Mexican Torta History

Where did the torta come from? Basically, it’s a Mexican sandwich, which may or may not have come about due to French influences. In fact, the history of the torta is rather sketchy. There is speculation that during the French occupation, Mexican bakers took inspiration from the French baguette, which is a hard crusty bread….

The Corn People

Before the Spanish conquest, tamales were an important ritual food and considered sacred as it is the food of the gods and they were offered to various gods at their appointed festivals. Most regions made their own version of tamales to their own respected gods and deities. For example, the Mexica and Azteca people offered…

Short History of Vanilla

Vanilla beans were first used in early Mesoamerica to perfume altars and its orchids were mixed with other herbs and made into amulets to protect against malevolent spirits. Later, the Olmecas and Mayas began using vanilla beans to flavor the corn-based beverages, called atoles and later still, made the infamous chocolatl that the Aztecs got…

Short History of Chocolate

Mesoamericans who first cultivated cacao plants found in the tropical rainforests of Central America fermented, roasted and ground the cacao beans into a paste that they mixed with water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers and other spices to brew a frothy chocolate drink. Olmec, Mayan and Aztec civilizations found chocolate to be an invigorating drink, mood…

The History of Tamales: Assignment #2

When most people think about Mexican food the first thing that comes to mind is tacos, burritos, and chile (hot sauce) on almost everything. But their other things like Mole sauce, Concha, and tamales that many people consume on a daily. Unlike other Central and South American countries where Tamales are usually made for special holidays like Christmas,…

Hot Cheetos Movie

Variety recently announced that Fox Searchlight is producing Flamin’ Hot, a The Founder-style movie about the man who brought the fiery red chips into existence. The underdog story seems made for the big screen — Richard Montañez went from a janitor at Rancho Cucamonga’s Frito-Lay plant to Executive Vice President at PepsiCo after a fluke incident in the plant….

A Guide to Day of the Dead with Coco

Día de los Muertos has its roots in a pre-Hispanic commemoration of deceased loved ones that is practiced by some Latin American indigenous populations. Its a sacred and ancient annual tradition in which the souls of the deceased are able to return for a reunion with their living family members. The film draws its cultural inspiration…

Coco and Diversity

Coco produces by Disney, went ahead and interpreted Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) where Miguel ends up in the realm of the dead in the film. It’s filled with Mexican folklore like the Alebrijes ( Mythical Creatures), traditions like Papel Picado (Speckled Paper), and Mesoamerican inspired pyramids. The co-directors and filmmakers wanted…

SORTEDfood: Paella Burrito

I follow a YouTube Channel known as SORTEDfood, which is known for making creative recipes or leveling up an everyday food item. They have an on going series where they have an ultimate battle where almost everyone on their cast has a cook out; sometimes they stick with traditional recipes and sometimes they think out…

P.I.E Paragraph

P- Point Sometimes there are moments in life where one is put in a situation of where one must tolerate the social hierarchical system. Many minorities go through some sort of experience where one must put their pride and ego to the side just to survive and entertain those who don’t understand the privilege they…