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What's Good In Your Hood
From esquite to tacos chilangos, this Houston restaurant brings Mexico City street food to the biggest city in Texas.
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We're going back and we're making a statement on what a real
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tackle used to be.
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This is how it was born but in a change, real people cooking
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So these are our wa and the chef is you laugh like your finger
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is good because we're about to see what's good in.
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Yes.
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Yes.
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People with good in your hood is all about the hustlers, dreamers
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and culture dealers and no one is doing it better in Houston
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than Ramon Soriano from La Tacos and Cantina later.
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We'll link with H town's finest Chingo Bling to experience
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his hometown.
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What's up guys?
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I'm in Houston, Texas at Tacos and Cantina where they serve
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everything that's Mexican street food and drinks under one
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roof.
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So let's check it out H town.
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Uh If you've never been here, I would recommend the five street
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tacos.
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Um They were really good and they give you like a bunch of different
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meats to choose from compared to other taco places.
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I really like the way they uh season the meat and you can tell
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that all the ingredients are fresh.
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Mm Has been cooking for 18 hours worth every single minute
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There's a New face of tacos in Houston.
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And his name is Ramon Soriano Tom.
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And he's bringing his version of Mexican street food to H town
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My menu mimics everything that you would find on a street stand
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from the appetizers.
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You know, the street corn uh speciality when you walk in as
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a guest, um uh you'll have the same experience as you would
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in a Mexico City street stand, the street dog.
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Uh you know, the, the bags with, uh, water scares the light
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away.
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So you'll always see a rundown old TV with a telenovela or,
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uh, is usually very, very, uh, open.
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It doesn't matter, uh, uh, what, uh, social class you're,
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you're at.
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So this isn't just food coming here is really, it's an experience
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It's an experience.
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Yes.
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Yes.
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Yes.
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The experience is as important as, as the food.
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The, the thing that moved me the most is, you know, I, I, every
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time I go to, uh, to Mexico, I just go to eat and, and I just missed
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it.
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I went and I got, you know, recipes from, uh, my favorite, uh
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stands street stands from one street stand recipe the, from
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the, from the other.
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And I, uh, put it all, uh, all together first.
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You know, when a taco stand here, I don't have a freezer, I don't
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have a can opener and I don't have a microwave.
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You wouldn't find that on a, on a taco stands 48 times or like
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shelf life or whatever.
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It, it just changes everything.
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This food hits you in the face with bold tastes of Mexican street
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culture.
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When I first moved to the States, uh everything tasted the
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same.
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And then I came to realize after many years, uh I came to realize
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that it's a, a preservative and, and that's, I think one of
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the main differences that I have uh over here.
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So, you know, I was selling hamburgers in Mexico and then I
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came to the US to sell tacos.
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So a little bit OK, guys don't go anywhere because when we come
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back, we're gonna learn how to make a breakfast sandwich.
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It's called the Thank you, Jose, the essence of the taste.
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And I'm taking it from a Mexican like me, I'm an immigrant.
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I say come, you could tell from my accent.
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This is the place that has a taste.
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I come here regularly and when I don't I order Uber eats or regularly
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what is the food item that you got on the map?
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Well, it was, it was back to the basics.
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Our, what we're known for the tacos, the street tacos, uh yellow
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corn tortilla, small tacos, the meat of your choice.
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You know, it could be, it could be onion cilantro uh and some
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lime.
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That's it, you know.
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So we, we're, we're going back and we're making a statement
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on what a real taco used to be.
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This is how it was born.
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We've been in just two years.
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We've been featured in um in, in a lot of lists best tacos, best
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restaurant, best, uh you know, best new restaurant when,
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when we open restaurants with, with world renowned chefs
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and all that.
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So I'm, I'm very proud about that.
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What's up guys?
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I'm in the kitchen of, with Ramon and Jose.
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And today they're gonna show us how to make a breakfast sandwich
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which is called the how to make one.
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OK, Jose.
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So step one on how to make.
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Go put the right Mexican bread.
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So good.
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So fresh with some butter on the bread.
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Oh On both sides of the bread.
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While the bread is cooking, it's put on the chips and salsa
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and this salsa you guys make it here.
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Make it here.
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OK?
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You see the butter for chorizo and egg this, you guys make it
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here too.
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Yeah.
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It's making everything here amazing.
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It's put the egg for cooking everything together when this
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bread is pulling the bread.
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OK?
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So what?
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You're just cooking the chips?
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Too soft, too soggy.
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So they become a little soggier.
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OK?
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The bread done.
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Yep.
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Mm The first one is pruned beans, fried beans on top the toast
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bread and take it the the for the, on top of the bread.
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Wow.
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And next is Alex.
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Beautiful Jose.
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Thank you.
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It's starting with cilantro.
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So a little bit of fresh fresh onion cilantro from the sour
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cream avocado.
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And last but not least put on top and put on the, the sandwich
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The name is, where do you even start with this sandwich?
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Oh, wow.
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Hm.
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The Mexican chorizo and the egg, the fresh fresh onion, the
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crunchiness of the chips.
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And just that little A makes it nice and creamy.
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Literally perfect Jose.
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You're the best.
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Don't go anywhere later.
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We'll link with H town's finest Chingo Bling to experience
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his hometown.
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What better way to get more insight on Houston than key figure
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rep in H Town, Chingo Bling.
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We're in your head of Houston.
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We're like the third coast.
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So, you know, obviously there's east coast, west coast, but
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then we had our own little.
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It's not really Midwest, it's humid, it's super hot, it feels
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like New Orleans and Miami.
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I feel like you were meant to be born in Houston.
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A lot of my jokes and stuff that I do now in my stand up.
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A lot of it is kind of like making fun of how kind of how I grew
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up, which, which in other terms is how we grew up.
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I wasn't even thinking about smuggling weed because like
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they're legalizing weed.
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My cousins, not so much.
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They say comedy and drama are like just two sides of the same
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coin.
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Um Comedians, we build tension the same way.
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Uh a dramatic scene would build tension uh except our release
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is the punch line.
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It's like my dad tells me he's like, uh, I always wanted you
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to be a doctor or engineer.
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Went up with, you're a comedian.
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And I guess that's kind of like a therapist in a way.
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So I guess just as a, I don't blame them for being a little concerned
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but it's like, hey, dude, we did not come to this country for
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you to be the guy with the boots and the hat and the grill.
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But, uh, but at the same time they were supportive, like my
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mom, she's the one that was like, you need to go get a grill because
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I mean, you're doing, you're doing a rap thing and this is h
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town, you need to go hit up V Johnny and just go and get the real
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grill in.
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Uh Yeah.
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Yeah, exactly.
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Yeah, exactly.
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Like, hey, if, if you're trying to be the tamale kingpin, you
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know, be the best one you can.
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If I'm gonna make sure my culture is part of my recipe, then
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I gotta be the tamale kingpin because my dad sold them at work
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My mom made them at home.
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And really, again, it's nothing unique.
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Like tons of people's moms and grandmas make tamales and nine
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times out of 10.
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If you make a Tamales, you selling tamales to me the whole folklore
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and the tradition of slang and masa, when there's nothing
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else you could do that to me, it just represents so much like
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not only does it go back to Pre Hispanic times.
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Back to our native roots of taking a crop that happens to grow
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in your area.
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It's the original farm to table.
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Ok.
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Well, I wanna see your Houston.
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So let's do it.
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Cheers to that.
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So this is your hut southeast side and Grand Park where we're
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at.
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Gentrification hasn't made it here just yet.
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We're inside the 6 10 loop.
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This is blue collar working class.
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You know, my neighborhood has a little bit of a checkered past
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a little bit of a reputation.
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My parents were the type to be like, like whoever you hang with
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I'm gonna know what you're up to.
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My mom.
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She would watch the news and she'd hear like somebody got stabbed
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somebody got shot or there's a lot of gang activity too, but
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it's just all we knew.
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You know, it's the hood, but you had to know how to navigate
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and stay out of trouble and don't make any bad choices.
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Talk to me about the whole Harvey experience.
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I actually had a gig in Washington DC.
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We heard that the storm might be coming.
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We wanted to evacuate anyway, so we can call the flight to DC
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The heartbreaking thing is now you're away from home and you're
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seeing these images on like national news and, but so many
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heroes jumped in boats and like, literally went door to door
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rescuing people.
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I love it.
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I, I wouldn't, I wouldn't wish to be from anywhere else I love
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being from Houston.
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Houston, this vibrant South Texas community hit hard by hurricane
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Harvey in 2017 is spring boarding into a vibrant community
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and Ramon is at the center of it.
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All Houston strong are strong, it means nothing but fighters
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and warriors.
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Here we are always here to help one another.
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Houston is a city where neighbors help neighbors.
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This is an amazing view of Houston.
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Talk to me though about when Houston didn't look like this
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during Harvey.
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Harvey was devastating.
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The whole downtown like a block away from here was completely
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covered with water.
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Driving my first thing here and seeing building after building
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cars after car completely flooded, I thought it's going to
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take a year to get back to normality.
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Everyone came together really, really fast.
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Every person I knew was helping in some way.
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I think people came closer together.
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Absolutely.
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I've been following uh that's a taco truck here in Houston
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and I contacted him through Facebook and I told him, hey, listen
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I see he was going around feeding people.
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I told him, I, I see what you're doing.
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I have a lot of product come and get it.
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He came over, we met, gave him a lot of product and he was able
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to feed people for three more weeks and it was chilly when he
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told me that the after effect of us doing that was phenomenal
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We got a lot of attention uh Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook
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came to a restaurant, they had a lunch, but it was about seven
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or eight people that helped on Harvey through Facebook.
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And so we all share the story, other people that through Facebook
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they found out where to go.
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They had a boat.
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So they were helping rescue people and things like that.
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People here in Houston are very proud of their city.
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They are very proud of our heritage.
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The family bonds here in Houston are very strong.
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The friendship bonds are very strong.
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This is very similar to Mexico City out of all the places that
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I've been in the United States.
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This is the one that feels the most like home cheers.
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I was thinking who better to taste?
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Test Ramon's Tacos than the himself?
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Chingo.
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OK, guys, I'm here with Chingo and with Ramon and we're about
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to have the Chingo challenge where we're gonna make him try
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foods and he has to guess what they are.
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Are you ready to provide the food?
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Let's do it.
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And to make it a little more exciting, I'm gonna blindfold
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them.
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Ready?
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Does that suck?
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I'm not sure what it is.
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OK.
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Ready.
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It tricks your taste buds.
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But I'm sorry.
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Mhm All right.
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Here we go.
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Where is this the one where y'all tricking me?
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Is this a prank?
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No.
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Yeah, you got it right.
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Clearly.
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Your expert level.
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Mexican game is on point.
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So as a result, I have a surprise price for you and because I
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was jealous that you got to eat that I have one too.
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Oh, you can take a blindfold off.
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This is a treat.
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Ok.
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Cheer.
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Cheer.
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That might be the first cheers of all time.
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Oh, not only is the corn.
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Super crunchy but the flavor is bananas.
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Got a kick to it, bro.
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Perfect amount of kick.
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Perfect.
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You won the Chingo challenge and I wouldn't have got this if
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it wasn't for every out there that ever hooked me up.
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Ramon and Chingo stories.
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Add to the tapestry of the United States where one can create
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a better life and elevate the culture by sharing our experiences
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the city and neighborhood that embraces us for who we are
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The experiences we share with the world through food, laughter
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and the bonds made through hardship.
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This is what makes and the people of Houston strong like the
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streets that inspired it is more than a center for the community
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It's the heart pumping a taste of family and home.
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Thank you so much Ramon for showing us all of the food and flavors
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of and of course to Houston's finest for showing us his age
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town and that's what's in your town.
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Hey, hey, be sure to catch our visits of what's good in your
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hood in L A Tijuana, Miami Ac L New York and more.
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And that's what's good in your hood.