The best hot sauce you can get in Austin, in my book, is not actually a salsa: it’s a sweet tangy orange sauce from Ben Googins and Elias Martins (left), who make all kinds of utterly delicious Brazilian pastries and treats, both sweet and savory. The sauce is called Malagueta, and comes in three flavors, original, pineapple-coconut, and mango. I like the original best, and use it on practically everything – I’ve had to be physically restrained from pouring it on my oatmeal in the morning. It’s an incredibly fun taste experience, sweet, spicy, and full of flavors. You can pick up a bottle at the Republic Square Farmers’ Market downtown on Saturday mornings. From the pastries, I love the empadaos (muffin-shaped delicacies with a perfect crust stuffed full of things like hearts-of-palm) and the shrimp risolis, rolled in breadcrumbs. In addition, Ben and Elias are now cooking at the Vintage Lounge, on Trinity between 5th and 6th, every evening. You can find out more at their web site. And, speaking of the Republic Square Market, does anyone know what happened to the English baker? I’m jonesing for a quiche. With hot sauce.
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