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not restaurants, are pop-up atolerias (hot drink stands) that sell snacks to passers-by. Ceviche is offered to pedestrians from the back of pickup trucks. The chiclero (chicklets man) is a very small stand on street corners selling chewing gum, candy and smaller items than the bigger tiendas. The solo vendor and entrepreneur roams the streets and offers his merchandise at every chance he gets. People in Guatemala love to bargain, and all of these vendors represent that opportunity for many shoppers. Specialized tiendas sell artisan confections and candies, chocolate, cheese, milk and cream. The larger, general tiendas offer anywhere between edible staple items to toys and even clothes. The hybrid essence of tiendas is a unique and well-established cultural trait targeting the needs of multiple income levels, from the poor to the more affluent. Next time you visit Guatemala, observe the tiendas in detail and notice their offerings. A certain camaraderie takes place, as buyers are often recurring customers who rely on the tienda for their daily needs. Once upon a time, mercados and tiendas were the usual places to shop for edible goods, and the supermarket was more of an afterthought or luxury. Nowadays, many people center their purchases at one-stop-shops and visit grocery stores more often because of convenience, but the less affluent still rely on what was established long ago. 56

Here’s a festive recipe to celebrate tiendas.


Recipe by Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard (

Serves 2 2 russet or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, diced 2 carrots, peeled, diced 1 yellow onion, sliced 1 tbsp. olive oil ½ tsp. thyme 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Garnish: peas, chopped hardboiled egg, parsley *Cook the potatoes and carrots, separately, al dente *SautÊ the onion in olive oil until transparent, about 1 minute *Add cooked vegetables to the pan with the onion, thyme, and season with vinegar, salt & pepper *Garnish

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