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Santa Salsa Hot Dogs

What's Good In Your Hood
Can a Venezuelan skateboarder reinvent the NYC hot dog? Meet Sergio Barrios.
Show transcript
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Santa Salsa started as an art project because all my art work
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starts from the influence that I get from my country.
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And I try to spread the word about where I come from through
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food.
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But what's good in your neighborhood?
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From the east to the west showing nothing but the very best
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Santa Salsa.
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Here we are a Venezuelan chef, boy, you know, he's a star.
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Stay right there.
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You really should be this next episode of What's good in your
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hood.
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We are here, we are at Santa Salsa in Rockaway Beach with the
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best hot dog in New York City.
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It's Venezuelan street food meets American culture divided
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by delicious.
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It's gonna be amazing.
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Come check it out.
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Oh Yeah.
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What's good in your hood is about risking it all to reach a dream
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This trifecta of deliciousness has been coined by the chefs
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here at Santa Salsa as sex on a skateboard.
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And today we're in my hometown of NYC where street dreams are
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made into reality every day.
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We got the hot dog, we got the burger and then we did it our own
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way.
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This thing right here is like a flavor explosion in your mouth
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The hot dog.
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This culinary canvas made popular in the US by a Jewish immigrant
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from Poland is a part of the American tapestry now elevated
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by this Venezuelan artist Santa Salsa started as an art break
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was a skateboard video.
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And this story goes about a holocaust of the skateboarding
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scene and, and there's only one survivor and he creates a special
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sauce and then he starts giving it away on the hot dogs to anybody
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So everyone who tries the hot dog became a skateboard.
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So I was the hotdog guy in the movie and I decided to move here
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to New York and then I decided to bring to life the character
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of the video, which was the hot dog car, the hotdog car guy.
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There was a pretty good relation with skateboarding and music
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that I was into hip hop punk.
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All that street vibe when it came together with the street
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recipes.
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Is there like a particular item on the menu that is like a real
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Venezuelan thing.
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And then it's called the, the hot dog with everything.
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So you can imagine just like throw everything you have on it
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This place definitely has the best hot dog in the city.
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Hands down the craziest thing that when we got the best New
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York City hot dog on the, on the Village Voice, they gave the
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price to the Venezuelan hot dog.
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Our culture, not Santosa, not only Santa Saa, our culture
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got the recognition for our work.
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That's beautiful.
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Yeah, you are in for a treat.
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We are about to make with Venezuelan chef.
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You're gonna love what you see.
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I'm gonna love what I eat.
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It's all a flavor explosion in your eyes, in my mouth.
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Can you hear it?
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Stay tuned.
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There's a new kid in town skater turned chef Sergio Barrios
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and this is now king of the dog.
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People who comes and say like, oh wait, but I thought this was
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Venezuelan food.
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These are hot dogs and burgers.
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And then I say, OK, give it a try.
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And after that, let me know if that's the same hot dog that you
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had in central park.
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Yeah.
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Wow.
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Daddy check it.
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You are in for a treat because we're in the kitchen with Sergio
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A K, a hot dog master of NYC.
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We're gonna be making his dope hot dog Pedro only here at Santa
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Salsa.
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Let's make it.
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So step one, we hit up the bun here.
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Next step is to the Frank.
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We use a beef Frank that Frank just moved by itself.
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You can.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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Yeah.
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Chopped onions, chopped cabbage, crushed potato chips.
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See, these are the game changer.
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Now we're getting into the Venezuelan part, some ketchup
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on it, shredded cheese and the Santa sauce.
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Now it's time to get it on a plate so I could put it in my belly
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Completely finished a piece of art on a pro skateboard presented
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by a pro chef.
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You gotta take a pro level bite out of this.
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These dogs smash you in the face with bold taste of art, skateboarding
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music and Venezuelan street culture.
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One of my objectives with the project was also to, to represent
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the way I grew up and then I wanted to do something more new.
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So I was invited by some friends uh to open up a car on rockaway
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beach.
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The rockaways New York's urban beach community hit hard in
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2012 by hurricane Sandy has gone through a renaissance of
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infrastructure, cultural change and, and Santa Salsa, they're
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leading the way rockaway strong.
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Coming up next.
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The what's good in your hood freestyle dog?
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It's gonna be amazing.
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Don't move.
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The Santa Salsa hot dog is like a nose grind on your teeth.
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A kick clip on your tongue on the front side, nose, grab on your
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lips.
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I couldn't help but notice was a metaphor for the US from turbulent
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beginnings, settling in a new land and remixed to something
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different altogether.
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Sergio is a beacon of light and the pride of a community of Venezuelans
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tied to their country struggle.
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Sadly, these last times the the the country has been going
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through a big struggle, lots of violation with human rights
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And sometimes I can feel sad and I can feel that I should be down
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there.
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At the same time.
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I'm spreading the word about the our culture through food
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said he was spreading his version of Venezuela street culture
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through the most common denominator food y'all.
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I'm challenging chef two way hot dog making contest.
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He's gonna get 10 seconds of the What's gonna soundtrack?
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And he's gonna have to freestyle a hot dog for me on the spot
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OK.
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Let's do it.
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Yeah, let's get to it.
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So what do you got?
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What are you thinking?
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Chorizo cheese dog?
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I think that's a cheese and avocado.
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Oh, that sounds amazing.
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Let's go.
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So, what kind of chorizo we got going here.
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It's a pork chorizo.
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It's pretty good.
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Pretty tasty.
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Yeah.
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So now I, now I throw some cheese on top.
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Now we take the bread, open it up.
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Oh boy.
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Oh my God.
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We can throw some orange on it.
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We can throw some avocado maybe.
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Oh, look at that.
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So let's throw the, and the santa sauce and the santa salsa
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Let's go taste this.
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Boom.
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The moment you've all been waiting for here.
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It is.
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The, what's good in your hood freestyle dog coming straight
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at you.
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I'm gonna get into this and I'm gonna let you know what I think
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Mm oh my God.
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This needs to be on the menu.
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Like Venezuelan slang.
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How would you say?
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Like that's the bomb right here.
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That's the name of this right now.
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Winner of the Western hot dog challenge story adds to the tapestry
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of the United States where one could come to make a better life
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and elevate the culture one at a time.
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Yo, here I wanna thank you, man for showing me all of your art
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Telling me about Venezuelan culture and showing me how to
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make the best hot dog in New York City, brother.
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I appreciate you.
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Thank you.
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Thank you any time and thank you for the support and for spreading
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the word.
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And now let's take it back to the streets where it all started
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and that's what's good in your hood.