I met Paula soon after moving into Madrid’s Literary Quarter, as she had applied for a job as a tour guide on our Madrid Food Tours. Lucky for me she ended up becoming a great employee, neighbor, cat sitter and, most importantly, friend! Despite her Guatemalan upbringing, Paula’s already been living in Spain for over 10 years and knows the food scene in and out.
Over the years we worked together, Paula was the person I’d call for restaurant recommendations, and when she started her freelance writing career I immediately subscribed to all of her posts, following her on Twitter and Instagram as well. I still stalk her feed for new ideas and places to visit! So for today’s edition of Comfort Food Fridays we are going to Guatemala, where the food sounds amazing (and you can always trust Paula!).
Full name: Paula Móvil
Blogging at: Plateselector.com
Hometown: Guatemala City
What foods do you associate with “home”?
When I think of “home” and food several things come to mind, but the main memory I get is of those Sunday family lunches. We would begin with tortillas de maíz (corn tortillas) stuffed with homemade guacamol (without the ‘e’ on the end!) made with avocados, lemon juice, salt, pepper, tomato and onion. We would then add chicharrones (similar to Spanish torreznos or pork rinds), carnitas (huge ones!) and chojín (sliced radish, tomato, onions, mint, lemon, chicharrones and salt). All washed down with Gallo beer and micheladas (made with tomato/Clamato/V8 juice, lemon, salt, Lea & Perrins, Tabasco and pepper).
Afterwards we would all sit down and begin eating carne asada (grilled meats) made on the barbecue, moronga (blood sausage), chirmol (a tomato sauce for the meat), chiltepes to spice things up a bit (a pepper we put on absolutely everything). Whenever I go back home the first thing I ask for though is for a home made cocido. It is a stew with güisquil (chayote), potatoes, carrots, turnip, cabbage, corn, and meat.
What comfort food do you most miss while traveling?
Randomly enough, a caña* haha! It’s not food but it is an important thing of my everyday life at home, that I usually miss everywhere I travel.
*A caña is a small Spanish beer!
What’s a new comfort food you’ve discovered during your travels?
Papaya King and In-N-Out Burger. I know they are not comfort foods but I cannot stop thinking about them after coming back from the US.
Haha, you need to come visit my family next time for some clam chowder and lobster!
What comfort foods are you craving today?
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