We had an amazing vacation in Puerto Rico. While there, we did our best to eat locally and try different local foods and drinks from the shaved ice with tamarind where they actually shaved off part of a block of ice to mofongo which is Puerto Rico’s national dish and more. The wee ones actually did really well in trying and liking new foods. Their favorite was split between churrasco steak (which I’ve since made at home and is so easy and yummy) and empanadas.
While I made a version of empanadas last week, making the real thing – and the different varieties the wee ones want – is a little more time consuming. Fortunately, I’ve recently discovered a local Salvadoran restaurant that makes something pretty close to empanadas called pasteles. The wee ones are happy, and so am I.
Of course, they serve other things there, too. Like pupusas. I had no idea what a pupusa was, but when I got the #VlogMom challenge to try something new, I knew exactly what I’d be vlogging about this week.
They come with both a light tomato sauce that is great for dipping – just a little bit tangy with a ton of tomato flavor – and curtido. I was a little leery of the curtido, as it looks like cole slaw which is not my favorite. Instead, it’s pickled and a bit spicy but not overpowering. Little Miss and I both really enjoy it and munched on it while the boys in the family looked at us like we were nuts.
I’m no Food Network star, but here are my thoughts on trying something new this week!
PS The pupusas here are gluten free, although not all are. I love discovering foods that some of my GF friends can easily eat.