Saturday, January 17, 2009

inca kola and saltenas


for the most part, i was raised in houston. my parents moved here when i was 3 and my sister 1. we didnt join our parents for another 5 or 6 years. so doing the math, ive been here for almost 20 years.

and even to this day, if i dont know something that is popular in american culture, i use the excuse that i am a foreigner.

that being said, i also take foods that i grew up with for granted.

have you ever drank an inca kola?
have you ever ate a saltena?

no?!!!!

well then, you my friend have not lived.

i was surprised to find inca cola at hubbel and hudson (in the woodlands). and as for saltenas ... a saltena is a spiced beef or chicken stew encased in a pastry made from lard and annatto. my grandma makes them on the weekends by orders from other bolivians in the city. want an order?

15 comments:

jb said...

ummm ill have 22 please

Dr. Ricky said...

I've had Inka Cola before, I think. And found it very sweet. How does a saltena compare to say, a Jamaican meat pie or a Colombian empanada?

plinio said...

inka cola is very sweet. its flavors come close to a big red, but not as sweet.

i have never had a jamaican meat pie or colombian empanada. so i do not know how to compare it to them. but i do want to try both. any places in houston?

Dr. Ricky said...

Well, at least for the empanada, Marine's empanadas is pretty much a Houston institution (although I go there for the pan de bono). Jamaican meat pies I am still out sampling - most places get factory made pies, and reheat.

From Another Perspective said...

i want to order 2 dz to be shipped to my boat please!!! i llllllooovvvveee them! and your grandma!!!

ShortFatBald said...

I love Inka Kola, and I love saltenas. (Spent a month in La Paz studying Spanish. I miss saltenas and llama steaks.)

Any way you can post a recipe for saltenas with some pointers on the dough? I can only find 2-3 on the web, and none of them are great. (The dough on the two I've tried seems more like the fluffier dough of empanadas than the more pizza-like dough for saltenas.)

ShortFatBald said...

PS Your food is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Can I order saltenas please. Please let me know how I can order.
Thank you
my emil is fionabella0@hotmail.com
I'm from Bolivia haven't been back in 3 years and I'll die to taste some of my taste...

AMAURI CASTILLO said...

Hello I used nto leave in Bolivia when I was a kid. I would like to eat a saltena again.How do I order from your grandmother? Please let me know my email is williamsjenni@gmail.com.
Thanks

Natalie Clark said...

I am doing a presentation on Bolivia for my class on Latin America and i would like to order about 25 Saltenas that could be ready by Monday. Please e-mail me at:

NatalieClark88@gmail.com

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Anonymous said...

Saltenas please. I'll order my e-mail is wsc9@earthlink.net.

cardoso2012 said...

I love Saltenas, please email me your granmas email and or phone so I can order in the Houston area please. thanks sussy
sussycardoso@yahoo.com

Laurencita said...

I'd love to order some salteƱas, they are so delicious! Can you provide me her contact information porfiz? Laurencita214@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

let me know about purchasing saltenas in the houston area please. thank you! my grandfather is from bolivia and its been sooo long since we found a local to buy authentic saltenas from. kgrbic@gmail.com