Hi, Tatiana! A Cuban couple owns our Latin market as well as a fast-food Latin restaurant that serves mostly Cuban food and a few Venezuelan and Colombian dishes. For fast-food, it’s okay but not great. Although, their guava pastries, made in house, are very good. We often visit a town near Orlando called Mount Dora that has an excellent Cuban restaurant — much better than the one here.

The market has food from South and Central America as well as Mexico. We get our yerba mate there as well as the empanada pastries, pan dulce, dulce de leche, churro mix, and my daughter, who is Honduran, would buy many items, particularly baked products, from her country at the market.

The market does not have a license to sell beer or wine though, so we purchase our wine elsewhere. But, Argentinian and all South American wines can be easily found at any grocery store or liquor store here. We mostly buy wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Italy. My personal favorite is Malbec.

We are very fortunate to have that market in our city. Otherwise, we would have to travel almost an hour to a Latin market in another area. There are also two small Mexican bodegas here, both attached to Mexican restaurants, but they almost exclusively sell Mexican products. One also has a bakery that makes an excellent tres leches cake that my daughter and grandchildren love but I’m not fond of tres leches.

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