Guatemala Eats: Fiambre

I really wanted to like fiambre. A cold salad of chopped meat and pickled vegetables served on Guatemala’s Day of the Dead, it’s what turkey is to Thanksgiving: what everyone eats on the holiday, vegetarians aside. Fiambre is tradition, and I love traditions—particularly those involving food. So this year, on November 1, I made sure […]

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The Giant Kites of Sumpango

On Friday, November 1, Guatemala celebrated Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). As I hinted in my last blog post, aside from toasting my mom’s birthday, the holiday honors deceased loved ones and is celebrated, in part, by flying kites. For some folks, kite flying is merely a tradition, just one more […]

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Happy Birthday, Mom! (From ALL of Guatemala)

Haloo, Mom! So, it’s November 1st—a big day in Guatemala… your birthday!! I was a little surprised to get down here and discover that Guatemalans are sooo into celebrating your special day, and then, I was like, why? You’re quirky, kind, funny, beautiful—why wouldn’t they want to fête you in some major way? Of course, […]

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5 Reasons to Easter in Antigua Next Year

Truth be told, Guatemala has plenty of sights that leave me thinking, “Well, that was nice…” but not something I’d recommend anyone pay hundreds of dollars on travel to see. Take Lake Atitlán, where I live.

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Celebrating Semana Santa in Antigua (and Happy Easter!)

New York City has New Year’s Eve. Río de Janeiro has Carnival. Antigua, Guatemala has Semana Santa, one extraordinary week of elaborate religious festivities that lead up to Easter Sunday. Over the course of the holiday, this cobblestoned city of pastel-hued houses and crumbling ruins becomes a backdrop for incense-infused religious processions, elaborate holy vigils, […]

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December in The Tropics (or Why I Have Cookie Crumbs in My Bathing Suit)

It’s one thing to escape to a warm, sunny spot for the holidays when the place you’re coming from is constantly cold. Traveling somewhere tropical gives your numb toes and red, runny nose a well-deserved break. But when you live in the tropics, as we do, the arrival of the holidays just seems, well, weird.

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Guatemala Eats: Corn Tortillas

Tortillas are to Guatemalan food what bacon is to eggs or meatballs are to spaghetti. Failing to serve the former with the latter would simply blow the mind, and who wants little bits of mind in their meal?

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