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Meet The Undocumented Chef Who Owns One Of The Most Beloved Mexican Food Spots In Philly

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“The fact that we have a business proves to the community that we can do it.”

Cristina Martinez makes food that reminds her customers of home. The Philadelphia-based chef, and her husband, Ben Miller, are the owners of South Philly Barbacoa, a restaurant that specializes in barbacoa, slow-cooked lamb that people flock to eat on weekends. For Martinez, an undocumented immigrant from Puebla, Mexico, the journey hasn’t been easy. She met her husband while they were working together in a restaurant together — she was a pastry chef, he was a pantry chef. After Martinez’s bosses found out she was undocumented, she was fired. She then began selling quesadillas de sesos (brains) to workers in Philadephia’s 9th Street Italian Market. Eventually, Martinez started selling barbacoa out of her apartment on the weekends. She was so successful that she and Miller opened South Philly Barbacoa, which was recently named one of America’s best new restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine.

Watch Bon Appetit’s powerful video interview with Martinez and Miller, which touches not only on the power of her food, but their touching story about falling in love, and their vocal support for Philly’s undocumented community.


H/T: Bon Appetit


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Here Are 9 Examples Of The Weirdest Advice Our Moms Ever Gave Us

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Here Are 9 Examples Of The Weirdest Advice Our Moms Ever Gave Us

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Mom always had so much advice for us growing up. Half of it was pretty solid, but the other half was was just plain weird…

She had some solid advice about staying safe while wandering around the city.


Looking poor isn’t exactly the best way to meet new people, but okay ‘ma.

And then after telling you to look poor to be safe, she tells you to dress nice since you’re an ambassador for the family.

https://twitter.com/courtney_xcxo/status/769051783029284864


Make up your mind!

She always wanted to be inspirational, but sometimes struggled to find the right words.


I promise, ma. I will always carpal tunnels.

From a flu to a broken heart, she swore this was the cure for everything.

https://twitter.com/jcolepart2/status/769021438779068416


Okay, this might still be the case.

The sex talk(?)


Not sure what the takeaway is here.

She was always concerned for your physical and spiritual well-being.


*sews on a baseball cap*

No one knows reverse psychology better than amá.


It worked every single time.

And she always acted like she was a legit doctor.


But then she makes us take our shoes off when we walk into her house ?.

Okay, there was some weird advice that was helpful.


This is the only way to flush a public toilet if you don’t want to end up dead or in the hospital.


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