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On the Chorizo Trail .... Carneceria en Valle & Rincon Latino

gordon wing | Sep 1, 200603:23 AM     2

Had to go to Pinole today on an errand - coming down Appian Way to San Pablo Avenue I saw Valley Produce and remembered that I enjoyed the chorizo from Carneceria en Valle. (in the back)
Bought two kinds - the green (jalapeno) chorizo and the regular mild one.
At home I already had some of the fresh chorizo (mild) from Rincon Latino Market in Richmond.

The chorizo from C e Valle is a pretty lean sausage with a medium leaning toward fine grind. The green chorizo has bits of jalapeno showing but isn't that spicy ... tastes like it has cilantro also - a pleasant greenish taste - nice acid finish. The regular mild chorizo smells wonderful as you cook it....the smell of sweet spices? The pleasant mild flavor doesn't quite taste the way it smells but is enjoyable nevertheless. Not too oily. The links are tied with bits of corn husk - very classy.

The chorizo from Rincon Latino had a rougher texture that I enjoyed - it was also richer than the C e Valle chorizo. Seasonings are on the mild side but this chorizo still is pretty savory. This was my favorite of the three that I tasted tonight.

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