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Someone just posted a picture of some empanadas on the food porn community and it instantly threw me back to when I was 14 and in Costa Rica. There was a small church we worked with for a week on the edge of the city. It was very close to where the 'barios' were. All up the sides of the mountain were small cardboard shacks with corrugated tin roofs. Many of them had electricity running to them and you could see the light from televisions pouring through the cracks.
I can't remember exactly why we spend so much time in this particular area but one thing we loved about it was this small snack hut. You'd go up to it, pay the guy some teeny amount of money and he'd pull a couple of empanadas out of a freezer and fry them up. He also gave you a Coke that he poured into a plastic bag so that he didn't lose his glass bottle. We'd walk around sipping Coke out of holes we bit into the bottom of the bag, trying not to spill them and trying to eat our piping hot chicken empanadas at the same time.

It's funny how you can forget something for so long and then suddenly remember it so clearly even after years and years.

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