What it is: A traditional Christmas treat consisting of meats, veggies, and cornmeal wrapped up in a banana leaf.
What's the deal: If tamales and Hawaiian laulau had a baby on Christmas, it'd be hallaca, which consists of a bunch of meats -- pork and beef, usually -- plus capers and olives coated in cornmeal, then wrapped up in a plantain leaf and cooked. When it's ready, it's a much more satisfying present to open than a Tickle Me Elmo, mainly because it doesn't taste like felt and plastic.
Thrillist National Eat/Drink Senior Editor Andy Kryza has never been to Venezuela, but once owned a vuvuzela... until it was violently taken away from him by the commissioner of an intramural softball league. Follow his droning, hypnotic voice via @apkryza.