Bolivians in America:

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Bolivian empanadas (salteñas) in Washington D.C. (2009)

Along with things you might expect, for me Washington D.C. will always mean things like delicious Ethiopian food in the U Street Corridor, butchers at the historic Eastern Market, vendors at the Capital City Market and the Bolivian empanadas known as salteñas. I went here with a picture in my head of what it would be like and found that picture was missing all sorts of details. It’s funny how your mind plays tricks on you, taking certain aspects of a place you hear about from a distance and pretty much blinding you to everything else. For instance, what comes to mind when you hear the words Bolivia or Bolivian cuisine? If it doesn’t include savory baked pastries filled with ingredients like shredded chicken, boiled eggs, green olives and potatoes… maybe take another look.