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Chocolate Black Bean Cake
Chocolate Black Bean Cake

The black beans in this recipe helps keeps this cake, enriched with cocoa powder, incredibly moist. Perfect for making ahead, it is even better after it has sat for a day.


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Food and Faith in La Antigua, Guatemala Main
Food and Faith in Antigua, Guatemala

If you want to see Easter done right, you need to head to one of two places – Seville, Spain or La Antigua, Guatemala. Luckily, I call the latter my home, and I am about to experience my first Semana Santa in, arguably, the biggest Easter week celebration in the world.

While the Semana Santa tradition was brought over to Guatemala from Spain, Guatemalan citizens have made this Easter celebration a source of national pride, with the help of well-organized church groups called hermandades.


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Avocado and White Bean Milkshake
Avocado and White Bean Milkshake

Avocados in milkshakes are quite popular in Peru, and the addition of white beans gives this snack a little more substance.


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Aguachiles: 3 Spicy Mexican Ceviches

Put your favorite Mexican beer on ice - aguachiles are meant to make you sweat! While both Central and South America are known for their penchant towards combining the freshest seafood from their shores with bitingly sour lime juice, it's the heat in aguachiles that makes this ubiquitous bite distinct from other types of ceviche.


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Aguachiles with White Fish and Plantains
Aguachiles with White Fish and Plantains

This Mexican ceviche takes it's cue from a classical Peruvian preparation and blends the irresistable combination of tangy lime soaked fish with sweet plantains, juicy tomatoes, and bright cilantro.


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Aguachiles with Shrimp, Cucumber and Avocado
Aguachiles with Shrimp, Cucumber and Avocado

In this recipe, thin shrimp halves are marinated with tangy lime, chiles and sharp red onion before being piled on crisp cooling cucumber and creamy avocado slices.


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Aguachiles with Rock Shrimp and Radishes
Aguachiles with Rock Shrimp and Radishes

Fiery chiles are the perfect counterpart to lime drenched sweet shrimp and crisp sharp radishes in this easy version of a classic Guatemalan ceviche.


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Latin Twist: Granola Bars
Granola Bars: The Latin Edition

You know the feeling. An early happy hour with the ladies from the office turned into dinner which turned into after dinner drinks. Now, its 8:00 am and you're still hitting the snooze button. Breakfast is, without a doubt, the hardest time to pack in a balanced, healthy meal. Who has the time to prepare it, and who wants to be up early in the morning to do so? But fear not, the solution lies not in Egg McMuffins or microwave breakfast burritos. The answer is granola bars.


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Coconut and Macadamia Granola Bars

Guatemala produces some of the best macadamia nuts in the world. Here, the natural combination of macadamia nuts and coconut makes you feel like you have been transported straight to the tropics.


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Chocolate and Chile Granola Bars

This recipe was inspired by the rustic, spicy chocolate bars made in the traditional manner by Mayan families in Guatemala. Add as much chile as you require to feel the heat!


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