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Jan 29, 2002 03:19 PM

guarana soda in the valley

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A while back someone asked where they can find guarana soda. They have it in two-liter bottles at El Cubano Food Bag Market, 11350 Victory Blvd at Tujunga in the San Fernando Valley, (818) 506-0911. There's another branch at Sherman Way and Tujunga that I haven't been to.

The brand they have is one I've never heard of. It's "Brazilia" brand. Although it has a map of Brazil on the label and says "The Best From Brazil", it never actually says that it's imported from Brazil. Nor do I recognize it from Brazil. It does say in the list of ingredients, "carbonated water, sugar and/or corn sweetener, imported guarana natural flavors, citric acid, caramel color, preserved with benzoate of soda", from which you can draw your own conclusions.

Anyway, the El Cubano market is a good place. They're cheap and they have hot tomales for sale at the checkstands, along with multiple brands of annatto seed paste and other necessities.

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  1. El Cubano, on weekends, sometimes has a guy in the parking lot with a big sugar cane press. He presses the cane for juice which he sells. Great on a hot day.

    1. This is the polar opposite of the geographic area you address, but for those clicking on the thread because guarana was mentioned, there's a smallish new Brazilian market in Long Beach, on Redondo just south of 7th, called Sugar Loaf. They had a couple of guarana sodas, and I picked up a 2-ltr bottle of Antarctica for a very reasonable $2.80. Nice selection of other foodstuffs, drinks and knick-knacks.

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