Pope Francis’ ‘Telemundo Innovation Award’ Is Brought to you by Best Western Hotels

Vatican PopeRemember Pope Francis winning Telemundo’s first “Innovation Award for “his innovative use of social media?”

Well, the actual award ceremony is finally upon us, and this weekend poor Pope Francis will welcome a contingent of Hispanic executives and “bloggers” at the Vatican for the occasion.

Among the visitors is Manny Ruiz (aka @PapiBlogger,) founder of Hispanicize, an annual gathering of Hispanic bloggers and entertainers that can be more accurately described as an in-your-face-shameless-parade of brands. And as such, the 9-day-Vatican vacation “historic journey” would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors and brands, which promise to be at the center of the whole thing.

According to @PapiBlogger himself:

While in Rome – and Italy in general – we will be generously hosted and accommodated by our official hotel partner Best Western.  Over the course of the next 9 days, we will document this historic journey and all of our adventures, history and travel insights through social media using the hashtags #HispzInRome and #ViajaConBW.

[…] May this trip be as large a blessing to our Latino community as it will be to us that will get to meet Pope Francis.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll spend my weekend praying for Jorge Bergoglio. If you want to join me, feel free to use the hashtag #PrayingForBergoglio.

Mexican Entrepreneurship Knows No Limits — Part VII

'Las que quiera, menos todas'
‘Las que quiera, menos todas:’ Lady Empanadas

This woman not only became an Internet star overnight; she has — deservedly — become this blogger’s personal favorite Mexican ever.


INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Watch the video below. 2. Hug a Mexican. 3. Repeat. (For the monolingual crowd: scroll down for an English-language transcript of the dialogue.) Read and HUG A MEXICAN.

—  M’am, how much are the empanadas?

— 10 pesos

— Can I buy them all?

— No, I can’t do that. I just left my house

— Well, sell them all to me. I want them all

— I can’t do that. Please understand.

— I want them all. I’ll pay 12 pesos each

— They cost 10!

— But I’ll give you 12!

— No. That would cost you a lot of money. I have about 40 or 35. I can sell you some, 10 or maybe 15… As many as you want, except all of them

— OK then

— OK

Meth-Filled Burritos: Because you Can Wrap Practically Anything in a Tortilla

See? Nothing good comes out of a burrito
See? Nothing good comes out of a burrito

Move over, cocaine-filled tamales. The new wave for smuggling drugs from Mexico into the U.S. consists of stuffing up burritos with methamphetamine.

Customs and Border Protection officers this week said they arrested four Mexican nationals and two Arizona women, during separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.

In one of those instances, says the U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

A narcotics-detecting canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs and a search determined the woman was carrying more than a pound of methamphetamine in two packages that had been wrapped in tortilla shells to make them look like burritos.

As a proud chilanga who does not eat (and will never eat) a burrito, I can only cheer Customs officials for the feat, and remind my faithful followers of one important fact: Nothing good has ever come out of a burrito.

Hat tip: @lechancle

Mexican Government Responds to Trump’s Taco Bowl by Producing a 3-Minute Video about Tacos

¡Tómala Trumpo!
¡Tómala Trumpo!

On the heels of the now infamous Taco-Bowl Trump brouhaha, the Mexican Government has decided to address the insult by going into full-on diplomacy mode and doing what it does best: Investing a ton of money on a three-minute video about … tacos.

Because… Mexico.

Filing this under #Diplomacy #Politics #Tacos and #StupidPropositions

This Music Video Beautifully Sums Up the Whole Sean Penn-Kate-El Chapo Brouhaha

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This blogger has been super busy with tons of parties work taking place this week, so it’s always good to keep getting tips from my dozens millions of indefatigable followers.

So, without further ado, I give you Me faltó decirle, a brand new music video by Conjunto Amanecer featuring JEAN FENN and KATY DE LA TORRE, friends of the one and only Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

¡Bravo, bravo!

Hat tip: @tropicarlitos

New Mexican Restaurant in Harlem Features a $17 Tostada Appetizer, Because Why Not?

“Oso: Our prices are not as minimalist as our decor”

Awww, the wonders of gentrification!

I remember when you could just go have a simple, no-frills, $1 taco around my neighborhood. But these days the Hamilton Heights-West Harlem area is rapidly filling up with posh, mostly unaffordable “ethnic” places, catering to a mostly non-ethnic crowd who has realized living uptown is not that awful after all.

Take Oso, a recently opened Mexican restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue, whose menu would be simply awesome (or should I say Ósom?) if the currency of its plates were in pesos and not dollars.

Take the “platos ligeros” or appetizers (below.) I mean, really? I don’t want to have to get a job in Wall Street to be able to afford a tostada. Give me a break, man.


Aspiring Congresswoman in Mexico Campaigns as ‘The Helpful Blond,’ Because Mexico

Not the Onion

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted.

Corintia Cruz (above) thought it was an awesome idea to campaign under the slogan of: Corintia, la güerita que te ayuda, which loosely translates as Corintia, the little blond woman who will help you.

I have no idea what her political platform and/or proposals for the people of Veracruz are, but given the fact that she is from the PRI, I’m pretty sure she’s pretty adept at helping … herself.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering: No, my country is *not* racist.

Via: Libertad Bajo Palabra

Puerto Rico’s Super Woman Studies in Columbia, Not Colombia

La Borinqueña will be the guest of honor at this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.

I might have been sleeping but totally missed this week’s presentation of La Borinqueña, the first afroboricua Super Woman.

According to its creator, Puerto Rican illustrator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, La Borinqueña’s real name is Marisol Ríos de la Luz; she is a young Puerto Rican studying a masters in Columbia (Not Colombia) and living in Brooklyn with her parents. (She also has a body well suited for Hispanic television, if you asked me.)

La Borinqueña will also be this year’s guest of honor at this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade to take place June 12 in New York City.

Via: Univision

Mexicans Tweaked Trump’s Taco Bowl; it Was a Thing of Beauty

Solo, solo, solo Sanborn's

On the heels of Donald Trump’s Cinco de Mayo Tweeter brouhaha, my people (i.e. Mexicans on Twitter) used a combination of Photoshop and hilarity to give Trump’s disgusting Taco Bowl a real Mexican flavor. The result was a thing of beauty.

Tamales, anyone?

As if it was possible…

Hate me more [ódiame más]
Hate me more [ódiame más]

La última y nos vamos…


From the archives of “Mexicans: How can anyone not like us?”

Tweets by @besuqueable, @TacoGuruMx et al.

Donald Trump’s Taco Bowl Tweet Brouhaha Proves Humanity [and Very Likely this Blog] Is Doomed


I seriously don’t know what’s worse, if Donald Trump tweeting a photo of himself on Cinco de Mayo eating a Taco Bowl (whatever that is) to say he loves Hispanics or the avalanche of serious, “investigative news pieces” from “real journalists” attempting to get to the bottom of things.

Seriously, what’s there to get to the bottom of? That the disgusting Walled-Taco-Thing was purchased in a cafe instead of restaurant? That Trump really didn’t tweet that thing today, because he’s in another city?

Man,I miss that time when stuff like this belonged to my stupid blog and not the realm of “investigative journalism.”

Hit them, Adam Weinstein


Mexican Twitter Cannot Get Enough of ‘Lady Cajero’

The original image
The original image

You can say anything about Mexicans, but you can’t accuse us of a lack of imagination.

The above image — which started making the rounds on the Internet on Tuesday — quickly became the object of some of the best memes this week. Nobody really knows the story behind this photo, nor why this woman’s friend had to be so protective of her privacy at a Banamex ATM, but it didn’t really matter. Mexican Twitter quickly jumped in. And it was hilarious.

I will be uploading some more pics later today, but in the meantime take a look at some of my personal favorite memes around #LadyCajero. [Click on the arrows to continue]

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Courtesy of @vampipe, @besuqueable, @TacoGuruMx, @Sopitas, @BebeDeiuz

Argentine Sports Channel Puts Trump’s Insults to Good Use


Argentina’s TyC Sports channel is using extracts from Trump’s infamous “wall” speech to propose a wall in hopes to stop Argentina’s national team from coming to this year’s Copa América.

“These are total killers,” says Trump, as the video shows Ángel Di María lashing the ball into the the net. “These are not the nice, sweet little people that you think,” Trump continues. “We need to build a wall, and we need to build it fast!”

Watch the spot below, and leave your comments… (Oh, and try to be nice to Argentina.)

Via: CNET en Español