While folks in pocholandia fall hotly on both sides of the Thanksgiving debate, one thing is agreed upon: Charlie Brown holiday specials rock! What many people don’t know, however, is that animator Bill Melendez, producer of the classic Peanuts animated specials, (including A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) was born in Hermosillo, Mexico, and his real name was José Cuauhtémoc Meléndez. He also provided the voice for everybody’s favorite beagle, El Esnoopy, and his avian pal Woodstock.
Melendez started out as an animator for Disney in the 1930s, working on such classics as Fantasia, Pinocchio and Bambi. He met Charles Schulz while working on a Ford Falcon commercial that was using the Peanuts characters, and the rest is history. Through his animation company, he produced scores of Peanuts specials and won eight Emmys and a Peabody. [Mas…]
As a guide to Pochos thinking of boycotting Thanksgiving as a symbol of American imperialism, we offer several more indigenous AND ingenious options for a healthy and tasty holiday dinner that does not remind people of genocide.
Why settle for a Turducken, when you can have these savory dishes compiled from the new cookbook: Native Holiday Treats from Indigenous Mexico by Rick Bayless.
8. Burrlenguaj: California burritos wrapped in lengua, stuffed in a turkey.
7. Poznudo: a bowl of pozole inside a bowl of menudo, eaten while nude.
6. Chilnobaza (Vegetarian): A chile relleno stuffed inside a nopal stuffed inside a calabaza and fried in lard.
(PNS reporting from MEXICO CITY) On the heels of Mexican baking behemoth Grupo Bimbo’s announcement that they changed the name of their controversial snack cake Bimbo Negrito to the less offenive Bimbo Nito, the company has revealed a new Twinkie-like snack cake for the U.S. market called the Blonde Bombo.
The Blonde Bimbo will be available in the U.S. and northern Mexico, where it is expected to do well. [Mas…]
(PNS reporting from GUANAJUATO, MX) In a surprise move, the prestigious Guanajuato Auto Show has picked the new Nissan Moco as the 2014 Car of the Year.
The Moco, which has dominated the Pakistani market for three years, was flicked across the Pacific this year to compete with other minicars such as the Ford Fresa and the Volkswagen Pedo.
Although it’s a roomy vehicle with superior fuel efficiency, the VW Pedo has found little acceptance in Latin America, and many believe it will suffer the same ignominious fate as the Chevy Nova. Interestingly, the VW Pedo has been quite popular with priests. [Mas…]
(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) Local breakfast taco deliveryman Ron Garcia is just $5,980 away from realizing his dream of starting the nation’s first wild Chihuahua sanctuary.
The sanctuary, dubbed Chihuahua Country Safari, has a Kickstarter campaign that Garcia hopes will raise the much needed $6,000 to turn his backyard into a haven for the hundreds of feral Chihuahuas that call the San Antonio area their domain.
In two short weeks, he has raised enough money to buy the aluminum trout net he will use to capture the pint-sized pooches.
While Chihuahuas are valued by some owners, Garcia blames movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua for the city’s feral Chihuahua problem. [Mas…]