The following is transcribed from a conversation between the performer (KM) and I (ZM).
ZM: So, for Zozobra, is there food?
KM: Yes. There’s a lot of food.
ZM: Are there any like special dishes that are like…You bring these out FOR Zozobra?
KM: Well, there’s not… There’s like… You can get them at restaurants too, but it’s like specifically at Zozobra, you can get… Do you know what sopapillas are?
ZM: I’ve heard of them, but like… You would have to describe it again. Like I don’t…
KM: It’s like…It’s kind of like a puff pastry type thing that you fry and it’s like a really like pillowy, like…treat. And you put like honey on it.
ZM: But, there’s nothing inside?
KM: There’s nothing inside. It’s just like fluffy inside and then you pull it apart and like put honey in it. So, it’s kinda just like a fried tortilla… But, like better.
ZM: Oh wait, so, but you said it’s fluffy?
KM: But it’s… So, yeah so if it’s like… When it’s not cooked it’s like a tortilla, but then when you fry it, it like puffs up.
ZM: Like a biscuit or something?
KM: Yeah, kinda… I’ll show you a picture. (laughs)
ZM: Is it corn or wheat or…?
KM: I have no idea. That’s a good…great question. A lot of people… Like, I’ve never had a churro…
KM: Which is crazy. But, like sopapillas are kind of like our churros.
Context: This is from a conversation with KM about her New Mexican culture. Zozobra is a New Mexican festival composed of multiple fiestas.
Background: KM is a sophomore studying at the University of Southern California. KM was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Analysis: From the description given by KM, sopapillas seem kind of like beignets, but also kind of like biscuits. Either way, they sound delicious.