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SF - Sunstream Café Redux – Coxinhas, Risoles, Mint-pineapple juice

rworange | Apr 29, 200603:56 AM

This café on Geary near Copper Penny sells Brazilian snacks and desserts. More details on my first visit in the link at the end.

Today I tried two snacks- Coxinhas and risoles.

Coxinhas are what would result if Gregoire’s potato puff mated with a tamale. It was a deep-fried cornmeal-coated ball of mashed potatoes with a tamale-like filling of shredded chicken mixed with broth, chopped green olives and onions.

This was very tasty, but since this was my first, I have no comparison. They are not fried-to-order, but kept warm in a heated glass cabinet. Here’s a recipe.


The risole was a warm small turnover filled with a soft cheese and corn. The cheese was like cream cheese. This was tasty too. There are shrimp or beef fillings available.

The pineapple mint juice sounded good, but alas, they ran out of pineapples ... yes, the juice is started from fresh pineapple. There are a number of fruits on a shelf waiting to be turned into juice. I opted for bottled cashew juice which was sweet and pleasant. I had cashew juice once before at Balompie, it was fresh, but a little gritty.

There were more desserts on this visit. Lovely squares of fresh coconut cake with whipped cream, flan, rice pudding, other unidentified desserts.

I chose a container of Doce de Aboboro e Coco Cremoso.

This is a mixture of pumpkin, coconut, sugar and water. It is very sweet and almost like soft candy. Surprisingly the pumpkin/coconut combo is a good match. A little of this goes a long way because it is so sweet. Don’t know how Brazilians eat this, but I’m thinking of mixing it with yogurt.

The man in the shop spoke good English, much better than the other person who served me on the weekend. Both were very pleasant.

I really like this little shop and look forward to sampling more of the snacks on future visits.


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