It’s upside down. So what?

I livew in my own little world

One of my goals for delivering people for Uber and delivering packages for Amazon is to discover the nooks and crannies of San Diego County, the places where I have not been and probably would not go under normal circumstances.

With Amazon’s Prime Now service, I get to go to restaurants and stores that I definitely would not have gone to because I’m so stuck in my rut of a routine.

Yesterday, I had some pickups at Northgate, a Hispanic food market.

As soon as I walked in the door, there they were, two of them calling my name, begging me to take at least one of them home.

But I was working, on a time-sensitive delivery, and the register lines were long long long.

I couldn’t take time out to buy one.

Well, this morning, I went back to Northgate.

There they were, about forty of them, each wanting to go home with me.

Well, one did:

Pineapple downside up cake

Trust me when I say it doesn’t look like that anymore.

25% of it is gone. Poof! Like magic! Gone, gone, gone….

….and good, good, good.

As they might say at Northgate, “Bueno! Bueno! Muy bueno!”

I’m not a big fan of cakes, for the most part, me being a pie person. But I do love my pineapple downside up cakes.

My question, though, is, Why does a Hispanic food store have forty pineapple upside down cakes while regular grocery stores like Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, Kroger, Food4Less, etc., have nary a one? Does Northgate buy them all before the other stores wake up? Do Hispanics really eat pineapple upside down cakes like that? Hmmm. Maybe I have some Hispanicity in my background that I’m not aware of….

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15 thoughts on “It’s upside down. So what?

  1. Gerard Villanueva

    My Mom, who is “Hispanic”. has a pineapple upside down cake in her repertoire. She doesn’t make too many different kinds of cake but we all liked that one growing up, and still do. If I remember correctly, she got the recipe from the back of a flour or cake mix box. It might be popular because of the pineapple, a very much loved fruit in Mexico and further south and because the cake is sweet and simple. Just a theory.

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  2. Marsha

    They are very, very sweet. I’m going to have to pay more attention to where to find them. Our population here is 90% Hispanic, so my guess is that I could find them in the regular grocery store. Since I’m dieting, and prefer chocolate when I do eat sweets, I have not checked this out, RR. My bad! 🙂 Have a great week! 🙂

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  3. philosophermouseofthehedge

    We always had pineapple upside down cakes growing up! Yummy! Is it regional or ethnic? Used to be a popular party item….lots of local recipes in newspapers and such. I thought that was aways a homemade treat, but then again we never ate out much as kids or bought fancy stuff in grocery stores.

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  4. smilingtoad

    I have never heard of this kind of cake before. I believe your hearty endorsement after you mentioned pineapple- my favourite fruit. Sounds like you made a wonderful discovery, coming upon this market. I love that feeling- finding a new local gem, hidden away. There is ALWAYS something new to find. It is an addicting feeling. Happy prowling to you.

    Smiling cheers,

    Autumn Jade

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