Do you enjoy veggie food? In Guatemala, you can eat plenty! Of course, homemade veggie food is the best veggie food! Read about Daniëlle who went for a real local food experience to the home of Iris Carolina in Antigua.
On our way to Iris Carolina
This week I had the opportunity to have lunch with a Guatemalan family at their home. I invited a friend to join me and we were excited, but also very much wondering what to expect.
Lunch was going to be with Iris Carolina and her family, who lives in Jocotenango, a village next to Antigua. You can easily get there by tuctuc, local bus or walking. Even though it is the rainy season it was a lovely sunny day, so we decided to walk. After an easy 30-minute walk to the meeting point, Iris’s daughter also named Iris, was already waiting for us. The town of Jocotenango is not touristy at all, so she had no problem spotting us, two women from Holland, from a distance and happily waved us. Together we walked across the road to the family’s house, where Iris lives with her husband and 3 children.
Warm welcome and delicious veggie food
At the house, we received a warm welcome from mother Iris and met the youngest daughter just home from school. Sitting down at the table we were also joined by the son Alfonso and Iris’s husband. The meal was already prepared and I could tell by the smell it was going to be delicious. At my request, the menu was going to vegetarian, and it was a treat. Guatemalan food is known for using a lot of fresh vegetables, so being a vegetarian is not a problem at all. We were treated to a zucchini filled with vegetables, rice, an omelet filled with string beans, and a lovely homemade tomato sauce. Iris also prepared one of my favorite drinks in Guatemala. This is fresco de Rosa de Jamaica, a sort of ice tea made from Hibiscus flowers.
During lunch, the conversation went to all kinds of topics, but we especially found a lot of common ground in talking about food. Comparing typical foods from Guatemala to those from our own country. And it was funny to discover some of us shared the same likes and dislikes. Honestly, does anybody really like Brussel sprouts? And we had a good laugh when the youngest daughter confessed not liking vegetable very much, except on pizza! Because my Spanish is good, it was not difficult to get the conversation going, but I am sure even if your Spanish is beginner level there are ways to communicate. And you will enjoy a better and way more authentic meal then you can get in any restaurant.
After we said our goodbyes, we took a local bus back to the city center. Thank you ResiRest for this fun afternoon!
About the author
Daniëlle Krootjes lives in Antigua. With Adora Tours, a travel partner of ResiRest, she develops sustainable travel opportunities for travelers in Guatemala. In Antigua, you can make a combination of an Adora walking tour and ResiRest food experience. In this way, you obviously learn a lot about the Guatemalan culture. Take a look at the Adora Tours website to learn more.
Veggie food on your Guatemala trip?
You can eat some tasty & homemade veggie food too on your Guatemala trip! Meet Iris Carolina or one of the other Guatemalan families, and share a lunch or dinner. Just book your meal in the ResiRest app, choosing the veg-option. ResiRest is available in the Antigua region and in Quetzaltenango – Xela. See you soon!