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Mexican ice?

omieurhomie Jun 9, 2011 10:48 PM

I saw these stands in Chicago that sell mexican shaved ice. Does anyone know where I can find this in LA?

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    luckattack RE: omieurhomie Jun 10, 2011 07:17 AM

    on the streets is where i normally find them squeezing the horn. when i lived in el monte, they push the shopping cart along with the corns. i wonder if it is still 50 cents or has gone up to a dollar.

    1. Foodandwine RE: omieurhomie Jun 10, 2011 07:38 AM

      Hi There,

      Raspados con be found with Natural Made Flavors at the corner of Lennox and Inglewood. Outside of the Bakery and Meat Market on the North West Corner. Times and days vary, but they have a blue van..

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        omieurhomie RE: omieurhomie Jun 10, 2011 09:31 AM

        Yes! I'm looking for the raspados with natural flavors. Not the snow cone stuff haha. Thanks guys! I live in Downtown LA. Any chowhounds know where I can find raspados near my area? Thanks in advance!

        1. Dommy RE: omieurhomie Jun 10, 2011 10:46 AM

          My favorite Raspado is at Natura Bar in Koreatown... they got the texture DOWN!


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            Foodandwine RE: Dommy Jun 10, 2011 11:04 AM

            Hi Dommy,

            Thanks for bringing up the texture. The ones in Lennox ( while the flavors are fantastic ) seem a little crunchy ( think crushed ice ). Are the ones at Natura Bar somewhat a softer blend of ice, more snow like..?? I love these flavors. The ones in Lennox are $1.50 for 12 onces what a bargin..

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              Dommy RE: Foodandwine Jun 10, 2011 04:39 PM

              I would say the ones at Natura contain a blend of texture. A lot of flake, but also tiny gravely bits that keep the Raspado from turning into absolute slush after a few minutes. Because Natura uses natural syrups, they tend to be a bit heavier, so they need that mix of texture to help suspend them through the drink. It really is quite stunning. You can see a picture of it in the article linked below.

              As many of you know, I have been a fan of the Guelagetza family for many many many many years, but coming from a area with a little stronger street food culture, I was a bit skeptical that machine made Raspados could be as good as the ones I've had in the Yucatan made with a hand shaver. Upon my first sip of Natura's... I was completely bowled over. When I called Fernando for the interview for my piece, I asked him how long it took him to get the texture down. He held a knowning pause and excitingly told me of their stuggles with the machine and how they managed to get it right. The pasion in his voice and the relief in finding someone who WOULD notice such a nuance and that he got it right really really spoke to how they are trying more than just to make good food. They are trying to make it right.


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                omieurhomie RE: Dommy Jun 14, 2011 10:28 AM

                Hey Dommy! Thanks again for the Natura Bar rec. I checked it out last night after dinner at Cemitas y Clayudas Pal Cabron and really liked it. Their ice cream was great too!

                I talked to the local vendors in Chicago and most of them seem to be Puerto Rican. The texture of the raspado I had in Chicago was along the lines of an Icee while Natura Bar's texture is more like shaved ice. Also, Natura Bar pours the syrup onto the ice while in Chicago the ice was premade in buckets of various flavors. Is the difference due to Natura Bar's roots being Qaxacan and the other being Puerto Rican? Do you know where I can find the Chicago version in LA?

                I read your article below. Also loved the snow at Class 302! Heard good things about Fluff Ice in Monterey Park as well.

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                  Dommy RE: omieurhomie Jun 14, 2011 02:58 PM

                  AH! Yes, the Shaved Ice+Syrup is how it's done in Mexico. What you are describing with the flavored Ice and then shaved is more like a Granita which sadly I have yet to find a really excellent one in L.A. Sorry!

                  Thanks for the hint about Fluff ice! I'll have to check it out! :)


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                    omieurhomie RE: Dommy Jun 14, 2011 09:24 PM

                    Do you know where I can find a decent Granita near downtown LA?

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                      Dommy RE: omieurhomie Jun 14, 2011 09:52 PM

                      Near downtown... no. The best I've had, which was just okay texture-wise was Bulgarini in Alta Dena...


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            omieurhomie RE: omieurhomie Jun 10, 2011 11:52 AM

            Thanks so much guys! Definitely gonna check out Natura Bar! Lennox and Inglewood is a bit far for me. Does anyone know of street vendors around Downtown LA? Guessing Westlake/Ktown and East LA would have them.

            1. Peripatetic RE: omieurhomie Jun 10, 2011 12:10 PM

              Also check out this prior thread:

              - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637501

              Natura opened more recently than that thread, so isn't mentioned. Natura was started by Bricia Lopez, who is a luminary in the Mexican dining world in LA. See:

              - http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/de... [by Dommy, above!]
              - http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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