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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gastronomic Guatemala

While die-hard foodies have been coming to Guatemala for years, only recently is it making a name for itself on the global culinary stage.

It is true that in Guatemala you'll have the best tamales you have Ever had in your life, but the cuisine is so much more than this. Last night, for instance, I dined on beef carpaccio, escargot, and steak, accompanied by a tasty red wine.

Perhaps Guatemalan cuisine is most inventive with it's sauces. Red peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, herbs, and squashes come alive in flavorful concoctions one wouldn't normally expect, but that are exquisite. It adds a delightful sophistication to hearty dishes. Pop a pumpkin and sausage taco on your mouth, smothered in creamy pumpkin sauce, and you'll see what I mean.

Of course, Guatemala is also famous for having one of the world's best runs, Zacapa. It's smooth and flavorful, and while expensive, many boast that it's hangover-proof.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stepping Back in Time in Antigua

So, here we are in Guatemala with another gay group, and I am hearing what I always hear from my gay groups in Guatemala-- "I can't believe this is Guatemala! Why don't more gay people come here?"

It's true. Guatemala is strangely absent from the gay map, and one visit to the town of Antigua makes this hard to understand. Few places in the world can achieve this kind of rustic elegance.

Once the heart of the Colonial Empire, Antigua was rocked by earthquakes and then essentially abandoned. What remains is a stylish, sophisticated, gay friendly city that looks much like it did 400 years ago.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Tremendous Tikal

Visiting the Ruins of Tikal is like stepping into an Indiana Jones movie.

Pyramids pop up out of the jungle, and closer inspection of ancient walls reveals mystical carvings.

Just when you think it can't get any better, the ominous calls of howler monkeys is heard in the distance.