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Best Desserts in Oaxaca City


It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Oaxaca City on my first visit to this charming colonial town. There is no question that Oaxaca is for food lovers. The options for delicious eats seems limitless. So many amazing street vendors, restaurants, and mercados. After four days of non-stop eating, I still felt like there was so much more to consume. And to my surprise not only does Oaxaca have great savory food, it also has a sweet tooth that might rival my own. Here are five desserts you shouldn’t miss when visiting Oaxaca City.

Raspados in the Zócolo 

Take a break from the heat to enjoy a piña raspado in the Zócolo as you watch the buzzing city around you. Raspados (shaved ice) come in a range of fruit and classic Mexican flavors that are poured over the shaved ice. You can add sweetened condensed milk or lemon and chili as toppings. There are so many raspados vendors around this square just pick the one that speaks to you and enjoy your icy treat.

Meringue Treats

Walking the vibrant streets of Oaxaca, I came across the street-food stand of my dreams. This sweets cart was filled with beautiful treats with creamy centers and meringue tops. I got the meringue with rainbow sprinkles and pink wafers and (not pictured) the casquito, a small, crispy pie shell filled with meringue and topped with pink sugar. You can find regional sweets of the baked and fried varieties all around Oaxaca City just about any day of the year, but it’s during festival weeks that these treats take center stage.

Flan 

I always have and always will be a lover of flan. I do acknowledge though that it is one of those things like coconut or cilantro that people either love or hate. Being in the love camp I was so excited to find an all flan based dessert cart on the street between the Zócolo and the Mercado de 20 Noviembre. This sweet girl was selling every form and flavor of flan you could dream up. If you spot her and you love flan, be sure to stop for a treat.

Pastries from Boulenc 

Boulenc sells fresh baked bread, pastries, and pizza in the heart of the city. I didn’t expect to find myself here because I generally tend to want to eat things unique to the region, but I received so many recommendations I had to see what all the hype was about. The pastries were on par with some of the best I’ve had. If you love carbs as much as I do, Boulenc is the spot for you.

Helado (ice cream) 

Because you can never have too much ice cream you should enjoy it whenever possible. From a ice cream man pushing a cart filled with ice and small batches of home made ice cream or from a storefront like Museo de Nieves Manolo for a scoop of their signature manolo flavor.

Creme Caramel LA – A Love Story

Creme Caramel LA is the best and the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I first caught wind of Creme Caramel LA from the most recent Eat My Blog charity bakesale. My friend Cathy of Gastronomy Blog posted the most mouth-watering picture of their bacon bread pudding and it was all over. I started desperately tweeting trying to figure out where I could find this dessert that looked too good for words. Then, Kristine de la Cruz (the owner of Creme Caramel LA) tweeted back to me! She told me that they would  soon be serving up their decadently sweet treats at the Melrose Place Farmers Market on Sundays.

I patiently waited for Creme Caramel LA’s debut at the famers market. When the day finally came, I went to the farmers market, me Miss Kristine in person and made my first purchase – one original creme caramel. That was my first mistake, well that and having ever bought this incredible dessert to begin with. After the first creamy, rich bite I was hooked, no sold, no I was a fan for life! And then I was super sad, me and R had devoured this little treasure and there was no more. I would have to wait another week to get more. Why did I only buy 1???

I cannot wax poetic enough about Creme Caramel LA. From their sinfully delicious bacon bread pudding to their creme caramels, everything they are baking up is sheer blissful heavenly delights. The creme caramels  are precisely calibrated with the right amount of caramel flavor delicately woven throughout a velvety thick vanilla custard. It is supremely creamy and incandesent.

If after all that you still don’t believe me, go pick one up for yourself and I guarantee you will fall in love the way I did (well that is unless you don’t like flan-like desserts then you won’t like this at all and you’re crazy). I have to make a confession now,  I have approximately 3 original creme caramels a week. If I can’t make it to the market I order delivery from Creme Caramel LA, yeah they deliver! Now you see clearly why this is the best and worst thing to ever happen to me and my waistline.

And did I mention that Kristine and her staff are the nicest people you will ever meet, truly. She mans her booth every weekend with a big smile and a hug if you’re lucky! This is sweetness all around.  Do yourself a favor and find Creme Caramel LA!

*** You can find Creme Caramel and many other great home-made edibles this weekend in Santa Monica at the Artisanal LA Spring Show ***

It’s Like Winning the Loteria!

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. How are you going to celebrate? My suggestion, margaritas and flan at Loteria Grill!

A few months ago I had an amazing lunch with my food blogging gal pals at one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles- Loteria.

Owner and Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw opened Loteria Grill as a stand in the Original Farmers Market. It was nestled in the middle of a buzzing culinary labyrinth. Despite the distraction of numerous food stands around it, Loteria is a favorite among market visitors, myself among them.

In 2008 Loteria opened a second location on Hollywood Boulevard in a grand space. Lofty windows, floods of light – this was a full-fledged restaurant. The stand still remains, but if you want a sit down dining experience the restaurant offers the same menu and the same quality.

Loteria has a great classic margarita, but if you are more adventurous than we are the restaurant offers countless tequilas to choose from. We stuck with the classic in pitcher form. The more the merrier!

As a starter, Loteria always offers chips with chipotle salsa. This salsa is amazing. It will be hard to stop yourself from devouring the whole basket and leave room for tacos. The tomatoes in the salsa are almost creamy with a mild heat and smokiness.

To start we ordered the chihcarrone de queso, also known as a cheese hat. As Jimmy explained to me, this is a larger version of the crispy, salty bits of cheese that ooze out of a quesadilla and cook on the griddle – everyone’s favorite bite. The queso is crunchy and savory and it has the same appeal as tortilla chips. Bite after bite you can’t stop yourself.

The cochinita pibil taco is unlike any other: Bold zesty flavors cradled in a soft corn tortilla, dripping with sweet sauce.

Delicious tacos aside, one of the main reasons I love Loteria is the flan de cajeta. It is made with goat’s milk that adds a nutty depth to the flan. As a perfect flan should be, this flan is velvety with exuberant caramel flavor.

On this visit I discovered what could best be described as the most incredible union of desserts – cake layered with flan. This is a sweet and spongy vanilla cake that is layered with thick creamy flan and topped with a caramel frosting. It is miraculous. The pairing was glorious.