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This Machine Can Cook A Homemade Tortilla In 30 Seconds

Remember when “the future” meant we would be riding on hover boards and driving flying cars? Well, we’re not the quite there yet, but we’re very, very close.

Someone invented a machine that spits out a hot tortilla with the press of a button.

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OK, that someone is actually a company in Switzerland. They’re set to launch the Flatev, a toaster-like appliance that takes a prepackaged lump of masa, flattens it out and heats it up in about 30 seconds.

And this Swiss company (also named Flatev) says its product rivals the taste of homemade tortillas – what you’d call “tortillas hechas a mano.”

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The tortillas, which are six inches wide, are available in corn or flour. The company’s website lists corn and water as the ingredients for corn tortillas. The flour tortillas are made up of flour, water, baking soda and salt.

If your mother (or abuelita) is peering over your shoulder while you read this, she’s probably thinking, “Blasphemy!”

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She never uses the dishwasher to clean dishes, so why would she use a machine to make tortillas?

After watching Flatev’s first commercial, a super cheesy clip released online in 2012, you may feel the same way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJFYxLuF4E

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We open on a shot of a woman named Rosa who, according to the narrator, makes THE BEST homemade tortillas.

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Apparently, Rosa works for one of these young professionals that is hungry and restless.

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Why? They’re waiting on Rosa to hurry up with those amazing tortillas.

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“Ugh. Where’s Rosa with those tortillas?”

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When Rosa emerges from the kitchen with fresh tortillas, she’s all smiles. Dude in the black shirt is like, “K, thanks,” and snatches the basket right away.

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Which leads us to this: Rosa is cool and all, but why not spend $300 and replace her with this?

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So here’s how it works: you take a prepackaged pod and place it in the machine.

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Then you press a button and out comes a hot tortilla.

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You’re probably thinking, “What the hell do Swiss people know about the tortilla game?” Well, the Flatev was actually co-founded by a Mexican dude…this Mexican dude:

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Meet Carlos Ruiz. He developed the Flatev while he was attending college in Switzerland. Ruiz says he was inspired to create the Flatev because he couldn’t find any good tortillas in Switzerland.

Fine, so a Mexican invented it. How do they taste? Here’s an actual Mexican with a testimonial.

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“Tastes exactly like a homemade, handmade tortilla,” says Ioana Navarrete-Pellicer of Boston’s Mexican Consulate. OK, so this isn’t just some Swiss scheme to sell crappy tortillas…

Ruiz, who hopes to debut the Flatev this Spring, told Techinsider that there are already 12,000 preorders for the machine. Here’s its new look:

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Ruiz says the rounded edges and gray color were inspired by the metate, the traditional grinding stone used for making tortillas. If you’re wondering who’s willing to spend $300 for a machine that makes $1 homemade tortillas, Ruiz has an idea. He told the Boston Business Journal: “We’re targeting foodies who care about what they eat and young professionals who like to eat healthy.”

H/T: Remezcla

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

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