Saturday, December 27, 2014

Desayuno: Latin American Style

One of the delights of traveling in Latin America, particularly in Central America, like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, is what you get to eat for breakfast. Usually your accommodation at an hospedaje (family guest house) and hotel includes breakfast. If the establishment has a permanent cook you may be able to have lunch and dinner too, but normally you would explore the local restaurants around town for other meals.

A simple breakfast of fried eggs, bread, jam, sliced cheese and orange drink.

A frequent side dish is a mixture of white rice and black beans (frijoles con arroz) as shown in the foto, which may be served with plantain. The refried version is called "gallo pinto" , literally "spotted rooster".

The cook at the Nomadas Hostel in Merida, Mexico (foto opposite)
Yes, you can get breakfast here before you head out to explore Merida and the Yucatan. It can take 100 customers. The hostel is in the center of the city and provides a bar-restaurant, live music, free salsa lessons, free parking, private rooms, girls area, dorms, camping, swimming pool, hammocks and a travel agency. Pretty good value for a backpackers!

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