You cannot get more Caribbean than Rice and Beans. —Manolo, Montreal
The Garífunas, the black Guatemalans living in the Caribbean shores of Lívingston and Puerto Barrios, Izabal, make an exquisite meal from rice, beans, coconut milk, tomatoes and herbs. Garífunas called it “Rice and Beans”; yes, in English. This meal has several variations and names in the different Caribbean communities. For instance in Cuba, Rice and Beans dish is known as Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians). Other names include “Gallo Pinto”/Spotted Rooster (Nicaragua and/or Costa Rica) and Casamiento/Marriage (El Salvador and Honduras).
Some people believe that rice and beans is the ultimate comfort food. I agree. Fortunately in Antigua Guatemala we can get the original Garifuna style rice and beans so we don’t have to drive all the way up to Lívingston.
As I have mentioned before, rice and beans are an integral part of the Guatemalan diet, sometimes as side dishes and many more times as the main plate. ¡Buen provecho!
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