Another Fabulous Fruit: Carambola

Another Fabulous Fruit: Carambola

For two decades the exotic carambola only appeared in the U.S. as a component of holiday fruit baskets. These days you’ll find them in all the better Stateside grocery stores. Also known as star fruit because of its shape when sliced crosswise, this oddity once grew only in Sri Lanka and the Moluccas. Perhaps a millennium ago it was transplanted […]

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The Night Before Navidad

Santa Claus

‘‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa,
Not a creature was stirring ¡Caramba! ¿Qué pasa? Los niños were tucked away in their camas,
Some in long underwear, some in pijamas, 
While hanging the stockings with mucho cuidado,
In hopes that old Santa would feel obligado, 
To bring all children, both buenos and malos,
A nice batch of dulces and other regalos. […]

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NGO Networking

The Network is the brainchild of Judy Sadlier and Gene Budinger

Written by by John Barrie How the Antigua Network helps connect organizations productively through presentations and one-on-one contacts Another successful meeting of the Antigua Network was held recently in the spacious surroundings of La Peña del Sol Latino in downtown La Antigua Guatemala. The Network is the brainchild of Judy Sadlier and Gene Budinger, two active U.S. retirees who came […]

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Preserving Traditions

Accessories from the Stained Glass Collection, created by association members

Written by Amanda Flayer Cojolya Association celebrates 25 years supporting women weavers in Santiago Atitlán Santiago Atitlán, a bustling indigenous village in the Guatemalan Highlands, has been celebrated by locals and tourists alike for its preservation of backstrap-loom weaving and the traditions surrounding it. An ancient art, backstrap loom weaving is recorded in the artifacts of the Maya. The Goddess […]

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Salvadoran barista championship dominated by women

For two days 16 baristas demonstrated their skills and quality of their espresso-based beverages before an audience of 175 people and a select group of international and national judges. Participants had to prepare 12 drinks in 15 minutes—four espresso, four cappuccino and four signature drinks—and were evaluated by seven judges. Flor de Maria Góchez, from Viva Espresso, won first place […]

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December 2008 in Revue Magazine

Holiday lights (photo: Rudy Girón/www.rudygiron.com)

Our thanks to Rudy Girón, Revue’s own art director and graphic designer, for adding so much holiday cheer on the cover and inside this month’s edition with his photographs. We are introducing a new series: People and Projects, and for December we’d like to tell you about Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala, NGO Networking and the Cojolya Association. The Mystery at Tak’alik […]

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A Smile Goes A Long Way

Dental extraction aided by light from flashlight

Written by Malia Dewse photos: Nate Gerodias and Malia Dewse The Emergency Dental Project is in its fourth year and going strong The impact of small voluntary projects, driven by one or two people with a passion for what they are doing, cannot be underestimated. One such project has provided free written dental examinations, fluoride treatment and emergency extractions to […]

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The Carrera de Charolas

Carrera de las Charolas (Leonel Mijangos/enantigua.com)

Celebrating La Fonda de la Calle Real’s 33rd anniversary with the 7th annual race event — Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. In Spain, during the Festival of San Fermín, stampeding bulls and would-be matadors run wild in the streets of Pamplona, and in Buñol, the Festival La Tomatina is a tomato throwing free-for-all. In La Antigua Guatemala, the Carrera de […]

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A Tribute to Andy Palacio

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The “Garífuna Settlement Day” celebration will travel from Belize to La Antigua Guatemala for a performance at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at Santa Isabel (Carretera a San Bartolomé Becerra) This celebration marks the arrival of the first Garífuna to Belize in 1832 and is celebrated throughout Belize and Central America. Produced by Planeta en Ritmo, the event will pay […]

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Cooking With Class

Instructor Militza de León teaches a new menu every day with hands-on experience (photo: Jack Houston)

Written by Dianne Carofino Where the excuse “I ate my homework” actually works Outdoor dining at its best: under a 130-year-old avocado tree in the walled garden of a La Antigua colonial home. The menu? Traditional Guatemalan dishes: subanik—a four-meat stew with a spicy sauce of puréed roasted tomatoes and red peppers, white-dough tamal to soak up that rich sauce […]

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Another Fabulous Fruit: Anona

Anona is also known as sugar apple.

Known variously as the sugar apple, soursop and cherimoya, this fruit grows in so many regions and varieties that information on it is contradictory. Most sources say there about 2,000 species, all high in carbohydrates, potassium, phosphorous and calcium. The local variety contains a white, custard-like pulp and clusters of dark seeds. The flavor is difficult to describe, but people […]

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16 Year Anniversary: A Retrospective

Rainbow Music Night

RAINBOW CAFÉ and READING ROOM (7a avenida sur #8, La Antigua) Behind every successful business are people who conceived and toiled over it, fretted and rejoiced … Philippa Meyers and Ted Lindland are two such people. Here they are, to share some memories of the Rainbow. Philippa, at age 21, completed a clothing production course at the London College of […]

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Top 10 Children Rentals for November

JennyStar DVD Rentals presents the top 10 children rentals for November* 1» The Chronicles of Narnia 2» Ratatouille 3» Happy Feet 4» Charlie and Chocolate Factory 5» Madagascar 6» Chicken Little 7» Harry Potter and the Gobblet of Fire 8» Robots 9» The Little Mermaid 10» The Incredibles * according to jennystardvd.com

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El Volcán de San Salvador

En armonía con la naturaleza (photo: Gerardo Porras)

Written by Kelly Montes The magic comes without the crowds Many Salvadorans know El Volcán de San Salvador for its proximity to the capital. Just look up from almost anywhere in the city and there it is, dominating the landscape with lush green slopes and silently beckoning you to visit. The Volcano of San Salvador is a community with a […]

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The best Salvadoran coffees land in North American coffee shops

After being milled, packed and shipped with the utmost care, the best of the best is available at the top specialty coffee roasters and coffee shops around the world, particularly in North America. Sold in a record-breaking auction in June, 36 lots of the most sought-after coffee from El Salvador are there for all coffee lovers to enjoy. Some of […]

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November 2008 in Revue Magazine

Carrera de Charolas (photo: Leonel Mijangos/enantigua.com)

There is no doubt that people helping people is what makes the world a better place. A Smile Goes A Long Way by Malia Dewse highlights what a small voluntary project, driven by expertise and passion, can do to put smiles on so many faces. This month’s cover, the photo by Leonel Mijangos, features participants in the annual Carrera de […]

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Messengers in the Wind

Kids flying kites  (photo: Iván Castro/ivancastroguatemala.com)

Written by Ignacio Ochoa The history of kite making in Santiago Sacatepéquez On November 1 and 2, a powerful force stirs in all the towns of Guatemala. Traditional markets are filled with flowers of sempa (orange marigolds), chrysanthemums, wild daisies and the smell of copal—a pre-Columbian incense made from pine resin. People clean family graves and adorn them with cut-out […]

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Another Fabulous Fruit: Green Mango

Green Mango

Scholars believe Buddhist monks took mangoes on voyages from Asia to Persia in the Fourth and Fifth centuries B.C., and that the Persians subsequently took them to Africa in the 10th century. From there the Portuguese introduced them to Brazil during its 16th century colonization of the New World. And from Brazil the mango spread to Central America. Although there […]

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Humane Society International Grant to Support Wildlife Habitat Protection Work in Central America

WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2008) – Humane Society International (HSI) signed a grant with the U.S. Department of State last week for $396,000 to continue work on wildlife habitat protection in Central America. The grant will support the production of sustainable cacao, which is grown on small farms that also provide valuable wildlife habitat for animals such as woodpeckers, sloths, and […]

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La Profecía Maya 2012

Ballet Folklórico dancers perform a dance of symbolic rebirth (photo: Georgeann Johnson)

Written by Elizabeth Hart – photos: Georgeann Johnson It may be difficult to find friends and family outside of Guatemala who know much about the Mayan calendar. But here, the calendar—and especially the significance of its end date in 2012—are regular topics of conversation, as Guatemala’s ancient history was likely a part of the original intrigue for many of us. […]

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Avoiding vs Evading

Written by Steven Pittser A few tips on U.S. taxpaying and IRA accounts “I haven’t filed taxes for six years— ever since I’ve been down here.” That was the comment from my co-expat from the States, who had just bought me a drink at my favorite bar in La Antigua Guatemala. “I have had income every one of those years, […]

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Salvadoran Coffee Excels at Roasters Guild Retreat

Café de El Salvador participated for the second year in a row as a sponsor at the Roasters Guild Retreat’s eighth annual edition August 14-17th in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Roasters Guild is an association of roasters supported by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, which each year gathers roasters from all over the world for three days of activities focusing […]

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October 2008 in Revue Magazine

Let it fly... (photo: Iván Castro/ivancastroguatemala.com)

Though the giant kites won’t be flying until El día de los difuntos (Day of the Dead) on November 1, we’ll be seeing much smaller versions for sale throughout the month; also, there will be kite-making classes and excursion opportunities (make your plans early) on the Day of the Dead to Santiago Sacatepéquez to watch the kites as they soar […]

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The Transformation of the Compañía de Jesús

Main patio at Compañía de Jesús Building by Rudy Girón/rudygiron.com

Offering a wide variety of classes and events under its roof, this restored gem receives some 30,000 visitors annually. In May 1992 Spain and Guatemala signed an agreement that launched the restoration of the historic Compañía de Jesús complex, paving the way for the eventual home of the Centro Iberoamericano de Formación (CIF). Located at 3a calle and 6a avenida […]

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Bridging the Divide

Photos from Cooperative for Education (photos: Mary Graham and Holly End)

In their literacy campaign, Cooperative for Education has established 172 textbook programs, 30 computer centers, 39 mini-libraries and 284 scholarships A country of extremes, Guatemala is a land where breathtaking beauty is inseparable from its harsh reality—53 percent of the population makes less than $2 a day. Especially at risk are the indigenous citizens, who make up 60 percent of […]

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