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Estolia’s Salsa Is Helping Charities One Jar Of Salsa At A Time

Estolia’s Food Products is on a mission to help Los Angeles charities one jar of salsa at a time. The company, which is beginning to making a name for itself with its salsa, donates part of its profits to different charitable organizations. The inspiration for the salsa? Well, a recipe passed down to the owner from her abuela.

Estolia’s salsa packs more than just a punch; they also pack some social good.


The company creates four kinds of salsa and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to causes specific to the salsa.

Classic Salsa = Leukemia research; Pineapple Salsa = homelessness and hunger; Salsa Asado = animal rescues; and Salsa Verde = Alzheimer’s research.

“When we began this journey a few years ago, we had no idea that it would blossom into a line of salsas dedicated to saving lives,” reads the Estolia’s website. “We were inspired when we began attending and exhibiting at the Los Angeles non-profit event ‘Race for the Rescues’. It was then that ‘Salsa Saves Lives’ was born. Choosing the causes for ‘Salsa Saves Lives’ was easy because each one touched our lives in a powerful way.”

And none of it would be possible if it wasn’t for the owners’ very own abuela, who brought her salsa recipe with her to the U.S. when she fled the Mexican Revolution.


“During The Mexican revolution in 1917 my grandmother, Estolia Santana, accompanied by her mother and six siblings, left their native homeland Tepospizaloya, Jalisco for El Paso, Texas,” reads the Estolia’s website. “After five long years of hardship in Texas, the family set out for Los Angeles, California in search of opportunity and the American dream. Out of desperation, Estolia took a job as a cook where she created a revolution of her own and developed her legendary cooking skills while providing for her five children she raised on her own.”

Now, salsa isn’t the only thing sold by Estolia’s Food Products online.

WOW! We sold out our first time on HSN. #awesome #mexicanfood

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While the salsa is doing some serious good, Estolia’s sells prepared meals that you can find on the Home Shopping Network and Williams Sonoma.

Or, if you are lucky, you might catch them selling tamales as special events.

Day 2 of the tamale Festival and were killing it!

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Their salsa, however, is one way to literally put your money where your mouth is.

Thank you Good Day L.A. For representing our mission to help our community. #salsasaveslives

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Buen hecho!

Check out more about Estolia’s Salsa below.

‘Salsa Saves Lives’ thanks to abuela’s recipeUsing her abuela’s recipes, this chef is donating 100% of profits to Alzheimers, leukemia, animal rescue and feeding the hungry… depending on which flavor you get.

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A Mexican Beauty Queen Has Landed In Jail On Kidnapping Charges, Why Does This Keep Happening?

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A Mexican Beauty Queen Has Landed In Jail On Kidnapping Charges, Why Does This Keep Happening?

The pageant world is popular in communities all over the planet. From Russia to the U.S. and across Latin America, beauty queens (and kings) strut their stuff on runways and display their many talents. But the pageant world is also known to suffer from a more sinister side that often lands itself in the headlines.

In Mexico, beauty pageants have long been connected to organized crime and international human trafficking rings. Now, one former beauty queen has landed herself in jail in connection to these terrible crimes.

A former Mexican beauty queen has been jailed in connection to a kidnapping ring.

A former Oaxaca beauty queen has been jailed without bail on suspicion of being part of a kidnapping ring operating in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Oaxaca.

Laura Mojica Romero, 25, was Miss Oaxaca in 2018 and the 2020 International Queen of Coffee in Colombia, a beauty pageant at which she represented Mexico. She was arrested Thursday with seven other people in a raid conducted by a federal anti-kidnapping unit after two months of investigation.

A judge on Saturday ruled that Mojica and the seven others will remain in prison for the next two months while authorities continue to gather evidence. Members of the group each face up to 50 years in prison.

Romero had tried to position herself as unique among beauty queens in the country.

Laura Mojica Romero defined herself as “more than a pretty face” during a interview she did in 2019. The 25-year-old, who at that time had just won the Miss Oaxaca contest for the second time, said that the contest had taken an important turn because it highlighted aspects that went “beyond” the contestants’ own beauty.

She put herself out there as an example when remembering that she participated in the delivery of supplies (sweaters, blankets and coats) in remote Indigenous communities and announced that among her future projects included support for the musical education of children from impoverished communities, as well as the formation of women’s entrepreneurship cells; a strategy that she claimed was to combat gender violence.

“We cannot stand idly by, we have to eradicate violence against women, through campaigns and talks that make men aware of this problem,” said the also graduate in Business Administration from the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) to Newsweek Mexico.

Mexico is an international hub for human trafficking.

In its most recent report, the organization Alto al Secuestro warned that the states with the highest incidence of kidnappings are the State of Mexico, with seven; Veracruz, with 12; Oaxaca, with six; Guerrero, with five; and Tabasco, Sinaloa and Mexico City, with four respectively.

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Johnny Pacheco, the ‘Godfather of Salsa’, Has Passed Away at the Age of 85

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Johnny Pacheco, the ‘Godfather of Salsa’, Has Passed Away at the Age of 85

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Johnny Pacheco–the trailblazing musician, record executive and bandleader–passed away on Monday. He was 85.

In his life, Johnny Pacheco was known as the “Godfather of Salsa” due both popularizing the term as well as co-founding Fania Records, which came to be known as the Motown of Salsa music.

Yes, he was known for being a brilliant artist in his own right (Pacheco played the flute and the saxophone along with countless other instruments), but he was most famous for his role as star-maker.

Fania Records was famous for it supergroup, the Fania Allstars, that had a revolving lineup of talented musicians like Tito Puente, Héctor Lavoe, and of course, Celia Cruz.

Pacheco’s continuous collaborations with Celia Cruz is one of his greatest legacies. He first teamed up with Cruz in 1974, for their successful album Celia & Johnny–which certified Gold. Together, Pacheco and Cruz released over 10 albums.

You could say that music ran in Johnny Pacheco’s blood. Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic in 1935, the Pachecos were a musical family. Johnny’s father, Rafael Azarías Pacheco, was a successful clarinetist and big band leader.

When Johnny was 11, his family left the Dominican Republic and fled to the U.S. to escape the dictatorial regime of Rafael Trujillo. The Pachecos relocated to the Bronx, where Johnny’s love for Afro-Cuban music like charanga and pachanga truly blossomed.

After studying percussion at Julliard, Pacheco began to focus all of his attention on a new exciting genre that was sweeping New York City: salsa. Salsa was named such because it reminded listeners of sauce–it was spicy.

Pacheco co-founded Fania Records with his business partner, a laywer named Jerry Masucci. It was through Fania that Pacheco discovered numerous Latin artists and helped solidify salsa as a genre that was here to stay–forever.

Later in his life, Pacheco received innumerable awards and honors for his cultural contributions. Not only was he a 9-time Grammy nominee with 10 gold records, but he was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

On Monday, Fania records released a statement that recognized Pacheco as “more than a musician, bandleader, writer, arranger and producer” but as “a visionary”. “His music will live on eternally,” they wrote. “And we are forever grateful to have been a part of his wonderful journey.”

He is survived by his wife, Maria “Cuqui” Elena Pacheco, and his four children, Norma, Joanne, Elis and Phillip

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