Swiss Entrepreneurs Create ‘Magical Machine’ to Make $1 Tortillas

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Mariachi hat: Proof their invention is legit

And just when I thought technology couldn’t get any more ridiculous awesome, a group of sombrero-wearing geniuses hailing from Switzerland have invented Flatev, a machine that promises to deliver “fresh, authentic tortillas in seconds.” In seconds, people, SECONDS!

And what’s the magic behind this thing? Pods, people, pods!

Per the startup’s Website, Flatev uses pods to produce ready-to-eat tortillas. One pod per tortilla.

Think of it like a coffee machine that makes flatbread. Instead of ground coffee, our pods are filled with fresh dough with natural and healthy ingredients.

Why be like Rosa when you can make $1 tortillas?
Why be like Rosa when you can make $1 tortillas?

The best part? Each pod produces one tortilla and each pod will cost you “only” $0.90.  (That is after plunking down about $300 for the actual “magical tortilla machine.”)

WATCH the video [below] to learn how to get Rosa out of the kitchen and replace her with a Flatev thing instead.

#NotTheOnion

Advertising Agency Declares War on ‘The Hispanic Silo;’ Hires Two Hispanics Instead

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‘The Hispanic’ at Anomaly, looking kind of ‘solo…’ for now

A few days ago, New York-based advertising shop Anomaly made some Internet headlines by declaring war on “The Last Silo of the marketing communications landscape: The Hispanic Silo.”

Per Anomaly’s own manifesto:

Silos by their nature are bad. They stifle potential. They stand there all tall and rigid. They breed homogeneity […] As we look to the future we cannot help but be inspired by the changed dynamics of America today. We are a more pluralistic, more progressive, more cultured nation.

And all of this, my friends, was just a very elegant way of announcing the hiring of its first Hispanic creative talent, namely Dieste’s Giovanni Villamar (See photo of the silo above) and D’Expósito’s Mauricio Galvan) who — at least for the moment — look kind of an anomaly in mostly white, non-Hispanic-but-total-market advertising and marketing landscape.

Anyhow, this blogger wishes these two Hispanic non-silos at Anomaly all the best in their non-Hispanic, total market endeavors.*

*Oh, and make sure to have your non-Hispanic, non-Silo colleagues at Anomaly follow this blogger religiously. I promise tons of piñatas, sombreros and tacos.

Pizza Hut’s ‘Ultimate Mexican Pizza’ Is a ‘Flavour Fiesta’ that Looks Disgusting

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Remember McDonald’s German mariachi?

Well, hold on to your sombreros, because now it’s Pizza Hut’s turn to give us yet another revolting concoction that it dares calling “Mexican.”

Pizza Hut’s New Zealand is introducing the “Ultimate Mexican Pizza,” a “flavourful” combination of nachos, quesadillas, jalapeños and stuffed cheese crust, because Why-The-Hell-Not?

In a nutshell: ¡Guácala!

Edinburgh University Bans Costumes of ‘Mexicans, Gangsters and Mental Patients’

No Mexican costume for you!
No Mexican costume for you!

Pity the students at Edinburgh University.

For reasons that escape this non-Scottish, freedom-of-speech-advocate Mexican blogger, students at this fine institution have been banned from wearing “offensive fancy dress costumes,” which according to said institution, include “Mexicans, gangsters, mental patients and camp men.”

Per the University ordinance:

“It is also not acceptable to use props to emphasise racial characteristics in order to convey an individual or character. A good costume should be clear enough that you do not need racial or cultural additions.”

I don’t know about you but I still don’t understand how a Scottish person smoking a gigantic plastic cigar and wearing an Andaluz hat qualifies as “a Mexican.” Besides, someone still has to explain to me how my people (i.e. the Mexicans) ended up in the same bin with gangsters and mental patients.

I mean, WTH Scotland? We used to get along!

Via: The Scotsman

The Oscars Might be White, but the Oscar Statue Is Mexican

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Thursday was not a good day for so-called “colored people” in the U.S., as the Oscar nominations were announced showing — once again — that the Academy is intent on nominating mostly white people. Best Actor in a leading role category? All white. Best Actor in a Supporting role category? All white. Best Actress in a leading role category? All white. Best Actress in a Supporting role category? All white. The category for Best Director is mostly white and all male, but includes Alejandro G. Iñárritu, which ironically is known in his native Mexico as ‘El Negro.’

Anyhow… the nominations raised the ire of many so-called colored people, and quickly made the #OscarSoWhite hashtag a trending topic (TT) on Twitter for the second year in a row.

I understand why this has so many [colored] people up in arms, but at least Mexicans should Keep Calm and remember that while the Academy, its judges and its nominees are whiter than white, the Oscar statue was actually modeled after Emilio ‘El Indio’ Fernández, a Mexican director and actor who used to live in Hollywood in the 1920s.

And while many people still dispute that story, I believe it’s true and will remain true as far as this blog is concerned.

Oh, and incidentally, El Indio Fernández was actually acquainted with my mom, who was Mexican although not really “colored,” but that’s a whole other story.

#ChapoKate Is a Thing and to Prove it, Here are their Piñatas

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The creators of the Donald Trump piñata are at it again, this time with an awesome combo: Two brand new piñatas, one featuring Kate del Castillo (aka La Reina del Sur and the toughest telenovela actress you will ever meet) and a revamped Chapo-Piñata, featuring Guzmán clad in the now infamous worn-out gray t-shirt he was wearing when caught.

The combo comes on the heels of one of the most surreal (i.e. awesome) stories ever to hit my ever-surreal country…

I think this is all great (gracias, Piñatería Ramírez!), but this blogger has one urgent question: How much longer do we have to wait for the Sean-Penndejo piñata?

Mucus Loves Taco Tuesday; Vows to Wear Sombrero to Go out

mucinextacoI am not really a fan of mucus or mucus-related marketing, but this disgusting creature has earned a spot on this venerable blog, mostly because of his apparent love of tacos.

Watch mucus as he gets ready for Taco Tuesday only to be put down by some white guy armed with 12-hour Mucinex.

It ain’t happening, moco, so you’d better keep your sombrero for some other time. Cinco de mayo, perhaps?

WATCH:

h/t: @pattyrodriguez

Mexico: Home of ‘Entrepreneurs’ — and ‘Quotation Marks’

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I guess this mean it’s not really the only one

Awwww, Mexico… The land of the coc nuts coold and the Special Chapo Coffee, is also ground zero for small businesses –and plenty of quotation marks.

A recent trip to the Mexican states of Hidalgo, Querétaro and Guanajuato just confirmed what this blogger always suspected: My people just looooove quotation marks.

Check out the following gallery (by yours truly) to see only a few examples of our love affair with the ubiquitous comillas.

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Then again… Some small business owners just take the simplest — and yet still adorable — way to peddle their wares, like this clothing store in Pinal de Amoles, Querétaro:

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Clothing

 

 

No, America, the Taco Cleanse is not a Thing

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For reasons I cannot even begin to fathom, four Austin, Texas, residents decided to eat tacos for three meals a day, for 30 days.

The result? The Taco Cleanse, a new book by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger and Jessica Morris, “the self-proclaimed taco scientists, ” who claim “the tortilla-based diet proven to change your life.”

Well, Allison, Bogdanich et al, as the REAL taco expert here, I am sorry to tell you that eating tacos daily -while delightful and delicious- will not really change your life; your waistline, for sure, but not your life (DM me if you need photographic proof.)

So, más respeto please and – above all- No mamen, por favor.

Hat tip: @minsd