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Lunching at the Farmer’s Market

My favorite Sunday ritual especially when it is sunny: wake up, go to the gym, clean up, and head down to the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market!

The Hillcrest Farmer’s Market is one of my favorites and I love buying fruit there.  It is the colors, the sounds, and most of all – the smells that keeps me coming back over and over again.

When I visit with CP, we will always (99%) have our lunch here.  What’s on our menu you ask?  Here is our favorite spread:

Tacos are a staple in our diets.  For CP – chicken, for me – al pastor.  Three corn tacos loaded with our selected meats, guacamole, cilantro, onions, and salsa.  Whenever I go to a taco shop or any Mexican joint and see “Tacos al Pastor”, I must have it as I am on the quest to find the best al pastor! It is a long journey…with many tacos to be consumed.  It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

A new addition to the spread are the empenadas!  I have stared at the stand that sells these (across from Charlie’s Best Breads) for sometime, until I finally decided to try them.  My first taste, I had gotten the chicken, spinach, and the cheese empenadas (3 for $5).  Now ever since my first taste, I realized that the chicken empenadas were “money”.

The shell is like a pastry crust, a little thicker and not really flaky.  However, it gives right away when you bite into them without fall apart nor taking my tooth with it.  Which is perfect because these little puppies are FILLED to the brim with shredded, spiced chicken.  Take their chimichurri and you have a samba in your mouth!

Pair this meal with horchata (for me) and fresh squeezed lemonade (for CP) and we have ourselves a wonderful picnic on the DMV lot!

Hillcrest Farmer’s Market

3960 Normal Street at Lincoln (Adjacent to the DMV)
San Diego, California 92103

Sunday: 9 am – 2 pm


2 responses

  1. SomeGuy

    I was at the farmer’s market this morning, and I had some empanadas, and you know what I realized? Those guys are selling frozen empanadas from a box (probably Goya Brand, from the latin market on Morena Blvd) I was so disappointed..

    I don’t really have proof, but look at the difference on your photo:

    And compare it with some random photo I found here:

    REAL empanadas, are home made, (even if you bought the crust at the store) they have tons of imperfections, some areas get toasted a bit more, the “repulgue” wich is the little extra crust on the edge, has irregularities and there is never 2 empanadas alike.

    Look at the ones from the Hillcrest FM photo, the look exactly the same, and the filling is all processed (a real empanada should have irregular pieces of beef inside, much like the tacos you show on those photos, while you don’t show the inside of the empanadas, when I took a bite I realized, this is processed filling!

    Again, I can’t sustain my accusation other than the looks and taste, but I’m pretty sure this was the case. If you are going to buy from that guy again, I recommend the choripans instead.

    Such a shame! 😦

    July 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

    • May-chan

      Thanks for that analysis SomeGuy. From looking at the picture you did provide, along with your argument, I can see how your theory could be quite possible. If they truly don’t make their own products, I would at least love to know which brand they buy as they have introduced me to a commercial product that is worth my time. However, to play the devil’s advocate…I don’t believe they ever advertise the empanadas as “homemade” and so it is not as if they were trying to sell someone else products as their own. Now that would be something I would have a problem with.

      [Anyone…please correct me if I’m wrong and that they do in fact advertise that the empanadas are homemade.]

      However, I will definitely take the suggestion and try their choripans too next time I’m at the FM! Thanks again SomeGuy! 🙂

      August 2, 2010 at 6:01 am

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