As soon as I found out that Managua, Nicaragua was a cheap, two-hour flight from Houston, I booked a quick trip. Tomorrow I head south and plan to hit Managua, San Juan del Sur, Granada, León, and, if it ever stops raining, a sustainable coffee farm in Selva Negra.
I am eager to find street stands selling Nicaraguan “weekend food” such as nacatamales: shredded pork, potatoes, garlic, peppers, and fresh tomato covered with masa and cooked in a banana leaf. I plan to do my Bourdain-best and hit every vendor in sight. I’ve consulted with Andrew Zimmern who recommends the roasted wild iguana and bull testicle ceviche, but if you’ve been to Nicaragua I’d love to hear your thoughts. (Extra points: what is the perfect name for a hockey team in Nicaragua? Prize from Nicaragua to the winner. I’m looking at you , Kirk.)