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Buenos Aires Bakery and Despana reports

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Buenos Aires Bakery and Despana reports

Jayask | Feb 15, 2003 02:53 PM

Ok, I headed to Jackson Heights today after brunch at La Flor. Good as always...but i remember the place being packed on weekends...and it wasn't.

I recently read a post asking if La Urugaya is good (it isn't) and recommended Buenos Aires Bakery (Argentine) on Roosevelt as an alternative...but rep since I'd never been there. I passed it on the way to Despana foods (www.despanabrandfoods.com)so bought a buinch of stuff to try. Since La Urugaya and El Molino have went downhill...(and Rio De La Plata is out of my way now that I've stopped going to Don Chincho) I need a good Argie (or uraguayan) bakery. Hope were high.

What did I try? fried beef empanada, square pastry (facturas) with membrillo, the standard pastry with membrillo, the long thin one with yellow custard, and a churro. The empanada was a tad greasy but tasty. All of the pastries were very good. IMHO this place is better than Rio De l Plata. The staff seemed nicer as well. I don't know if how it matches up to El Molino and La Uruguaya before they were sold and went downhill...but that is a moot point.

BTW, despana has their turrones and chocolates at 1/2 price to blow them out. They also now sell chunks of cheese by approx 1/8 wheel...where they before only sold by the 1/4 (1.5-2 pounds) which is a lot. They now carry several membrillos..instead of just one. I am compraring to my one and oinly previous visit in eary December. I bought a (3/4 lb) chunk of idiazabal cheese, some membrillo, turron, and almendras rellenas (solf turron in a almond shaped shell.)

I passed the Afghan restaurant and Ashoka....and was tempted since I've never been to either...but was pretty full by then.

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