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Pastel de choclo – The Signature Chilean Dish

While this dish does not look very impressive in the unassuming foil tin that surrounds it, I can assure you that you would be mistaken to overlook this Pastel de choclo. Actually, this particular Pastel de choclo is from around two hours South of Santiago in the Chilean countryside near Lago Rapel where I spent the weekend with some friends a few weeks ago. If I remember correctly, I purchased this Pastel de choclo in front of a cemetery in a typical Chilean restaurant that had four tables in total. (Something essential with classic cuisine here in Latin America is to not overlook the small family owned restaurant that may be in front of a cemetery because in many cases, it may have the best local food at the lowest price).

Pastel de choclo is a nationally adored Chilean dish that possesses a mashed sweet corn crust. Inside the crust you will find a mixture of ground beef, raisins, chicken, onions, black olives, and slices of hard boiled egg. The mixture of these flavorful ingredients creates a unique taste that is a powerful combination of both sweet and salty flavors, making this dish quite appetizing to the consumer. The dish pictured above is typically served on an individual basis and is priced at roughly $5. Not bad for a tasty national favorite I would say! Enjoy!


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Hello Readers! For those of you who don’t already know me, my name is Jacquelyn Vadnais and it is a pleasure to meet you! Per the request of many friends, I am finally taking their advice and blogging about my international experiences. To give a background of myself, I just recently finished a JD/MBA from Suffolk University in Boston and have decided to pack my bags and emigrate to Latin America immediately!Many people have asked me why on earth I decided to move to Latin America after finishing such a prestigious program, however, once you get to know me you will see that I am truly world traveler at heart who gets such joy from experiencing fantastic cultures around the world. This is the reason that I have traveled to 50 countries (and counting!) in my life and have lived in 10 (and also counting!)I plan on giving my readers a first-hand guide on how to travel beyond the guidebook and truly experience where you are visiting and/or living for a time through the lens of a local. Based on my experiences with international culture, world heritage sites, delicious global cuisine, and diverse wines, I plan on sharing with you a piece of my unique adventures. These adventures have truly provided me with an invaluable world class education that is arguably equally as essential as the education that I received in the classroom.

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