In the early 80s my husband worked for a company that distributed the Bien Padre chips and tortillas in the Orleans-Willow Creek-Hawkins Bar areas. I got to see the place one night when it was closed but he described how the chips were not 'fried' as one would think of immersion frying, but moving through the oil quickly, making for a less greasy, crisper chip. I knew a little Spanish and questioned the name, he said he didn't know Spanish but he had been told it was a Christian company. I had also been told it represented acquiescence--as in saying, Bien, Padre: I accept, Father.
Their corn tortillas were the best also--I live in LA now and while there are more tortillarias than you can count, the number of really good tortillas can be counted on one hand.
To me, Bien Padre just means good chips, good tortillas.
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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