Food, Drink & Groceries

Nicaraguans and protein

This post is inspired by a comment that KWP made (in a thread that, of course, had nothing to do with this comment). I basically have a question: do you know any Nicaraguan who does not get enough protein?

He said

So, I like to interact with Yari for a couple of minutes when she arrives, ask about the school day, get a bit of protein and juice into her. I know her diet at Eddy's is mostly rice and beans

La Colonia is now advertising that it has two kinds of quinoa

Not that they had it in Matagalpa, today, though they did have brown rice again. I know that some of you have been missing your quinoa.

In other news, I'm seeing more and more interchangeable lens cameras showing up somewhere other than Managua. The Radio Shack in Matagalpa had entry level DSLRs from Canon and Nikon as well as they Sony A3000 that I bought earlier in Jinotega. No lenses though. The rumor is that I could find those in Managua, but lenses are easy enough to import.

What do the poor really eat?

Now that my Why bacon? thread has throrougly drifted off topic, let me start a thread about a point that was raised there. It is pretty much in the form of what animal-based protein sources do locals store/preserve and how?

This is far from a generic study but it is based on observations of my wife's family and neighbors. While refrigeration may change this in the future, up until the Ortega administration, the grid was not reliable enough for a poor person to depend on as a way to store these items.

What do you want in a coffee?

(Inspired by an off-track discussion in a photo gallery.)

Inexpensive will be the answer for some which is fine and there are lots of places on the corner where you can find that -- a C$5 cup of coffee. Wacko high-end stuff will exist in/near expensive hotels (and may not be any better than the inexpensive stuff on the corner). But, there are lots of possibilities in between -- both for consumers and possible business models.

Let me offer some (strange) data points:

propina voluntaria

I heard that the propina voluntaria was outlawed in October by a new law. Seems to be the case. Now the waiters have to ask for a tip.


The following are excerpts from an article that I read in Mother Jones May/June 2013 issue. The author is Tom Philpott their food and ag correspondent and is in the "Food for Thought" section. " Quinoa, the seed of a spinachlike plant grows in the Andes, really does offer a complete, high-quality vegetarian protein"... " all of the amino acids you require-in a complete package, but rice and beans together actually do better."

How Coffee Changed Our World


want down there sunday..1st time in about a yr..was real impressed..they doubled the size of the port site..and are building a hotel and shopping mall down there..there doing a 1st rate job on it..lots of nice little reasturants to eat..if in mga..u should check it out

Nicaragua Lent Delicacies

The Huffington Post has run several articles on Nicaragua recently. This one on Lent delicacies, mentions iguana, armadillo, and bull's testicles. Not sure whether I'm more surprised at the food or that people observe Lent, and I'm curious as to whether anyone here has eaten any of them. My next question is always, "what does it taste like?"

Demand for the garrobo in particular is so fierce that live animals are brought to markets in large numbers, even though you are not supposed to hunt them during their breeding season from September to April.

How do Nicaraguans prepare coffee? Where to get green beans?

I've found that I can drink arabica coffee and have a hot air popcorn popper for roasting it, and ordered an Aeropress and screen mesh filter and a small hand grinder. I'm going to see if I can get local growers to sell me either parchment or cleaned green beans but so far have been playing with the better grade of local market beans (29 to 30 Cordobas a pound, last year's crop). Roasting to something between City Roast and City Roast Plus.

Quinoa: Hey That

stuff is pretty good.

I'm always suspicious of something touted as a health food, but this actually tastes good, cooks in a standard rice cooker, and has some impressive nutritional numbers. Other than learning to say the name right, it's a no-brainer.

It has a more interesting flavor than rice, and is really good the next day for breakfast with butter, milk, brown sugar, raisins, and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Sits well on my stomach (especially after that Indian food last night).

Barley or Wheat

Does anyone know where to get Barley or Wheat from? Malted or Unmalted is fine...but Malted would be ideal


Kale source?

Does anyone know where I might be able to buy fresh kale? Would love organic if possible. I live in Granada. Thanks.

Fresh Fish

I will be running an Acopio in Casares(a new venture I just started a week ago) as of this Friday,anyone on this forum that lives in the Esteli Area,Granada,Diriamba and Jinotepe that wants FRESH fish,from Red Snapper,Grouper,Mackerel,Jacks,some Flounder at times and Lobsters,please send me a P.M,with your request and I should be able to deliver said fish to You,even with delivery,my fish WILL be cheaper,not to mentioned FRESH,not frozen like the marisquerias offer them.

Eventually I will post a species price list,somewhere. Thanks Felix

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