Eating the World

La Nueva Pico Rico Dulceria is a One-Stop-Shop for Pachangas and Herbs

Hey, readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changing panna cotta" in Bra, a small town in the Piemonte region of Italy. Now we've set her palate loose on Central Phoenix's 16th Street. Rodriguez will try it all, from Jefferson Street north to Thomas Road -- and report back, place by place.

The Place: La Nueva Pico Rico Dulceria and Yerberia The Food: Plenty of Mexican candy - and mountains of party goods. The Backstory: There are 4 stores around Phoenix; the 16th Street location has been around for 4 years. The Price: $15 piñatas, $3.99 for 1 pound of Pica Gomas.

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