Brandon Hernández 5 p.m., April 24
Man seeks Mango
I have become a believer in the combination of mango, hot sauce, and chamoy. The sweet, salty, spicy, savory flavor combo compels me to seek out new combinations of this fruity, snacktime masterpiece. With fingers crossed and appetite high, I popped into the Aqua Fruit shop that's, rather weirdly, packed in with a Giromex on 3495 University Avenue at the extreme edge of North Park.
Super random combination of businesses under one roof. Not only can you wire money internationally, you can grab a cup of sweet fruit at the same time. Super nice lady working inside, too. I asked her if she could make a "chamango" (cup of spicy mango with chamoy) but she said she couldn't do it.
Curses! The best she could do was a spicy bowl of pico de gallo (the fruit salad with lime and chili, not the salsa). I just wanted the gooey sweetness of mango, however, so I asked her to make me an escamocha instead.
She threw chopped fruit in a bucket with cream and condensed milk and then brutalized it with a until the morass of fruit and cream had emulsified into a creamy, syrupy morass of fruit bits. Inelegant? Yes. Delicious? Most certainly, especially with a few almonds and some coconut sprinkled over the whole thing for texture.
I don't usually go for escamocha or fresas con crema because I can practically feel my pancreas revolting when I eat such sugar-bombs, but I have to admit they are super tasty and worth a little self-indulgence every now and again.
Still no spicy mango treats, though. The search must continue!