It must be said that Paraguayans love to eat lots of food inside of food, as I like to describe it. Lomo inside Pan Arabe (Arab style bread) Empanadas are rolled up pieces of dough filled with choclo (corn), carne (meat and usually includes egg and olive), jamon y queso (ham and cheese), 4 queso (self-explanatory amazingness), palmito (hearts of palm and cheese), pollo (chicken), and notably missing is verduras (vegetables)! Then there is the various forms of bread filled with cheese or meat or pork – I don’t even know what the formal name for this would be, but I do know they love it!
It must be said that the great thing about being in an office of people who love to eat as much as I do, (we get along REALLY well during mealtimes!) is that I am learning the best of the best in terms of food in Asuncion. We have the most delicious desserts, whether home made by Laura or Carmen, or from the bakery around the corner – usually little cakes and bite sized sweets filled with dulce de leche or creams of one kind or another. And we have eaten the most amazing empanadas I have ever had. I know I like to put a lot of emphasis on things that I enjoy, but really – I have never had quatro quesos quite like this before. The culprit: Don Vito’s
Also, a popular dessert found both here in Paraguay and in Argentina is the Alfajor, (as I mentioned in an earlier post here.) The Alfajor is dulce de leche filled, chocolate covered heaven in every bite. As though there would need to be any improvement on this perfect cookie/dessert, the adventurous, (and in my opinion amazing,) food scientists at Nabisco have come up with the perfect blend of deliciousness and latin flare – I present to you the Alfajor Oreo!!
I don’t think there will ever be a day as long as I’m here where I complain of hunger…especially not with such novelties available at any supermarket!