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    October 21, 2019
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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 21, 2019
    The best-selling documentary of ALL TIME on iTunes (in less than a week).



    Available now on Netflix: The Game Changers.


    The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner — as he travels the world on a quest to uncover the optimal diet for human performance.

    Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes, what James discovers permanently changes his understanding of food and his definition of true strength.
    The Game Changers Movie.

    I just watched this on Netflix and enjoyed it and highly recommend it. Of course, I may suffer from confirmation bias so you will need to form your own opinion after watching it. :smile:

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 15, 2019

    Dr. Greger: There’s lots of talk these days about detoxing, but talk is cheap. Our liver is actually doing it, all day, every day. And if we want to detoxify, the best thing we can do is boost our liver’s own detoxifying enzymes. And sulforaphane is the most potent natural phase 2 enzyme inducer known. That’s one of our liver’s detoxication systems.

    So where do we find this stuff? Broccoli, which produces more than any other known plant in the world.

    In micromoles per gram seed, fresh weight broccoli’s number one, then kohlrabi, and cauliflower gets the bronze. It’s interesting; broccoli raab, which is all gourmet, expensive—is it worth the extra price? No. Broccoli raab produces about 500 times less than broccoli.

    Broccoli is an exceptional source of sulforaphane, but at the same time, there’s none actually in the vegetable—until you bite it.
    NutritionFacts: The Best Detox.


    You’ll hear folks in the raw food community waxing poetic about enzymes—the importance of preserving the activities of plant enzymes, which are destroyed by cooking. Skeptics, on the other hand, indignantly assert that we have no use for plant enzymes, since we’re animals and make all the enzymes we need. Well, both sides are wrong. There are two known examples of plant enzymes serving physiologically useful functions, and the production of sulforaphane is one of them.

    One of our most powerful phytonutrients, it is formed by an enzyme in broccoli. You cut or chew or chop up broccoli or broccoli sprouts, and the enzyme is released and it gets to work making us a big batch of phytonutrient goodness.

    Cooking inactivates the enzyme, though, so steamed broccoli doesn’t have any. So why have experiments shown detectable sulforaphane levels in the blood and urine of people eating only cooked broccoli? Now I’m really confused. Were they sneaking raw broccoli on the side?
    NutritionFacts: Sometimes the Enzyme Myth Is True.


    When I used to teach medical students at Tufts, I gave a lecture about this amazing new therapeutic called iloccorB. I’d talk about all the new science, all the things it could do, excellent safety profile and just as they were all scrambling to buy stock in the company and prescribe it to all their patients I did the big reveal, apologizing for my dyslexia, I had got it backwards. All this time I had been talking about broccoli.

    Sulforaphane, is thought to be the main active ingredient in broccoli, which may protect our brain, protect our eyesight, protect against free radicals, induce our detoxification enzymes, help prevent cancer, as well as help treat it. For example I’ve talked about sulforaphane targeting breast cancer stem cells.

    But then I talked about how the formation of this compound is like a chemical flare reaction, requiring the mixing of a precursor compound with an enzyme in broccoli, which is destroyed by cooking. This may explain why we get dramatic suppression of cancer cell growth from raw broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, but hardly anything boiled microwaved or steamed, except for microwaved broccoli —that actually retained some cancer fighting abilities. But who wants to eat raw Brussels sprouts?
    NutritionFacts: Second Strategy to Cooking Broccoli..

    To see the full transcript or links to cited sources go to the link above, then scroll below the video and click on View Transcript or Sources Cited.

    If you are interested in vegan or whole food plant based diets check out Go Whole Food Vegan by a local SMA vegan and The Vegan Wave SMA (Facebook).

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 15, 2019
    Why would you want to cook without oil?
    • Because you are following a WFPB (whole food plant based) diet,
    • You don't want the empty fat calories from oil,
    • You ran out of oil!

    This post is about the how and not the why, so we'll skip the deeper reasons you might want to skip oil.

    How do you sauté without oil?
    Short answer: Use a non-toxic, non-stick pan and use water instead of oil.
    Longer answer: Watch these videos. They also include some other oil free cooking techniques and tips.

    Happy Herbivore: How to Cook Without Oil (How to Sauté Without Oil)


    Mic the Vegan: Oil Free Cooking Basics + Hacks


    Chef AJ: How to Sauté Without Oil


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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 15, 2019
    Background: How did we get here?
    Previously reported on SMAFAQ as a part of Brief News and Views or Upcoming Activities and Events.

    August 18
    Mayor proposes to merchants construction of an arcade on Guadalupe Avenue
    Luis Alberto Villarreal presented the project for the construction of an Arcade (series of arches) at Avenida Guadalupe, for which the sidewalks will be expanded and the central ridge will be eliminated. ...

    This work contemplates the extension of the two sidewalks that are located in the Guadalupe Avenida of the section of San Rafael street to Insurgentes, with the placement of San Luis cobblestone [update: another translation is paving stone], as well as the extension of the vehicular stream with the hydraulic cement location; the existing central ridge will be demolished to allow greater vehicular fluidity with designated parking places and the construction of the Arcade, with a length of 220 meters from the stretch of San Rafael street to Insurgentes street.
    Mayor proposes to merchants construction of an arcade on Guadalupe Avenue (sp).

    September 14
    The Natural Cost of Beautifying Avenida Guadalupe
    Some residents are raising objections to the city’s plans to replace the decades-old shade trees on Avenida Guadalupe as part of a major reconstruction plan that will significantly alter the appearance of that section of the avenue as well as the large makeshift vendor market stationed there. In the street’s raised median ...
    The Natural Cost of Beautifying Avenida Guadalupe.

    October 3
    The Arcade of Guadalupe Avenue, the goodbye to the trees and the 'cooperacha' that the tenants ask for

    Derived from the application of the “Maintenance and conservation of streets” program that runs the infrastructure and public works management, Guadalupe Avenue will have partial closure of streets from September 21.
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    Problems finding the new urban and suburban route in the San Juan De Dios area? Check this out:
    Did you return to work Monday and realize that in the area of San Juan De Dios there are a lot of closed streets and others with opposite directions? Well, the rehabilitation work started on Guadalupe Avenue, so ...
    Problems finding the new urban and suburban route in the San Juan De Dios area? Check this out: (sp).

    As part of the dignification of this area, this Saturday, September 21 will begin the rehabilitation work of the stamped concrete pavement on Guadalupe Avenue, from the section that goes from the Station Road to the Avenue Independence.

    For this reason, there will be total closure of the section that goes from Calzada de la Estación to San Rafael street and the section of Antonio Villanueva to Insurgentes, during the first stage of this action.
    Rehabilitation Work In Avenida Guadalupe Begins (sp).

    Among Arches, wide sidewalks, plants, "transplanted" trees and "voluntary" cooperations to tenants is how the Arcade of Guadalupe Street is planned to be done in #SanMigueldeAllende
    For next September 16, the San Miguel de Allende Works Directorate will begin the rehabilitation works with stamped concrete pavement and the construction of arches on Guadalupe Avenue, just next to the San Juan De Dios market ...
    The Arcade of Guadalupe Avenue, the goodbye to the trees and the 'cooperacha' that the tenants ask for (sp).

    October 9
    The trees of Av Guadalupe leave
    #SEVAN @GobSMA confirms that Guadalupe Avenue trees will be removed from the area to remove the ridge where they rest; they need space to place concrete and the arcade they project; they will invest $8 thousand in each transplant.
    The municipality announced through a statement that according to the study and in response to dozens of proposals received by inhabitants of different colonies, neighborhoods ..., the parks and the areas where Guadalupe Avenue trees could be located and the total number of specimens that could be transplanted in these areas (were identified).

    He said that so far the following locations that would allow receiving up to 8 copies are listed...
    The trees of Av Guadalupe leave (sp).
    The 33 trees that the members of Salvemos 41 Árboles have been defending for 3 weeks, leave the avenue. The constant protests, petitions, vigilance and manifestations of characters and environmentalists who requested that the project adapt to the trees and not the trees to the project, were rejected ...
    33 trees of Guadalupe Avenue leave; will invest 8 thousand pesos in each one to transplant them (sp).
    San Miguel de Allende, Gto., October 8, 2019.- In response to the request of the inhabitants of various colonies, neighborhoods and communities that seek to adopt the 33 trees that remain on Guadalupe Avenue, the Municipal Government announces the location of the transplants

    In an unprecedented event in the history of San Miguel de Allende, the Municipal Government will carry out - for the first time - an action of this nature, which will imply a cost of 8 thousand pesos per copy.

    Before the start of the work that includes the rehabilitation with stamped concrete pavement and the construction of the arcade of Guadalupe Avenue, the removal of the vehicle ridge is necessary. However, in a professional manner a diagnosis of technique and procedure was prepared to correctly perform the transplant of the specimens.
    Defined Locations Of The 33 Trees Of The Guadeloupe Avenue That Will Be Transplanted (sp).

    October 14
    Thirteen Tree Protectors Arrested; Trees being Removed
    Tree transplant in #SanMigueldeAllende and the resistance of the activists their neighbors is early Monday.
    #SanMigueldeAllende they arrested 13 activists and citizens who protected @41Arboles for "particular resistance," said police director of San Miguel de Allende, Jorge Ignacio Luna.
    With violence they remove the first of the trees, between pulls they retired Protesters who protected tree # 2. Operator of retro excavator decided to leave the machine before the violence with which they are treating the Protesters.
    The municipality began to remove the trees that had been protected for more than 22 days by a group of environmentalists, and society in general.
    SMA: The 41 trees defenders are violently evicted and arrested on Calzada Guadalupe (sp).


    Special Report: The Trees, The Protestors, The City, Foreigners Detained
    Stories listed in the order published on October 14, 2019. Foreigners in Mexico should note the bolded text below at 2:33pm.

    6:55 am
    They prevent trees from being transplanted in SMA
    At 9:00 p.m., this Sunday, October 13, 2019, machinery of the company "Aegean environmental" entered with common excavators, to start the transplant to what Neighbors and protesters prevented begin with the work.
    They prevent trees from being transplanted in SMA (sp).

    8:42 am
    SMA: The 41 trees defenders are violently evicted and arrested on Calzada Guadalupe.

    8:54 am
    #TenemosQueHablar 13 activists arrested, 1 tree
    Good morning my dear and beloved readers! what a pleasure to have you here again, reading us and starting together this week so full of emotions and eventualities that midnight today they still had us in suspense and with the red eye, pending what ...
    #TenemosQueHablar 13 activists arrested, 1 tree (sp).

    9:07 am
    Government of San Miguel de Allende detains Movement activists Save 41 trees
    On Sunday and early Monday night several clashes were raised between the protesters of the Movement Save 41 trees and elements of the Municipal Police, fourteen leaders were surprised and arrested for "Resistance of individuals"

    At approximately 9 p.m., dozens of workers from the Aegean Environmental Company, hoppers and two retro excavators began arriving at Guadalupe Avenue.
    Government of San Miguel de Allende detains Movement activists Save 41 trees (sp).

    noon
    There are only 40 trees, they uprooted one
    Agitated night lived Sanmiguelenses in defense of 41 trees , the municipal authority and the company "Aegean environmental" uprooted a tree with luxury of violence. There are 13 detainees.

    It all started from 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2019 with the eviction of vehicles and the entry of backhoes, to Guadalupe Avenue , where around 300 neighbors and activists managed to retire, after slogans and dialogue with the company.
    There are only 40 trees, they uprooted one (sp).

    12:20 pm
    The Aegean Environmental company has already prepared the site where some of the trees of Av Guadalupe will be placed, it is in the middle of a field and next to it (there they cut down a tree and two nopales) in the Bellavista fractionation.

    1:41 pm
    They demand that they release the 13 protesters
    They call for a peaceful demonstration today (yesterday) at 1:00 p.m., in the city center, after the arrest of 13 citizens in the early hours of today that protected 41 trees. ...

    The meeting will be in the main garden of San Miguel de Allende at 1:00 pm today Monday October 14, 2019.
    They demand that they release the 13 protesters (sp).

    1:49 pm
    13 Activists Forcibly Removed and Arrested, Tree Removal Begins
    Early this morning, a dozen activists protecting the 41 trees on Calzada de Guadalupe were forcibly removed from the area and arrested by police. For more than 22 days, a sizeable group of activists and local citizens have been protecting the trees around the clock from being removed. The local government stated, three weeks ago, that the trees would be transplanted, though no location as to where had been announced. They announced plans to do construction on the street and would remove the trees to do so.
    13 Activists Forcibly Removed and Arrested, Tree Removal Begins.

    2:33 pm
    City Statement: The works of Guadalupe Avenue will continue in the next hours
    Before the start of the transplant works of the 33 trees located on Guadalupe Avenue, the Municipal Government reports the following:

    At approximately 9:00 PM on Sunday, October 13, the company EGEOS, responsible for the transplant, began executing the necessary actions to carry out the work, however, some protesters prevented it by arguing to seek an agreement. ...

    Given this series of actions that violate article 259 of the State Criminal Code, 12 people, 10 Mexicans and two foreigners (one German and one Colombian) were arrested, for transferring their right to the demonstration and employing physical violence opposing the authority exercise its functions of execution to a public work.

    One of the detainees, Raik N, did not prove his legal stay in the country, for which he will be made available to the National Migration Institute. In addition, he along with the Colombian woman violate Article 33 Constitutional that prohibits foreigners from meddling in the political affairs of the country. ...

    Before these acts, the work was suspended at dawn on Monday, October 14 and will be resumed as soon as the operating conditions allow.

    Yesterday the successful transplantation of a tree that was placed in the Park of the Mexiquito fractionation was achieved, which is in the optimal conditions for its growth and development.
    The works of Guadalupe Avenue will continue in the next hours (sp).

    2:44 pm
    Before the start of the transplant works of the 33 trees located on Guadalupe Avenue, the Municipal Government reports the following:

    4:00 pm
    @GobSMA He requested the presence of all the police to protect Guadalupe Avenue and continue removing the trees. Without technique and in a hurry work continues.

    6:36 pm
    This is one of the first trees that arrives in Mexiquito, we thank the neighbors for receiving this species from Guadalupe Avenue, we are sure that it will be well taken care of by the citizens of #SanMiguelDeLaGente

    8:24 pm
    So far, 3 trees have been removed in Guadalupe Guadalupe, one of which was lifeless, the Public Security elements withdrew from the place but remain in the @dif_sma Waiting for orders. This is how Avenue was this afternoon.

    10:37 pm
    12 of the 13 citizens who were arrested for caring for trees in San Miguel de Allende de @41Arboles after a long day on Monday, demonstrations, confrontations, etc ...

    10:39 pm
    They release activists who defended the trees; they have them sign a letter not to return to Guadalupe Avenue
    Free! The activists who were arrested early Monday morning on Guadalupe Avenue, in their fight to defend the 41 trees are free. His release is given under the condition of NOT returning to Guadalupe Avenue to demonstrate and accept that the trees are transplanted
    They release activists who defended the trees; they have them sign a letter not to return to Guadalupe Avenue (sp).

    11 pm
    Villarreal imprisons and criminalizes protest of environmentalists who sought to avoid woodland removal
    The environmental protest that defended a "transfer" 41 trees threatened by a public work in San Miguel de Allende, was repressed and criminalized by the government headed by the panist Luis Alberto Villarreal, whose office issued a statement justifying the arrest of 14 people for the alleged "carrying of weapons", in addition to emphasizing the presence of "foreigners" in the demonstration.

    The activists defend the trees threatened by a municipal rehabilitation work on Guadalupe Avenue, and under the charge of "private resistance" they were arrested midnight on Sunday, after the local government sent the public force to remove these people from instead, while workers tried to remove these trees, and about twenty police and other Civil Protection elements were used to defend the work.
    Villarreal imprisons and criminalizes protest of environmentalists who sought to avoid woodland removal (sp).

    11:02 pm
    Detained environmentalists released
    Tonight were released 12 of the 13 protesters arrested the first minutes of this October 14 in Guadalupe Avenue, with the condition of signing a letter where they accept the work of the municipal government.

    Shortly after 9 pm, 12 of the 13 activists detained while trying to protect the trees on Guadalupe Avenue were released.
    Detained environmentalists released (sp).

    11:17 pm
    Apparently our partners were released from @41Arboles after signing a commitment letter with the municipal government of #SanMigueldeAllende The exhibits will not interfere with the work and will be waiting for the trees to be relocated. We feel frustrated.

    11:42 pm
    City Statement: : Free 9 Detained By Work Obstruction In Avenida Guadalupe
    Nine of the protesters who were arrested by the municipal authorities after carrying out different acts of obstruction against the rehabilitation and improvement works of Guadalupe Avenue, were already released .

    This action was possible in terms of civic justice that favors mediation and conciliation when administrative offenses are committed.

    Those released are María Xóchitl Granados, Ariel Garibaldi, Esthela Calderón, Martín Chávez, Pedro Granados, Victoria Delgado, Eréndira Edith Muñoz, Carlos Heredia and Maribel Arciniega.

    In the case of the two foreign persons detained (one Colombian and one German), their legal status was left to the National Migration Institute, an entity that will be responsible for determining what is conducive.

    The release of the ten protesters occurs less than 24 hours after being sent to the separators, this as part of the interest of the local authorities to strengthen the dialogue to which he always showed disposition.

    One of the leaders of the 'Save the Trees' Movement, María de Lourdes Guerrero Castro, explained that it must be clear that violence is nowhere to be reached and that dialogue must be privileged first and foremost.

    “The message I want to give everyone is that we please calm down, that we wait for the transplants to be carried out and be vigilant (…) The police chief made an offer to donate a thousand small trees for us to raise In several places. We thank you as a movement, that we can continue our work from this new panorama that is to plant, in many places in the city, different types of trees to improve our environment. ”

    Likewise, Adolfo Cervantes Segura, another of the activists, stressed that they agreed among all and together with the authorities, to commit themselves so as not to hinder the work of this important work.

    "We have the desire that this important work be completed on time for the benefit, mainly of all the merchants in the area and for our city, we consider it so," he concluded.
    Free 9 Detained By Work Obstruction In Avenida Guadalupe (sp).

    11:48 pm
    Leader of the 'Save the Trees' Movement, María de Lourdes Guerrero Castro, explained "that violence is nowhere to be reached and that dialogue must be privileged above all." After the release of 9 detainees of Ave. Guadalupe. + information in ...
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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 13, 2019
    Gabrielle: If there is one dish I always crave as soon as the first leaf hits the ground, is my Black Bean Quinoa Chili! No matter where you’re from, when fall is in full swing, everyone is reaching for a fab chili recipe.

    What’s fab about this classic chili, is everything! It’s quick, easy, veggie packed, flavor packed, affordable, no hard to find ingredients, NO BEEF, a flavor boost with liquid smoke and vegan Worcestershire, packs additional protein with quinoa, is filling, can easily be made in bulk, perf for fall, perf for meal prep!

    Eat Drink Shrink Vegan Black Bean Quinoa Chili Recipe.

    Black Bean Chili | Forks Over Knives

    Black Bean Chili | Forks Over Knives.

    I've been wanting to share this Black Bean and Corn Chili recipe again with you for a while now. It's a vegetarian (and vegan!) chili recipe that is crazy delicious. It's loaded with black beans and corn and topped with a light and fresh avocado salsa.

    What I love most about the chili is how FRESH it tastes. I know that calling something a summer chili recipe might sound a little odd, but this has summertime written all over it. The crunchy corn, creamy avocado and tangy lime demand to be eaten on a hot summer's day.
    The Endless Meal: Black Bean And Corn Chili With Avocado Salsa.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 12, 2019
    Mexican street food is an essential component of our cultural identity. Its importance is such that delicacies such as taco and tamales have already become symbols that represent us internationally.

    And in the immense labyrinth of flavors that are Mexican “garnachas”, the taco is the undisputed king. But among all the types of tacos there are, which one will be the favorite? What is the most beloved taco of all? Finally, we have the answer, ingeniously illustrated in the “tacography” a delicious infographic that has solved the maximum question. It’s about the taco al pastor; This is the one that most Mexicans want.

    The news is interesting because if there is a sign of migration, cultural exchange and openness, that should be the taco al pastor. Born thanks to the Lebanese migrants in Puebla who adapted their traditional shawarma of lamb to the taste of Mexicans (now made with pork and richly seasoned), this taco is one that you can find throughout the country. Maybe this is the definitive test and if you think you are not an “open” person, now you know that your taste buds are.

    More at: What is Mexico’s Favorite Taco and it 60 variations (see this “tacography”).

    Netflix Taco Chronicles
    Each episode analyzes each taco variety, its origin, and history, and tells you where to get some delicious tacos. The series is in Spanish with English subtitles available. Episode #1 is Tacos al Pastor.
    Netflix pays homage to tacos

    Netflix Taco Chronicles



    See also: Tacos al pastor: the best food in the world?

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 8, 2019

    Mexico is well-known for its culture of artesanías, or craftwork. In states with strong artisan cultures like Oaxaca, it’s very common to see entire towns specialize in a single type of craft to elevate the quality of their pieces, make the most of existing infrastructure, and ensure a steady inflow of buyers looking for specific products. One such town is San Martín Tilcajete, known for its alebrijes, colorful folk art carvings of fantastical creatures.

    The reason behind a particular town’s craft of choice is sometimes obvious, sometimes less so or even legendary (like in the case of Metepec and its clay mermaids). The alebrijes of San Martín Tilcajete represent the rare case of a craft whose origins are relatively modern and well-documented.

    In 1936 in Mexico City, an artist and sculptor named Pedro Linares López had a fever dream. It is unclear if it was caused by the stomach ulcer affecting him at the time, the possibly hallucinogenic remedies for said ulcer, his likely self-medicated dose of alcoholic drinks or a combination of these. In his altered state, he saw many fantastical creatures, seemingly made out of a mish-mash of real animals, all of which repeatedly chanted the word “alebrijes.” After his recovery, Linares took to his preferred medium, a type of papier-mache sculpting known locally as cartonería, and started recreating the figures he had seen in dreams.

    More at Atlas Obscura: Alebrijes of San Martín Tilcajete.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 6, 2019
    Colette Morya: Mexican textile art has centuries of history. Looms appear in Nahuatl codices. Mayan culture has been turning ribbons and wool yarns into ancestral crafts since prehistory. Textile production is a laborious process that is transmitted from generation to generation. The weaving style varies according to the region of Mexico and its traditions.

    Some years ago, I encountered this art for the first time in Teotitlán del Valle, in Oaxaca. In that place, artisans open the doors of their workshop to show the development of that region's traditional rugs. On more than one occasion I had the opportunity to marvel at the concentration and dexterity of a true Zapotec weaver. For me it was almost impossible to imagine how to coordinate the order of the threads to form the figures. Difficult as it was, still I was curious to learn. I found just watching the process very comforting. Perhaps a little relief from my obsessive-compulsive side would not hurt me. Repetitiveness is always very relaxing.



    Read and see more at Lokkal: Weaving a Pattern of Mastery.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    October 3, 2019


    If you’ve ever thought about becoming a YouTube star and raking in the dough with your own home videos, then you should closely study the work of Doña Ángela. This typical, sweet Mexican grandmother has taken the YouTube world by storm.

    Her channel, called De Mi Rancho a Tu Cocina (Spanish for “From My Ranch to Your Kitchen), has been gaining a fervent following without the flashy gimmicks that are typical of famous YouTubers—proving that content is still king in the world of going viral.

    And for those of you in the expat community, her content now comes with ENGLISH SUBTITLES, a recent addition that has been a gamechanger. Now you can learn to cook as authentic as possible.
    More at Mexican Granny Becomes A YouTube Star in Only One Month.

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