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20 Foods You Can Only Find in Latin America

Latin America has so much to offer to both frequent and one-time visitors. From the vibrant culture to the picturesque landscapes and delightful cuisine, there is so much to relish. Visitors always have something to savor and memories to take back home every time they visit.

Latino recipes stand out from many cultures, and some cuisines here cannot be found in any other part of the world. Take a look of foods that Latinos have made their own.

Chapulines

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In Central Mexico, you’ll find tacos which are twisted to offer a new taste. Salsa and guacamole are also popular in regular tacos. They are usually spiced with pork, chicken or any other known meat. Mexicans take the meat portion to a whole new level with the introduction of grasshoppers. It is a weird but tasty meal.

Anticuchos de Corazon

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If your itinerary includes a stop to Peru ensure that you taste this meal. You probably are well accustomed to chicken hearts. Well, Peruvians give you an opportunity to feel what cow hearts taste like. The hot sauce may help you deal with the weirdness that comes from trying out something new.

Cazuela de Ilama

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The Ilama is a South American domesticated animal that is in the same family as camels. Argentinians make the most of its meat which has taken the place of the conventional meats. They use it to make a delightful stew that works well for individuals who are watching their weight.

Corn beer

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The Latin Beverages are just something else. You won’t find them in your regular bars. Take the corn beer for example. It is made from chewed up corn that is spat out. Yes. The corn is ground by humans before it is allowed to ferment. What arrives at your mug is something special. You’ll definitely ask for more.

Yerba Mate Tea

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As far as drinks are concerned, the Argentinian mate tea has a remarkable history. It has no time restrictions and is drank religiously in some communities. Make sure you get a metal cup and try it when you next visit Argentina.

Empanadas

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If you are into street foods, then you should give this Argentinian delicacy a shot. They come in different flavors, and you can opt for cheese fillings, ricotta or veggie spinach among other options.

Buchada

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The Brazilian goat stomach makes for a sumptuous meal among residents in the Northern part of the country. Blood, as well as organs sought from kids (baby goats), are added to spice up the meal which is then cooked and best served while still hot.

Morcilla dulce

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Uruguyuan barbecue desserts are never complete without this treat. Most of its ingredients are what you are accustomed to. Nutmeg, raisin, and sugar make great dessert options but when blood is added the tide shifts tremendously. The citizens of Uruguay take pride in their traditional sausage.

Huitlacoche

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If you think that the Chapulines are the only twisted tacos in Latin America, you couldn’t be further from the truth. Mexicans do not simply get rid of the fungus found on corn. They know how to make good use of them. You’ll find them as fillings on tacos and will probably won’t remember the damage they normally cause as you enjoy the bizarre treat.

Arepas

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Venezuelans do not mind taking corn-based flatbread in the morning at breakfast or in the afternoon as a snack. Avocado, jam or cheese can all serve as compliments to the delicacy. You can also find it in Colombia albeit in a different form.

Changua

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Breakfast in Bogota is a big deal. Nothing is left to chance, and their birds miss out on what is common for birds back home. Stale bread is mixed up with milk and eggs to make an impressive breakfast meal. Your regular toast is unheard of in these parts of the globe.

Hormigas culonas

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Peanuts always go very well with beer. In Colombia, the peanuts are substituted with big butt ants. The local delicacy can be very addictive, and restaurants of the northern parts of the country continue to mint loads of cash from the simple meal.

Coração de Frango

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As you cross through the streets of Brazil, you’ll be treated to a host of casual snacks. Among them are the exquisite chicken hearts. They are well seasoned and will leave a lasting taste on your tongue.

Dulce de Leche

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The creamy caramel confection will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. Ice cream, churros, and alfajeros biscuits are the best additives to the Uruguayan treat that is highly popular among the natives.

Sopa de Mondongo

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Soups often serve as appetizers in most of our restaurants. This is also the case in most parts of Latin America. The only difference comes up when we think of what the soup is made of. Colombians enjoy their vegetables served along with beef tripe soup. If it doesn’t work out for you, don’t shy away from ordering the regular chicken soup. 

Grilled Guinea pig

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Served in Ecuador and Colombia in equal measure as the main course, the meal offers a suitable option for visitors who love venturing into the unknown. It is served rather crudely and tourists who’ve kept this animal as a pet shudder at the site of the meal.

Sanguche de potito

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In Chile, a cow’s rectum can be crafted into a sandwich to create something special. You need to be very audacious to take this snack down your throat. When you eventually do that, you’ll understand why residents of Santiago relish this snack as they recount the talking points of the big game.

Pisco Sour

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The National Pisco Day in Peru tells you how much Peruvians value their drinks. The pisco sour is a delightful cocktail that is a mix of bitters and lime juice. The addition of egg white gives it its originality.

Blue Tortilla

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Latinos in Mexico are treated to a lot of jaw-dropping delicacies. They grow blue corn which they later use to make this variety of Tortilla. You have to see it to believe that no food dye is involved in the all-natural product.

Pastel

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This is another variety pastry served in Brazil along with shrimp, ground meat or cheese.  Chocolate can always be used to sweeten the delicious treat. It serves as a great alternative to the similarly appetizing empanadas.

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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