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Get Great Mexican-Style Panocha at Taquería Zamora

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Oh, the funny names we Latinos give to our meals. The above picture is what I know as a gordita de trigo, even though that name might throw off most people. This gordita isn't savory or even stuffed, but rather a flatbread sweetened with brown sugar and bits of cinnamon sticks. It's a Zacatecan fave, a constant at any proper household during the winter, when nothing quite wakes up kiddies like the sweet scent of the gorditas cooking on the griddle, with canela (cinnamon tea) boiling on the stove.

Taqueria Zamora in SanTana sells them sometimes, in packages of two near the counter for two bucks--they're available this week. Yeah, the one above was burnt a bit much, but its twin was perfect: chewy, fragrant, toasted perfectly yet moist even though they were prepared in the morning, and only vaguely sweet. It wasn't as sugary as most pan dulces, but restrained--really a treat. But they called them gorditas de harina. And when I showed it to Javier, he smiled. "Oh, you got some panocha!"

Commence snickers.

As readers of my other column know, panocha is Mexican Spanish slang for a woman's private parts, cruder even than our "pussy." But it's derived from the Mexican Spanish term for brown sugar, and is most famous as a New Mexico Lenten pudding.

But for Javier, panocha was what his family called these gorditas. Made sense: after all, they were made from panocha (brown sugar) and were as sweet as...never mind. Just go to Zamora's, don't get the burnt ones (and if you do, just knife off that crust--the inside will still retain its optimal flavor) and don't mind the double-murder that happened this weekend--no one in the packed restaurant the day after the crime did.

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Location Info

Taqueria Zamora

3121 S. Main St., Santa Ana, CA

Category: Restaurant

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gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Wait...in the previous Zamora's post, you said you'd never go into SanTana, yet now you're trying to speak like an authority on the place. Which is it?

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Gustavo :....Zamora's has alway's had great people and great Mexican food.......However (2) people were shot and killed there this week!. Street punks hang-out there. .......I'll take my chances at the Disneyland parking lot. Clean up Santa Ana and people will come back....

NoSoyRacista
NoSoyRacista

 Don't people get shot in the parking lot here?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Don't people get stabbed in the parking lot at Disneyland)

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

Mexican kids eat panocha at an entirely too young age.

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