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When we started covering the Whole Foods JP controversy in January, our biggest concern was a simple one: will Whole Foods realize that part of its Latino clientele in the Hyde Square area of Jamaica Plain will be looking for the same kinds of cultural food staples they found in the former Hi-Lo Supermarket?

That was basically the reason we started blogging about the new Whole Foods in JP. While some raised serious issues about rising rents and gentrification (all valid reasons, even though poorly executed) and others praised anything that Whole Foods represents (a good effort, although they sometime went too far in ignoring how much the Hi-Lo was a Boston Latino institution), we just wanted to ask Whole Foods: will we be able to get some tostones (fried plantains)?

Well, if you use other Whole Foods stores who sell from predominantly Latino communities as a model, the answer is a resounding YES.

This week, during a topsy-turvy week at work, here were some of the lunch options at a Whole Foods in Orlando, Florida.

A Latin food section with roast pork, friend plantains, white rice, yellow rice, and sweet plantains. The ingredients were fresh, natural, and smelled delicious. It was a pleasant surprise, although it makes a lot of sense, since the Orlando neighborhood where this Whole Foods is located contains a very large Puerto Rican population.

This lunch plate looks pretty similar to many of the Latino food options in JP, no? Last time we checked, we don’t see the Stop & Shop in JP doing this.

So, to Whole Foods, we eagerly anticipate what you plan for JP. Just make sure to bring the food inventory from your Orlando store.

Whole Foods to Hold JP Town Hall Meeting on June 2

This week, Whole Foods announced that they will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, June 2nd from 7-9pm at the Curley School in JP. It is interesting to note that this is the FIRST public Town Hall Meeting that Whole Foods is holding after being very quiet and guarded about their responses. We will be there! Join us.

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On April 23, Fernando Varela will perform his first solo concert at Orlando’s Plaza Theater. This is a great opportunity to see this rising star perform for his home crowd.

If you are in Orlando on April 23, you should not miss this show. Fernando puts on an incredible show and with new material and songs, it will be an event that can’t be missed.

For tickets, you can visit here.

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So if you are in Orlando on April 23, you can catch Fernando Varela LIVE in concert. This is a very special event as Fernando gets to perform in front of his home crowd. For tickets, click here: http://bit.ly/a8mJ3M

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From the Orlando Sentinel: “The renowned local tenor Fernando Varela will provide entertainment for the evening and a silent auction will take place as well.”

For more information about the event, clink on the Orlando Sentinel blog.

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v5, LLC, a premier online marketing and social media company founded by Julio Ricardo Varela and the exclusive online marketer of www.fernandovarela.com, has secured 1,000 free tickets to the October 22 UFL game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL between the Florida Tuskers and the California Redwoods. Here is information about the game from the UFL’s official site:


Game Day Information

In Week 3’s match-up, the number one team in the league, the Florida Tuskers, lead by head coach Jim Haslett, are taking on Dennis Green’s California Redwoods. Last week, Florida’s QB Brooks Bollinger went 26 for 36 with 310 passing yards in Florida’s domination of the Las Vegas Locos. California’s QB Mike McMahon had a good showing in his game against the New York Sentinels, having 157 total yards.  This week, we will see if Haslett’s 2-0 Tuskers will continue their league domination or if Green’s Redwoods will be able to stop them in their place. Tune in to Versus at 7:00 PM ET to see all the great plays.

This game will be televised nationally by Versus. If you are interested in joining us, do the following:

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or comment on this blog.

2. Send us a direct message saying you are interested in tickets. There is no limit on the tickets you want.

3. We will DM you back with details on how to pick up your free tickets at the WILL CALL booth at the Citrus Bowl.

That’s it. Get your free ticktets now!



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