Food and Drink
Whilst San Sombrèro may not be the food-lovers ultimate destination, it is possible to eat well – and cheaply – throughout the country. Traditional San Sombrèran food (criollo) takes a range of culinary influences – Spanish, African, indigenous – and basically adds coconut. Fish (pescado) and chicken (pollo) are the most common meats, closely followed by rabbit (rodekil).
In general, San Sombrèrans love their food and nutritionists will rate every dish for not only its energy value and fat content, but also its potential aphrodisiac qualities.
It’s not easy eating meat-free in San Sombrèro as even simple vegetable dishes will often have meat added to ‘improve’ them. Rice and beans are routinely fried in animal fat or boiled in stock that has had an animal bone or organ added for extra flavour. Even so-called ‘vegetarian’ restaurants will generally include chicken on the menu. If stuck, your best bet is to simply drink bottled water (although avoid Agua Toro as it may contain small amounts of beef stock)
The most common vegetable is the platano viando, a variety of plaintain that is generally steamed until tender, a process that can take up to 15 years.
Quick Tip In restaurants, be wary of ordering a ‘kids meal’ – this will often involve baby goat.