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  • A Taste of Puerto Rico in Cities Across the Land (New York Times, November 29, 2008):

    Pasteles (pronounced pas-TEL-les) can usually be found at Puerto Rican holiday gatherings next to roast pork, steaming lumps of rice with pigeon peas, and sweet fried plantains.

    For a dish relatively unknown outside Latino culture, the excitement around pasteles runs high, especially this time of the year. It’s customary for Puerto Ricans, and some non-Latinos, to go in search of pasteles as soon as the leaves begin to turn in the fall.

    December 2, 2008