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We’ve all heard the divisive and hateful rhetoric that’s come out of not only Trump’s mouth but, really, from pretty much the entire administration. From ‘the wall’ to ‘lock her up’ and ‘the immigrant’, never have so many words so quickly entered the mainstream lexicon.
And yea, many of those words don’t carry any hateful or racist meaning by themselves. But when taken in context, they have been used to belittle and straight up attack entire communities.
So when news broke out that a restaurant in New Mexico has plastered a whole bunch of these words all over their menu, many were left scratching their heads.
The Urban Taqueria, which recently opened in Albuquerque, offers customers a range of burritos boasting names like “Lock her Up” and “The Wall” as well as tacos that have been dubbed “Bad Hombre” and “The Immigrant.”
The owner of the eatery, Hanif Mohamed, denied he was trying to spark controversy with the menu names — seemingly inspired by President Trump’s rhetoric. Instead, Mohamed said he hoped it would prompt conversation during a particularly polarizing time in American history.
In an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle, Mohamed, a native of Kenya who immigrated to the US in 1992, said “When I created the menu two-and-half-years ago, we had the ban on Muslims. My kids asked me, ‘Are we American or Muslim?’” The menu, he decided, covered all subject matter.
The offerings are not meant to insult his customers, says Mohamed. In fact, he says they’re a “conversation starter” and educational by nature.
“Outsourced,” a taco with tandoori chicken, raita, tamarind salsa, alludes to the U.S. practice of outsourcing jobs to India, while “The Immigrant,” a vegan taco with organic green chile and fried potatoes, represents Irish refugees fleeing the Potato Famine in the 1800s.
“Ninety-nine percent of the people who walk in, more than 99 percent, don’t seem to have an issue with it,” Hanif Mohamed, owner of Urban Taqueria, told KOAT. “The menu’s not designed to insult people or hurt people, but it’s just meant to keep the conversation going as to what’s happening around us.”
“The way things are right now. It’s not good,” Juan Hernandez told KOAT. “We need to have respect for others and have limits.”
University of New Mexico professor Patricia Perea added: “It seems fun, it seems like you can make fun of this and maybe make it lighthearted, but you really can’t, you’re offending a whole community.
“It’s normalizing the terms and potentially turning them into funny or humorous terms, and the more that you do that, the more likely people are to repeat them and perhaps forget the contexts in which they were said.”
Others disagreed and said the restaurant was just making a brave choice with their names. “To me it’s not offensive,” Christy Garcia told KOAT. “I just think it’s interesting that they decided to be so bold with the names.”
The restaurant and its menu has received positive reviews online. “Awesome menu names!!!! Love the creativity! Don’t cave to those so easily offended. They can simply choose not to eat there,” wrote Amber Atchley Cokins in a review on Facebook.
“Great food, and atmosphere. Customer service is good. Love the names of the dishes,” added Autumn Blake.
But we’ll be the first to point out that no business should ever use the trauma and hate experienced by a community as a marketing ploy. The words on this restaurant’s menu have been used to demean and attack minority communities, but especially Latinos.
Let’s face it, food is great. Eating is great. Meals are great. But you know what’s even better? Effortless food. Whether it’s storing it, cooking it, or eating it, sometimes the lazy man’s way of dealing with food is the best way*. And so, we’ve found 22 food hacks for all you lazy people out there who need to feel seen every now and again.
*Disclaimer: it’s not necessarily the tastiest way. But it definitely saves time and effort. That’s something, right?
There are so many reasons why frozen vegetables are a boon for lazy people. They’re healthy, for starters. Plus, you don’t have to chop or wash them – they’re already prepared! And since they’re frozen, you don’t have to worry about them going rotten if you don’t finish them quickly. There are so many good reasons to buy frozen vegetables, we can’t mock lazy people for investing whatever minuscule energy they have into using them in meals.
The oven is a lazy babe’s best friend. Bell peppers, onion and thinly sliced chicken on an oiled foil-covered oven tray cook nicely in an oven. And if you flavor them with taco seasoning, you’ll suddenly have one-tray fajitas. You’re welcome.
If you’re keen on adding some egg to your two-minute noodles, then try stopping the microwave halfway through its cycle and add a raw egg, before starting the microwave again. By the time you take out your food, your egg will be fully cooked, and you’ll have a hella delicious instant meal.
Owning an Instant Pot means that you automatically have a way of cooking your vegetables, meat, and whatever else without having to constantly check on your food. Just chuck all of your ingredients in, leave it for a few hours, and voila – you have yourself a delicious meal.
Just like one-pan meals, all you need to do is line a baking tray with foil or baking paper, lay bacon out on it, and then bake the goods at 400ºF for 20 minutes. Think about it: there’s no smoke, no mess, and no oil spitting at you. It’s a win-win trick.
Recipe instructions that call for finely chopped garlic or ginger are the worst. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Try using a cheese grater to prepare your food, instead.
Ask any lazy person and they’ll tell you: chopping onions is tear-inducing. However, rinsing your knife in cold water before you start slicing will stop onion juices from spurting everywhere – and preserve your sinuses.
Imagine: you’ve been chopping your mushrooms all these years with a knife when you could have been using an egg slicer instead. This trick applies to strawberries, too.
Ever experienced the sadness of cutting an avocado in half, and discovering it’s basically rotten on the inside? Well, you never have to worry about that again! If you try to remove the stem from that pesky avocado and the entire stem comes off, then you know it’s too ripe. If there’s still a little stem left, then it’s just right!
Once you’ve found your perfectly-ripe avocado, it’s time to make guacamole! Use a potato masher on your avocado to pulverize it in seconds.
On the one hand, reheating pizza in the oven takes too long. On the other hand, there’s nothing more disappointing than using the microwave and finding your pizza is ruined, rather than heated nicely. But, you never have to worry about that again – if you put a cup of water in the microwave with your pizza.
If you slice beef across the grain, it makes it easier to chew.
A standard quick cake recipe asks for butter, egg, oil and cake mix. But, you can swap out the butter, egg, and oil with soda, and still make one hella tasty cake.
If you’re making mashed potatoes and just aren’t emotionally in a place where you can be bothered to spend precious time peeling, there’s a way around it. Try boiling the potatoes first. Once they’ve cooled, you can pull the potato skin off with your bare hands. It’s easy.
It’s time to rethink the way you slice cake! If you want consistently delicious cake, try cutting and removing slices from the middle, and press the rest of the cake together. By keeping the middle unexposed to air, you’ll keep your cake fresh, for longer.
Rather than spending precious time trying to slice mango just right with a knife so that you don’t waste any delicious fruit, consider using the edge of a glass to cut it, instead. All you need to do is cut half off the mango and then slide the piece vertically along the edge of a glass. The edible bit will fall into the glass, and you’ll be left with the skin in your hand to throw away.
If you wrap your dishes in clingfilm before you put food on them, it means you can eat with the knowledge that you’ll have zero cleaning to do afterward. All you’ll have to do is throw out the plastic wrap!
Cut your two pizzas in half, and then lay the straight edges of the pizza against the edges of the oven tray. You’ll fit way more pizza on there.
Push your boiled potatoes through a sieve, and just watch it mash itself. It’s that easy.
If you make a hole in the middle of your pasta before you put it in the microwave, that’ll allow your food to heat up quicker. To be honest, you don’t have to do this trick with just pasta – it’ll work with most leftovers that you put in the microwave.
Elevate one of your bowls in the microwave by putting a mug underneath it. That’ll make enough room for two bowls to be heated at once. Heck. Yeah.
Try cutting a cake with dental floss. You get a cleaner cut, and there’s no knife to wash afterward!
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