Central and South America

A Delicious Descent from Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano

Street-side Snacks, Costa Rican Cuisine and a Cloudy Volcano Poás Volcano towers above Costa Rica’s capital city. Look up from any location in greater San Josè and you can’t miss the volcano’s majestic outline. Located only 30km (19 miles) from downtown, this active volcano is a site worth visiting. Poás has two immense craters and its unique draw is that visitors …

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In Costa Rica: An Airport Restaurant…On the Runway!

A few meters from Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, Costa Rica lies the perfect watering hole for beer-guzzling AvGeeks, or “aviation geeks” like myself. La Candela is a two story bar and restaurant located directly across from the airport, alongside the main runway. Patrons can enjoy drinks and typical Costa Rican cuisine while plane-spotting like pros. Share This:

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Where Locals Eat in San José, Costa Rica

5 Great Places to Dine in Costa Rica’s Capital The city of San José, Costa Rica has a bad reputation. Even Lonely Planet’s website admits the typical tourist opinion of San José is that the city is “a necessary evil before heading to the ‘real’ Costa Rica.” From a local perspective, San José has much more to offer its visitors in …

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Where to Find Local Food in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala is a small city with a big culinary scene. This Central American hub for travelers, students and ex-pats is packed with eateries, but it’s not as easy as it may seem to seek out local flavor. This is an International food town. Spread over just eleven square blocks, Antigua serves up a global variety of plates, from Indian …

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La Fonda de la Calle Real Restaurant in Antigua Guatemala

Just a stone’s throw from Antigua’s busy Central Park, a trio of restaurant branches make up the city’s definitive foodie destination for Guatemalan cuisine. I’m talking about the famous La Fonda de la Calle Real. After the original 5th Avenue location (opened in 1975) achieved great success, two more branches opened; one just around the corner (1991) and the third directly …

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What to Eat on the Street in Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is a vibrant, former colonial city in the Guatemalan highlands, surrounded by three impressive volcanos. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is known for its language schools, skilled artisans and stunning architecture. The city is a lively, colorful, International melting pot of travelers, ex-pats and locals. It also boasts some of Central America’s best cuisine.  Share This:

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Las Colinas del Sur: The Best Seafood in Granada, Nicaragua

Restaurant Review: Las Colinas del Sur in Granada, Nicaragua There’s nothing like cruising around Central America’s largest lake in a boat to a make you crave an excellent fish dinner. We enjoyed a fantastic tour through Las Isletas, the 365-island, volcanic archipelago learning about the lake’s sharks, (really!! the only lake in the world teeming with bull sharks) monkeys, fabulous …

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A Boat Ride on Lake Nicaragua

We spent the morning aboard a small boat, motoring through Las Isletas, an archipelago of 365 islands in Cocibolca Lake (also known as Lake Nicaragua). The island chain was formed thousands of years ago during a massive eruption of the volcano Mombacho. Some islands are privately owned, boasting lavish mansions, restaurants, and even a hotel. Others remain unoccupied; tiny, lush …

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Comidas Tipicas Y Mas in Granada, Nicaragua

Calle La Calzada is Granada’s main pedestrian zone. The street runs east from the Cathedral on Parque Central, down to the shores of Lake Nicaragua. The street is lined with restaurants and bars, some offer tables on the street for prime people watching. When asked where I could try the famous weekend dish, nacatamal, I was surprised when I was …

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Vigorón: Street Food in Granada, Nicaragua

If asked to choose one dish that reflects the heart and soul of Granada, Nicaragua, I would have to say, “Vigorón.” This traditional, quintessential street food can be found throughout Central America, but its roots are pure Granada. Situated on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Granada is the oldest colonized city in the Americas, established in 1524. Now the center …

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Chifa: Peruvian-Chinese Fusion in Lima

Restaurant Review: Wa Lok Chinese-Peruvian cuisine is an integral part of Lima’s culinary history. Due to the influx of Chinese immigrants in Peru from the mid 1800s to early 1900s, a unique culinary tradition evolved. Peruvian ingredients were integrated into Chinese cooking, and over the years Chinese influences were incorporated into modern Peruvian cuisine. Remember the classic Peruvian dish, lomo …

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Where to Eat Ceviche in Lima, Peru

My Limean Love Affair, in Photos Peruvians are serious when it comes to ceviche. Attention gringos, rules DO apply! The citrus-cooked seafood is simply not eaten past 2:00PM. The reason? It is no longer considered fresh! With this kind of attitude (cue applause) Lima turns out some truly spectacular ceviche. Share This:

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Cheap Eats in Lima Peru

Three Super Spots to Curb Your Hunger, Peruvian Style Though the words “hungry” and “Lima” don’t exactly compute for me, the city is filled with snack shops, cafes and street vendors. All serve up delicious Peruvian fare. For a quick bite with local flavor, check out these spots for some of the best tastes Lima has to offer. Share This:

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Cuy: Eating Guinea Pig in Peru

FOOD FOR THOUGHT… Foodieinternational.com has taken a one-week posting hiatus due to a Nicaraguan adventure and a fantastic birthday celebration. Stay tuned in the very, VERY near future for more fabulous foodie reports from around the globe. In the meantime, I’m going to offer this little gem to pass the time. They say “When in Rome,” but I say “When …

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Picas Restaurant in Lima, Peru

The First Taste of Lima, Peru When I informed my friend Luis I’d be traveling to his city to explore the finer points of Peruvian cuisine, he dispensed two essential words of culinary wisdom: lomo saltado. Not only is this flavorful tenderloin creation a Peruvian staple, it is Luis’ favorite dish of all time. I have to admit, it’s really …

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Where to Drink a Pisco Sour in Lima, Peru

“Cheers” to Lima Hola, readers! I’m back from a weekend of feasting and fun in Lima, Peru. Referred to as the culinary capital of South America, Peru is home to some unique, exceptional cuisine. I had a fantastic time diving into Lima’s best dishes, from fresh, tangy ceviche to the unconventional cuy. Stay tuned this week to foodieinternational.com for all …

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