latin America?

Seems like there is a chance for Netflix to revisit Latin America for more food content.

There are so many countries in Latin America that offer delicious foods to the world. There is more to Latin America than Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia.

READ: This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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