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Calentada deliciosa


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Calentada deliciosa

Jeremy Osner | Nov 1, 1999 10:56 AM

This morning, I had a yummy calentada con chorizo for breakfast. Calentada is a sort of wet rice and beans mash (better than it sounds) that Colombian restaurants serve at breakfast; I've had it at Natives on Northern Blvd. and Mario on 37th Ave. The one I ate today, at Rincon Sabroso on Roosevelt and 87th St., was way better than either of those. The distinctive touch there was pig's foot and cracklins; at Natives and Mario's there's a little pork flavor but no identifiable meat.

The menu listed calentada con carne asada; but they were happy to substitute chorizo -- good chorizo, though I don't think particularly better than what I've had at other Colombian places in the neighborhood. The arepita that came with the dish was wetter than normal -- which I was happy with; I usually find them dry and flavorless. This one didn't have much flavor either but at least it wasn't bone-dry.

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