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February 2015 The Del Cid’s Zetinas as a family are proud to present our new beginning “Puchica” Guatemalan Bar and Grill a unique Guatemalan restaurant with a home-style taste. Our culture in a delicious dish! 

“PUCHICA” is a guatemalan slang word that we use every day when we talk. However, because of this very merit, it’s a little difficult to pin down one concrete definition for it. I think it’s best to merely describe it as an expression of wonderment and/or surprise. Example: Puchica que lugar tan bonito • Wow what a nice place • Puchica que buena comida • Damn such a good food

Guatemala does not have a national dish, but there are many foods that have become a part of the everyday diet. Just as during the time of the Mayans, corn continues to be a staple food. It is most often eaten in the form of a. These are usually served warm and wrapped in cloth. Black beans (frijoles), another Mayan staple, are eaten at almost every meal. They are usually refried (volteados), mashed, or simply eaten whole (parados). Rice, eggs, and cheese are also widely consumed.

Chicken, turkey, and beef (roasted, grilled, or fried) are the country’s most popular meats and are normally accompanied by beans and rice (frijoles con arroz). Meats are often served in stews (caldos) or cooked in a spicy chili sauce, though whole chickens may occasionally be served with the feet still attached. Pepián, a thick meat and vegetable stew, is a common dish in the area of Antigua (a town just outside of Guatemala City, the country’s capital). Seafood is most common along the coasts, and is usually prepared with various spices.

Other popular dishes are bistec (grilled or fried beef), guacamole (mashed avocado with onions and spices), mosh (porridge), churrasco (charcoal-grilled steak), and chiles rellenos (chiles stuffed with meat and vegetables). Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as yucca, carrots, plantains, celery, cucumbers, and radishes, help to keep the Guatemalan diet healthy.

Guatemalan coffee, which is most often exported, is considered some of the best in the world. Aguas, soft drinks or refrescos, like horchata, jamaica, tamarindo, piña y limonada, are also abundant.