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Reliving Delicious Food Memories: A Treasured Story from Florence

Florence, Italy

One of my most treasured food memories is of a family vacation to Italy when I was a teenager. We spent a week in Florence, and every meal we had was a revelation. But the one that stands out most in... Read more

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A cup of raspados or raspas from Oaxaca Mexico's zócalo.

What: Also known as raspados, raspas are essentially snow cones: cups or plastic bags of shaved ice flavored by various syrups, sometimes topped with fruit and/or condensed milk (raspar = to scrape). They’re found all over Mexico, especially around the corners of zócalos. As might be imagined, they’re super refreshing on a meltingly hot day.

Where: We enjoyed our raspa in Oaxaca’s zócalo in the early evening. Shaved right off a block of ice, it was doused with tamarind syrup, which the raspador assured us was more traditional than some of the other offerings—flavors like strawberry and cappuccino, chocolate, lechera (condensed milk)—that are no doubt preferred by kids today. It’s very sweet and cold, like an extra-icy Slurpee.


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