That is to say, according to my students, the truest form of mofongo (and the most delicious) comes from Moca, a smallish town about 20 minutes outside of the Santiago city limits.
And every semester, I experience the same expressions of horror and chorus of gasps when I mention I haven't yet tried this national treasure.
So when the lovely Alexis and her beau Rolando invited me for a little Sunday road trip to remedy the situation, I could barely contain my excitement.
Rolando had the radio turned up and the windows rolled down and I'm pretty sure I didn't stop smiling the whole 20 minute trip.
(Poor Rolando, there wasn't an R)
Chicharrones, you may remember, are crispy fried slabs of pork belly.
Longaniza, on the other hand, is a typical Dominican seasoned pork sausage.
I was too shy (and with that realization any notion I had of being a sassy world-traveling journalist was instantly shattered, haha) to ask to snap a photo, but luckily Rolando saved the day and snuck around the door to capture these candid pics.
(Resolution number 1: be more brave!)
Imagine mashing together French Fries, bacon, and garlic and then stuffing the mixture with sausage and cheese, and you´ll get something similar.
Whatever you decide, you simply can´t call it anything else but delicious.
Creamy, crunchy, chewy, gooey.
Smiles all around.
P.s. I realize gummy bears and ice cream make a fairly odd combination, but I just really wanted to eat some gummy bears!