Thought I'd present a few food- and drink-related photos from my recent trip to Guatemala, the reason for my conspicuous absence from the blogosphere.
They are in order, and fittingly Guatemala's pride and joy, the beer Gallo, was our first taste of the Central American country.
Guacamole was also one of the first, and most often, consumed foods.
I was warned about Guatemala's breakfasts. Not everyone likes a blob of black beans, eggs and fried plantains for breakie. I enjoyed these for a few days and then I was done.
In the heart of Guatemala's old capital of Antigua, you'll find this quaint little McDonald's. Note the classy signage. The city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and a local committee also seeks to preserve its colonial style by getting rid of such gaudiness as big yellow Ms and other ads.
Colourful candies in the market. Not sure what's in them.
We visited a coffee plantation near Antigua. Unfortunately, the latest crop of coffee berries was just a twinkle of a flower but we got to see workers still sorting through the thousands of pounds of green beans from the last harvest. One of the machines shakes 'em till they line up in like sizes then shoot into bags. Not sure how they are accurately sorted, though I sure stared hard to try to figure it out.
The plantation's warehouses had 150-pound bags piled high to the ceiling. I asked my tour guide how much for one? He said $100. I said, "I'll take it." He laughed.
Then he sold me a wee bag for $6.
Another cup of weak coffee. All the good stuff is exported to the U.S. so Starbucks snobs can drink it. For the locals, only the worst.
Beside it is a bowl of "oatmeal." Really it was just a bowl of milk with cream of wheat granules in it, I suspect. Oh, and a dash of cinnamon.
The most delicious soup: avocado and turkey. I smile thinking about it.
Carnivore's delight. A butcher stand at a Friday market in the town of Solola. Pick your carcass.
Also at the market, which draws locals from around the area near Lake Atitlan. Tourists are few and easily bowled over by locals on the hunt for the week's supply of food.
Tortillas come in all sizes and colours, even purple.
Sorry to add a blurry photo but my left hand was burning while my right hand tried to capture this shot. The barbecued corn is nestled on a piece of husk. On the edge is a mound of salt and a slice of lime to rub all over it. Truly tasty. And an idea that's easy to try here at home.