I’m just home from a week-long work trip to Nicaragua, where pretty much all of the food is local. I’m still processing the trip, and am not sure what to say yet, other than Nicaragua is an amazing country with wonderful people, and if you’re even considering a trip, do it. You won’t regret it. And if you want the name of a guide or driver, let me know. We were fortunate to have two fantastic people share their country with us and they were a big part of the success of the trip.
I didn’t take photos of everything I ate during the week, but suffice to say that probably 90% of what I had came from the immediate area. Chicken, red beans, rice, plantains, eggs, cabbage and fresh cheeses made up a significant portion of the meals, supplemented by great rum and drinkable beer (it was cold, which was enough). Watermelon was in season, which made me incredibly happy. And we had tomatoes that tasted just like tomatoes from the garden, which means I’m going to need to figure out a way to get to Nicaragua every January. This trip confirmed that I’m a warm weather girl, happiest when the humidity is high and the temperature is at least 70. Alas, home doesn’t quite meet those conditions (though the humidity IS high), and I married a cool-weather boy. I guess I’ll just have to keep exercising my passport. Enjoy the photos. Next week we’re back to potatoes, kale, and other exciting winter foods that don’t photograph particularly well.
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