Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Super Yummy Mexican Food in Panajachel

Craving Mexican food while in Guatemala? Well, in Pana my fave place for Mexican (aside from torta carts!) is Restaurante Mexicano la Michoacana. Granted, I don't eat out much so perhaps there are better places, but for someone with my limited budget, this restaurant hits the spot! 
I took this picture last year but I don't think the front has changed too much.
Just look for the large plants blocking the entrance! 😆
I've submitted their location to Google Maps but here is a big red X until they can add it.
chalupas de pollo Michoacana
Chalupas de Pollo. Delicious! I think they were Q25.
I ordered the Chalupas de Pollo, mostly because I'd never had them before and the combination of ingredients intrigued me. The menu has both Spanish and English but only lists what is in the dish, not how it is put together. So tostadas, beans, chicken, lettuce, queso fresco, sour cream, vegetables.... how many different delicious ways can that be put together? This was a filling and yummy meal that I would definitely order again.
Chimichanga de Pollo. Sorry for the blurriness. The restaurant has moody lighting, i.e. one light bulb and a skylight. :D
Bert had the chimichanga de pollo, which he's enjoyed here before. It's basically a deep-fried burrito. He loves them! It was Q30.
I am intrigued by Quesadilla Vampiro!
They've gone all out with the weird Mexican decor, which I imagine is not anything like real Mexican decor, but what are ya gonna do when you're in Guatemala?
Their menu is quite extensive and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, although I don't think they're open too late. It seems to me that this restaurant is really just the front room of the owner's house! It can be a bit noisy with the chicken buses going by on the street but I would still highly recommend it for good, cheap eats. Buen provecho!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Tienda Junk Food

I find the most hilarious things in tiendas (corner stores). I buy stuff either cuz it made me giggle or I'm curious about the taste.

Yesterday's adventure in junk food is pictured below.
The best/worst junk food ever!
Starting from the left: Let's Be Cappuccino! I've had these before and had to share a picture of it. I've only found them in this one tienda and there are several flavours. What cracks me up about these is that they're Russian! Yep, Russian. This one tasted like Sugar Crisp, the cereal. Very strange!

The middle thing made me LOL in the store. Uh, so not politically correct! It's called Negrito Mix. (Little black mix.) It's a white cake with chocolate icing and chocolate filling, as depicted on the front by a white kid with a black afro. WTF??? Ha ha! It tasted horrible. Will not buy again.

The last treat was for Bert. They are (in English) "mini crazy gummies little penguins". The penguin is saying "I believe I am bipolar." Ha! They are actually shaped like little penguins, black and white, and they are flavoured with blueberry. Yummy!

For an adventurous eater like myself, Guatemala is like shopping in the import aisle every day.  😋

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Amazing Volcanoes of Guatemala

Revue Magazine (REVUEmag.com) is an English language magazine in Guatemala that publishes free paper copies of their magazine as well as a vast array of online articles. They promote "the best of Guatemala through articles on travel, food, culture, people, business, health, and community service." I follow them on Facebook and enjoy their monthly photo contests immensely.

September's contest has been exceptionally jaw-droppingly AWESOME because the theme is "Volcanoes of Guatemala"

Click here to see the amazing volcano photo submissions!

Here is just one photo that shows the beauty and power of Volcán Fuego near Antigua, Guatemala.
Volcán volcano Fuego Antigua Guatemala
Photo by Rafael Bautista Fotographía
I'm sorry if the link to the contest goes "dead" later. I'm not sure how long they keep the photos active after the contest ends. Enjoy it while you can!