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Golfeados: Venezuelan Sticky buns

Hi everyone: I plan on making golfeados for my venezuelan husband's birthday but am having trouble locating two of the ingredients: Venezuelan queso blanco, a type of semi-hard white cheese with small holes similar to swiss cheese, but with a much milder taste, almost like sheep's milk (NOT Mexican soft queso blanco) and papelón, a hard, cone shaped form of brown sugar. Does anyone know where I can buy these items or know a good substitute (esp. the cheese)? I've checked numerous latin markets but nobody seems to have them.

Mar 22, 2012
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Best Butter- European or American ? [Moved from The Best board]

don't forget south american butters. argentina and chile make some of the best. my favorite is Chilolac (chile): creamy, rich, salty, deeply buttery. i haven't seen it for sale outside of south america, sadly, but perhaps latin food shops may carry it.

Jun 23, 2011
TravelingBastards in General Topics

Good Peking Duck in Seattle Area?

great idea, thanks!

Jun 22, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

There a couple of brothers who call themselves "Los Chilangos" (meaning poeple from DF, ie Mexico City) who have a kiosk at the Sammamish farmers market on wednesday and another market on saturday (I think it's the redmond or bellevue mkt, but I don't remember). The owner's name is Oscar Mendez and he gave me his card with his phone (425-221-5072). They also do taquizas banqyets and catering. Good fresh tacos el pastor, etc.

Jun 22, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

According to the Mexicans we've spoken to here (my husband and I are both spanish speakers), one of the reasons that you won't find many Mexicans in Mexican restaurants is that they cook all their meals at home. One guy told us "why would I go to a restaurant and pay to eat when my wife cooks for my family and me at home? We can relax, watch TV, eat good food and we don't have to tip anyone." Makes sense.

Jun 22, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Top 10 Signs of a Bad Cook

Great article and right on the money. Those things would definitely be red flags to me and the cooking is almost always disappointing. Part 2 should be how to spot a great cook!

Jun 17, 2011
TravelingBastards in Features

Food Truck Frenzy Leaves Loncheras in the Dust

Wow, what an obnoxious, racist, ignorant, insulting, sweeping comment for Arellano to have made: "If a Mexican does it, it doesn't exist for a lot of foodies—not because they're Mexican but because they speak Spanish," Arellano says. "If you don't speak English you don't exist, unless you're on Zimmern or Bourdain".

Jun 17, 2011
TravelingBastards in Features

Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

actually, we have found that several vendors at farmer's markets serve pretty authentic fare and usually fresher food than restaurants. re: Asian, that is another thread of course, but we are also looking for peking duck, so perhaps you have some suggestions.

Jun 16, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

Great, thanks!

Jun 15, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

mrnelso, which place is this?

Jun 15, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Good Venezuelan food in the Seattle area?

We went to Plaza Latina today and they had quite a good selection of different foods from latin america, although I thought it was going to be larger (like a mini mall of stores). Not much in the way of produce, but they had a good selection of canned/bottled foods, etc.

Jun 14, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Good Venezuelan food in the Seattle area?

Hey everyone: my Venezuelan husband, Luis, and I just moved here and we're searching for different types of authentic food, including venezuelan food (arepas, cachapas, queso de mano, desmechada, etc) Does anyone know a good place? Also, he would like to buy some VZ coffee (El Pinon, Fama de America, etc). Thanks!

Jun 13, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

Great! Thanks everyone for all your suggestions! We'll give them a try and report back :-)

Jun 11, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Good Peking Duck in Seattle Area?

Great, thanks! We'll check it out.

Jun 11, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Good Peking Duck in Seattle Area?

Thanks! I'm not worried about fancy; some of the best food I've had has come from hole-in-the-walls :-)

Jun 11, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Good Peking Duck in Seattle Area?

Hi everyone: does anyone know of a place that serves good, crispy Peking duck? My husband has never tried it and I would like to take him somewhere authentic if possible.

Jun 09, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

Hi everyone: does anyone know of a good authentic mexican restaurant in the seattle area? We just returned from mexico city and had some amazing food and are now having cravings, but the food we've found here is generally the north american version, i.e. sour cream, burritos, refried beans, etc. We are looking for freshly griddled corn tortillas, tacos del pastor with chilis and cebolittas, etc; in other words, the delicious freshly prepared real mexican food. Any ideas?

Jun 09, 2011
TravelingBastards in Greater Seattle

Street food to try in mexico city?

Hi everyone! We returned a couple of weeks ago from D.F. and had a fantastic time...what an amazing city!! Thanks so much to everyone for their food suggestions, they were very helpful. We managed to try almost every one of your suggestions and the food was incredible!! So much better than the US version of mexican food...no sour cream in sight :-)

Jun 09, 2011
TravelingBastards in Mexico

Venezuelan Golfeados...does anyone have a trusted recipe?

Hi everyone: my husband is Venezuelan and I would like to surprise him by making golfeados, a venezuelan-style cinnamon bun made with anise and queso blanco. I haven't found many recipes and the ones that I've tried don't turn out well (I speak Spanish, but maybe my translation is off :-). Does anyone have a good recipe? Preferably in english, but spanish is fine too.

Jun 09, 2011
TravelingBastards in Home Cooking

Street food to try in mexico city?

Good to know! Thanks again!

Apr 30, 2011
TravelingBastards in Mexico

Street food to try in mexico city?

Pefect, more great tips, thank you! Does anyone know of any unusual fruits or vegetables we should try? I've been reading about La Merced as the largest market in the city and a good place to buy fruit. We just came back from a fantastic fruit market in Sao Paulo, Brazil and I'm wondering if there is something similar (as well as the San Juan as danebaxter mentioned. I write a travel and food blog and have written nothing at all on Mexico so I would like to taste as much as humanly possible while we are there (and snap many photos :-)

Apr 29, 2011
TravelingBastards in Mexico

Street food to try in mexico city?

Awesome, thanks so much! My list is getting longer and longer! There is nothing I like better than trying new foods :-) I'm so excited!

Apr 29, 2011
TravelingBastards in Mexico

Street food to try in mexico city?

My husband and I (both street food addicts) are traveling to Mexico City in a couple of weeks and would like to try as many local specialties as possible. Can anyone recommend some street food items that we shouldn't miss? So far, I have chapulines and tacos el pastor on my list, but would like lots more!

Apr 25, 2011
TravelingBastards in Mexico