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Thu Dec 27, 2018

Loaded Salchipapas

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I'm not much for New Year's resolutions that involve any restrictions on food. I think you should end the year eating what makes you happy, start the year eating what makes you happy, and just continue that trend until you arrive back at the next New Year's. For me, one surefire way to either end or begin the year on a high note would be to whip up a batch of these loaded salchipapas. I often order salchipapas when I see it on the menu, and while I'm used to the normal incarnation of this snack/side dish of french fries and hot dogs, while I was in Colombia, I experienced a version that was taken to the next level with an array of additional toppings including bacon, cheese, and multiple salsas. This over-the-top incarnation of salchipapas felt like a very Meatwave-like way closeout another year of great recipes.

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Thu Aug 30, 2018

Perros Calientes Colombianos

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Perro Caliente

Until last month, it had been nearly 20 years since I took a solo vacation. Ever since meeting my (now) wife, I've never really thought about, or wanted to, travel alone again, but a large and growing differential in vacation days I had versus what she had left me pondering how to make use of them on my own. I considered staying home to take care of a long backlog of projects (like editing photos from past vacations and also redesigning this blog), but I'm not one to find allure in sitting around the house when there's an entire world out there for exploring. I finally settled on getting away and Colombia ended being the right mixture of distance, value, and sites my wife could live with me seeing on my own. I ha forgotten some of the perils of traveling alone though, the main one among them being dining by myself. I did get out to some nice restaurants and outstanding meals, but I was definitely most in my comfort zone with quick street food bites, and among the many I ate, one that sat the fondest with me was an overloaded hot dog I enjoyed in small corner joint in Medellin that was overflowing with locals all chomping down on the same messy, junky, delicious creation that is the perro caliente Colombiano.

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