A Nicaraguan Breakfast at Pinolandia
|Fried cheese front and center, and sweet plantains, chorizo eggz, rice and hot sauce clockwise from there.|
Pinol is made of crushed corn kernels, herbs, and flavorings. The dueño of Pinolandia told us, "Es un nombre de pais nosotros, de Nicaragua. Se lo viene de pinol. Se sale de maiz. Es un polvo como chocolate." (It's a name from our country. From Nicaragua. It comes from pinol, made with corn, a powder like chocolate).
Early this morning we had a traditional breakfast of chorizo eggs, gallo pinto rice, sweet plantains, fried cheese, and hot sauce.
We did breakfast because Pinolandia is no secret and a line snaking through the interior and out the front door is common between noon and midnight.
Fritanga worker Herman Berrios says their carne asada (grilled meat), about a $6 meal, is by far the top selling item.
The La Paz Centro native concedes business is good, but despite his easygoing, good humored nature the layer of sweat, grease, and smoke residue covering his face, shirt and pants after a long shift at the fritanga betrays the underlying strain of popularity. In a quick over the counter conversation after his shift meal and Milca soda he says "So many people man; it's crazy. What am I T-Pain?"
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