TODAY IS NATIONAL EMPANADA DAY!
AK was desperately hunting for a Filipino bakery somewhere in the area to get our fix for empanadas. SP, being clueless as usual, had no idea that California had such a wealth of Filipino bakeries (specifically bakeries, not just restaurants) that made especially good empanadas. Unfortunately, the majority of Filipino restaurants in the area have shut their doors. I guess that’s just the way things go.
An empanada is basically a pasty. And a whole number of cuisines all over the world have their own dishes similar to the empanada. The Latin-American version is a folded dough with stuffing of meat and spices that is baked or fried. Other versions of the empanada in other parts of the world include:
- Panades in Belize are made with masa and stuffed with fish. Mmmm.
- Calzones are basically the Italian version of an empanada
- Knishes are the Ashkenazi Jewish version made with potatoes
- Pasties from the UK (basically Cornwall) have made their own impression here in the States, too.
- Hot Pockets. Am I right?
So we took a trip to one of the SPamily favorites, Victor’s 1959 Cafe. This Cuban cookery is the total business. SPam used to live half a block away from the place, so the place was quick to jump on to our list. Terrific brunch, amazing dinner menu, and of course, empanadas.
Tomorrow is Chinese Almond Cookie Day.