Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Shop the Season: Smile with La Sonrisa Empanadas

Izzie from the executive office loves empanadas, and is not disappointed with what she finds at Bank of America Winter Village

I have a weakness for empanadas. It’s something I picked up in college at an amazing place in Poughkeepsie, NY. The crunchy outsides, the meaty insides…there’s nothing better. So it’s not surprise I jumped at the chance to step out of the office into the Holiday Shops to give the La Sonrisa Empanada a try.

Of course I just had to try five empanadas – how else would I be able to compare them all? Sadly it was raining pretty hard on the day I decided to try them out, so I had to eat them while huddled inside a nearby café. I can imagine, though, that the warm steamy empanadas would be best enjoyed outside while watching skaters take laps around the rink.

Before even taking my first bite, I knew what I was in for. That brown bubble crust, not too dark and not too light - fried just right. 
I started off with the Classic Beef empanada and was not disappointed. As soon as I cracked it open, I could see a perfect mix of beef and veggies.

The peas and carrots are a nice surprise in an otherwise hearty empanada

Next, I cracked open the Pulled Pork, Roasted Chicken, and Crab Cake (which was that day's special) empanadas, all of which were bursting with flavor as well. However, the best moment was when I bit into the Coconut Curried Chicken. 

Have you ever seen a more perfect looking empanada?

This empanada, ladies and gentleman, was moist and crunchy at the same time. In my opinion, it was the best of the bunch (which was a hard bunch to beat). I could have eaten two, three, four...maybe even five of those things and been satisfied. 

For only $3.75 a piece, La Sonrisa's Empanadas are the perfect to-go lunch or afternoon snack. Stop by their kiosk (F2) located on the 42nd Allee near the Ping Pong area (you can see the map of the Holiday Shops here). 

After my empanada-filled lunch, I learned from La Sonrisa's Facebook page that the word "sonrisa" means "smile" in Spanish. I can't think of a more fitting name for the shop since I definitely walked out of there smiling. Take a look at their website for more information - or better yet stop by the park and try them for yourself! 

La Sonrisa Empandas (kiosk F2)
Weekdays, 11am - 8pm
Saturdays, 10am - 9pm
Sundays, 10am - 6pm

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