Did a little old fashioned hounding in Waltham yesterday.
Via Latina on Main street had always caught my eye. Brazilian-owned sub shop though the owners are clearly not recent arrivals as they speak English with NO trace of an accent.
Folks waiting in line raved about the subs.
Being the hound I asked if they had any Salgadino's. They said none were made, but that if I want they usually have them in a hot case by the register and would fry up some fresh ones on the spot.
Cut to the chase: empanada perfection. Largish, 10" or so. Ever so delicate (gotta be some lard) crust. Not a very heavy filling of meat, but somehow as much about the crust as the meat. Perfect. Amazing, oh and I'll try a cheeze one too. Also wonderful. Both washed down with a bottle of Guanabana (soursop) juice.
Now on Moody Walking up hill, about a block before India quality on your left. Fairly anonymous pizza place, but it said they had some south American stuff on the sign.
Empanadas again! This time I had a reheated Spinach with house-made salsa, delicious. And two large meat ones to go that I still have not tried. They are Chilean. The house made pico de gallo (Mexican name I know) was some of the best salsas I have ever had. I'll report back when I eat the meat one.
Finally f*&^%ing amazing mangos are in. You can spend $4 a piece on the superb, piney, resinous, sweet Indian ones which are well worth it and mind blowing.
OR you can by the Dominican Replublic ones, grown "from Indian seeds" at the peak of ripeness, deliciously sweet, wonderful, if not nearly as complex as the Indian ones. These were $1.50 a piece. They also had some excellent ripe Mexican ones, but those could not shine a candle to the two aforementioned varieties.
If you like mangos RUN don't walk, mango season only lasts a few more weeks.