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Mexico Is Selling Luxury Cars At A ‘Robin Hood’ Style Car Auction And Helping Fight Corruption

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Would you buy a cartel kingpin’s Lamborghini? What about a corrupt politician’s Ferrari?

Well, Mexico’s  AMLO is counting on it.

The government has confiscated some 82 luxury cars from corrupt politicians and drug lords and is now auctioning them off in what many are describing as a Robin Hood car sale.

Dozens of luxury cars seized from sticky-fingered politicians and cartels will be put up for sale in a populist anti-corruption crusade being waged by Mexico’s leftist president, AMLO.

The president is trying to send a message in a country where corrupt officials and others often flaunt their wealth with impunity.

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Over the years, the government has built up a pretty major haul of confiscated vehicles, including a Lamborghini Murcielago, three Porsches and dozens of armored trucks,  and they’re finally selling them. With this auction, the government wants to make it clear that corruption among politicians is a thing of the past.

The government is also sending a clear message to cartel leaders.

The government also has plans to auction off real estate, including mansions and beach villas, and jewels seized in a separate auction.

For his part, AMLO drives a VW Jetta so we can see why he might want to auction off these luxury cars.

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The left-leaning president has also given up the presidential bodyguards, his private presidential jet, and 60% of his salary.

While the auction is being held at the former presidential residence, Los Piños.

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A month after taking office as president, AMLO decided he would continue living in his personal residence instead of the presidential palace. A few weeks later he announced that he would be opening up Los Piños to the public as a museum and cultural center.

The commission charged with the auction, says that the proceeds from the sales would be invested in poor communities.

The government plans to take the money generated from the auction and put it to help the most vulnerable. They want to see the cars become public parks, libraries, schools, and medical centers.

So if you’ve ever been in the market for a Lambo or Porche, now is the time.

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Here’s Your Reminder Of The Caesar Salad’s Mexican Roots

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Here’s Your Reminder Of The Caesar Salad’s Mexican Roots

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Those who don’t know any better give Mexican food a bad rap for being cheap and greasy. However, the Mexican culinary world expands far past Taco Bell and Taco Cabana. Authentic Mexican food is fresh, bold, delicious and versatile.

In fact, Mexico is responsible for one of the biggest fine dining staples there is.

Mexico is, in fact, the birthplace of the creamy and crisp Caesar salad.

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As the story goes, the Caesar salad was created in Tijuana, Mexico by an Italian restaurateur named Caesar Cardini. It was 1924 when Cardini established his restaurant in the tourist destination to cater to American guests escaping prohibition. While no one really knows the true story, most agree the salad was created over 4th of July holiday weekend.

Supposedly, the dish was completely improvised. Cardini is said to have thrown together several ingredients he had at his disposal and it created the fresh, delicious gourmet salad.

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According to What’s Cooking America, the original recipe used a base of romain lettuce leafs. Additionally, garlic, parmesan cheese, croutons, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce were added.

Rumor has it that it was Cardini’s brother, Alex, that added anchovies in 1926. He named his remix the “Aviator’s Salad.” Still, this anchovy-filled dish was so popular that it became known as the official Caesar salad.

Parts of this story is hard to prove, but it comes with a famous witness to offer some legitimacy to it.

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The famous English chef, Julia Child, shared her first encounter with the iconic salad. In her book, “From Julia Child’s Kitchen,” the chef recounted her experience in a Tijuana restaurant. She wrote:

“My parents, of course, ordered the salad. Caesar himself rolled the big cart up to the table, tossed the romaine in a great wooden bowl, and I wish I could say I remembered his every move, but I don’t. They only thing I see again clearly is the eggs. I can see him break 2 eggs over that romaine and roll them in, the greens going all creamy as the eggs flowed over them. Two eggs in a salad? Two one-minute coddled eggs? And garlic-flavored croutons, and grated Parmesan cheese? It was a sensation of a salad from coast to coast, and there were even rumblings of its success in Europe.”

It’s popularity in Europe cause people to mistakenly think the Caesar salad is Italian.

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However, the dish is 100% authentically Mexican cuisine. To recognize the delectable salad, in 1953, it was declared “the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years” by the International Society of Epicure. We wouldn’t expect anything less from this Mexican classic.

Walmart Launches 24-Hour Delivery Service In Mexico, You Can Literally Text What You Want To Their WhatsApp Number

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Walmart Launches 24-Hour Delivery Service In Mexico, You Can Literally Text What You Want To Their WhatsApp Number

You may not give WhatsApp a second glance in the App Store, but in other countries, it’s the messaging app of choice.

It’s so big in Mexico, for instance, that Walmart Mexico is now accepting grocery delivery orders for its Superama supermarkets sent via the messaging app.

Walmart and WhatsApp team up to bring 24-hour home delivery to the masses.

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WhatsApp, the free text-messaging service owned by social media platform Facebook, is ubiquitous throughout Mexico. Superama shoppers can text an order to a WhatsApp number run by Walmart.

According to Walmart, customers can send their orders through WhatsApp to a number owned by Walmart – they don’t even have to type their list out. Many people have already tested the service and apparently, you can send the number a photo of a handwritten list and got a response from a representative immediately.

Yup, you can literally text the WhatsApp number a photo of your handwritten list.

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Superama is charging about $2.55 for delivery within 90 minutes or $2 for orders with longer turnaround times. It also accepts payment in cash or card on delivery.

The Walmart-owned grocery chain, which makes up 92 of the retail giant’s 2,459 stores in Mexico, already takes orders through its website and app.

Clearly, though, it’s hoping that WhatsApp’s ubiquitous presence in the country will encourage more potential customers to give grocery delivery a shot.

And apparently, the representatives at the other end of that WhatsApp conversation are super helpful.

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Like who doesn’t want a response from Walmart full of emojis and helpful suggestions on buying the best of the best?! Everyone, that’s who!

Walmart already offers delivery through its own app, online, and via CornerShop.

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But many are excited for the whole new market that this opens up and the novel use of an app that millions of people already use on a daily basis.

You could literally switch between a conversation with you tia about your novio and then chat with a representative at Walmart about which type of cereal you want delivered to your door.

Reactions across Twitter have been overwhelmingly positive.

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Many pointed out that people don’t have the smartphones required to run complicated apps – WhatsApp is a simple messaging service – meaning that mobile delivery service could be available to a wider audience.

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