The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Feria de empanadas - San Antonino Castillo Velasco

It doesn't get much better than this.  Empanadas are ubiquitous in Oaxaca, in all of Mexico.  They are everywhere and they are all just a little different.  And it is not fast food, maybe twenty minutes from the start of the process to my mouth.
And some of the very best, in my humble opinion, can be found in San Antonino Castillo Velasco, just outside of Octotlan.  The is something special about the consistency of the filling,  It is polenta-like but richer in taste. 
I have written about them just about every time I visit the village which is actually quite often, but this feria was something else.  So many from which to chose.  Hungry yet?
Fifteen or twenty different family operations cranking out these wonderful taste treats.  I barely knew where to start.  I normally get one from this woman, but I had to bring it home.   She is wearing some of her family's embroidery.
Check her out in this video.  It goes through the entire process for a couple of the women.  Each one is just a little different.  The video shows a few of the women who were working their magic.

I did manage to come home with five different ones.... and you can be sure that right after I post this I will be eating one.

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