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Sopa de Letras

If you don’t speak Spanish, you might be a little confused about what I spelled out above.

“Eres Chingonx” translates into “You’re Cool.”  Which might not necessarily sound very meaningful en Inglés, pero en Español, it has a completely different connotation packing a stronger punch either way it is being used.

If you grew up with parents who spoke Spanish, you might have heard it used in various ways. “Como chingas” or “No estés chingando” might have been thrown at you along with a chanclazo if you were misbehaving, but you also might have heard “Está Chingón” or “Eres Chingón” to point out that someone or something was really fucking cool!

When I was thinking about the shots I wanted for this post, I knew I wanted to recreate a shot I had seen that said “Yass” but instead spelling out something stupid, I really wanted to incorporate these words of reassurance because we’re all chingonxs in different ways, and in these trying times I think it’s important for us POC’s to continually support and uplift each other.

You might have seen palabras en Español start popping up with an X here and there, and that is because Spanish itself is not a very inclusive language.  It is structured to give just about everyone and every object a gender, and it completely disregards those who might not have been blessed with the appropriate genitals at birth, or the gender they might currently identify with.

When I first encountered the X, I didn’t really understand why it was being used or why it was needed and I figured it was just a bunch of kids on Tumblr trying to tell me how to be politically correct. But after doing further research, I completely understood its importance.

En México though, the concept of the X hasn’t really permeated the culture.

Los chicxs de the Tamarindo Podcast and Latino’s Who Lunch touch on the topic in the Latinx, Si o No crossover episode where they dive a little further into the conversation. Escúchenla when you get the chance.

We are Mitú shared my picture on Facebook and although most comments were positive, there were a few people who expressed grief with the X at the end of chingonx.

What are your thoughts on the use of the X?

Sopa de LetrasCon este frío, I had been craving sopa de letras for a while now and I finally decided to make some over the weekend. Mi mamà used to make it with a much thinner broth and we always accompanied it con quesadillas but this time I was in the mood for a heartier base, so I decided to use Ina Garten’s tomato soup recipe and it was just as delicious. Pro tip: add one or two dried chiles de àrbol for a little heat.

Keep your little feetsies warm, make some soup and stay cozy this winter!

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Pozole Blanco

Pozole BlancoToday we are celebrating the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Reina de México,  aka the patron saint of Mexico

In Mexico, there are tons of fiestas held on December 12th to celebrate the miracle of her apparitions because roughly about 82% of the population is Roman Catholic.

As kids we’d be dressed up in traditional native clothing, and taken to mass. Unfortunately, I lost the picture I had from when I was two, posing in front of the Virgen de Guadalupe. So you’ll just have to close your eyes and imagine me as a 2 year old looking v cute in my huarachitos, zarape and sombrero.

Pozole BlancoIt all started with Juan Diego, a native who was born under aztec rule who was traveling to the city. During his trip, the Virgen de Guadalupe appeared and told him she wanted a temple to be built on Tepeyac hill dedicated to her.

(A temple had been previously built on Tepeyac hill dedicated to Tonantzin, Aztec mother goddess, but it was destroyed by the Spaniards during the Conquest)

Juan Diego ran to to let fray Juan de Zumárraga know of the apparition, but the archbishop looked at him like he was crazy and asked him to let the Virgen de Guadalupe know to prove her identity so he knew it was real.

The following day, Juan Diego returned to speak to the archbishop, but he insisted he ask for a sign to prove her identity, so Juan Diego went back to Tepeyac hill and the Virgin appeared again and she agreed to prove her identity the next day.

Pozole BlancoWhile all this was happening, Juan Diego’s uncle was in his death bed. So that following day Juan Diego set out to find a priest who would take his uncles last words and went a different path to avoid seeing the Virgen de Guadalupe.

It didn’t work because she still appeared before him, scolded him, and told him to pick the Castilian roses that were randomly/mysteriously growing in the middle of the desert (that were also not native to Mexico) and take them to the archbishop. When Juan Diego arrived to see the archbishop, he unfolded his tilma with the roses, to reveal Our Lady of Guadalupe’s image imprinted on it and everyone was shook.

You can find Juan Diego’s tilma hung inside the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City, which was built near the Tepeyac hill where she originally appeared.

Pozole BlancoIt’s a long story, I know. Pero, she’s an integral part of our culture. There’s still so much more to discuss but we’ll leave that for another day.

If you read my post on pozole rojo, you’d know that pozole is always around whenever there’s any big celebrations or birthdays, which is why we’re making it today.

After going to mass and going to school, we’d come home to a warm bowl of pozole and we’d watch the movie recounting Juan Diego’s story on Univision.

I hope you learned a little today, and if you are itching to learn a  little more, do some googling! It gets a little more weird. Just wait till you find out what they’ve discovered in the image imprinted on the original tilma!

Enjoy.

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Pozole Rojo (Red Pozole)

Pozole Rojo (Red Pozole)

Growing up, there were always a few things you could always count on when you went to a “Mexican” birthday party: a ton of beer, a brincolín, Pozole or Bírria,  and a few chingadazos if you didn’t greet every.single.person at the party. TRUST.

Depending on where that family you were visiting was from; you could be having White Pozole, Red Pozole, or Green Pozole! Like most Mexican dishes, everything is specific to the region you’re in, or from.

Pozole Rojo (Red Pozole)

Pozole is a hominy soup with an onion/garlic-based broth with pork being the protein of choice (sometimes chicken).  My parents are from the tiny coastal state of Colima; which is along the Pacific bordered by the State of Jalisco.  There, Pozole is traditionally fried and served seco without any broth.

Pozole Rojo (Red Pozole)

Fun Fact: Pozole comes from the Nahuatl word Pozolli (Po’sol) and the dish dates back to Pre-Columbian Mexico.

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