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Monday, April 4, 2011

El Gordo, Pancho, Agave Y Aguacate! :: Arepas & Churros!


After enjoying their empanadas and baked goods, I headed back to the El Gordo-Pancho Bakery joint venture again to satisfy my friend's intense Churro craving. The poor guy had been asking for them for weeks upon weeks. Oddly enough, while the boy went for dessert and chocolate, the girls chose savoury arepas. Then we followed with churros. Who can resist the call of the churro?!

*Edit: It turns out that the spot in the back is called Agave Y Aguacate. Thanks for the correction, Mr/Ms. Anonymous! :)

El Gordo, Pancho's Bakery, Agave Y Aguacate
Verdict: Delicious Arepas & Churros are wonderful when fresh!
Meal: Post brunch snack-attackPrice: ~$5pp
Location: 214 Augusta Ave,Toronto



Remembering the freshly-made snack from Pedestrian Sunday, I took him here and he practically leaped with joy. He was so happy that he grabbed 4, choosing to fill 2 with chocolate and 2 with caramel. He even let me take a big first bite out of a chocolate filled one. Yum, so hot, fresh, & covered in sugar with a touch of cinnamon. Kind of like long, tubular versions of Little Nicky's mini donuts!

Churros (4 for $4.50)
He complained a bit that there wasn't enough filling, but I suspect that they would give you more if you asked.
Also, I've decided that Churros count as donuts and ought to be included in my DT Donut Delve series. I say that Little Nicky's wins by a margin, because their donuts are always fresh to order, whereas sometimes the churros have been sitting on the counter for awhile before you grab one.

They sell Arepas (Venezuelan corn bread sandwiches) next to the Empanada counter. I originally wanted to try their beef-kimchi empanada, but once again they were not available! This better not turn into another Black Camel incident (I've tried going there 4 times, each time a fail for various reasons. Such an elusive pulled pork sandwich)

Chorizo-Cheese Arepa & Drink ($5)

"What if I get it without the drink?" - M
"You're gonna get the drink." - Employee 

For $5, you can get a stuffed Arepa and a sweet tea-like drink. I think it was made with sugar-cane, and I liked it quite a bit.

As you can see, they stuff the arepa pretty full between two corn-based buns. This was chorizo and cheese - the chorizo was quite tasty! All of the cheese was heaped at the bottom of the Arepa - which is too bad because at the end, you're left with just the cheese between the buns. In hindsight, we could've mixed it around to balance the two, but I was happy to just leave the cheese alone at the end. This is my aversion to too much cheese talking. In fact, while I was enjoying the chorizo arepa, another friend strolled in with a cheese empanada in hand. Not only did I not bother tasting it...I did not take a picture. Boo Cheese! (That statement probably made me a few enemies)

I really enjoyed the arepa - it was stuffed to the brim and the corn buns were fresh out of a little oven. This would be a great lunch, I'm definitely going to return for a plaintain-beef combination. And a third try at getting this elusive kimchi-beef empanada. It's playing empan-hard to get!



El Gordo, Pancho's Bakery, Agave Y Aguacate
Verdict: Delicious Arepas & Churros are wonderful when fresh!
Meal: Post brunch snack-attackPrice: ~$5pp
Location: 214 Augusta Ave,Toronto


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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's a good arepas recipe http://bit.ly/i2eCc1

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