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Horchata without the pink syrup in West LA

Maxtor May 24, 2007 02:40 AM

I became a big fan of horchata after having it at El Taurino in K-Town.
But I live in Westwood and had to find the spot selling good horchata.
So I went to Jaquila and tried one.
But it has pink syrup which is very weird.
I like horchata without that pink stuff.
Does anybody know the place selling horchata without the pink thing?

And anybody tried chilacayote? I heard that it is like watermelon juice.
Where can I find it?

Thank you.

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    Diana RE: Maxtor May 24, 2007 08:07 AM

    try to find a vallarts. you can also buy it in some supermarkets that arne't hispanic.

    I liked Sabor A Mexico's horchata, but that's Culver City.

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    1. re: Diana
      sku RE: Diana May 24, 2007 09:02 AM

      That pink syrup is usually "tuna", which is a cactus nectar. It's usually added at the end and you can probably ask for them to hold the tuna.

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      doughnut RE: Maxtor May 24, 2007 11:44 AM

      i can vouch for white horchata at El Sazon Oaxaqueno.
      12131 Washington Pl, Los Angeles, CA
      (310) 391-4721

      the other food there is also quite good.

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        hippodeir RE: Maxtor May 24, 2007 01:15 PM

        the BEST horchata i've ever had is at a restaurant called "La Cabanita" in Glendale. It really is wonderful--and so is their food. and it's worth the trek...

        3447 N Verdugo Rd., Glendale, CA, 91208-1520
        Phone: (818) 957-2711

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          Das Ubergeek RE: hippodeir May 24, 2007 02:10 PM

          It IS good -- but it's better than an hour away from the Westside.

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          truliketrudat RE: Maxtor May 26, 2007 08:28 AM

          Well Benito's (right near Juquila) also has horchata.
          Not the best I've had but they don't add the pink syrup.

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            condiment RE: Maxtor May 26, 2007 09:08 AM

            As far as I know, the tuna syrup is unique to Oaxacan Mexican restaurants: Juquila, El Sazon, Guelaguetza, etc. At the 95 percent of Mexican restaurants that don't happen to be Oaxacan, you will find the familiar pale beverage.

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