Traditionally in Guatemala, almuerzo is the largest meal of the day. Usually around 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon most Guatemaltecans head home for a large lunch and a siesta (nap) to follow. It's great since our breakfasts are usually rather small, but not so great if we have big plans for the afternoon, as the food coma tends to set in as soon as we get up for the table. Dinners, or cenas, are traditionally a small snack-like meal in the evenings around 7:00-8:00.
Friday night ICA hosted an international dinner, or cena international, but unlike a typical evening meal, this one had a large spread of delicious foods from around the world. Since we have students studying at ICA from several different countries it was a great way to enjoy a varied cuisine. Students crowded the kitchen at ICA to share a 4 burner stove and limited counter space, but the end results were worth the chaos. We made the infamous "Gordy's BBQ Chicken" (recipe courteousy of Sara Beth's dad, Gordy) and it was a hit. Other dishes included spinach quiche, a veggie/pasta dish from the Czech Republic, pancakes with cheese, bacon and apples from Holland, chorizo and tortillas from Guatemala, and various pasta dishes from the US......there are quite a few American students right now! We dined amidst candlelight in a transformed "dining room" at ICA and practiced our conversation skills with the other students.
9 months ago