Who likes pupusas?

I do, I do!!  Me gusta y tengo hambre!

When I was in LA, this was common street vendor food.  I really miss them.  There is a pupusería here, just outside the gates, but its hard to get people to go with 😦

From Wikipedia:

The Salvadoran pupusa (from Pipil pupusawa) is a thick, hand-made corn tortilla (made using masa de maíz, a maize flour dough used in Latin American cuisine) that is stuffed with one or more of the following: cheese (queso) (usually a soft Salvadoran cheese called Quesillo), fried pork rind (chicharrón), chicken (pollo), refried beans (frijoles refritos), or queso con loroco (loroco is a vine flower bud from Central America). There is also the pupusa revuelta with mixed ingredients, such as queso (cheese), chicharrón or bacon, and frijoles (beans). Some more creative pupuserías found in western El Salvador serve pupusas with exotic ingredients, such as shrimp, squash, or local herbs.

Pupusas are  traditionally served with curtido (a pickled cabbage relish, possibly containing hot peppers) and tomato sauce, and are traditionally eaten by hand.

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Love Letters

At nights we often run in to each other, we greet each other warmly and chat as friends. We often share letters of love and hope.  Tonight I want to share a letter with you, a poem dedicated to you as you are first of all, as women.

What do you call her, prostitute or woman?

They call them prostitutes,

 – those that prostitute them.

They call them streetwalkers,

– those who throw them out of their homes.

They call them women of pleasure,

– those who take pleasure in trampling them.

They call them loose women,

– those who grope them.

They call them women of life,

– those who are dead and have no love life.

They call them sinners,

– the clean pharisees, hypocrites.

[God] calls them women,

– he loves them who take him in.

– who does not condemn them, who pardons them.

[God] calls them women

– he who comes to them with caring,

and invites them to change their life,

to reconstruct themselves,

love themselves with self-esteem

and live fully as a woman.

And you?  What do you call her,

Prostitute or woman?


Trans from the original spanish.

Fr Arnaldo Zenteno, SJ: Mexican Jesuit priest, serving mostly in Nicaragua, sex worker/human rights champion and member of the Latin-American Liberation Theology movement.

Currently watching :
Verdades Ocultas
Release date: By 31 October, 2006