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April 18, 2018

EPCC makes a groundbreaking move

El Paso Community College community members at the Valle Verde campus Architecture Z building breezeway on April 11 announcing plans for new VV buildings.

Another Academic Building is expected to open its doors to students by the spring semester of 2020. On account of the increasing number El Paso Community College has been a stepping stone for most college students of students, the Academic Building is and has been where many start and finish dedicated to house more classes such as Biology labs, Chemistry labs, Astronomy their degree. During an open conference on April labs, Math classes among other general 11 William Serrata, EPCC President, expansions. These additions will allow students to announced, alongside the Board of Trustees, the upcoming expansions for register for classes they need that might otherwise be full or that does not fit all of the EPCC buildings. The vision to better all campuses students’ schedule. “This building will allow comes from rising job students to have more space, demand and could "We are building these to have internet connection result in increasing [buildings] for the needed for homework,” academic success. community, for them and Serrata said. This new project for the future. Serrata also says that will allow future It really is because of you with added furniture and students more access [students] that we are working rooms, the building to technical careers and doing this, thank you for will allow students to relax allow them to receive your support." and do homework without education that could - Willam Serrata, distractions. benefit them when they EPCC president “We want students to stay transfer. here on campus because it This project consists of new buildings for every campus with will help them excel and improve in their academic careers.” two specifically at Valle Verde. Serrata also hinted at the possibility of The buildings are set to start adding brand new courses offered at the construction in Summer 2018. Among the planned buildings to be college as well. A Work Force building is intended for constructed at EPCC is a “Work Force” building which is planned to be completed those with majors on the technical side, such as those in the automobile industry in Fall 2019. Carlos Rios Tejano Tribune

and diesel mechanic majors. This Work Force building is suited for those who are looking to have hands-on experience with plenty of room and stateof-the-art equipment, including a new Collision Tech Bay, Aside from classrooms, a new


Reference Library and conference space are also in the works. “We are building these [buildings] for the community, for them and for the future. It really is because of you [students] that we are doing this, thank you for your support,” Serrata said.


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Puente Club focuses on El Paso's community Brandon Cortez Tejano Tribune The opportunity to make a positive impact in your life and many others is only a few cans of food away. EPCC’s Puente Club is hosting a canned food donation for the Veterans Non-Profit Pantry and for the Tejano Food Pantry. Food donations will be accepted up until the end of the spring semester. The Puente Club is a student driven organization and just last semester, the club made donations to a local animal shelter, giving food and other necessities. This semester, they decided they should do something that everyone could get in on. On the surface, veterans and students don’t have much in common, however they could both use a helping hand. Yasmin Ramirez, English instructor and advisor of the Puente Club explains, “We look at the news, there’s always issues with veterans, healthcare and veteran benefits. Just this weekend I saw that 30% of college students can’t afford to eat but we don’t think about that.” By providing donations to veterans and EPCC students, the club is pushing for community awareness which is something that seems to be increasingly ignored. “With the canned food drive, it gave

us a chance to give back to the community and an opportunity to help out the school,” Samantha Escandon, Film major, said. It’s easy for most people to look past another flyer asking for donations to “some organization” but in today’s world, it’s easy to forget that even small contributions can make a massive difference. Some may be surprised how addicting the feeling of contribution truly is. “Last semester when we took all the pet stuff, we left very elated like, ‘that felt really good.’ I think that sense of community and contribution is good for the students,”

Ramirez continued. Kina Pando, Nursing major, also feels that, “It’s one of those things where if I win, you win. Since we live in El Paso, we are a border town. We are like a sister city to Juarez as it is, so it’s a part of our atmosphere that we try to help everyone as much as we can.” The Puente Club will be collecting can food donations of all kinds until the week before finals. The donations will be split 50/50, giving half to the food pantry and half to the veteran’s organization. You can make donations in room A2414 at the Valle Verde Campus.

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Pulse radio showcases live music four jazz and blues solos. Lujan was first exposed to guitar when he was six years old but didn’t El Paso Community actually start playing until his College’s Pulse Radio put on freshman year of high school. a Spring Band Showcase for “Music is my passion for students on Thursday at the Valle sure. I feel like guitar is a good Verde Campus Courtyard. The way to evoke emotion. Blues show consisted of three musical really inspire me, especially performances by students. artists like BB King, Muddy The idea of having a Spring Waters, Jimmy Hendrix and Band Showcase was thought of Albert King.” by the Pulse Radio club itself. Lujan believes that it is Alex Hinojosa, Mass Comm important for the live music instructor and Pulse Radio community and people in advisor, said that the club general the “need to support got together after having an each other.” evening show in the fall and, Lujan was the primary host “decided for the spring to do a for the band showcase as well show specifically for students. and introduced each act while We broke down who would be adding comedic commentary featured and considered Black between performances. Dog Friday again.” The last EPCC student They decided to reserve to perform goes by the name performances for EPCC of Young Passion, an upand-coming rapper, she performed two of the original songs, one of which is called Syracuse. “I started rapping in fourth grade but I didn’t start taking it too serious until I got out of the military and moved here to El Paso,” Young Passion said. Unlike most rappers, Young OLIVIA BELCHER / TEJANO TRIBUNE Passion didn’t Matt the Cat On Air, Blues artist, at the Valle Verde campus courtyard on April 12. come up with her

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students only. Hinojosa said that they wanted to put on something fun because “it is fun and entertaining and you’re not just studying and able to have a mini break between classes.” The first to perform was “Sadder Daze,” a garage jazz band made up of three EPCC students, Alberto Loya Jr., Andrew Betancourt and Carols Vela. Although the band was short one member, “the guitarists looped his instrument to come up with some very mellow sounds and his drummer kept a super upbeat tempo with him. They meshed quite well,” Matthew Lujan, Mass Communication major and Pulse Radio DJ, said. Lujan, known as Matt the Cat on air, was the showcase’s next performer. Along with his electric guitar he played about

stage name herself but rather, was named by the first musical group she joined. “I was part of this group called Nothing After Me and I was the youngest in the group and they were trying to come up with a name for me and one of the people there just said ‘Young Passion’ and I liked it and it just stuck with me.” Young Passion does not rap about a specific thing, it is more dependent on “what is happening, it is really just about the vibe and what I’m feeling. I don’t try to be so blunt about things and I like to let the listener figure it out and interpret it in their own way because it is art.” Young Passion’s long term goal is “to be more noticed and start making money off music before I graduate college. We are just trying to take over the city right now. This is just the beginning, we haven’t even scratched and surfaced yet.” Pulse Radio especially wanted the performances to be live because according to Hinojosa, “In my opinion I think it helps your soul. Studies have shown that listening to live music reduces stress levels.” They are also hoping to make the Spring Band Showcase an annual celebration so that more students can show off their talents to their peers and gain exposure. Pulse Radio is located at the EPCC Valle Verde campus and can be contacted at (915) 8313251 for more information and song requests.

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What you don't know will kill you

Molly Schrader Molly's Mentions

When one wakes up in the morning, pigeons cooing, bacon sizzling or a dreaded alarm might be among the sounds of a person’s daily routine. When the sun goes down and everyone’s eyelids start to droop, a goodnight text can be heard, that little sound the TV makes when you hit the power button or maybe the microwave signaling that your midnight taquitos are ready. For me, I remember being in Pre-K and hearing the news from my mother’s room every morning and night. But I was a kid, I never cared to catch what was going on. If it was important enough I figured someone would tell me. News, especially political, was exclusively for adults. Until I hit college, coffee was also for adults — what a joke that was. My mother has always been a politically charged person compared to the kind of child and teenager I was. It didn’t take her years to be attentive. While other children were playing outside she was reading stories about the Kennedys. Flash forward to when I started middle school, I experienced my first earthquake and was home alone. I was advised to turn on the news and barely knew what channel

it would even be on. Something below channel 10, right? You could call it maturity for lack of a better word but ever since I moved out a year ago, I’ve learned many things about growing up and being a responsible adult. One who has to deal with all chores, paying rent and utility bills and checking the mail to simpler tasks like making your own doctor’s appointments. Finally realizing that I should be watching the news every day was a reality check as well. Within the past year I’ve made more attempts to understand and listen to political and world news at work or by reading highlights on my phone with Flipboard. I’ve even adopted watching Good Morning America when I get ready in the morning. In my first Tejano Tribune opinion piece last year, I described politics as an “everchanging current that has left me to fend for myself.” The age when I should’ve started paying attention, perhaps high school, I allowed myself to make excuses and let it continue, until now. It felt like I almost needed to study who was who and what was what because there’s a whole world of political vernacular and names to be aware of. I was old enough to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election and it became imperative that I had a notion of who I was voting for. During that process I felt excluded

and awed at the same time that fellow high schoolers were able to keep up with a political conversation involving adults. I wanted to be part of the discussion and although I got into the game late, I am trying to learn the rules as I get older. It behooves everyone to know what is going on with individual people, social groups, the government, other countries, controversy, businesses, all occurrences. Being the clueless person when asked “So, how do you feel about what’s going on in Syria?” or “Did you order Comey’s book yet?” is not a good look. The great thing is that there’s always something happening and no, something does not have to mean bad. You can essentially start listening at any time and make it a habit. We are all part of a grander international discussion. Ignorance is not bliss and exposure to news isn’t a matter of age either. I’ve heard adults who are old enough to vote, to have jobs, to have children, say that they “don’t like to get into that” or it’s “not their thing.” It’s probable that after so long people get tired of being disappointed or feel that history is perpetually repeating itself. If at that age your attitude toward inclusion changes, fine; but I know that one cannot live in a vacuum forever because sooner or later, the world comes knocking and one has to answer. I now understand what my mother always said, that politics affects all aspects of our lives from the price of gas to the price of bread. Getting older and being handed the world also means having the ability to differentiate fake news from real news. That will save you from becoming a fake adult.

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What would you want to do before you die? Why? "I would like to travel to places that I’ve been fantasizing about since I was a child. One place in particular would be Egypt, I am interested in the Egyptian history and all of the different sculptures."

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"I would like to take part of a championship team. It doesn’t have to be a sporting team it can be any. I would like to know how the adrenaline feels in a moment like that."

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"I would like to get my RN license. I have been procrastinating for twenty years and I’ve finally decided to come back to school to obtain my goal."

Eric Orion Diaz Undecided

"I want to make sure that everybody who means something to me knows t hat I love them. Sometimes you just got to say it because you never know when the last opportunity might be."

What do you think about the recent air strikes in Syria?

SPORTS EPCC to host half marathon national championships 4

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Staff report Tejano Tribune The EPCC half marathon teams have enjoyed plenty of success at the nation championships in recent years. In two of the next four years, they won’t have to travel very far to challenge for another national title. The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced the upcoming

locations for the men’s and women’s half marathon championships and EPCC will host the 2019 and 2021 championships. The 2019 championships will take place on Nov. 23. Felix Hinojosa, Director of Athletics and head cross country coach at El Paso, will serve as tournament host. Hinojosa was pleased to receive the bid for two upcoming championships. “El Paso Community College is honored to be selected to host the 2019 and 2021 NJCAA Half Marathon National Championships,” he said. “We look forward to welcoming student-athletes to our great city to give them the best hospitality and race experience possible.” Lake Shawnee in Topeka, KS served as the most recent half marathon championship host in 2017 where Iowa Central won both the men’s and women’s championships. Kansas City, KS will host in 2020.

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EPCC’s Shalet Mitei earned All- American honors after finishing second at last year’s National Half Marathon Championships in Topeka, KS.

Tejanos close out home schedule with win Staff report Tejano Tribune

The 2018 baseball season for the EPCC Tejanos has been a disappointing one, but they did manage to close their home schedule with a victory last Saturday. In fact, the Tejanos split their four-game series with Luna Community College, winning the second and fourth games by scores of 11-9 and 20-10. It was the first four-game series of the season the Tejanos didn’t lose; they had lost the previous eight. In the final home game, Adrian Gomez, Brock Grabarkewitz and Marco Vazquez hit home runs to lead a 20-hit barrage for the Tejanos. Gomez, Joseph Zubia, Alejandro Moreno and Marco Vasquez all had three hits to lead a 20-hit attack.

Vasquez also scored three runs and knocked in three others. The wins improved the Tejanos overall record to 8-36, and 4-20 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference action. Things don’t get any easier for the Tejanos, who will play their final 12 games of the season on the road. EPCC travels to Snyder, TX this weekend to take on Western Texas College (16-23). The two doubleheaders will take place on Friday and Saturday for four games. They’ll follow that up with four games at Odessa College (24-18) on April 27 and 28. The Tejanos will close out their regular season with a four-game series at Frank Phillips College (13-29) on May 4 and 5.


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Kaedma opens on west side Carla Rodriguez Tejano Tribune No matter how much I’d like to say I have a healthy, balanced diet, full of variety, the reality is that my meals only consist of one main food group: carbs. Pasta, potatoes, bread, you name it, they are my absolute weakness. So it’s no surprise that when I tried Kaedama for the first time I was sold for life. When I first tried Kaedama, it was operating every Wednesday-Friday at 7 p.m. out on a parking lot off of Mesa across from the Prickly Elder. Nope that isn’t a typo, everyone used to get their authentic ramen noodle fix from a Volkswagen bus, waiting 1-2 hours in a line that had already formed a queue of over 30 people by the time the bus arrived. The first ramen bowl I tried was the Tonkotsu which is considered a popular fast food option in Japan. It consists of a 12 hour in-the-making pork broth, scallions, enoki mushrooms, uzumaki (the little pink fish cakes), chashu (braised pork belly), mayu (blackened garlic oil), a soft boiled egg and pork fluff. My boyfriend and I had already been waiting in line for almost two hours to get there early enough to secure a bowl of ramen before sellout in addition to the wait time it took to serve us our bowls but we were sure the food was going to be worth it. We took our orders to go and made our verdict:

the Tonkotsu bowl was delicious and satisfying. It is definitely my go-to bowl and I can confirm it is a meal that will definitely leave you full for the rest of the night. Kaedama is now a brick and mortar and located off of Mesa Street and Boston Avenue. Thankfully, an actual restaurant allows more people to experience the quality food since getting a bowl before sellout was pretty much exclusive before. Kaedama offers five ramen bowl options and many which can accommodate vegan and vegetarian diets. The menu also offers more, authentic Japanese cuisines than before with an appetizers and dessert section. A bowl any El Pasoan should check out would be the “Ramon” which is a ramen bowl with a chile colorado broth that mixes both Japanese and Mexican cultures together perfectly. Sometimes you can catch your noodle fix on a perfect day where the restaurant is relaxed and not busy. Sometimes, there’s a queue of people waiting outside the door just to get seated. My best advice as a die-hard fan is to plan a visit during a weekday and in the time window of 1-3 p.m. If you do find it busy anyway, you can just ask the waitresses if you can have your food to go, which allows you to automatically skip the seating queue and eat your ramen in the comfort of your own home, it’s a win-win! So, if you’re looking to try something new, this is definitely the place.

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Jessica Barragan Tejano Tribune The 41st Annual Spring Arts Festival Open House showcased all types of in-house talent on April 13 at the Valle Verde campus. This was one of the multiple events that make up this year’s Spring Arts Festival. “This event is to showcase all of our art departments to our students and community members,” Caroline Woolf-Gurley, Spring Arts Festival coordinator said. “We have many talented faculty and students who are dedicated to art education.” Many EPCC students and staff helped organize and put together this event. Luis Angel Marquez Calleros and Julio Cesar Ramirez from the Tejano Ambassador Program explained how they help with all events and work with other students and professors. “It is a program held by SGA (Student Government Association) and we help SGA with their events,” explained Calleros. Different Art departments and clubs participated at this event. Some of them shared their talents and exhibited their work while others focused more on doing activities and talking about what it is in general. There were also welcome tables

in which visitors received a map for all the locations of the art departments and free gifts like pencils, t-shirts and bags. Moreover, the people went around the different rooms and tried different things whether it was painting and drawing, writing poetry or role playing with lightsabers and other props. Some of the art departments that attended were the Papagayo organization, EPCC Film Club, Visual Arts, Pulse Radio and Culinary Arts. There was also live musical performances by the Jazz Band and EPCC Mariachi. Each department and organization offered different perspectives of how they express themselves through the arts and what it is that they do. For instance, there was EPCC instructor, Frank Rimbach from the Visual Arts Department, who teaches painting, drawing, art appreciation and life drawing. He discussed how he likes to help people express themselves in a way that they don’t have to feel judged either externally or internally for. “The beginning impulse is just to move color, play, respond to what you are looking at and have fun,” Rimbach said. Ruben Gutierrez, Director of Jazz Studies, offered some insight, “We study the idea of Jazz and how there is this big, huge library of music that spans from about the mid 20s until the present time.” He also mentioned that even though there is a lot of discipline that goes into


Students continue to showcase their art at the 2018 Spring Arts Festival Open House.

playing the music, it is a little informal. “In other words, the end result comes out sounding more like a pop group rather than an orchestra or band.” Ricardo Tinajero, Papagayo Project member, says that, “Papagayo is an organization where we reach out to the community and try to get people involved, especially here at EPCC. We want students to enrich their experiences by participating in poetry readings, representing their art and even things like cosplaying. So, we give them that kind of outlet for them to present their form of art and presentation.” Film Club president, Isaac Contreras discussed what it is that they do and their

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work, “We just go from the screenwriting process, to production, to post-production and to premiering our work at the Alamo Drafthouse. So, you get anywhere from hands-on experience to being a director, producing, writing and acting.” Anji Morgan-Thornton, EPCC Professor of Mariachi Studies, also described that mariachi is more than just the music, “It’s also learning about the history and culture of Mariachi–where the songs come from, the different states or regions in Mexico and the meaning behind it." To view a continuation of this story, go to

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ENTERTAINMENT Blockers' crude humor may not be for everyone


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(L-R) John Cena as Mitchell, Leslie Mann as Lisa, and Ike Barinholtz as Hunter in Blockers which made $20,556,35 in the American opening weekend.

Ryan Montes Tejano Tribune If you’re looking to watch a film loaded with adult humor and references, I’ve got the perfect one for you. Blockers, a film about a group of high school teenagers planning to lose their virginity on prom night, is wild from beginning to end. The film stars WWE wrestling legend John Cena, who has premiered in films such as Trainwreck (2015) and animated film Ferdinand (2017). Also starring are, Leslie Mann from The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), and Ike Burinholtz from Suicide Squad (2016) and Central Intelligence (2016). All three play the single parents of teenagers Julie, Kay and Sam. Blockers is directed by Kay Cannon and produced by Seth Rogen and they did not disappoint whatsoever. The story was well written and the use of dirty jokes

were used well. From the time I sat down to the time I left, I laughed just about the entire time. The audience was well into it and laughed plenty as well. Music wise, there was not a whole lot of it playing as the movie wanted to catch your attention with humor. To say the least, the parents went to hell and back just to try and save their kids’ innocence.A few bits of information about the making of the film, it had a budget of $21 million and has made $32.1 million at the box office so far according to an online source. It has a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes and is doing well in theaters with numerous, positive reviews from sites such as Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, and Metacritic. Now, let’s get back to the film itself. The actors did a job well-done which is something I cannot express enough. No matter what genre, acting and dialogue are key to a successful movie, just ask directors Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, and Michael Bay.

PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION In order to keep yourself from experiencing the effects of stress you can try progressive relaxation. This is where you tense up a part of your body and then relax it helping you to relax. You start by finding a comfortable place and close your eyes. Tense up your feet as you breathe in slowly. As you breathe out slowly have your feet relax. Next tense up your calves as you breathe in and when you breathe out have them relax. As you go on focus on your thighs, glutes, abdomen, chest arms, hands, jaw neck and eyes. Do not let yourself get dizzy holding your breath or releasing a breath. The goal is to get your body to relax.

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The age group Blockers looks to attract, it would be at adults in their 20’s up to their 40’s because of certain topics and the age differences of the characters. That doesn’t mean people older shouldn’t see it though. However, if strong cursing or sexual jokes and references upset you, I suggest not to watch it as just about every line in the film is full of it. I enjoyed it but everyone has their own opinion and is free to think differently. This is a movie where overusing derogatory, sexual terms mixed with comedy are allowed, along with parents doing unthinkable things. If you find yourself laughing at inappropriate things throughout the film that other viewers in the theater aren’t, don’t be ashamed because people don’t have dirty minds only sexy imaginations. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars, definitely one of the best films of 2018.It is currently playing at Cinemark 20 on Gateway West and other big theaters in El Paso. Safe viewing!

ENTERTAINMENT Rampage is all the rage for moviegoers April 18, 2018

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What do you get when you have three monstrous animals such as an albino gorilla, wolf and alligator fighting each other? You get terror. That is what video-game-spinoff film Rampage, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Naomie Harris did very well with. It has a King Kong vibe to it if you pay attention and are very good with noticing things that remind you of other films. The Rock plays Davis Okoye, a primatologist who has been taking care of his gorilla friend, George, for years. Later, he meets Dr. Kate Caldwell, portrayed by Pirates of the Caribbean, Southpaw, and Skyfall star, Naomie Harris. Rampage is directed by 39-year-old, Canadian-American director, Brad Peyton who is known for other films such as Incarnate

(2016),and San Andreas (2015) which also stars The Rock, among other less popular films. Peyton masters the art of graphics and a great storyline which are two imperatives I rave about almost constantly in my movie reviews.Without a good storyline and good graphics, it is an automatic red flag for any genre. Looking back at the atmosphere of the theater, everyone’s eyes were glued to the screen, not to mention a young woman two seats away from me on my left that would “awww” whenever a touching scene came around. You must appreciate the connection between a viewer and a movie at times, they or you truly become a part of the film. One thing I really appreciated is that it was very quiet so you didn’t have to worry about distant, beneaththe-breath conversations, babies crying or phones going off.


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Shifting back to the movie, one thing I found interesting is that the climax and resolution were in one scene at the end of the film, not one after the other in the middle. As bad as that may sound by combining two elements in one, that’s what makes some films great, breaking the rules of writing the plot and letting your imagination and creativity take the wheel. Things like this are what make some directors iconic. All in all, I really enjoyed Rampage. Just about every film I’ve seen that either stars or co-stars The Rock, I liked a lot. The film is rated PG-13 for some crude humor and some graphic images and scenes. The duration runs at 1 hour and 55 minutes, round it off to 2 hours if you’d like. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because there were little to no mistakes made and it was just a well-done film all around. I saw it this weekend at Cinemark 20 on Gateway West, but depending on where you live, there are other Cinemark theaters that are currently showing it since it was released on Friday the 13th. I also suggest going on Tuesdays where it’s $5.50 all day for any movie. Safe and happy viewing!!!

(L) Naomie Harris and Dwayne Johnson in Rampage, which made $34.5 million its opening weekend in the United States and Canada.


Tropical Smoothie Cafe whips up summer treats


EP Fitness members get a free supplement for every 24 oz. smoothie.

Aaron Marquez Tejano Tribune If you are ever around “The Fountains at Farah” and feel that you

are running out of energy, the right place to go is Tropical Smoothie Café. The food they serve at the cafe have natural carbs that your body

needs, and tastes that your tongue craves. The menu fulfills everyone’s needs. For those who want healthy options, they have wraps and bowls, or traditional sandwiches and flatbreads. Of course, they also have a kids menu and specialty smoothies. Well, let’s get to my order, first of all I am not a healthy person at all. Because I was going to review this place, I made myself order something the way it appears on the menu with nothing special on it. I ordered a chipotle chicken club flatbread because I am a sriracha and chipotle sauce fan so I had to have at least one of those. It also had bacon, tomatoes and romaine and I do not lie. So if I say that this sandwich was awesome, it is because it was awesome. I literally did not want to finish it because it was amazing. The chicken tasted warm, the sauce was not too spicy either. The sandwich had such an amazing taste that I forgot that I do not like romaine lettuce.

Of course, I upgraded my sandwich to a combo and got a smoothie too. I ordered a Sunrise Sunset Smoothie which had strawberries, mango, pineapple and orange juice. I love smoothies and this one was no exception. It is a classic smoothie flavor but Tropical Smoothie Café does something that just makes it unique. Everything sounds amazing so far but there is always a “but.” The service is what makes a restaurant, café, etc, better or worse. At the Fountains location the service is not the worst but there needs to be more employees. There is an online order option but the wait is still too much sometimes. The person in front of me waited 10 minutes for just one smoothie. Because of this, if business is going well, there needs to be more investment. There are not a lot of tables for people to sit and some of the ones there were dirty. Overall, the service could be better but the food was awesome.

April 18 | Tejano Tribune  
April 18 | Tejano Tribune