I was watching Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates” (a cooking competition show) and couldn’t believe that I learned something. Worse still, I learned something about Spain. On Bravo.
I’d argue the “centuries ago” part since I distinctly recall empanadas in Galicia being pie pieces as recently as when I lived in Spain (2005). This doesn’t really count as “centuries ago.”
Spain is a country twice the size of Oregon. Galicia is the part which is above Portugal. It is also one of the three provinces which has an active separatist movement. You may remember it from such news stories as the Prestige oil spill in 2002.