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Huarache & Jugos Azteca

What's Good In Your Hood
Meet the mother daughter team running these two bustling spots in Highland Park, stroll the hood with rapper Reverie and watch Rocsi Diaz judge a Huarache cooking contest.
Show transcript
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In a zoo, a chain.
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Real people cooking.
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These are our win in the laugh like your finger is good because
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we're about to see what's good in.
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Yes, yes.
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People with good in your hood is what happens when you combine
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ridiculously good food with the bonds that build a community
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and no one is doing it better in Highland Park than this family
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with.
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And a later we'll link with Honduran homegirl, Roxy Diaz and
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Highland Park rapper Reverie as they share their love for
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food and the hood.
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What's up?
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It's Darian.
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I'm in Highland Park L A at Hugo Azteca and its mother restaurant
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A it's a 12 punch of Mexican snacks, Hugo.
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And of course, I'm excited.
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Let's check it out.
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I like coming here for the, for the nachos.
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Everything in this place is really good.
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This brings me back to my childhood.
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This is an without the chip on top is one of the best restaurants
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in the area.
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Very authentic food.
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Las Highland Park is set on the northeast part of L A called
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by the locals, the first town to be annexed by Los Angeles in
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18 65.
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This is one of las oldest neighborhoods at the center of Highland
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Park on York Boulevard.
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Are these two small but powerhouse institutions serving
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familiar tastes.
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Just paces from one another.
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It's not just about the Hugos and the Del and Veronica are also
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serving Mexican street food favorites.
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What started first?
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Wow.
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It was kind of hard handle in the two places I took over around
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seven years ago.
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Me and my husband talking about the menu here.
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Oh, yeah, we do sell juices to and burritos, but mainly the
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juices.
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And that was, how about your mom's restaurant?
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We get to let more people know about our culture, about our
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food, about our uh taste.
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My 21 year old kid.
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I used to have him like on the car seat.
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I put him like on the side and then we cooking and now we're lucky
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that we have uh a lot of people who can help us.
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Your mom said that she remember sometimes she has to take you
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out of school to help at the, she, she went to work.
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So it wasn't not an option.
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We were like trying to help her out.
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And she always work like from five in the morning until 11 o'clock
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every single day.
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The only day that she has off is like half of the day on Sundays
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When I first uh got to elementary school.
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It was like really, really hard.
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Nobody speaks Spanish.
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So it was a lot of bullying.
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It was horrible.
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It was really hard English.
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It, it was difficult subject to me.
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I think like, everybody will judge me because the way that
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I speak, it was so hard.
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We first got here and I have to just commend both of you.
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So I'm really, really proud of my mom because if it wasn't for
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her, we will not be on the place that we are right now.
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This is obviously a family owned business.
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Yeah, 100% family.
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So my, my two kids were here and you have, isn't he like a social
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media guy?
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Oh, yes, yes.
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Yes.
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He's the one and my husband loves.
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So he's like really, really good with people.
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We'll talk to him later.
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Don't worry.
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Go a has a not so secret weapon.
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It's Efrain and his social media game is strong sometimes
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posting up to 10 videos a day but Homi has a loyal following
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peace and don't go anywhere because when we come back, we're
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going to learn how to make a bomb.
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And what are those things you're about to find out?
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Mm Shrimp and the shrimp is perfectly flavored.
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OK.
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If is gonna show us how he does his Instagram to treat the were
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amazing.
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And also what put you guys on the map.
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What is a named after the Mexican sandal because of its shape
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The popular Mexico City street food is made from masa stuffed
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with a thin layer of beans then smashed into its peculiar oblong
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shape.
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It's thrown in the pan then topped with protein salsa and totally
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makes sense why this is their most popular dish.
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OK?
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Guys, I'm in the kitchen of and I'm with, and we're gonna learn
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how to make the, it's so much fun to say I can't wait ready.
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The first step is uh to grab some potatoes, the bread and then
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um, we start, we put the, the special bread, OK?
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And then after this, we put a little bit of butter on top of the
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bread.
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So it will be fried.
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And then we put the salsa.
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So the bread is absorbing all of the flavors of this sauce.
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And then we put it like on top of it.
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OK?
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Some lettuce a cheese and it's ready for you to enjoy OK?
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People the before you even get to the Torito and the potato
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the flavor just hits you from the bread, I think you need something
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to drink.
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So we're making you.
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That sounds hot but it's cold too.
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First of all, we need to put some into it some and then we're
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also be adding some cucumber.
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So it's a shaved ice.
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Yes.
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Yes.
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Yes.
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And then we're also putting in some.
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This is gonna be spicy, sour, spicy, but it's sourly spicy
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There's cucumbers.
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So turtle be refreshing you would like.
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And then um and as I said, another 12 punch the and the mm my tongue
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is gonna explode.
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Like the just took me to the Mexican heaven once a sleepy enclave
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for immigrants and Latinos Highland Park has been going through
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some changes since the early two thousands when new businesses
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and residents moved in to capitalize on the cheap rent and
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a walkable neighborhood feel for more insight on her neighborhood
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I caught up with rapper Highland Park native and Hugo Vet Reverie
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I love this.
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Come here a lot that's been here for a few years and I actually
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shot one of my music videos here and it's called while I'm still
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here.
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This is York Avenue, York Boulevard.
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York Boulevard.
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It's basically the most famous street in Highland Park besides
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Figueroa, Figueroa Street and York Boulevard are the main
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streets in Highland Park.
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It wasn't always like this.
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Like when I was growing up here on New York, it was a lot scarier
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and now it's really cool.
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It's been a lot of improvement.
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There's a lot of new businesses.
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There's a lot more money.
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There's a lot more opportunity.
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I love being here and this is my hometown no matter who's here
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Like all the new people here are cool, like all the hipsters
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like I haven't had any problems.
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You know, I've just gone through so many changes here because
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my first project I recorded with my brother and my dad bought
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us like an inbox and we recorded my first mix tape in his closet
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with the microphone it was a $10 karaoke mic and it was hanging
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from the closet.
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You in Highland Park are doing the same thing.
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Started rough around the edges and now you're just blossoming
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Thank you.
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Thank you for showing us Highland Park, giving us your insight
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and of course, talking to us about the future of not only Highland
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Park but you, you're very welcome.
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Thank you for having me.
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It was really fun being from here.
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It's your little piece of paradise that nobody else knows
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about.
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It's one of the oldest neighborhoods.
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I mean, it's really part of route 66.
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Got me thinking, how can I come up with my own dream and what's
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the best way to dive in?
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I know.
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OK, guys, I'm in the kitchen of, with the queen of herself and
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we're about to have a, I am very nervous.
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I've never made a before.
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So I'm doing a dessert today.
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So because I'm Cuban, I'm gonna use guava paste that I've smushed
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up.
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So I'm gonna put the mush up guava paste, throw it in here just
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like it's actually really similar to making up a the home grown
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makes about 400 a day.
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I'm gonna try to not have a full blown anxiety attack, making
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one.
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Put it on here.
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This is how you do it.
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People PV C pipe and roll it out.
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So it's in the shape which is a Mexican shoe if you didn't know
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Oh, look at this.
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No, no, no.
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It's gonna be a fat.
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You looks so disappointed in my right now.
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Now we're going to There it is.
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Oh, no.
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Oh no.
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You crazy.
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No.
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Hash stress may also have some guava jelly that I'm gonna heat
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up so that I can drizzle it on top.
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So there's still some Mexican ness to it.
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I'm gonna grab some of the cheese and then for a little bit of
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citrus and bite some fresh cut mango.
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It's not too right.
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I'm gonna use this technique again except for this time.
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I'm gonna use Maria cookies.
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I'm gonna crunch them up a little bit just so there's a little
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bit of crunch.
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Let's see what the judge thinks since Highland Park has a dense
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central American population, our challenge is being judged
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by none other than Honduran home girl, Roxy Diaz.
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OK.
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What do we have?
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OK.
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And this is a Cuban inspired dessert with little bit of cheese
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crushed Maria cookies and some fresh mango.
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You made this one?
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I made this one.
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Oh OK.
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I come to back room.
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Delicious.
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This is bomb delicious.
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So good.
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Oh My God.
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There are a lot to live up to.
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Well, all right, you ready is made with love.
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Mine was made with anxiety.
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So I'm Cuban and Cubans love guava and cheese.
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OK?
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So I figured you figured I would like it.
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Hondurans like guava and cheese too.
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Oh It's good.
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It's really good.
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So who would you say is the winner of the?
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So if I pick all in all winner of the child, that be enough?
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Really?
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When I think of my grandmother, I think of every morning was
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you know, they would give us uh and waking up to that sound
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of this, like the lady making the tortillas, which is like
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something that you grew up in the house knowing what that sound
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is.
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So would make the from, from scratch.
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I think about all of that.
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We were, we were kids.
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It was a different way of growing up food.
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It brings people together, you know, it brings friends together
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We bring, it brings experiences together.
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I feel like people from Honduras are very humble, very hard
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working.
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And I think all, I think Latinos in general, we're just hard
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working and humble.
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We know where we come from.
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We know our background, we know what the struggle is.
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We know what the segregation of people.
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It's either you got it or you don't.
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That's just the way we are raised.
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If we're in the third world country, you know, you know how
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to value things.
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And I think that that's why it was so important for my mom to
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send us back to Honduras every summer because we understood
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the difference.
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No, my mom worked hard.
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My mom and dad separated when I was young.
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I was like 12, 13 years old when my mom and dad separated my mom
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held it down, you know, three kids, single mom, two jobs at
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a time.
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We never won it for anything.
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I, if we were poor, I never, you that we're hard working people
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We just, we don't give up.
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You see it on, you see it here in the streets of L A.
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You see Latinos all the time.
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Whether we're standing outside of a Home Depot, we're just
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waiting for a chance just to have of whether we're selling
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fruit on the corner, whether we're selling mangoes or, or
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or, or whatever, we figure the, we figure this shit out.
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The Spanish, I speak.
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It got really messed up in New York because all I do was hang
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out with Dominicans and Puerto Ricans so I speak like I, they
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call me at the foot of Puerto Rican parade.
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I'm like, you know, I'm not one of you, right?
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I wanna make sure that, you know, I mean, I'll fly the flag for
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you guys, but I'm not, you know, all of a sudden and I'm Dominican
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and Puerto Rican all of a sudden, I don't know where it came
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from, but I know that my family is like, who is this girl?
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They have no idea.
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It's fitting that Azteca is just steps away from a, it's a safe
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place to have the support of a powerful woman just feet away
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the mothers that sacrifice for us the countless hours for
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a better opportunity, the powerful markers made where we're
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formed and the embrace of change and welcoming of new neighbors
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Thank you so much to and the queen herself, Delfi for the amazing
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food and juices and of course to my girl Reverie for showing
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us all the Super Dough in Highland Park and that was good in
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your mhm.
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Next time on what's good in your hood, we're heading to Houston
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where we'll explore Lango food and culture with H town's own
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Chingo Bling.