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Paleteria Flor de Michoacán

What's Good In Your Hood
How did a former construction worker become the Godfather of Mexican style ice cream bars in California? One taste and you'll know!
Show transcript
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We love tradition.
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We absolutely love traditions but we what we love more to get
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those traditions, throw them out the window and create something
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completely brand new.
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Who could think of that?
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A Mexican?
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That's what we do in your neighborhood, from the east to the
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west showing nothing but the very best exclusive flavors
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You know, I see you so stay right there.
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You really should keep this episode of what's good in your
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hood.
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We out here we are in Santa Ana.
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Now one of my favorite spots Michoacan where they make authentic
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Michoacan style, they're gonna be delicious.
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Come check it out.
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Let's go.
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Oh Yeah.
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What's good in your hood lives at the intersection of Deliciousness
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Avenue and Happiness Street.
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I'm having the cheesecake and blackberry pops.
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This is like exactly what cheesecake tastes like.
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It's so good.
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And today we're visiting the epicenter of Joy in Santana provided
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by the, this is serious business with over 60 flavors of and
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that's setting the bar for Mexican ice cream in the region
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And while the family has been doing this for years, it wasn't
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until nationally syndicated writer Gustavo Arellano wrote
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about the and the OC Weekly that things really got moving,
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did a small articles up there, amazing Michoacan style.
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I always try to promote the small local Latinos.
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You know, people doing good stuff.
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Jaime made inroads as being one of the first to open a Michoacan
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So making him the godfather of it all traces back to a little
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town in Michoacan, Mexico.
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The in the most famous are from a pueblo called Michoacan so
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famous that there's actually a 50 ft tall concrete statue
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of a, so that name Michoacan, it's like what Kentucky is suburban
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the United States.
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That's what Michoacan is for.
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And of course, uh you know, Jaime, the owner, he's from Michoacan
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as well.
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So he has to represent and of course, we love traditions.
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We absolutely love traditions, but we, what we love more to
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get those traditions, throw my window and completely brand
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new.
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You have all these amazing creations like a, you could think
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of that.
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A Mexican.
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That's what we do.
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This is a, this is what happens when a mango and a chili fall
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in love and make a baby.
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Oh Yeah.
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Coming up next.
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What the heck is a, we got pork skin going in there, pork skin
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sitting in brine.
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Mm Godfather.
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Grab me one favor.
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So part of our family, we have Oreos, we got strawberries.
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We're in heaven after the OC weekly article, Michoacan blew
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up and became a hub for a whole new clientele, New York.
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We're coming through for the but the road to be on top was never
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planned, stepped up when his father became ill and solidified
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himself as the godfather of soul.
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You gotta have a, if you're gonna have a, it's not just about
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the Jaime and Marta are also serving up Mexican street food
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favorites.
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I come here with my mom pork skin sitting in brine.
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We're gonna taste it.
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We're gonna get in there.
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See all the flavors.
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There we go.
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00 wow.
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It's sweet spicy sour.
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It's delicious.
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People of all ages revel at the sight of a colorful from Michoacan
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Hang tight guys.
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Don't go anywhere.
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OK.
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Can you see what I say?
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Flavors guys?
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I've got all the flavors.
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Tell me a little bit more about Santana the most Mexican big
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city in the United States.
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Absolutely.
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This city is 80% Latino, mostly Mexican and a lot of people
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are from Michoacan.
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But now you have the millennials so they're opening up their
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own businesses, but it's no longer gonna be the, you know,
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the swap meets or the of our parents generation.
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There's a lot of controversy about that called gentrification
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or some people call it gentrification, gentrification.
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This idea that Latinos like you and I, we go back to our communities
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our neighborhoods and we try to, you know, we try to open up
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businesses that appeal to us, but at the same time, we're not
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gonna be like some evil bearded idiot from Portland coming
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in and says you changed to me.
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No, we come in and we're like the, this is still a Latino neighborhood
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but now we're gonna have a different element of, you know,
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our in there.
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It's still a gentrification.
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But with a happy face, Gustavo got me thinking, how can I come
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up with my own piece of and what the hip is love more than anything
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unicorns.
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I'm gonna challenge Jaime and Marta to come up with a never
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before seen unicorn.
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Let's get into it.
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Making the unicorn.
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So we're getting the grape flavor going.
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So they got mango puree.
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They made it fresh this morning.
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They got strawberry puree.
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I'm not gonna lie to you.
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This is exciting for me.
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Oh my God.
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Another tao.
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Let's do it.
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Oh That's nice.
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Sprinkles because you can't have a unicorn without the sprinkles
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Now it's done the big reveal.
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The unicorn paleta.
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What a surprise.
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That was.
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Mm That's the strawberry one.
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And, and the bubble gum.
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That's delicious.
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While I love the authenticity of the.
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What impressed me the most was Jaime Marta's testament to
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the American dream, this hard working immigrant family,
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changing their community for the better and that's what's
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good in your hood.
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No one knows how to make ice cream better than Mexican.
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Maybe Italians.
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But yeah, they're gelato.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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You know.
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Yeah, maybe you're from the east coast.