Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nicaraguan Adventure - Part 3 (la comida)

Eating in Nicaragua was truly an adventure, in part because our taste buds had a party every time we ate, in part because we didn't know what we were ordering or eating much of the time, and in part because of all the precautions we tried to follow to avoid getting sick.  We saw a lot of poverty throughout the country, but we were surprised that there never seemed to be a shortage of food.  In Nicaragua, fruit and vegetables grow everywhere and the protein wanders all over the streets and jungles.  

We don't normally take a lot of pictures of food, but we enjoyed eating in Nicaragua so much that we wanted to share our fun, and we wanted to document it so that we could have something to come back to when we needed something to help us smile.

Typical Nicaraguan breakfast - eggs, plantains, and gallo pinto (rice and beans).

Pure awesomeness.

We really don't know what this was, but it had some really tasty things in it, including the best little green peppers we've ever tasted.

We ate from carts, roadside diners, fancy restaurants, beach shacks, and our own cooking.

But wherever we went, the food was always delicious.

This was the moment when we realized that, even though we had eaten papaya many times, we had never before tasted papaya.  "Wow!....Jinx 1, 2, 3!"

OK, so Suzy got a little tired of her amazing husband taking pictures of her every time the food appeared, but this will teach her!

One of the things that made meal time so much fun was that we never knew which animals would be walking around the restaurant or hanging from the nearby trees.  We dined with dogs, cats, lizards, monkeys, and even a cute little skunk.  And the below episode persuaded us to skip the poultry in favor of the seafood.

That was a good decisions.

Best lobster since Maine 2004, and we'll be dreaming of the fresh fish for a while.

Receipts were also interesting, and usually didn't quite add up.  But it's like Suzy has always said:  "Good food trumps minor mathematical errors."

Our taste buds have been good to us over the years, and we're glad we could finally repay them by taking them on an adventure of their own.

Trust us, friends, Nicaragua is for food lovers.


Isaac and Daniel Cook said...

This post reminds me so much of my mission in Guatemala. I love Central America!
XO The Cook in BA:)

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