Archive for September 8th, 2013

Of Tortillas and our Cultural Strength

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

I am very pessimistic when it comes to evaluate our cultural strength. But I have to accept that there are some positive stories out here.

Every one here in Guatemala is familiar with this ubiquitous fried chicken restaurant…

when I left Guatemala more than sixteen years ago, the restaurant had a strict policy of not allowing tortillas in their restaurant: they would not sell them or allow customer to bring them in. Guatemalans have to have tortillas with their meal and they could not stand eating their chicken with bread instead of them tortillas. A lot of times Guatemalan customers would sneak tortillas in to eat their chicken with. Who did not?

Now the restaurant has formally surrendered and even has provided tortilla vendors outside their doors with umbrellas to protect them from Sun and Rain. And as a formal sign of capitulation; they now feature tortillas on their menu!

Oh, by the way, they have a new item on the menu: A Pepian Sandwich. Pepian is a traditional Guatemalan Dish and it is the first time a see a sandwich version with it. I did like it. ūüėÄ