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Latin Fare at Farmers Markets


  Going to farmers markets is a great way to keep up with which local foods are in season. These days, though, such visits also are helpful for keeping up with what's new in the local food truck scene.

  For instance, the truck la Cocinita visits two markets this week. On Tuesday, it will be at Hollygrove Market & Farm (8301 Olive St., 483-7037; from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday it will begin what is expected to be a weekly appearance at the Mid-City edition of the Crescent City Farmers Market (3700 Orleans Ave.;, serving from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  La Cocinita is run by Benoit Angulo and Rachel Billow, who both work at Commander's Palace. Angulo trained at a culinary school in Venezuela, and many of his specialties for la Cocinita are based on South American savories. Look for arepas (cornmeal cakes stuffed with meat and cheese) and patacones (fried cakes of mashed green plantains made into sandwiches). The selection of sauces is unique and impressive.

  La Cocinita serves food at other events and outside various bars, including Thursdays starting at 9 p.m. at Le Bon Temps Roule (4801 Magazine St., 895-8117), and Saturdays starting at 10 p.m. at Rendezvous Tavern (3101 Magazine St., 891-1777).

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