During our month in Guatemala, we weren’t overly impressed with food options. Seeing as Mexico, home to one of the worlds greatest cuisines, is right next door; we were surprised to find that the food scene was lacking. Not to say it wasn’t around, it just wasn’t as prevalent as it’s neighbour to the North.
Santa Ana, El Salvador. Most travellers come here for two reasons: to stay at one of the best hostels in Central America, or to hike the incredible volcano just outside of town.
We did neither.
Juayua is a small village on the Ruta de la Flores in El Salvador, a popular tourist route consisting of several small villages in the cool highlands of the Northwestern edge of the country. Aside from the main pull with backpackers of the hikes to surrounding waterfalls in the area, our reason for visiting Juayua was much more specific.
The torta: essentially just the name given to any Mexican sandwich. During our time in Oaxaca, this was one of the first foods we immediately fell in love with, and has remained one of our top choices when grabbing a bite on the side of the road. This is one of those comfort foods that you eat without remorse: forget about caloric intake, don’t bother counting carbs, or getting enough ‘green’ in your meal.
Some pretentious food types and Chefs will proclaim that condiments are a cop-out, that if the cooks really knew what they were doing, the eater wouldn’t need to add anything more. As an occasionally pretentious food type and former Chef myself, I can attest to this fact.
From high-end restaurants, to cramped, smoke-filled markets and late-night street carts, finding a bite to eat is never an issue. Whether your searching for roasted chicken in complex moles, to charcoal grilled beef, or sandwiches overflowing with greasy chorizo, you’ll get your fix.