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Sunday’s quest

I put hot sauce on just about everything I eat – eggs, meat, cottage cheese (don’t knock it – nonfat cottage cheese, canned mandarin orange slices, walnuts and hot sauce is damn tasty. I just have to remember to take the Lactaid), quiche, BLT’s, rice, beans, pasta, toast, that cheap caviar from Trader Joe’s, salad, etc…

Hell, I’ve even tried hot sauce on ice cream (now that one didn’t work so well).

My favorite had been Cholula, but the caterer on this movie’s been stocking a brand called Tapatio, which is now officially my favorite. It’s got a good heat level, an excellent flavor, and it’s not too vinegary (Tabasco, while great on oysters and in cajun-style stuff, is a bit too thin for general use).

I’d seen Tapatio at restaurants, and had always reached over it to get to the Cholula, but now I’m converted.

My two missions today were getting the laundry done and procuring some hot sauce. I struck out at Whole Foods and that hot sauce store in the Farmer’s Market (although they do carry Cholula).

Third try’s a charm (or something like that) – I found it at Monsieur Marcel, a gourmet place that’s also in the Farmer’s Market (I’d gone in there looking for something else and just checked the hot sauce selection out of curiosity).

I bought two bottles (I was going to give one to my cousin, who also loves hot sauce; but screw her – she can rot in Tabasco land), and to celebrate my score, for dinner I had oven fries (slice potatoes, bake in oven till crispy) with about a quarter bottle of Tapatio – and a glass of the 2005 Beaujolais Nouveau, which held up surprisingly well to hot-sauce loaded potatoes.

Don’t hate me because of my hot sauce habit.

Hate me because I paired it with a perfectly innocent wine.

Yum!

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15 Responses

  1. Chuck says:

    Okay, I’ll try it. I recently discovered the joys of Cholula and have been going through a big bottle a month, but if you say Tapatio is even better, then I’ll give it a shot.

    I’m gonna have to try that cottage cheese thing. Sounds good.

  2. Walter says:

    Tapatio is awesome, it’s been next to the salt and pepper on my table since I was a kid.

    During the summer try peeled and sliced cucumbers with lemon juice and tapatio.

    you’ll love it.

  3. fueltank says:

    mmmm, hot sauce…

    That was one of the things I really liked about living in LA, hot sauce on every table!

    I discovered one called Valentina, comes in two strengths and goes really well with
    scrambled eggs. The green Tabasco isn’t too bad, if you have to use Tabasco…

    Now I’m hungry…. gotta make some eggs to have with my hot sauce.

  4. Mark says:

    Do you know what sounds funny? You talking about loading a truck and then in the next post talking about washing down your dinner with French wine.

    I love it.

  5. Tobasco land? That’s a great term.

    Did you do a side by side comparison of Tapatio vs. Cholula, or have you just jumped sides after a few years?

  6. Antoine says:

    Tapatio blows Cholula away, flavor wise. (IMHO.) I’m convinced that the only reason people buy Cholula is that the little bottlecap is made of wood, and is cute. That might also be why it’s in a lot more restaurants.

    Welcome to Tapatio Country.

    Love your blog.

    aw

  7. AJ Gentile says:

    I’m more of a Frank’s fan, but you don’t see that much out here.

    You know there’s a WHOLE STORE of hot sauce in the farmer’s market, yeah?

  8. Neil says:

    Maybe you need to usethose Asian hot sauces like the ones you see in Korean restaurants that make you feel as if your eyes are popping out.

  9. Hot sauce on a bagel with cream cheese…The bomb! I put hot sauce on everything myself, I just bought a bottle of the Tapatio Chalula is on the rack among others. Have you ever used the stuff thats asian, and has a rooster on it,comes in a plastic bottle kinda sweet but will make you sweat if you let the sweetness fool you, I like differant sauces for differant dishes. I heart hot sauce! You are not alone.

  10. thegamebrain says:

    I hate to say it, but most of us in Canada are pussies regarding anything hot. I certainly can’t imagine a bottle on every table. Hell, some of us won’t even use pepper!

    I say hell yeah, pour it on thick!

  11. foreign agent says:

    How about that Thai sweet chili sauce? Lot’s of garlic, but I bet it’d work with ice-cream.

  12. Anonymous says:

    You can get a quart of Tapatio (lovingly pronounced Tuh-PAY-shee-yo at my house) at Ralph’s in Silverlake for like two bucks. It also makes even the crappiest of pizzas completely delicious. God I love hot sauce. Great blog! – Kitty Bukkake

  13. ilovearagorn says:

    Hey Girl! Great blog! Found you from the LA Times piece! It’s so nice to see Tapatio getting an honorable mention! Back when I lived in NC several years ago, I discovered it at my fav Mexican restaurant. I have never been back to anything else since! In the south, hot sauce reigns supreme, especially Tabasco…YUCK. So when I brought Tapatio to the company party everyone’s eyes bugged out that it wasn’t Tabasco. But they all converted! Long live TAPATIO!
    PS I work as a Prod. Coordinator now, it’s great that you are posting how hard all the crew works!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    What’s with sparks and cholula? My favorite gaffer is addicted to the stuff and claims he’ll marry her as soon as she can get across the border. Whenever crafty puts some out he swipes it to keep in the set carts.

  15. d0v15 says:

    Thanks for posting this! My buddy was defending Cholula as the better sauce…hopefully this will set him straight
    (pause)

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