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Julia's Vegan Tamales

Hay Comida En La Calle
From dishwasher to entrepreneur, Tenoch Xipilli fuses his love of vegetarian and vegan foods with the traditional gastronomy of his native Mexico.
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Back in the day, there wasn't really a lot of places to eat,
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especially Latin vegan food.
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I've always been around plants and herbs.
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I grew up vegetarian.
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I've always made my own food.
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My name is I run Julia vegan tamales.
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We've all heard.
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But in every city there are Latino chefs who proudly wrap their
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culture in the kitchen.
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We hit the streets to find them and tell their stories.
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This is, I was born in Mexico.
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I was there for about six years living with my grandma.
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My cooking career starts off as a dishwasher.
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They moved me up little by little and I started working with
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the food.
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What are we making today today?
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We're gonna make some vegan.
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We're gonna use tapioca cheese.
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The batter is gonna be eggless.
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I'm using the rice paper so it doesn't open up.
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Are you excited?
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I can't even explain how good I am.
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And wow.
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On Facebook.
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Hm.
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When did you start the business?
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I rented out a studio and I started offering classes, offering
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people the opportunity to come and learn.
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People will ask, hey, you know, can you sell me your tamales
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So what I do is, I grab Latin dishes and I vegan them.
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I make sure these dishes are very authentic when you can't
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control a lot of things, working with my hands and then making
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something out of nothing.
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Something really beautiful.
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Makes it feels really great.
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Your taste buds aren't gonna miss anything.