Originally published on August 22, 2015.
Travel El Salvador in 26 Days: Photo Album. I came back from El Salvador on May 22, 2015, after spending 26 wonderful days in my native country. I ate like a Pipil queen, saw my family, traveled the country, uncovered history, made new precious friends, got some press for my cookbook, and I even cooked on live TV. Here is the photo album from the trip, I thought that you may like to see it, enjoy.
Above is the inside of Santa Ana’s Cathedral, one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in the world. Below, I am standing on the side of this magnificent church.
Eating street food from a vendor in “El Redondel” in El Palmar area in Santa Ana. This is the neighborhood where I grew up. Below is a mango tree, look how it grows with abandonment. Wish I could find mangos like these in Los Angeles, sweet and juicy.
Tazumal is an archaelogical site in Chalchuapa, Ahuachapan. According to experts, it was built around 400 AD. I spent my childhood playing in this sacred and ancient architectural complex. http://www.fundar.org.sv/tazumal.html#museo
Yuca with Fritada, curtido and salsa. The fritada contains crispy pieces of pigs ears, cheeks and snout. Chalchuapa is famous for their yuca dish.
Above with my cousin Cecilia. She worked for the American Embassy for close to thirty years, her English is flawless. Below, at El Salvador Legislative Assembly, getting a big welcome and support for my work and cookbook, with the distinguished President of the Assembly Sigfrido Reyes and Francis Zablah deputy from La Libertad. It was an honor to be there.
Shopping in San Salvador for aromatic herbs for Chicken or Hen Soup. Below, eating a pupusa revuelta.
Below, handcrafted cheese at Mercado Merliot.
On our way to La Union we saw these cattle crossing the road.
Future Salvadoran Chefs getting ready to cook at the 7th annual seafood festival in Puerto La Union. The food was delicious. Below, talking about food with other festival participants.
With the Golfo de Fonseca beauty queen and the former mayor of Conchagua, he was my private guide.
Getting the ingredients ready for a “coctel de conchas” Below, a local lady eating a delicious lobster soup before the seafood festival started.
This is the oldest church in El Salvador, Santiago Apostol in Conchagua, La Union, it was built in 1693. I want to live in this town! Below is the Lions Park, across the street from the church.
Seafood soup, one of the many delicious meals I enjoyed while visiting El Salvador. I also had the best chocolate ganache tart in my whole life at Punto restaurant inside the Art Museum, MARTE. http://marte.org.sv/
Inside the museum and the outside of the building. I highly recommend it, the art collections are magnificent.
In Joya de Ceren, a #UNESCO World Heritage Site in#elsalvador, c. AD 600, preserved by volcanic ash, just like #Pompeii in Italy. Archaelogists uncovered plants like corn, cacao, avocados, beans, agave, guayaba and much more! I love El Salvador.
With my friend, Dr. Maria Martha de Santana and her beautiful daughters at a Chinese restaurant in San Salvador. Below with chef Danilo Alvarado.
In San Salvador, in front of my hotel, with the beautiful, talented and smart Cris Melendez, award-winning actress, producer and director. Her latest film “La Rebusqueda” won the Indiefest award of excellence. Thank you Cris for everything. http://theindiefest.com/?page_id=370
Here with two awesome and beautiful women, Violeta Rivas, she is part of my Delicious El Salvador team and my new friend Mayra Zetino. We were at Mexican embassy in San Salvador. I love El Salvador, but what I miss the most are the people. Below, cooking live on the number one morning tv show “Viva La Mañana” with hosts, Luciana Sandoval and Daniel Rucks.
With Jose Calderon, host of “Que Mañana” on Super Estrella 94.1 fm, and chef Norma Schuler. My first live radio interview.
Buy my cookbook, Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking.