El Salvador Shopping

  • A detail of the stores
    A detail of the stores
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    Grand entrance to the mall
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    Part of the food complex
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El Salvador Shopping

  • Souvenirs from El Salvador

    Sorpresas are made of pottery and has often got the shape of an egg or fruit. You can lift the top off and under it you have the “surprise”, there are tiny figures under the top often showing rural scenes like women washing, weaving or cooking. Sorpresas are made in the village Ilobasco. The ones you see on the picture are on display in Museo...

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  • Tamales

    A Salvadoran-style tamal is essentially a little block of soggy corn jello filled with a green bean or two, some undercooked chucks of potato, and a chicken bone. Real appetizing, no? Prior to the time I spend living in El Salvador, I was only familiar with the firmer, drier (and, in my opinion, superior) Mexican version of the tamal. Eventually,...

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  • Pupusa – It's What's For Breakfast, and...

    Like many small countries, El Salvador has relatively few traditions that it can claim as being uniquely its own (and not just generically Latin American or Central American). Although it's most famous sons and daughters are largely unknown outside the country’s borders, El Salvador does have one peg that it can hang its hat on – the pupusa. It's...

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  • Sorpresas

    Sorpresas are a roundish object such as an egg, apple or similar objects on a little base. Then when you lift the object up there are detailed, little scenes or figures of local daily life. There are ones with a lady at a well or a market scene or a little church scene. Also there are some adult orientated ones. A man and a woman naked together...

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  • Eating Flowers

    One common Salvadoran joke remarks that Salvadorans are so poor that they even eat their national flower (the flor de izote). Other flowers that appear in Salvadoran cuisine include loroco and pitos. Pitos are most frequently cooked either with beans or with eggs, and they are said to have sleep-inducing properties similar to the chemicals...

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  • Marañón Japonés

    Another fruit that I first encountered in El Salvador, the “Japanese cashew fruit” is also known, in Nicaragua, as the “manzana de agua” (water apple). It has a somewhat flowery taste. Worth a try if you happen to find any on sale.

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  • Back to the Fruits

    Another native fruit that might be unfamiliar to many travelers, the paterna can be consumed in a number of ways. The white fuzz that surrounds the seeds can be peeled off and eaten. I’m not sure how to describe the flavor, other than to say that it’s a fairly mild flavor as far as fruits are concerned. The seeds are sometimes thrown into soups,...

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  • August, Time to Buy the Anonas

    The end of July might mean many things to many people in many places. Here in El Salvador, for me the end of July has special significance because I then know that the anona harvest is just around the corner. During each of the past three years, I've spent the better part of July pestering my friend Paty, who lives in the midst of some prime...

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  • Marañón

    Most everyone knows what a cashew is, but perhaps not everyone knows that cashews come attached to a juicy, tasty fruit called the “marañón.” I certainly didn’t know that the marañón existed until I was sent to live in El Salvador. It’s not my favorite fruit, but it’s certainly worth a try, especially when made into a “fresco” (fruit juice-based...

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  • Nances

    One of the many fruits that I came across for the first time in El Salvador is the nance. Generally I'd rather eat dirt than nances – they smell like rotting flesh, and don’t taste much better – but they do serve as the base for a fairly decent moonshine. My friends in La Laguna gave me widely conflicting advice as to how long I should let the...

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  • Piñatas galore

    The central market in San Salvador known as the mercado cuartel is quite a busy place and can be somewhat dangerous so go to the Santa Tecla Market instead. You can find just about everything but still keep an eye on your wallet. The shop keepers will ask you to stop by their stands to see what they have and will invite you to look without feeling...

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  • Gallery of El Salvador's Most Famous...

    Fernando Llort, one of El Salvador's most famous artists has a wonder gallery, restaurant and gift shop that I have visited on three occasions. The original pieces in the gallery range from US$100 to $3000. The prints run less than $100. I bought a framed print in the gift shop for about $47. There are also shirts, tablets, books and ceramic tiles...

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