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Cool me down...Raspados

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After a light noon breakfast at Auntie Ems on Eagle Rock, I was headed out and about when I noticed that the heat inside the car was unbearable. I remembered a raspado place I had heard about and visited a few years ago **RASPADOS ZACATECAS** at 422 N FORD BLVD, LOS ANGELES, 90022**(60 fwy East, exit Downey Rd., make a left at the exit, make a right on first st., left on Ford Blvd)...so off I went.

The line was out the door, but well worth the wait. Raspados are mexican shaved ice, flavored with a fresh fruit syrup. The variety of flavors and freshness are what makes this place a standout. If my memory serves me, the flavors are:

Mango
Lime
Strawberry
Nuez
Peach
Coconut
Pineaple
Tamarindo
with the additional flavors of:
Vanilla
Cajeta (Dulce de Leche)

The basic drill is that you pay $2.50, then tell the lady at the counter what flavor you want. You can also mix flavors. Good combinations are coconut/ strawberry and pineapple/lime. They shave the ice, then add the syrup to it, massaging the cup to make sure that all of the ice has a bit of syrup, then top it off with ice and more syrup. I bought a simple coconut raspado, with fresh grated coconut, that made my afternoon just a little more bearable while driving.

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  1. I just saw this place on California Gold and can't wait to try it. Seems like the perfect answer to a sweltering afternoon. Thanks for your report.