Questions about food and the way that interact with language in Spanish speaking countries.

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How do you differentiate between walnuts and pecans in Spanish?

It recently occurred to me that the Spanish nuez can be translated to English as both "walnut" and "pecan." Is the same word really used for both types of nuts? How would you specify which nut you're ...
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Is there a difference between cilantro and culantro in Spanish?

I've seen the American English "cilantro" (British English "coriander") translated into Spanish as both cilantro and culantro. What is the difference? Are they synonyms used interchangeably, or is the ...
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Where did “pico de gallo” get its name?

Does pico de gallo (the type of salsa) literally translate as "rooster's beak"? If so, where did it get that name, and how does that describe the salsa?
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Usage of fea and rico

I'm learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone. The lesson I am currently on has two examples that I don't completely understand. La leche está fea El pan está rico "Fea" seems to be translated ...
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What exactly is “repocheta”?

Another food related question I collected on my trip through Central America five years ago is repocheta Again it's not in Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Larousse Gran Diccionario, Google Translate, or ...
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¿Qué significa “cdta” en una receta?

En esta receta, se dice: 1 cdta. de polvo de hornear 1 cdta. de esencia de vainilla Google traduce "1 cdta" como "tsp" (teaspoon) y también como "tbsp" (tablespoon). ¿Cuál es la correcta? ¿Y ...
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What's the origin of the Panamanian word “biñuelo”? Is it merely a corruption of “buñuelo”?

I was in Panama about five years ago and there was a common deep fried street food called "biñuelo". Of course there's a regular Spanish word "buñuelo" which means fritter. So is "biñuelo" just the ...
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What is the ingredient “royal”?

I bought a cake like snack in Costa Rica called Gato Guayaba. I was trying to figure out what was in it, so I read the following ingredients list: Ingredientes: Margarina, huevos, royal, azùcar, ...
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How do you describe a pie pan in Spanish?

Even my Mexican friends don't know how to say "pie pan" or "pie tin" in Spanish. Google isn't much help, either. How can I effectively communicate about a pie pan? Examples: Disposable, single-use ...
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Translation of mild, medium, and hot (food spiciness)

In English, salsa, hot sauce, or other spicy foods are often classified as either mild (not very spicy), medium (moderately spicy), or hot (very spicy). Does Spanish have similar adjectives to ...
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Is there a translation for 'Piloncillo'? [closed]

The dictionary says brown sugar but azúcar moreno is brown sugar. Besides piloncillo is solid and not a powder. I'm having a hard time explaining to Americans what piloncillo is.
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How do you spell “Chocaraet” correctly?

The Valencian dish Paella traditionally (at least that's how I was taught it has to be done) is prepared by slightly allowing the rice to burn from the bottom, to a point where it gets quite dark. I ...
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Adjective for fried food

Español El día de ayer estuve discutiendo con un amigo sobre como llamar a las comidas que estan fritas. ¿Llamas al pollo "frito" o "freido"? El pollo está frito El pollo está freido Para ...
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What does “sobadito” mean?

Here is one more food word I collected in Costa Rica: sobadito In my notes I have only written that it has some connection with food. It's from about five years ago so I don't recall anything ...
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What's the translation of 'dates'?

When referring to the fruit! (no 'fechas' nor 'meeting') For those argentinians out there: are there dates in Argentina? It looks like some sort of 'higo' but that is 'fig', I even thought it is ...
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What is the origin of the word “tascalate”?

Another unusual Spanish word I collected in my travels is tascalate. It's a drink in Chiapas, Mexico and there are Wikipedia articles about it in English and in Spanish. But it's not in Wiktionary ...
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Translation of “raw milk”

How do I refer to raw (unpastuerized) milk in Spanish? Leche cruda is the obvious translation, but I have learned that cruda and raw have some different uses and subtleties about them. And I know ...
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Why does Spanish use the preposition “a” for culinary styles?

I've looked in the Real Academia Española dictionary and I can't find any information regarding why Spanish uses the preposition a for cooking styles, and I've noticed French and Italian do it too. I ...
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Other spanish synonyms to “Banana”

I remember reading in high school that the word la banana is actually a different word in several different countries. Is this true? If so what are the other similar/equivalent Spanish words for la ...
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What is “surime”?

I've been trawling through my collection of interesting Spanish words and found one more wich is not in the DRAE, Wiktionary, Larousse Gran Diccionario, Wikipedia, or Google Translate. surime My ...
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What is a generic word to refer to “icing”?

Icing refers to a creamy, sugary topping used on cakes, cupcakes, to fill twinkies, etc. It's typically made from butter or shortening and sugar, and often food coloring. What is a word in Spanish ...
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What is the best translation for “Slice” as in “I ate two slices of cake.”

What is the best way to say "I ate two slices of cake."? What should be used for slice? Pedazo, trozo, rebanada, parte...
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how does one translate “smoking meat”?

I was trying to express, "I smoked some pork spare ribs this past weekend," in Spanish. I tried looking up smoking meats in the Spanish dictionary and often I get fumar (to smoke), asar (bbq), or ...
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Etymology of alipús

Alipús is the word for booze in Mexico but I don't understand where it comes from. To me it sounds like an Arabic loanword but that's just a wild guess. So far I haven't been able to find its ...
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¿Cómo se dice “kid's meal” en español?

I'm pretty new to Spanish, but I'm learning with Coffee Break Spanish/listening to TV/Radio/learning vocab via word of the day...pretty much anything I can get my hands on. Anyway, if I'm ordering a ...
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When it is okay to translate food dishes names?

There are some dishes that don't have a direct translation (i.e. Peruvian ceviche). There are other like Arroz con Pato than can be translated to something like Rice with Duck. Here's a list from ...
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Why would “breakfast” be translated as “lunch”?

In the English (original) of "Treasure Island" (1883) this passage appears: At last in strode the captain, slammed the door behind him, without looking to the right or left, and marched straight ...
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What is Salsa? Which Salsa is which?

I was just eating some tortilla chips and salsa when I asked myself, "What is the difference between this salsa and something like salsa de espagueti?" So far, I have yet to hear or read an emphasis ...
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What do you call Pork Butt used to make Carnitas?

Pork Butt is a cut of meat from the upper part of the shoulder. It is also known (in the US) as Boston Butt, or (in the UK) Pork Shoulder on the bone. It is the cut of meat traditionally used to ...
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Is Pie an unknown dessert in Mexico/Spanish-speaking countries?

In "Las Uvas de la Ira" ("The Grapes of Wrath", the English "piece of pie" is translated as "trozo de pastel." My understanding is that "pastel" is cake, not pie. Is there really no Spanish word ...
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What is the implied noun in “empanada”?

I love empanadas. As I was eating one today, I guessed that "empanada" must mean something like "breaded". A quick web search made me feel inordinately proud of my guess. But I can't yet find a name ...
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What does “arroz atollado” mean?

The Colombian dish of arroz atollado. I know what "arroz" means, but I haven't been able to find what the second part "atollado" is supposed to mean.
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Spanish words for cake, pie, pastry, etc [closed]

English has several specific words for different types of sweet, baked products: cake pie pastry tart torte cobbler Does Spanish have the same level of detail for describing these sweets? What ...