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Moving to Guatemala, we were both very eager to see what the food here would be like compared to Nicaragua. Both JB and I are big foodies and love diving into the local cuisines everywhere we go. The first big change we found in Guatemala was that instead of every meal with gallo pinto (beans & rice), the locals ate mainly refried black beans with every meal.
Plantain chips, my personal favorite, were not nearly as common here as they were in Nica. Both countries do eat a lot of chicken and vegetables , which we love a lot.
One of my favorite things to try everywhere I go is the local soup–every country has a soup of their own and each soup is always different. So we sat down on the small plastic stool on the street and tried the street soup.
The soup was a corn based soup with huge black beans, lime, salt, hot sauce and corn chips (corn is huge here, much more so than Nicaragua).
Man, did that soup hit the spot. It was a soup unlike anything I’d ever tried, but on that chilly Pana evening, it warmed up the soul just right. After soup we headed to another street food cart and tried a few el pastor tacos that they cooked up right there on the grill with onions and peppers.
The guy then told us that we could top our tacos off with a variety of different salsas and spicy peppers. We were both SO stoked to be able to eat spicy foods again. Spice was a thing we missed in Nica, but something we wouldn’t have to miss here.
The next day we would go to the local market to purchase fruits and vegetables to try to replicate the delicious street food.
Surprisingly, produce was as cheap as Nicaragua if not cheaper with many different variations based on the cooler climate that can be found in Guatemala. We purchased pounds of veggies so that we could cook in our private little kitchen.
The first attempt was to cook our own soups using a variety of fresh vegetables. It tasted good but we think a good soup is all in the broth and we have not mastered that feat quite yet.
After cooking up soup Jonathon took on the task of making Tacos. The main issue was he didn’t have any pork, beef or chicken, so he took sandwich meat and attempted to let the visual overcome the actual flavor of the food.
It sure made me laugh and I appreciated the cute humor. Luckily he did make some awesome spicy guacamole that night which made up for the sandwich meat tacos.
Overall life is great and the food is too. We just work hard so that we can accomplish our dream of living life out of the box.