gastronomy

Betting on local gastronomy is a win for all!

In order to organize a meal at home, in a restaurant or in any kitchen, we need to make a shopping list and usually go to a supermarket or the market to buy everything we need. As professional chefs, we are used to be on the lookout for ingredients that aren’t that common, that...

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Cambray Tamalitos

Tamale is a meal with pre-Columbian roots; its main ingredient is corn. The cambray tamalito is not as common as it was before, but it has not stopped being an important part of the Guatemalan gastronomy. In June it is popular to see in the villages, for Corpus Christi, make these colorful and sweet...

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The Colonial Kitchen in Santiago de Goathemala

‘antecocina’ (a kind of pantry and preparation room). The first part of the kitchen contained ovens, cupboards set into the walls and a ‘poyo’ (a brick and mud structure that ran on firewood). Due to the smoke that the poyo created and the fact that this would become trapped in the kitchen, people saw...

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Centro Educativo KIDS Restaurant

KIDS Restaurant is one of the programs provided by Tess Sin Limites; an organization located in San Gaspar Vivar and founded 6 years ago. There are almost 45 kids attending this educational center every day to study. The children come from the different villages surrounding the school and they attend the local public school...

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Lunch with Ricky López

When it comes to food, Ricky Lopez is your man. He’s a photographer, film maker, writer but most of all foodie. Last year he produced his stunning book entitled “Historias Culinarias de La Antigua Guatemala”.  A must have book for any foodie that adores La Antigua! Of his love of food… He jokes that...

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Kakaw – The drink of the Gods

Cacao (scientific name ‘theobroma cacao’) is a common word in the Mayan vocabulary, used to refer to what is considered their most important sacred food – second only to corn. The scientific term itself reflects the importance of cacao – literally characterizing it as a food of the Gods (‘theobroma’). There are two types...

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Moringa and its Properties

Moringa is a fantastic plant that boasts unparalleled medicinal qualities in its leaves, flowers and roots. In ancient Indian medicine it was said that Moringa was used to cure more than 300 types of illnesses. The moringa leaves have several medicinal properties, as well as containing proteins, minerals (such as iron, phosphorous, potassium, calcium...

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A Tale of Bread

Bread plays a very important role in Guatemalan traditions. When families get together, to pray, to reflect, to make decisions, to celebrate – in good times and in bad – there is always some bread on the table. Each bread recipe is different; each loaf boasts its own unique virtues. The ingredients used in...

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Corn: A Food & A Deity

Corn is a cereal grain native to Mesoamerica that was first found in Guatemala around 3000BC – in the Petén region – where it was cultivated alongside squash, beans and bell pepper. Worldwide, there are a recognized 25 varieties of corn; and 13 of these are farmed in Guatemala.  Some of the oldest and...

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The Chilies of Guatemala

One of the most important contributions of Mesoamerican agriculture to the world is the chili. With a huge number of varieties, the chili is one of the most-consumed foods on a worldwide level. Many investigators consider Guatemala to be the epicenter of origin and diversity of some of the most important varieties of chili,...

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