Chola ladies and pork sandwiches (Drive Day 182: Dec 28th, 2003)

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I am recovering enough to try the local La Paz delicacy – Chola sandwiches. The ladies who make them are also called Cholas. They need they layer, standing in outdoor market stands all day slicing freshly roasted pig, offering buyers a taste before committing. Then they pile the slices onto a cheesy bun with a spicy relish of pickled onions, carrots and peppers. The finishing touch is a dollop of mayonnaise so delicious that I tell myself “who needs refrigeration” at this altitude?

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