Atol de elote for the refacción

Rudy Giron: AntiguaDailyPhoto.com &emdash; Atol de Elote from Guatemala

Who wants atol de elote right about now? I make home and office deliveries!

Refacción or the shorten refa is the Spanish word we use in Guatemala for snack time. By law, you must be given two 15-minute refacción periods, one in the morning and another one in the afternoon. Refacción, however, is much more than a governmental mandate, it’s a Guatemalan cultural institution based on tradition.

Refacción is the time to gather around the atol de elote or atol blanco or whatever atol is available, along the tostadas, chuchitos, rellenitos, dobladas, and catch up with one another or simply to spread the latest gossip read on Facebook. It’s kind of like a real social network, if you know what I mean.

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