a) at a restaurant? Latin American restaurant or otherwise. Has anyone tried to chorizo sausages (breakfast menu) at Linwood?
b) where can I find some good chorizo in a specialty or grocery store? From recent discussions, perhaps I could buy some from an East Boston market?
Real Spanish Chorizo, the best stuff is hard to find. Used to be impossible to get in USA.
You can now get it from:
Still not as good as the best stuff you can get in a butcher in Madrid, but better then anything else I have had this side of Spain.
I split is and broil it for 5 minutes or so, though it does not need to be cooked at all.
Savenor's (on Charles St on Beacon Hill, near Charles Circle) sells the same brand that tienda.com sells.
Formaggio Kitchen, on Huron Ave in West Cambridge, sells an artisanal version from Salamanca.
In each case, the links with white string are mild, and those with red string are spicy.
One of the classic things to make with genuine chorizo is the Spanish tortilla, an egg dish (it's neither an omelette nor a frittata but constitutes the third distinct member of that trinity of classic egg dishes) where the large quantity of paprika-soaked fat of the chorizo turns the dish a rich color....
The Forest Cafe on Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter Squares has a nice chorizo appetizer. Also, there is an old-school Portugese market on Cambridge Street heading out of Inman towards downtown. I can't remember the name, it's on the opposite side of the street from Midwest Grill, after the hardware store and before the family-run Brazilian place on the corner. It might be labeled as a fish market. Anyway, they've got some different chorizo. Saturday mornings are great because they've got hot food for sale - last time there were three different kinds of fish, stewed pork, etc. - and it's very inexpensive. It was crowded and fun to experience. We left with a box of small fried fish (maybe mullet or herring) in a lemon oil for only $5. Delicious!