To be sure, my niece, Kayla is NOT a foodie! In fact, she doesn’t stray very far away from her high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt fare. This is not a criticism, but merely a description of where her tastebuds are at this present time. Guatemalan food is pretty bland. It is not spicy at all and has pretty low salt content, etc. For example, our breakfasts were tortillas, black beans, plantain bananas, and yogurt and granola. Lunches and dinners were similar in structure and taste.
I wanted for her to try something different, to step out of her comfort zone. I explained to her what ceviche was, but, as usual, she wasn’t paying close attention. When we got to the ceviche “restaurant”, which was a couple of small tables in the back of the mercado, Vidal ordered for us. We had a choice of shrimp ceviche, or a mix of shrimp, krab (fake crab), and snails. I took the mixed version, with snails, as did Kayla. Vidal opted for the shrimp.
an appetizer of small pieces of raw fish marinated in lime or lemon juice, often with onions, peppers, and spices.
While Vidal and I ate and drank Gallo beer, Kayla picked around her food, as she had been doing with most Guatemalan food. I said: Have you tried it? She said: Yes. It tastes alright. I noticed that she hadn’t touched much of the shrimp, if any. She was eating the krab and picking at a few veggies here and there. Eventually she said: Is this shrimp cooked? I said: Remember what I told you about ceviche? The shrimp is “cooked” using lime juice, not heat. She wasn’t convinced and continued to pick around it, trying only a small piece, afraid that she would get sick. I tried to convince her, but she wasn’t buying it. Effectively, she wasted the whole bowl of it. So much for new adventures – at least she ate the crackers. Just another in the long line of wasted plates of Guatemalan food.
She enjoyed Sundays most of all because they didn’t prepare food at the house. We were on our own and, fortunately for her, Antigua had a McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, and a Dunkin Donuts. She was very pleased about this! More about that later! 🙂