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La Monarca Bakery’s Horchata Cake Is The Very Definition of Moist

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Face it, many of us are coming out of this quarantine earning fresh and comfy extra poundage like a hibernating grizzly. Folks are either cooking up a storm like Gordon Ramsay in The Matrix (didn’t happen, but if it did good lord Mr. Smith you’re in for a sumptuous feast) or hitting up food delivery on the regular, so trust my theory holds weight. You know what else does? The Horchata Cake and Tres Leches Cake from La Monarca Bakery & Cafe.

With 12 locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area, La Monarca has Angelenos covered when it comes to sweet Mexican treats and unique coffee offerings. And what could be a sweeter form of indulgence than a Horchata Cake and Tres Leches Cake?

Their Tres Leches (translates to ‘three milks’) Cake is a Mexican classic: vanilla sponge cake with house made tres leches milk blend, topped with vanilla bean chantilly cream (fresh whipped cream w/sugar) and a dark chocolate ganache swirl, topped with preserved cherry.

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Now for the Horchata Cake, they basically used the same principle of a Tres Leches Cake and soaked it with their house made horchata. It’s a novel and simple premise that executes perfectly, with each morsel of the cake being the very definition of moist. Each bite practically had my tastebuds splashing through the whole experience like it was the first day of summer at the community pool. It’s no wonder that La Monarca’s Horchata Cake is a best seller, with one Yelp user gushing, “It tastes like Mexican heaven.”

Now imagine pairing these cakes up with La Monarca’s signature cafe drinks like their Oatchata Latte or Tres Leches Latte and you’ve got yourself an ideal situation for any fan of irresistible cake and delicious coffee.

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Dodger Stadium Adds Horchata Ice Cream Churro Cakes To New Menu

Dodger Dogs and nachos have always been the basic go-to eats at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, but over the last few years, they’ve stepped up their game, hoping to change your perspective of stadium food.

Dodgers’ Executive Chef Ryan Evans is not holding back on the food selection this season, adding an array of new foods, including an Horchata ice cream-topped churro cake.

About 47 percent of Los Angeles is made up of Hispanics, or Latinos, and this sweet dessert shows that the Dodgers are in tune with their city.

The warm churro cake is placed inside a Dodger helmet, similar to how their nachos are set up, then topped with their horchata-infused ice cream. They finish it off with a caramel drizzle that tasted like cajeta, a thick Mexican syrup.

While we thought the churro cake was the highlight of the new food items, we put together the 11 other new items you have to try this season.

From street corn completely covered in crushed Hot Cheeto dust, to a spicy fried chicken breast sandwiched between a couple of Belgian waffles, the eats at the stadium could be just as fun as the game itself:

Spicy Chicken and Belgian Waffles


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This sandwich debuted in the postseason last year, as the Dodgers fought for a World Series title and debuted a few new menu items for the occasion. With spicy chicken and candied bacon inside, this Belgian sammich has a mix of sweet and spicy, creating different sensations in your mouth.
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King’s Hawaiian Lobster Roll


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This guy was also introduced in the playoffs last year and was enough of a hit for them to add on the full-time menu this year. The lobster is made New England-style, meaning there’s a mayonnaise base mixed in. The fact that it’s served in a soft King’s Hawaiian roll is always a plus.
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Carne Asada Torta


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This one’s completely new, and the Dodgers really did the asada justice, being nicely seasoned and cooked to medium rare. The torta is definitely a welcoming addition to the menu.

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Spicy Chicken Sandwich


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These breaded chicken strips are tossed in Buffalo sauce, then joined by a jalapeno slaw, umami aioli, and pickles on Texas toast. If you’re the type of person who orders chicken strips wherever you go, here’s a spicy version for you.

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Hot Cheet-O-Lote


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The Flamin’ Hot Cheeto-covered street corn was obviously a hit when it debuted at the end of last season, and will now be a staple at the stadium. Covered with Hot Cheeto dust, Tajin powder, cotija cheese, and a dangerously delicious chili-lime mayo, this roasted elote is sure to be a 2018 favorite.

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Orange Chicken


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Shades of Panda Express, the orange chicken bowl is served with steamed broccoli and rice. That’s the only Chinese-inspired dish that debuts this year, but it’s a nice way to add variety.

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Veggie Burger


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It’s 2018, and the stadium world is incorporating more veggie options to its menu. The new veggie burger will consist of a pique pepper aioli, smoked gouda, Portobello mushroom, and arugula on a brioche bun.
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Pretzel Chicken Croissant


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You can throw anything in a croissant and it automatically becomes 10 times better. Filled with chicken, sundried tomato, an herb aioli, Swiss cheese, and leaf lettuce, the pretzel croissant is a nice change of pace from the standard sandwich offerings.
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Nopal Torta


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If you’re not a fan of meat, you can forego the asada torta and munch on a nopal torta. Nopales are a Mexican-style, fully cooked cactus, and the torta adds refried beans, jalapenos, cilantro, crema and pickled onions.
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Chicken Sausage Banh Mi

For a bit of Vietnamese flair, the Dodgers will be adding a banh mi. The chicken sausage is dressed with pickled carrots, onions, shredded cabbage, jalapeno, and cilantro.

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Churro Cake


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This is definitely going to be a crowd favorite. The warm cake served with cold horchata ice cream is everything you’d want from your ballpark food. (Note: The cake is bigger than the sample pictured above.)

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Everything In This Mexican Coffee Shop Is Made With Horchata

If you’ve ever been to a Mexican restaurant, you’ve probably had an Horchata to help wash down your meal, but there’s a restaurant in Paramount, California where the milky drink is the main attraction.

Meet Horchateria Rio Luna, where everything is Horchata-based, from their Horchata Iced Coffee, to their Horchata ice cream-topped churro sundae.

Horchateria opened its doors in March of 2016, and in those two years have become a go-to dessert spot in Southern California.

When the Foodbeast crew walked in, we were immediately greeted by not only a friendly staff, but images of Mexican culture adorning the walls. From sugar skulls to well-known Mexican luchador masks, you really feel the attention to detail swirling around you.

A quick look at the menu and you’ll notice the Horchata is used in ways you probably never thought possible. The traditional Mexican agua is presented in a whole different light with different drink mixtures and ice cream-based sweets.

The best thing about Horchateria might have been the quality. Instead of opting for pre-packaged products, we learned that everything, from their churros, coffee, and even Horchata ice cream, is all made in-house.

Along with cajeta and lechera drizzles that you can add to both the sundae and ice cream sandwich, you really get a taste of what it’s like to enjoy Mexican desserts.

It’s no surprise that they often have lines out the door, with quality desserts and flavor combinations you’ll have fun experiencing for the first time, and probably many more times over after you fall in love with the little coffee shop.

Check out some of the shop’s highlights below:

Horchata Iced Coffee

This should honestly be in coffee shops everywhere. The combination of iced coffee with the subtle cinnamon sweetness that comes from Horchata is the kind of morning pick-me-up I can get used to.

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Oaxacan Horchata

This reminded me of a Mexican version of a Filipino favorite called Halo-Halo. The combination of a pitaya sorbet, melon chunks, coconut flakes, and walnuts mixed into a cup of Horchata worked pefectly.

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Large Concha Ice Cream Sandwich

One of the most recognizable treats in Mexican culture is pan dulce. Cut one in half, load it up with Horchata ice cream, walnuts, and cajeta drizzle and you’ve got a Mexican ice cream sandwich on steroids.

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Churro Sundae


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While you can get their homemade churros a-la-carte, if you’re feeling really bold, you can get their sundae, which consists of four churros topped with horchata ice cream and cajeta drizzle.

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Starbucks Debuts An Horchata Frappuccino To Cool You Off This Summer

Starbucks loves to crank out new, refreshing drinks in the summer, and now that they have almond milk on deck, it allows them to mess around with horchata-flavored drinks.

With that said, their latest summer drink that will probably fill your Instagram feed, is the Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino.

With the almondmilk base, cinnamon dolce syrup, whipped cream and caramel drizzle, this drink should make you feel like you’re at a taco shop, enjoying a plate full of carne asada tacos, while chugging a large horchata.

OK, that might be a bit of a stretch, but it does taste like horchata, so at least Starbucks didn’t mess that up.


They didn’t even have to bring in any new ingredients for this Frap, so they’re basically trying to stay ahead of the “secret menu” game, because it’s very likely people have already ordering Fraps like this.

When Starbucks released its Almondmilk Macchiato earlier this year, it had a very horchata-like taste, and even had similar ingredients to the new Frappuccino, so maybe it was a bit of a test-run before having the confidence to directly call something “horchata.”

This is also a pretty big drink for Starbucks because it is the first Frappuccino they’ve specifically advertised with their almondmilk.

This seems to be a winner to close out the summer, as it tastes good, isn’t extremely gimmicky like the Unicorn Frappuccino, and can technically stay on the menu for as long as they don’t excommunicate one of the ingredients.

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How to Order Horchata, Creamsicle and Cake Pop Frappes from the Starbucks Secret Menu

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You don’t often see many fast-food chains embracing their secret menus. On the way to work, I stopped at a Starbucks in Santa Ana, CA and noticed some secret menu frappes on their Pinterest-friendly chalk board. These drinks included “Happy Horchata”, “Orange County Creamsicle” and the “Incredible Cake-Pop Surprise”. Not your regular menu items, but this store was more than happy to share them with their regulars. Take note, every other Starbucks.

For anyone who’s adventurous enough to try the Horchata, Orange Creamsicle and Cake Pop Frappuccinos, here’s how to order them. If you don’t mind the extra charge, they’re definitely worth experiencing at least once. While these are not your official drinks, the store seemed to care very little about the secrecy of the coveted menu. Looking at you, In-N-Out.

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Horchata

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  • Order a Tazo Chai Creme Frappuccino
  • Add vanilla syrup, Cinnamon Dolce syrup and Chai syrup
  • Add whipped cream and cinnamon as a topper

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Orange Creamsicle

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  • Order choice of milk
  • Add Orange Mango or Valencia Orange Refresher Juice
  • Add classic syrup and a creme base
  • Add whipped cream
  • Orange wedge not included

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Cake Pop

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  • Order Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
  • Add cake pop blended (maybe throw in two for extra creaminess)

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McDonald’s Testing Horchata Frappes in Southern California

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Horchata is a kind of cinnamon-flavored almond-rice milk, popular throughout Spain and Latin America, that tastes pretty much like drinking liquid churros. Now, just about two and a half hours north of the border, it seems a Los Angeles McDonald’s wants to make the sweet-sweet-nothing even more addictive, by loading it up with coffee and whipped cream.

GrubGrade reports a new Horchata Frappe was spotted in Los Angeles as part of McDonald’s McCafe Social Hour for buy-one-get-one McCafé Beverages, everyday from 2 – 5 p.m. Funnily enough, Starbucks just wrapped its own half-price happy hour, with at least one location in Santa Ana also offering a Horchata-flavored Frap. No offense SBux, but I think I would rather have fries with that.

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Adventure: Taqueria El Granjenal (Costa Mesa, CA)

Orange County is renowned for its perfect weather, breathtaking beaches, attractive people and… taquerias!? The gang and I were driving down 19th street in Costa Mesa  and spotted no less then seven taco stands within the span of a couple blocks. With our stomachs running on empty, we picked Taqueria El Granjenal out of the bunch and grubbed down! Check out the play-by-play after this rainy day in Costa Mesa, CA.