Don’t Cash Crop on My Culture

Upon some research, I saw that DosToros, my favorite fast food Mexican place has an Instagram for their character (not really a mascot) named Pinto the Burrito. In honor of the unofficial smoking/weed day April 20th, they posted this picture which again takes Rastafarianism and appropriates/denounces the aspects of this religion. There is a lot…

Keeping Up With The Culture

Iriwn Sanchez stopped by the class to give us a lesson on Nahuatl culture and food. My favorite part of this lecture was all the etymology he gave us on all the foods we could think of. Here’s a list of just a couple he broke down for us: Tamal-tohtoma=amarrar Chilaquiles=  chilli aquil Tlalhco =…

Frida Kahlo Doll Ban

Don’t ask me the weird spiral of internet searches that led me to this article but the Frida Kahlo doll is banned in Mexico. The courts ruled in favor of Kahlo’s relatives in that Mattel didn’t ask for permission to manufacture on behave of Kahlo. Mara Romeo, Kahlo’s great-niece even noted that the doll didn’t…

Tacos for 400

On a recent episode of Jeopardy, contestant Rishab Jain declared he would use his prize money of $100,000 to buy… you guessed it; tacos. If I was to win jeopardy, I definitely wouldn’t use it on a lifetime supply of TacoBell but that’s just me personally. Although Jain didn’t win, Taco Bell still heard the Georgia…

Here We Go Again

The other day, I visited my friend in Philly. It was late but we were hungry so as we walked around Center City we looked for open establishments to eat at. It was then that we walked past this store. This restaurant in Philadephia, Pennsylvania has quite the interesting name. The sign is so colorfully lit…

Candy Burrito

A ‘burrito’ based concoction has emerged. The new imposter of burritos is now the candy burrito from Milk Tavern in LA. This store offers Ice-cream of your choice with all the toppings you can think of, wrapped in several layers of Cotton Candy. For anyone with a sweet tooth, this might just be for you. Per…

Piñata or 皮纳塔?

We all know the pinata. And when we think of it, for the most part, we think of this: A birthday party with a pinata stung high as someone is blindfolded and tries to take their best shot. And in that, we think of Mexican culture and other similarly popularized and appropriated things. But pinata’s aren’t actually…

Our Sacred Maiz

Whether you know it or not, you’re probably eating corn. And that from your corn chips, barbeque chips, soda, yogurt, salad dressing, candy, or anything that has corn syrup too. In some way, corn is involved and has been involved in our diets for thousands of years. Our Sacred Maiz Is Our Mother by Roberto Cintli…

Breakfast Burrito

Buckle up people because I’m about to deliver some shocking news. Breakfast burritos are not really Mexican. I know, I know. It’s much to hear at once but let me state my case first. As touched on in our beloved book, Taco USA by Gustavo Arellano, he wraps the burrito history for us. Burittos don’t have…

Water For Profit

The fight for water continues as protestors have been going against Constellation Brands, as they are undergoing a $1.5 billion plan to open up a facility and use the resources in the area to manufacture products meant for an American market. As apples and oranges as this things are, it reminds me of the issue…