The Reluctant Blogger


Dark Days Week 8: Nicaragua
January 23, 2012, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Dark Days, Travel

Breakfast. Also known as a Nica tipico or desayuno tipico. See also: delicious. Gallo pinto (mixed red beans and rice), eggs, and cuajada, a salty white cheese with a texture somewhere between feta and mozzarella.

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.

Cold chocolate deliciousness, where chocolate is actually local. I (wisely) decided to ignore that rule about no ice if you're not positive where it came from, and I did not regret it. I think I play fast and loose with food safety when I'm traveling, but so far I've been lucky.

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.

Grilled beef, plantains, potatoes, and something akin to chimichuri. Too much (delicious) food was one of the recurring themes of the trip.

 

Grilled chicken, bean puree, plantain chips, cabbage salad, salsa. Free range chicken is the norm in Nicaragua, and it is very good.

Dragonfruit ice cream. Pretty, but not very good, though some of the group loved it.

Quesillo, one of my favorite bites of the trip. Corn tortilla with two kinds of fresh white cheese and vinegary sauteed onions with salt and cream.

Variety plate. Counter clockwise from bottom left: quesadilla-like thing, fried cheese, plantain chips, cabbage salad, chopped steak with onions, red beans with salty cheese.

 

Nicaragua's two beers. I slightly preferred Victoria, but the primary selling point for both brands is that they were cold.

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