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May 26, 2015

Destino Guatemala: gastronomía de fusión

Al hablar de Guatemala, posiblemente lo primero que nos viene a la mente, es la civilización Maya, sus costas, bosques, selvas, volcanes y su arquitectura colonial. Pero lo cierto es que tratándose de una tierra con tantos tesoros, con un gran mestizaje producto de la colonización, la gastronomía no podía pasar desapercibida y es de lo que hoy les quiero hablar en este post. 

Cada país tiene sus aromas y sabores distintivos, en algunas ocasiones se producen mezclas entre distintas tradiciones y en otras se incorporan nuevos platos a la comida tradicional.


En el caso de Guatemala, podemos hablar de una gastronomía que podemos denominar de fusión, producto de varios años de evolución y de destreza de los distintos chef y amantes de la buena cocina. 

Con la llegada de los españoles al continente americano, concretamente al país de Guatemala, se inicia una etapa de riqueza culinaria. Un proceso se inició alrededor del siglo XVI. Durante esta época se fueron mezclando las costumbres gastronómicas provenientes de europa, con la local y los productos presentes en Guatemala.

En ciertos departamentos también podemos encontrar la influencia africana, aportada por los esclavos traídos en embarcaciones por los españoles; además, el país se encuentra rodeado de mar, por lo que tampoco faltan los ingredientes típicos del Caribe: banano, plátano y el coco. Los españoles por su parte, quedaron encantados con productos como el aguacate, el cacao, los chiles, el tomate, etc, que poco a poco se encargaron de dar a conocer al continente europeo.

Quizá uno de los aportes más significativos de los españoles fueron los protocolos al momento de comer frente a la mesa. (el comer con los cubiertos y no con las manos). No obstante, debido a la fuerte presencia indígena en Guatemala, ciertas costumbres como el comer con las manos, se consideran normales, especialmente cuando hablamos de platillos como los tacos, tostadas y bollos, por nombrar algunos.

Platos que forman parte del patrimonio cultural

 


El día 7 de noviembre del 2007, el gobierno guatemalteco declaró Patrimonio Cultural Intangible de la Nación, 5 platos típicos. Los cuales provienen de la primera fusión de la época precolombina, cuya característica resaltante es que poseen ingredientes tanto hispanos como árabes. Así que si están pensando en visitar Guatemala dentro de poco, no pueden dejar de probar estos 5 platillos:

-          El Pepián
-          Frijoles con chicharrón
-          El Jocón
-          El Kaq 'ik
-          Los plátanos en mole

Tres de estos exquisitos platos tienen una data de más de 4 siglos y se dice que son una fusión de ingredientes originarios de la Guatemala de la época precolombina junto a productos españoles y árabes, todos ellos aportados por los conquistadores españoles.

También vale la pena destacar que cada departamento tiene su comida típica, por solo mencionar un ejemplo, tenemos en el departamento de Petén los bollos peteteros, que son uno de los platos favoritos de la licenciada Sandra Torres, una mujer que se prepara para dar lo mejor de sí a Guatemala y quien se declara fanática de la comida tradicional guatemalteca.

A través de toda la geografía nacional, los tamales, los caldos y sopas son ampliamente degustados por los comensales. Entre los más conocidos: los caldos de pata, los de mariscos, cocido de caldo de res, caldo de gallina india, etc. 

En cuanto a tamales, existe una extensa variedad de combinaciones: tamal colorado, con la masa base, hecha de maíz y relleno de carne, se puede elegir entre res, cerdo, pollo, pato o pavo con una salsa especial de tomate y otro tamal también muy solicitado es el tamal negro, cuya diferencia radica en que lleva chocolate, pasas y almendras. 

Así que mi invitación es para que vayan preparando sus maletas y visiten esta hermosa tierra llena de riqueza gastronómica.

April 30, 2015

Our Own Backyard: Why You Don't Need to Leave the Country to Truly Getaway

The sunburnt country that is Australia, truly does have enough natural wonders that you don’t need to leave the country to truly getaway. Why fly to distant lands when we have so many natural beauties here in our own backyard

No matter where you are in this beautiful country there are sights that are as beautiful as anywhere in the world, which is one of the reasons that visitors some here from all the over the world to bask in the warm sun and enjoy the wonder that is in our very own backyard. Here are 5 places of wonder in Australia.

Uluru

Our Own Backyard: Uluru

As one of the most iconic landmarks in Australia, Uluru is a rock like no other, with millions of pictures being taken every year. If you haven’t seen it then its about time you took a trip to view it with your own eyes. The rock is a sacred site for the Indigenous peoples of the country and when seen with your own eyes, it is easy to see why. The sheer magnitude of it takes your breath away, with visitors to the area learning about its history and the Dreamtime stories that surround it.

Daintree

As one of the oldest rainforests in the world, the Daintree is home to a huge number of different plant and animal species, including many that are threatened or near extinction. Visits to the area can be made either by boat, for day trips, or for those who want to spend a bit longer, a stay in a forest cabin will deliver wonders for the whole family. Cruises regularly go past the area so visitors can gaze upon the tall trees and hear the forest song. Check out Cruiseabout Australia for information about cruises to the area.

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain and the Lake St Clair are two of the most spectacular sights to see among the Tasmanian world heritage listed sights. With Eucalypt forests giving way to mountainous scenery, this is one of those awe-inspiring sights that has to be seen to gauge the magnitude of its beauty. Here you will find Australian bush animals such as wallabies, wombats and possums who are not shy about visitors, as you walk through the swaying trees.

The Great Barrier Reef

Our Own Backyard: he Great Coral Reef

As the world’s largest coral reef system The Great Barrier Reef is home to an abundance of tropical marine life including many different types of coral and species of fish of all different shapes and sizes. A popular tourist destination it can be reached by chartered boat with snorkelling and diving, or can be viewed from above by plane. The reef has been recently threatened by industry so it’s important to go and see it while it is still as majestic as it has ever been.

Ningaloo Reef

The Ningaloo Reef is one of the most awe-inspiring parts of the Western Australian Coral Coast, with its clear waters home to many different species of marine life. Sharks, rays and other species can be easily spotted along the reef with the clear tropical waters a popular tourist attraction to both visitors and locals. 

Don't forget to drive all over the city with companies like Hertz car rental in Perth. It's the best way to explore it! 

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April 13, 2015

The Top 5 Things to do In and Around Orlando

Orlando is a great destination for couples, families, and single travelers alike. It's really a city that has everything. 

Entertainment of all sorts every night, theme parks, an excess of malls, places to chill, great restaurants, really, what else can you ask for? Head to Orlando and see what it has to offer! Here's just a few of the best spot to get your Orlando fix.

Chill Out

For a nice day that requires zero cash, but still gets you out and about in Orlando, Lake Eola is the hot spot. This beautiful park has a big lake in the middle of it. Take some bread to feed the ducks and swans that waddle around the premises. 



There's a swan boat ride if you want to take yourself out on the lake, and when you're hungry, either the bust out the picnic that you prepared yourself, or hit up any of the delicious and charming cafes and eateries that surround this downtown park.

Show Me, Hear Me

Orlando is entertainment central. There's literally something happening almost every night of the week. Whether you're in the mood for some funky live tunes at the local bar, or you're ready to get those dancing shoes on and jam out and dance around to some great music, Orlando has you covered. 

There's tons of bars featuring great places to dance and be entertained. If you're not the bar or club type, then what about a rad music venue with one of your favorite bands or singers? Orlando has you covered there too. 



The last desire you may have is a spectacular show to really top off your holiday, and some of the best shows in the country stop by Orlando to show everyone what they got. La Nouba, Cirque De Soleil, Blue Man Group, and other insanely famous and awesome shows take center stage at Orlando's venues. The Hard Rock Cafe, The House of Blues, and the Amway Arena are just a few of the nice venues that host these amazing acts.

Buy Buy

So you're a shopaholic? It's OK, we understand the addiction, and so does Orlando. You could shop for a week in Orlando and still not see every mall and shopping center it offers. 

The Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia are two of the biggest and best malls to shop at in the city. If you are a bargain hunter, Orlando has some prime outlet malls to scavenge for those designer items without the designer price tag.

Park It

Well, we all know the ultimate thing Orlando is famous for, and this wouldn't be a good read about Orlando without mentioning the plethora of theme parks this city holds. For some marine life action, Seaworld Orlando family tickets are available, and this spot is an experience of a lifetime for any kid. 



Perhaps you have a few older kids with you and Disney's Magic Kingdom has been outgrown? In that case, Island of Adventure and Universal Studios will have them smiling for days after you've left. It's hot in Florida, so to cool down, head to Wed 'n Wild or Aquatica for a soaking wet fun time. 

Of course Epcot is one of those spots that pleases everyone with a trip around the world, awesome food, rides, and sites that make you feel in another city. There's many parks to choose from, so see what your family is up for.

Sand, Sun and Sea



Yes, that's right, Orlando is closer to the beach that most people think. In under an hour you can be at some of Florida's best beaches. Who can say no to that? Orlando is the best of both worlds when comes to that, a great city for entrainment, theme parks, and still near the beach

You can't beat it. Renting a car is the ultimate way to get there and comfortably. Daytona and New Smyrna are two beaches that are within reach from the big.

How to travel to the United States

Don't forget to get the documents you need to enter into the country. You would need to have your ESTA, the Electronic Travel Authorization that determines the eligibility of citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States, prior to initiating the travel. This is so important! Also, you would need your passport in order.

Enjoy your trip!