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Las Vegas Food Truck Serving Up BIRRIA-STUFFED Tamales

Birria has been booming in the food scene outside of those in the know recently. For those that have been up on it, they’ll probably tell you, “What took y’all so long?”

And I get it, birria, from its origins in Jalisco, Mexico to the widespread appeal it enjoys today, is something that shouldn’t be treated as some new trend. Proponents (which I assume would be pretty much anyone that’s had it because it’s f*cking delicious) will extoll the virtues of its savory allure all day, all the while pointing you in every direction to where you can enjoy it in different iterations and contemporary takes. This then can take you into a fantastic journey that will have you feasting through creative takes like birria ramen and birria pizza.

However, keep going further in that journey and you might find yourself in Las Vegas, Nevada, just like I did, where birria takes on the form of tamales. Yes, the concept of birria has now found a home inside a warm tamal, with melty cheese as its roommate, all courtesy of El Tamalucas, the city’s first tamale food truck.

Since opening El Tamalucas in 2014, owner Saul Talavera has innovated his recipes and expanded the repertoire of his takes on the iconic dish, which include unique selections like chicken alfredo tamales and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos tamales. His next hit is the BirriQueso Tamale Dunkers, which I described earlier, and is a holy trinity of birria, consomé, and cheese. My mouth just watered typing out that sentence and now I’m fighting the urge to buy a plane ticket to Las Vegas. That’s because these tamales were one of the best things I’d eaten this year and the memories of having it look like a rush of the rich, bold consomé-soaked, cheese and birria-stuffed tamale cascading down my greedy gullet.

If you’re trying to catch a glorious fever dream off one bite, absolutely look up El Tamalucas when you’re out making questionable decisions in Las Vegas.

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How To Take Action To Support The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

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We are at a critical point where education and action are the best ally to flex anti-racism and ensure that black lives matter. The action begins with acknowledgement and learning, with an ongoing thread that includes support for the greater good of equality and change we want to see.

Below are a list of resources available to help make a difference and establish that progress is made in the fight to support the movement towards equality.

DONATE:

Black Lives Matter

Color of Change

The Movement For Black Lives

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

UndocuBlack Network

The FF

The Innocence Project

National Bail Out

The Bail Project

Campaign Zero

Unicorn Riot

ACCE Action

National Police Accountability Project

Twitter thread of bailout funds in various cities.

PETITIONS:

#JusticeForFloyd

Justice For Breonna Taylor

Justice For Tony McDade

Color of Change

 

LEARN:

Advocacy and Civil Rights Toolkit

Talking About Race – Being Anti-racist

Campaign Zero – Solutions

Equal Justice Initiative – Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police Violence

The National Museum of African American History and Culture – Talking About Race

 

EAT:

Support LA’s Black-Owned Restaurants

Black-Owned Restaurants In Los Angeles

Black-Owned Restaurants In Orange County

Support The Bay Area’s Black-Owned Restaurants

The Ultimate List of Black-Owned Farms & Food Gardens

Download the EatOkra app

 

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Pancake Cereal Is The Hottest Breakfast Trend Since Buttering Toast

 

Pancake Cereal might be one of the most innovative and visually amazing breakfast hacks we’ve seen come across this newsroom. Even better, it’s ridiculously easy to pull off.

The trend has been popping up all over our social feeds lately and, frankly, it’s pretty awesome.

As seen by @TheNaughtyFork‘s video, all you have to do is add pancake batter into tiny little coin shaped circles over a hot skillet. Let one side cook then, taking a spatula, carefully flip your mini pancakes over to evenly cook off the batter. What’s left is a ton of tiny little pancakes you just toss into a bowl with a pat of butter and drown in maple syrup.

Wonder how many folks are attempting this viral sensation while working from home?

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Hilarious Toilet Paper Cakes Are Now A Thing

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Due to recent overzealous hoarding during the covid-19 pandemic, toilet paper has been a rare find at the store these days — unless you look in the baked goods section. That’s because toilet paper-themed cakes have now begun to pop up at various groceries and bakeries everywhere.

The cheeky cakes have been spotted at Albertson’s locations in Southern California as well as a ShopRite supermarket in New Jersey. Bakeshops are also getting in on the trend, with spots like B.Candy in Corona Del Mar, CA making toilet paper mini cakes and Two Fat Cookies in Delray Beach, FL serving up toilet paper cupcakes.

“Our toilet paper cupcakes sold out like wildfire,” gushed Two Fat Cookies.

I guess even toilet paper cakes are getting snatched off of shelves with the quickness, too, then. Hopefully the re-stock will be a lot quicker than the real ones.

Spotted: Toilet Paper Cakes at an Albertson’s in Orange County, CA

With the pandemic gravely affecting business for many small establishments in the restaurant industry, many have had to get creative to stay afloat. In this case, these shops are offering some levity to the situation, because in these uncertain times, humor can go a long way to keep spirits encouraged.

 

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‘Fried Chicken N Chill’: Popeyes Is Giving A Free Netflix Login To Customers In New Campaign

With a majority of us quarantined up at home these days, streaming Netflix has become the absolute norm now more than ever. However, for those lacking the access to it, Popeyes has their backs.

The fried chicken giant just unveiled an extraordinary promotion called ‘Fried Chicken N Chill’, wherein it will provide a number of lucky customers with their own Netflix login credentials so that they can, well, fried chicken and chill.

For the specific details, Popeyes will be giving out the login credentials to the first 1,000 who post pics of themselves chowing down on Popeyes chicken on Twitter and using the hashtag #ThatPasswordFromPopeyes.

Those lucky thousand that are gifted that precious Netflix username and password are in for a major win because that just means they’ll get to experience the bizarre wonder that is Tiger King.

Man what I’d do to have a fried chicken meal with that whole cast of characters.

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Restaurants Are Now Gifting Toilet Paper With Meals

Normally, if a restaurant handed you a roll of toilet paper with your purchase, it’d probably make you think twice about what you’re eating.

These are not normal times, though, and the toilet paper struggle is real.

You wouldn’t think new food trends would pop up during a pandemic, but there are actually a handful of restaurants that have started giving toilet paper to its customers.

 

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We first saw it done by Guerrilla Tacos, who were selling “Emergency Taco Kits.”

Like many restaurants during the pandemic, the Los Angeles staple had to pivot their model and find a solution for the surplus of food they currently had in stock. As a solution, Guerrilla Tacos came up with the kits which included 5 lbs of roasted chicken, 5 lbs of carne asada, and all the side fixings.

The real gold however, was the addition of a roll of toilet paper and 30 eggs, which also have been scarce in grocery stores of late.

As of this writing, the kits are being sold for $149 on their site, and are available via pick-up.

 

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We then saw the county fair staple-turned-restaurant, Chicken Charlie get in the mix.

Chicken Charlie’s Table in San Diego, California, is offering a roll of toilet paper with a minimum $20 purchase. The king of fried food has his famous Deep Fried Oreos on his takeout menu, along with his classic fried chicken and plenty of other goodies to stack up that $20 order.

The Beacon Tap in Chicago, on the other hand, doesn’t even have a minimum requirement. If you just buy something, they’ll give you a roll.

Schmizza Pizza in Oregon is another notable toilet paper Santa, as they’re giving a roll when you buy a $15 pizza.

Last but not least — and the first chain we’ve seen do this — is Ike’s Love and Sandwiches. Ike’s is now offering a free roll with the order of any of their sandwiches.

While Ike’s restaurants are delivering, the toilet paper offer is only applicable for in-store pickup orders. Those who order delivery will not be left in the dust, though, as you can get free delivery through their app, up until March 30.

Hell, there’s probably a lot of restaurants with leftover toilet paper, and no customers dining in to use it. If you’re not lucky enough to be get that TP at the store, check your local restaurants. They might be the new hookups.

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Grocery Stores Must Help Seniors Shop, Here’s How

Update 3/17: Several stores have taken initiative in helping the elderly shop before stores open, and in some cases even pregnant women and those with special needs. You can always call in to see if your local supermarket is offering these services, but several stores have been spotted doing so, such as:
Northgate Market, Ralphs, Target, Vallarta Supermarket, Smart & Final, Superior Grocers, Dollar General, and Stop & Shop.

I don’t need to tell you how swamped grocery stores are in the midst of this national emergency. You’ve watched the news, you’ve seen the videos circulating online, and you’ve certainly gone out to see the madness for yourself.

Fear of the unknown had caused people’s survival instincts to kick in, and now there’s no toilet paper.

As everyone shops and prepares themselves for the worst, the elderly are most vulnerable in this time, and their usual shopping time has been invaded by hoards of shoppers wiping out store shelves.

Measures should be taken to ensure that those of advanced age have a shot at getting their grocery shopping done, as well.

Over the weekend, Northgate Market in La Habra took a shot at letting 65-year-olds and up go into the store first, giving them a 30-minute head start.

It was a noble effort, and a good starting point, but as someone who has worked in a grocery store with a heavy flow of elderly people, and frequently helped them with their shopping lists, I know that’s not enough.

At best, 30-minutes gives them a chance to walk to the household products aisle and grab a roll of toilet paper, and maybe scurry over to the meat department, but definitely not enough time to do any sort of decent shopping.

Monday, Northgate adjusted this effort, not only expanding it to a full hour before official opening, but also expanding past their La Habra location, and doing it at all 41 of its stores, which should be the standard for all stores in these trying times.

In Britain, “Iceland Supermarket” has given the elderly a full hour head start, citing that it gives them a more “comfortable shopping environment,” according to Today. So between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., it’s prime time for those of advanced age.

At minimum, grocery stores should be letting in the elderly an hour early, if not two.

Also, stores are experiencing record sales, and even hiring like crazy at the moment. Use that abundance of hires, and have them go through the senior shoppers’ grocery list. There’s a good chance a clerk can run across the store and grab a gallon of milk a lot faster than a 70-year-old shopper with an arthritic knee.

By now you’ve probably seen the tweet by Rebecca Mehra, where she said:

“I went to the grocery store this afternoon. As I was walking in I heard a woman yell to me from her car. I walked over and found an elderly woman and her husband. She cracked her window open a bit more, and explained to me nearly in tears that they are afraid to go in the store. Afraid to get sick as they are in their 80’s and hear that the novel coronavirus is affecting older people disproportionately. And that they don’t have family around to help them out. Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 bill and a grocery list, and asked if I would be willing to buy her groceries.

I bought the groceries and placed them in her trunk, and gave her back the change. She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 min before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help.”

Yes, the story sounds a bit theatrical, and you never really know what’s true or not on Twitter, but whether you believe her or not, the viral tweet brought awareness to an issue that was not being talked about at the time, and that’s giving the elderly a fighting chance to get their groceries.

In Southern California, multiple grocery stores have adjusted their hours to give them more time to adapt to the influx of shoppers. Northgate is one of them, and even Ralphs shortened their hours, opening later and closing earlier in an attempt to give its employees more time to stock shelves, clean, and do their usual work before and after the madness.

If all these store hours can be adjusted, surely they can follow Northgate and Iceland’s lead, and also have a little bit of empathy for those who can’t wrestle away a case of water from you during the regular hours.

We now know that grocery stores will continue to be open in this quarantine period, and supply chains are reportedly in no danger, so hopefully the waves of shoppers will be a little less hectic, and everyone can get their food in less of a panic.

Either way, in a time where it feels like it’s every man for himself, maybe we should take a step back and think about those around us who might need some help.

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Brilliant New Game Combines Jenga and Jello Shots

 

Watch out Beer Pong. Make way Hungry Hungry Hippo. There’s a new game in town that is both part drinking game and part board game. Introducing the Tipsy Jello Shot Tower.

According to PopSugar, this tipsy version of Jenga is the “perfect Summer party game.” And we don’t disagree. Created and sold by Minnesota-based  Stone Point Custom Woodwork, the game is just like its drier predecessor except several pieces feature jello shot slots (see above). So, if you pull one such piece, you get a treat.

The Tower comes in two sizes, a Little Tipsy Tower ($79) and a Double Tipsy Tower ($89). Both come with jello shot cups with lids, and a jello shot recipe card (not that you need one) and laminated rules for how to play (not that you need those).

Both versions are currently sold out, but you can sign up to be alerted when the game is back in stock.