I put the word out at work that I'm looking for the unusual and new. You know on the down low. I've read about street food, underground restaurants and ethnic foods made by moms and grandmothers everywhere. The problem is no one invites me to partake. Maybe I look too much like a cop. I had a couple of people turn me on to a tamale seller outside a church in Novato but it so far no can find. Promises of papusas made by someone's aunt is still a possbility and I'll keep you informed.
Today I scored. My Peruvian coworker showed up with a white nondescript box that had a small label that said Alfajores Peruanos/ Ana - Order to 925-943-7388. Inside were confections that made me think of holiday cookies. An internet search revealed that they are a shortbread cookie filled with Dulce de Leche (milk carmel). They were rich, tasty and not as sweet as expected. The search for more goodies continues.