Choco Coco Loco Empanada
choco coco loco in spring
My husband and I were so excited as we sped along I-5 to pick up our daughter at the airport. We are happy that she decided to spend Spring Break with us. I also couldn't help notice the vibrant yellow rays shining from the sun against the backdrop of a clear blue sky. It's officially the first day of Spring.
Blaring on the radio was the song Breakeven by the Script.
"This is by the Script, the group that orignally sung 'Live Like You're Dying' " my husband said.
"Oh no wonder it sounds like the Kris Allen song", I said. "Oh yeah, the arrangement is totally similar" I said further.
While the song was playing, I tried to mix the Live Like your Dying lyrics with it and we laughed out loud because it blended so well. I-5 South twisted and rolled toward the searing sun, as my husband gripped the wheel with both hands, then suddenly releasing the other hand to hold mine. I was still singing my heart out, and I was seemingly just lost in the moment. If we were not on our way to pick up our daughter, who is already 21, I would have thought that my husband and I were still just college sweethearts!
At the airport's curb, my daughter was grinning from ear to ear, donning her new oval rimmed, oversized sun glasses, as she waved hello to us. As she settled into the car, we could not pull out of the arrivals section. We were apparently trapped by a car in front of us, because the young lady driver was out there tiptoeing to kiss her boyfriend... while the boyfriend carried her up close to him... The three of us in the car didn't mind at all... knowing how it feels what Spring could bring...
From the moment my daughter came into the car, she started telling stories. I thought I was the chirpiest person but wait until you hear my daughter. It was non-stop. We had to turn off the radio for her to have our full attention! We had missed her animate garrulousness.
"Mom I have pasalubong (homecoming present) for you!" she said as soon as we got home. She showed me a box of my favorite Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas.
"I know you love Almond Joy and desserts with chocolate and coconut, so I got you these." As we started eating these delicious treats, my daughter exclaimed, "Remember when Dad used to bring home pan de coco and chocolate milk for me when I was a little kid, Mom?"
Smiling, I nodded my head and quickly began to reminisce. When my husband would come home from medical school, he would always have a bag full of pan de coco (which literally translates to "bread of coconut") and Chocolait (chocolate milk) in a tetrapack for my daughter, who was only a toddler back then. It was my husband's special way of letting my daughter know that he was home.
"Wow, that was like a lifetime away!" I laughed. Indeed, I remember how she loved eating those little coconut-stuffed rolls and how she would even love it more when she could dip it in her glass of chocolate milk. And now, a decade and a half later, she's the one bringing us a simple gift of sweetness to let us know that she was home! Life seems to have come full circle.
I told her, "That was my inspiration for my Choco Coco Loco," and I handed her a tray of my newest concoction.
She bit into this desert empanada and immediately her eyes grew wide with amazement. "Oh, these are better than the Samoas, Mom! How did you do it?"
I grinned even wider than before. That's when I knew that I had to share with you my CHOCO COCO LOCO EMPANADAS.