Honduras is number 34 out of my goal of 50 countries in one year! Luckily I just have to eat the food, not visit the country! 1 bonus point for being on track with my goal!
New Friend to Blog
My point system for rating dining adventures clearly makes no sense. I give bonus points for bringing a new person to the blog...but I can't remember how many I generally give. I might give more points if I had a hard time convincing a friend to come on an adventure...or I might give an extra point if a friend came from out of town. But how about a new twist? Let's consider how Cheryl and I even became friends.
Our dear mothers were roommates for a few years at a Silverado Senior Living. Alzheimer's isn't something I usually bring into my dining blog, but I'm always looking for positive ways to look at this sad disease. And I think I'm going to give this dining adventure 5 bonus points for the positive thought that Alzheimer's brought our mother's together...and our mother's brought us together as friends...and here we are together, outside of a Honduran restaurant!
A People Encounter in Spanish
I always attempt to make a food outing more enjoyable by meeting people. However, it's difficult when I don't speak the same language!
Our server Jessica (who is from Honduras) spoke only a little English, so Don and Cheryl's husband, Bob did most of the talking. In fact I'm not really sure what Bob and Jessica were talking about much of the time. But I do know by the time we were ready to leave, Jessica and I were exchanging email addresses and I promised her I would start learning Spanish.
5 Bonus Points for Jessica's good humor and patience with us!
Different than Mexican Dining
There are numerous countries on my list that serve some kind of Latin American food. So I have to try hard to find things that make this experience different. 2 bonus points for Honduran beer! And 2 bonus points for the complimentary cheese topped bean dip (heated in crock) with chips (served in something besides a plastic wicker basket)! No salsa at this restaurant.
This is just one of many dishes we ordered to share! These are Chancletas Hondurenas! (Pear squash stuffed with cheese) It came with rice, beans, salad and plantain. These moist, floppy, cheesy treats were a nice balance with the Lomito de Res Asado (grilled beef plate) that we also ordered. But I especially loved the Baleadas! These are similar to quesadillas, but softer and more gooey...in a good way! We tried the avocado filled (the best) and one with scrambled egg, cheese and avocado. Portions were huge and we left full. 5 Points for real Honduran food!
No cropping on this photo, so you can see the movement of folks around us. For lunch time, this was a busy place on East Bellaire. 3 bonus points for a nice energy in the cafe. We were surrounded by the Spanish language. There were families with children and workmen and even an old woman in a shawl who looked like she had just arrived from Honduras. The bar looked pretty flashy for such a small place, and I'm sure it was jammed a few hours later when karaoke began.
...there was plenty to look at around the cafe. There were about 5 TVs playing soccer matches and cartoons. (luckily no sound, because we were hollering a bit over the music already) And there were 3 big murals on the wall. I do like to see a flag or a photo or something that tells me about the country. So I have to give 2 bonus points for the Mayan Mural!
Fun experience at Honduras Maya! TOTAL of 25 POINTS!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.