El pan nuestro de cada dí­a (our daily bread)

Rain or not, bread gets delivered

Not too long ago, Pamela, from Tenerife Daily Photo, talked about her bread delivery service and the “blame of the milkman” (interesting post, you should read it). Well, La Antigua has both services, although the milk delivery is disappearing, the bread delivery is very healthy here and throughout Guatemala.

The bread eaten by most Guatemalans is still produced by artisans bakers and because it comes out the ovens twice daily, it needs no preservatives. There are many kinds of bread, but they fall under two categories: desabrido (insipid) and dulce (sweet). In the desabrido category, pan francés (frech rolls) are the most popular (insipid just means not sweet). In the dulce category, champurradas are among the most popular; they look like round discs are a bit hard, like toasts.

I wonder now, how many other daily photo cities have bread delivery?

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  • No such delivery here in Greenville, SC … The only thing healthier might be to walk to the bakery and carry your bread home as is a common scene in France.

  • I love the colors of the buildings too – great shot! I wish there were more shots like that here in Guatemala City!

  • Thanks for the mention and for the links Rudy. WOW, our poor delivery guys wouldn’t be able to manage up hill and down dale on this island, on a push bike!

    This is what I love about our bread: no preservatives. The bread that is delivered in the morning is really past it’s best by afternoon. Some people would call that a disadvantage, but I am really happy to NOT eat chemicals. There are all kinds of variations on the bread here too.

  • Wish we did have bread delivery. Our deliveries are special services provided by businesses, not the small business person. I don’t think we have bread with the same flavor or texture found in your country and others–love the French bread, too.

  • We do not have daily bread delivery. We are lucky that our local grocery store bakes it fresh every day so we can get good loaves, but I’ve started to bake my own frim time to time! (Though I can’t recreate the kinds I love best!)

  • We kinda have bread delivery here in Manila, but just in the mornings…

  • In Jakarta different bread wagons come around in the morning; some are mounted on bicycles and others simply pulled by the bread man. You can actually get a better selection than at the local mini-mart. The carts usually have white bread, whole wheat, chocolate-flavored bread, cheese rolls and other pastries. They have distinctive jingles or sounds they make so you can tell it’s the bread man coming, even if you’re not looking out the window.

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  • Stingray

    You’re being far too kind on Guatemalan bread!

    Sadly most Guatemalans seem to prefer a bread called Bimbo, which tastes just as it sounds…

    Virtually all local bread in Guatemala is produced from processed white flour, and sweetened. Occasionally a locally made pan integral is available, but for a proper loaf I always head to a foreign (German usually) owned deli. Of course Dona Luisa’s has some fine bread