Thursday, February 17, 2011
Our judges welcome us to the "After Party".
Is this a "4.5" or "5.0"?
Under the scrutiny of Judges...
Cocoa powder "heart".
Cappuccino and a pecan macadamia nut pie.
A Lion - after the foam has been "tested".
A super secret tiramisu recipe from Italy.
I prefer to give the first day pep talk in German to set the tone.
Judges waiting for their turn.
Francisco Palarea, technical judge extraordinaire.
Head Judge Rob Tuttle de Atlanta.
Getting ready to begin.
"Calibrating" with local coffee.
Guillermo, Gabriella, Claudia & Beatriz.
Tech Judge Claudia.
Johanna Rodriguez (s) tastes the coffee.
My Day One Judging Team: Guillermo Valdez (s), Gabriella De Leon (s), Francisco Palarea (interloper), Beatriz Valdez (s), Yours Truly (h), Claudia Torres (t), Jorge Escobar (t) and Jorge Villacorta (t).
Welcome to Pollo Campero!
Seems that everywhere you turn, there's a Pollo Campero awaiting your arrival. After our unsuccessful attempts to eat Yuca con Chicharron, we were hungry and, surprise! A Pollo Campero was in sight. The question: wait until we get back to San Salvador and eat at the Campero across from the hotel or eat now. Now wins every time.
Should I ever decide to live in Guatemala, El Salvador or Nicaragua, I can rest assured that fried chicken will never be far away.
Salsa Tomate a.k.a. Ketchup.
Campero Cole Slaw - weird.
Chicken fingers - kinda processed.
Nuggets - tasty!
Pizza Bikinis - literally.
Ice cream but no sundae.
Eager to increase our pace, Francisco switches with Don Angel.
We never did try the Yuca con Chicharron.
Yet another cultural monument we were kicked out of.
Che Guevara estaba aqui...
This is a God, but I don't remember which God.
Lago de Coatepeque
Hombres y El Lago.
The lake is actually a caldera.
Camilo ponders sweets for his many chicas.