Long overdue

Those of you who’ve been around here for a while might remember that I went on a mission trip to Nicaragua this past summer. It was an amazing experience that brought me closer to the Lord, my husband and the people we went with.

It was also an amazing eating experience, even though I’ve freely admitted that I gained about 5 lbs on this trip. It kind of made me sick because we were in a third world country, but you will see why by the end of this post 🙂

Here are just a few of the great food experiences I had this summer in Nicaragua…

Breakfast 1 – Beans & rice, fried egg, fried plantain, fresh fruit (mango, pineapple, etc.)

Dessert 1 – Bread pudding…we were served this on our wedding anniversary, which we spent there.

Anniversary dinner 1 – Steak, tortilla, veggies & rice. We had a lovely private candlelight dinner (we usually ate communally in the dining area) and were serenaded by Luis Miguel (via CD player, lol).

Snack 1 – Some of the best chips I ever had, picked up at a gas station!

Breakfast 2 – Pancakes, banana, fresh pineapple. We had fresh fruit every morning, it was so amazing down there, the bananas especially! And we seriously had pancakes and french toast almost everyday, with the occasional eggs as you saw above.

Dinner 2 – Chicken with creamy mushroom sauce, fried plantain chips, rice.

Dinner 3 – Chicken kebab with onion, tomato and green pepper, tortilla, beans and rice.

Had a lot of these while I was there…I found it funny they called it “light” instead of “diet” and it tasted more like Coke Zero than Diet Coke anyway 😉

Also had a lot of these (Dessert #2) which is how I’m sure I gained weight…Dulce De Leche ice cream bar!

Bananas growing from the trees at the orphanage we visited!

This was my home away from home…the Tienda (aka store) where we bought all our snacks, water, cookies, ice cream, etc. In Nicaragua, they have the Cordoba, which is 20-1, so $1 American is 20 cordobas. Ice cream was less than the equivalent of $0.50 American. Wowzah!

Grapes growing from the trees at the compound where we stayed, so beautiful!

Oh yes, Nicaraguan coffee is THE BOMB! I still have some in my freezer, whole beans 😉

Had a lot of these too, they were packed with our lunches. I drank so much water that I’d get tired of it so this was a nice treat, but loaded with sugar, even though it’s fruit. Just thinking about it makes my teeth hurt, lol. They had about 8 different flavors too!

Oy, lunch. If I go again next year, I’m going to pack some tuna and PB. We had either bologna or turkey sandwiches with cheese on white bread EVERY DAY. OH yeah and chips too. It was what we had though and we were grateful for it, especially the long days we spent working out in the heat.

That’s it, thanks for letting me reminisce for a while. I really do miss that place and I hope to go back someday 🙂

About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on November 18, 2008, in Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, fruit, Lunch, nicaragua, Snacks. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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