Sunday, August 12, 2012


   A big part of any culture is the food, so here is "the food" post, I  really like El Salvadoran food and just to be clear it is not like Mexican food.  Yes tortillas, but even that is made a little differently here.
let me show you.
           If you ask for a quesadilla here this is what you will get.  The only way I know how to describe it is that it is the texture of cornbread but tasted like cheesecake. It's yummy!

What is that and how do you eat it?  Is something I say a lot.  I can't remember the name of the  "spiky strawberries"  but the green stuff is called loroco, its actually a flower bud, it is used to flavor dips, spreads, cheese and salad.   

Why we only have one flavor of Tang in Utah, I don't know but seriously,  move over cool aid!!

Honey so fresh there is still a bee in it. 
(If you buy it in the street it is sold in a vodka bottle.)

This is a Zapote. Yummy! I made a bread out of this and it was really good!
video here:

coconut candy on the plate, peace corps made pineapple, passion fruit, and strawberry jams.  And a jar of bee pollen.

Chicken, chicken, everywhere!   They use every part of the chicken including the feet I tried chicken feet soup, not my favorite but I can say I tried it.

You can not talk about El Salvadorian food without the pupusa.  A pupusa is a tortilla stuffed with beans, cheese, and if you choose meat, or if you are my kids, just a tortilla with cheese inside.  And a cabbage salad on top with a super yummy tomatoe salsa dressing. 

Fresh fish at the beach, with a side of massive stomachache.

And for today's grand finale... corn flavored ice cream!  Avocado I can get behind, chicle, my kids love, but corn?   I love you anyway El Salvador!!


Rob Waters said...

Recently, my family went on a trip to San Salvador with me, and about two weeks before the trip, your episode of House Hunters International was on and they had to show it to me. They were kind of scared about what they were getting into when they saw your Delean's reaction to the gated community and the guns. I'm married to a salvadoreña and I have made many trips down there, beginning with when we were just dating. What a different place to visit, but in many ways what a great eye opening experience, and something you want to share with all your friends and family back in the US. We didn't get a chance to have a traditional wedding in the church before we started a family, so just a few weeks ago we were down in El Salvador with my parents, my brother and best friend since childhood to share with them the uniqueness of El Salvador. We took them out to visit Tazumal, which was amusing, because no one in my wife's family had ever visited something that was only an hour away from them. Part of me is glad to be stateside again, because I do miss a few creature comforts like central air conditioning, dishwashers and the water heater! I also don't miss all the translating that goes along with having a family full of gringos in tow nearly everywhere! I do miss being only an hour away from La Libertad, or my favorite, El Tunco!

Jon, Janice, Kaylee, & Regan said...

Yummy food! I am going to have to ask my Mom for the quesadilla recipe. I miss eating that yummy cake. It was a favorite growing up. And papusas! mmmmmm..... I think I will be making some for dinner in the very near future. I am so happy for your family getting to have this awesome experience.