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Is It a Quesadilla or a Sincronizada? How to Tell, In Theory

Hoagies vs. Grinders vs. Subs vs. Po'boys? Only in America do we have such esoteric nomenclature for sandwiches that are often virtually indistinguishable.

Or not. It recently came to my attention that it's not just we Yankees who insist on distinction without a difference with regards to our cuisine. While perusing my options at La Tapatia , I came across a Food Word I Did Not Know, which can be a bit embarrassing if you're a writer. Not that I assume to have mastered a complete grasp of all culinary terminology in every single language, but (gulp) I was hoping I was familiar with most (half? some? 10 percent?) of it, especially in the realm of Mexican food.

Sincronizada is the word that tripped me up and simultaneously whet my appetite. La Tapatia described its rendition as a ...

Flour Tortilla Stuffed with Beef Fajita and Monterey Jack, Cheese served on a Bed of Grilled Onions, with Guacamole Sour Cream and Pico de Gallo

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