Friday, February 26, 2010
this was our favorite lunch in elementary school. We got something that looked like this and two packets of salsa that we would squeeze on top immediately. The "chalupa" was always overcooked and chewy. Occasionally we would get little tiny diced tomato and shredded iceberg lettuce on top.
My family wasn't low-income, so I didn't receive free lunches at school, but Chalupa days were when I could scrounge up $1.50 to make the full-price purchase in the lunch line. Some days I would be able to buy a lunch ticket from someone who was working on the "saving money through starvation retirement plan" for less than a dollar.
I used all my expendable income (read: all of it) at the time on candy, Slurpees, and Street Fighter 2. This was a time when liqour stores, donut shops, burger joints, and 7-11's all accommodated large groups of children playing video games and smoking cigarettes all day long. I know that sounds unbelievable now, but it was heaven for me and my friends.