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San Diego Area - best panadria/Spanish Market - El Tigre?

Stanley Stephan | Oct 3, 2003 05:42 PM

I was just amazed by El Tigre. I think it is worth bringing visitors to. I can't imagine there is a better Spanish Market than this.

but on panadria's ... I have had nothing but wonderful Mexican food here, I've got to conclude there are some killer panaderias in the area

In addition to La Tigre the article linked below mentions
La Espiga de Oro
Panadería Del Valle

Any others? Anything you like in particular in these panadrias?

I'm not particularily a fan of Mexican breads, but there are some things I like, especially fruit/cream filled empanadas/turnovers.

But back to El Tigre ... Do you folks realize what a treasure you have here? Outstanding meat, deli, cheeses, vegetables, breads, well, it goes on and on.

Loved those huge pans of yogurt (mango, dursana and strawberry), crema ranchero, and ricotta cheese ... ricotta? Is that Spanish?

Huge wheels of Mexican cheeses ... queso cacique, cohija, oxicha, and more but my notes are unclear. On this link about Mexican cheeses, it says El Tigre sells over two dozen types.

http://www.nctimes.net/news/2002/2002...

All those fresh cactuses mamy, cayotes con espinas, nopales, red and green tunas. There was something called huajes in the produce section that I've never seen.

Then there's that entire wall of tostadas. I really liked the panadria had the Enlish/Spanish names on pastries. The deli had me drooling with the seven salsas, again in huge pans. All those hot dishes and the huge sides of fried pork skins displayed in a case. I settled for a red papaya aqua fresca. There were four different kinds made in-house.

Huge selection of fresh meat. Loved the tray of sausage meat where someone sculpted a little pig head. Five kinds of tripe (but maybe tripas de res is not really tripe. It was translated in English to the unappealing "beef guts".)

If you are at the Escondido El Tigre, the music store next door has the hand prints of famous Latin singers in cement ... Alehandro Fernandez, Tito Puente, Enriques Inglesia, Ricky Martin, and Shakira.

There was an interesting ice cream parlor in the same mall, but I had to leave. Are they any good?

I must rest. I'm overwhelmed.

Link: http://gourmetclub.signonsandiego.com...

Image: http://gourmetclub.signonsandiego.com...

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