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Anywhere to get a Cubano?

crigg Jul 30, 2008 09:10 PM

In calgary!!???? And Horchata.. that too. :)

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  1. John Manzo RE: crigg Jul 30, 2008 09:47 PM

    Horchata is dead easy to make yourself, chowhound!

    You can risk the Cubano at El Cubano at CFM but the one I had was worse than terrible. Maybe I was unlucky, but crumbly bread and cheese that did not come close to meltling on what looks like a cheap kitchen panini press was what I got. Really sad since a Cubano is also no great challenge to make at home if you have roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and pickles, but who has roast pork just sitting around?

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      crigg RE: John Manzo Jul 31, 2008 05:48 PM


      The girl who ate everything is to blame once again :'(

      As for horchata mix... sounds way easier than most recipes ive read, which are all pretty complicated... soak this for two hours... blendddd.. I like to try legit thing the first time around. I did make a pretty stellar Chicago-style hot dog once though... mmm. Roast pork... T&T period. drool

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        John Manzo RE: crigg Jul 31, 2008 07:58 PM

        yeah, but you don't have to do anything while the rice soaks- although you have a point, if you want it NOW you are SOL. :)

    2. raidar RE: crigg Jul 30, 2008 09:52 PM

      I was able to pick up a bag of Horchata mix at El Bombazo in Calgary.

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        John Manzo RE: raidar Jul 30, 2008 09:56 PM

        Mix? I'm sure that'll work but really you just need rice, water, sugar and maybe cinnamon. Contrary to how it looks there's no dairy in horchata either. Very, very simple thing.

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          raidar RE: John Manzo Jul 30, 2008 10:14 PM

          Mix. It was a spur of the moment thing. I can tell you the bag is still siting in my pantry unopened for the exact reason you described. It's easy to do it yourself, sometimes however, you end up buying something you don't need. *shrug*

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            John Manzo RE: raidar Jul 31, 2008 09:48 AM

            Oh, same way here- in fact I'm embarrassed to say that I turned Safeway upside down the other day looking for canned whipped cream and then I decided to just whip it myself- with an immersion blender that takes about 10 seconds... but we all sometimes defer to convenience even if the real thing is just as convenient!

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            yen RE: John Manzo Jul 31, 2008 01:51 AM

            Don't forget almonds can be part of many typical NA recipes.
            And from my perspective, i don't need to see how much sugar goes into my Horchata. What i don't know... :)

            Raidar, Im curious if the mix from El Bombazo is rice based or Calabash based? El Bombazo is El Salvadorian isnt it? Their version of Horchata is quite different than the Mexican version.

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              DeeDub RE: yen Jul 31, 2008 11:10 PM

              Went to El Bombazo a couple of weeks ago in search of Horchata mix. The smells coming from the restaurant swayed me into staying for lunch. Ordered a glass of Horchata off the menu. You might be right Yen, there was something different about the taste. Certainly darker and a little stronger than what I used to get at the Mexican flea market in Indio, CA. Did not enjoy it enough to buy a bag of the of the mix... although their lunch special was fantastic!

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                raidar RE: yen Aug 1, 2008 10:03 PM

                Yen, sorry for the delay. I had to go digging for the bag of mix. It's made by a company from El Salvador (Racor). Also it isn't a rice based horchata, but a Calabash based one.

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