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Aug 22, 2011 02:36 PM

Where to get a mangonada in MSP?

Has anyone had a mangonada in Minneapolis St. Paul?

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  1. I haven't but am always intrigued by new foods ... could you tell us what it is?

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    1. re: KTFoley

      I can't help but speculate that's it's nothing, made of mangoes. But, really, I think it's limonada, but with mangoes instead of lemon. Like a mango slushie. And now I want one, too.

      La Alborada on East Lake Street does a lot of milkshakes and raspados, etc. Maybe they do one?

      It's probably not the same, but I like the mango smoothie at Peninsula. or the Mango Lassi from Himalayan. Also, the mango bubble tea (and the mango cake) from Bravo! Bakery


    2. Ha ha, yes - it is a not a 'mango-nada" mango-nothingness. It is like a mango ice cream/sorbet, and then it is topped with chamoy (spicy sour sauce with apricot, chilli, sugar, water, vinegar, and salt), and some ground chili pepper and a squeeze of lime. So it combines a lot of flavors - spicy, hot, sweet and a little sour. I had it in my hometown (whiting, indiana) at a new ice cream place that features mexican treats, paletas, elotes etc. It was so good that I had it three times in as many days. I could probably fudge it with some mango ice cream.

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      1. re: jjkmpls

        Oh, I want one, too! Too bad that the paletas place in St. Paul closed - I'll bet they could have made one. In the meantime, try some Mango Django ice cream from Izzy's (this year's flavor contest winner). It's mango sorbet with balsamic vinegar, sesame, pink peppercorns, and cayenne pepper. I love it!

        1. re: jjkmpls

          During our Chowdown for Mexican food on East Lake Street in Mpls, one of the places we stopped was the International Bazaar on the corner of 3rd & Lake. It was like a mall inside, full of little Mexican tiendas. (I'm pretty sure that's the spot, with the green awnings and the quinceanera dresses.)

          In the middle of the Bazaar was a stand that sold raspados (shaved ice) and other treats. Now that you describe chamoy, that was most probably the topping on the drink I tried. They might have mangonada?

          And if they don't, there's an excellent chance you can pick up chamoy there somewhere to make it yourself with mango sorbet, which is readily available in grocery stores here.

          1. re: KTFoley

            Any suggestions of good Mexican grocery stores you recommend? I looked in the more authentic section of Cub, but the sauce I thought might be chamoy didn't contain apricots as one of the ingredients, so I think it was just a salsa/pepper sauce.

            1. re: jjkmpls

              I recommended a good Mexican market (La Alborada) in my first reply to this thread. Also, El Burrito Mercado.


              El Burrito Mercado
              175 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107

        2. I did go the Izzy's tasting contest this year...I was also thinking mango django would be a good substitute! Next idea: find chamoy at a Mexican foods grocery store.

          1. You can get amazing Mangonada at Hmong Village. The vendor isn't in the food court. She's closer to the farmer's market.
            Here's the address:
            Hmong Village, Inc, St Paul, MN 55106 ‎