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And What a Crawl It Was!


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And What a Crawl It Was!

fredid | | Aug 18, 2007 06:44 PM

The JP crawl this afternoon commenced at noon - and didn't end til 5! Whew!

There were 12 of us and lots of goodies - we sliced everything up - even the 3 or 4 inch round pupusa - and chowed down mightily. (Pictures to come!)

Beginning at Jackson Square, we ate our way down Centre street. We began at the new Tropical Cafe (someone else will provide the details), a friendly Dominican place, with our only real sitdown and a platter of samples and soup. The Cafe also offers a variety of meats - including oxtails and rabbit, cooked in a homey, simple manner, as well as fish and other seafood - all served cafeteria style, so you can check it out visually before ordering.

Then we met the delightful Madrego - David will give the details, had a sweet snack at Estella's, and then on to Tacos El Charro. I was surprised - as I thought it had been sold, but the owner told us they decided in the end to stay. We had (help me, chowers!) tacos el pastor - pork marinated (?) in pineapple, very flavorful, a tostada (?) with ceviche (fish "cooked" in lime juice) - really yummy - and another taco-y pork with peppers - All delish. Meanwhile, the intrepid Limster and Lydia went across the street to Alex's Chimis, and brought back a "pork sandwich" - a nice crusty baguette with shredded pork, some mayo, tomato stuff - Again, very tasty! Oh, and a good flan...

On to the Pupusa spot - Pupusa Guanaca? On the corner - We knew it would take a bit of time as they cook to order - the pupusa again was interesting and appealing (I'm running out of adjectives - soory I'm not better at deconstructing the ingredients of all these great mouthfuls), with a nice shredded spicy slaw. We also got a Salvadoran taco - quite different from Mexican but it went by too fast for me to give a good description. We also asked for three horchatas and got three tostadas (!) - crackely (in a good way!) fried small tortillas with a nice bean spread. So then we went back and got our horchatas - with cinnamon. Certainly refreshing - it's a milky, sweet, cold drink. For some of us, it really hit the spot, and others reminisced about "horchatas they have known"...

So do you think we were done? Nope - While some of us waited for the pupusas, others scouted out the Miami Restaurant across the way, and brought back a Cubano (a pressed sandwich with ham, pork, and cheese) , a pork tamale, and pork "en hojas" (in leaves.) Maybe because we waited to eat all of this until after we had our pupusa and horchata, it wasn't the shining point of the day. Some of liked the Cubano...

So, after a few goodbyes, we decided to get ourselves moving - and on to the sweets that beckoned! We hoofed it over to Cafe Ula - in the Brewery buildings on Amory St, just past Stonybrook and a bit towards Green - for some pizelli - a flat, sweet wafer, and a popover with honey that hit the spot. Finally, a bit more of the old shoe leather and we were at Canto 6 (on Green, one block from the T, going away from JP center) - for the grand finale of a tart (plum?), monkey bread - which turned out was a sweet light cinnamon-y cake, a wonderful almond macaroon, and a Gruyere croissant . How's all that for a last hurrah?

And here's the punchline - Guess what the total was for the whole shebang, from Jackson Square to Canto 6? Ten smackeroos each! I'm not kidding!

On to next time! (And look for the upcoming pics and further details from David....)

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