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A good caipirinha made with real cachaça in L.A.?

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banquisha Sep 9, 2006 01:19 AM

I was able to find this up north in S.F... who in L.A. makes a REAL caipirinha (with brazilian cachaca)? Anyone??? If not, who makes a decent caipirinha?

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  1. Ciao Bob RE: banquisha Sep 9, 2006 01:51 AM

    I assume Fogo de Chao does. Am I wrong...I never checked their cachaca?

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      budlit RE: Ciao Bob Sep 9, 2006 03:22 PM

      yes, fogo de choa does use cachaca

    2. okie RE: banquisha Sep 9, 2006 01:59 AM

      Galletto Cafe way out in Westlake Village makes a great caipirinha -- not sure which brand of cachaca.

      They also have some very nice Brazilian dishes, especially their xixo's.

      If you're interested in making your own caipirinha, Bristol Farms stocks a couple of different brands of cachaca.

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        Das Ubergeek RE: okie Sep 9, 2006 03:55 AM

        I love the caipirinha at Galletto -- and the feijoada on Saturdays. Totally worth the drive out to the Yuppie Forest.

        Picanha makes a caipirinha and also a caipirosca (with orange).

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        normalheightsfoodie RE: banquisha Sep 9, 2006 02:00 AM

        I had a good one at CUIDAD.

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          TomSwift RE: banquisha Sep 9, 2006 04:05 AM

          Greenfield in Long Beach does, and I'd assume thatthe other branches do as well.

          1. Pei RE: banquisha Sep 9, 2006 03:13 PM

            Fogo de Chao makes a great caipahrina, but so does (don't kill me) The Cheesecake Factory. Or at least they used to. Maybe I ust got a good bartender.

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              compucook RE: banquisha Sep 9, 2006 05:20 PM

              Pei- I'm not surprised. CF does a great job on most of their drinks. I adore their peach bellini!

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                Ollie RE: banquisha Sep 9, 2006 07:22 PM

                Greenfields BBQ in Covina or Gauchos Village in Glendale Both Great!

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                  phlosar RE: banquisha Sep 9, 2006 10:22 PM

                  This has been said, but really consider making your own. Lime, ice, good cachacha. Pitu is readily available at BevMo. If you are into classic cocktails, try Harrington's cocktail book (out of print I think). Having said this, I would make a special trip for certain drinks, like a peach bellini, although I will grab the white peaches myself if I am out shopping.

                  A bonus is that you can make your own special drinks and, more importantly, enjoy a couple without having to worry about driving. The latter issue keeps me from drinking out. Also, it is so cost-effective to make your own and you know the quality of the ingredients.

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                    budlit RE: banquisha Sep 9, 2006 11:11 PM

                    you can get cachaca at cook's market, malibu in their huge wine & spirits department. do all cook's have such extensive liquor depts., or just malibu?

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