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Market Find: Churros

This article is part of a regional reporting project in partnership with GoUNESCO, a UNESCO New Delhi initiative.

A main fare in Spain and in its former and current colonies, churros, also called tejeringos, calientes, calentitos de rueda, or calentitos de papas, have gained worldwide popularity thanks to their addicting texture and taste.

It is not uncommon to see churros in markets in Spain, Latin America, and in the Philippines. However, remember that churros have been indigenized depending on where they’re made. For example, in the Philippines, churros have inspired the creation of deep fried “donat” (a borrowing from the term “doughnut”).

Try churros plain, with dulce de leche, chocolate, or cinnamon as popularized by Disney Theme Parks.

Why I love it: I love how churros are so crispy on the outside yet with bursts of flavors inside. I also like how they’re so versatile that you can pair them up with almost anything. Churros are one of those guilty pleasures that you want to enjoy once in a while.

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Churros with dulce de leche filling (Seville, Spain).

As with any cultural element in the world: do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂

P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut ❤

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