One of the
best things about traveling is the exposure to local culinary delights. We have a saying
that we order what we want, but we eat what we get -- no complaints are allowed.
For the most part we are thrilled with our meals and below we share some of the
memorable ones with you.
If you have never been to Livingston,
Guatemala, you must go. It is the most exotic and appealing combination of the
Maya, and the Spanish with a distinct Caribbean influence. Street food
comes in all styles and this is some of Livingston's finest.
Down by the dock, several Buga Mamas set up
their mobile restaurants around noon. Patrons come by and purchase their lunch,
then sit in the shade of a frangipani or jacaranda tree and eat.
Christmas Pig roast in Santiago, Guatemala
For Christmas one year, we were invited to a
crossed Lake Atitlan
to get to Santiago about 10 or 11 a.m., the pig had been cooking all evening in an
underground pit. Billy and the boys dug up the pig, but he wasn't done yet! 30
guests were to arrive only a few hours later and the main course wasn't cooked.
So four grown men carried this pig (weighing
well over 100 pounds) down to a grill with a hood under a palapa and
cook the meat until the hungry guests came.
A little drama and excitement, but the end
product was marvelous.
One year we were living in Asia and decided
to go to
Australia for a change of pace. We'd heard great things about their lamb and dairy products
and, as good fortune would have it, an apartment opened up just a 5 minute walk to the beach.
We purchased some lamb loin, fresh
vegetables, some Australian red wine and Roquefort cheese. Billy grilled the
meat to perfection! Then from our dining room we watched the boats crossing back
and forth through Sydney Harbor.
Picton, New Zealand is a gorgeous little town
on the northern tip of the southern island. Getting bar food in New Zealand is
always a safe bet, and it was more affordable than the pricy meals in regular
As you can see, there are children inside so
it's a welcoming, family-oriented place.
The French have left a
distinct impression on the country of Laos, so you will find terrific food,
great butter, baguettes and a wine selection. Yes, Beef Stroganoff is a Russian
dish, but it was prepared superbly and presented beautifully.
Look at this gorgeous table at the night
You have your selection of meats, chicken, seafood, vegetables and side dishes.
Purchase your food-on-a-stick and take it to the hot grill a few feet away and
cook your own. Or, if you prefer, you can hand over your food to the chef who
is there, and she will prepare it for you.
Such colorful opulence!
Fish filet with swab of pesto at the top.
Guajimbo's is a local favorite in
to have any meal. Portions are huge and flavor is abundant. This fish filet was
dragged through a colorful rub, the vegetables were grilled to add extra flavor,
and the noodles were tossed in freshly made pesto.
Within walking distance
was this great Japanese restaurant. Small plates of artistically presented
delectable sashimi floated past us on a moving belt and we could simply pull off
anything we wanted to eat. We ordered this plate from a special menu. We
received herb tea and miso soup as part of this sashimi plate.
Grilled sausages, chicken and organ meats,
Street food is conveniently everywhere in
Bangkok, Thailand. Grilled and ready to eat, these little kebabs are only about
50 cents a stick. They are great for a quick snack.
A famous restaurant in Quito, Ecuador is
Mi Abuela (My Grandmother). They advertise "The best steak of your life" so
we wanted to find out for ourselves. One order of steak is a kilo of tender,
delicious beef! This was obviously plenty of meat for two people, and the meal
came with a salad, rice and potatoes.
When we visit the beach, we like to order the
fresh offerings of the day. Here you see shrimp-stuffed lobster which was
incredible. The price was amazing, also, about $15 and the meal came with a
beer! It was so big, we took food home! The restaurant was right on the beach in
and we watched the sunset during our dinner.
whole chickens in
Cabrera, Dominican Republic
Chicken is a favorite dish
in the tropics and you will see these grills set up all over the place in the
The charcoal is lit in the mornings and the chickens are turned by hand until
they are ready to eat. Each chicken sells for about $2-3USD.