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Tampa Cuban Bread Question?

ICD | Nov 28, 2004 06:56 AM

Family drove down from DC area to Venice to visit wife's parents and grandparents and show off the one-year old (who so far is a chowhound, this boy eats everything). Being of Cuban heritage and haven't had been to a decent Cuban bakery in ages, we went to La Segunda Central in Tampa. The pastries (pastelitos) were as good as I remember in Miami, the only odd thing was the Cuban bread. It was at least five feet long and didn't really taste like what I'm use to. Tasted more like a combination of French and Italian than the more torpedo like Miami Cuban bread. My mother says she saw this style in Cuba from French or Italian immigrant bakers. Is this the general style in Tampa or is this a La Segunda Central specialty? Interestingly enough, my in-laws got not too bad Miami-style Cuban bread from Kash 'n Karry, it's only flaw was that it lacked the palm leaf or string that spreads the top open.

Thanks,

ICD

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