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            Food culture in Aruba

            (Oranjestad)  -  Like  many  you  may  also  find  many
            other  cultures,  an  impor-  snack trucks and cafes that
            tant  aspect  of  the  Aruban  sell  sandwiches,  pastechis
            cultural identity is our con-  (meat  pie),  arepas  and
            nection  to  food  and  food  empanadas  early  in  the
            traditions.  The  local  food  morning.
            traditions consist of a melt-
            ing pot of different cultural  Main Meal
            and religious eating habits  The  main  meal  is  typically
            and dishes.                  eaten  in  most  households
                                         around  noon  or  in  the  af-
            Breakfast, lunch and dinner  ternoon. This can consist of
            The  routine  of  breakfast,  meat,  fish,  and  chicken—
            lunch  and  dinner  on  the  stewed  or  fried—with  fun-
            island is one that does not  chi  (polenta)  or  rice  with
            completely  follow  a  Euro-  stewed  vegetables.  Often,
            pean or American routine,  fried  or  boiled  plantain
            despite  the  major  influ-  or  pan  bati  (Aruban  pan-
            ences  from  these  parts  of  cake) is included. Stews are
            the  world  on  our  culture  a  staple  in  Aruban  cuisine   Dinner Time
            and  way  of living.  When it  and  can  are  largely  influ-  Dinner time can vary signifi-
            comes to the three impor-    enced  by  Latin-American    cantly  from  household  to
            tant meals of the day, most  and  Latin/Afro-Caribbean    household.  Unlike  the  U.S.
            of  the  Aruban  population  Stews.  Some  of  the  more   or  in  Europe,  dinner  time
            follows a Latin-American in-  unique  stews  and  soups   typically  does  not  consist
            fluenced routine.            from  the  ABC  Islands*  in-  of a whole (warm) meal. In-
                                         clude  sopi  di  bonchi  cora   stead, the evening “meal”
            Breakfast                    (red kidney bean soup with   can  typically  consist  of
            Breakfast  in  Aruba  is  quite  pig  tail),  sopi  mondongo   something  lighter,  like  a
            simple:  a  cup  of  coffee  (tripe  soup),  carni  stoba   sandwich,  though  it  is  not
            or  tea,  some  bread,  and  (beef  stew),  comcomber     uncommon to see leftovers
            sometimes  an  egg.  Some-   stoba (West Indian gherkin   from the main meal reheat-
            times,  due  to  the  need  of  stew) and much more.      ed  and  eaten  again.  Tea
            a  quick  “to-go”  breakfast,                             and  coffee  are  often  also
                                                                      served  with  the  evening

                                                                      (Religious) Holidays
                                                                      Christmas  is  probably  the
                                                                      biggest global holiday, and
                                                                      every  culture  has  its  own  cial  holiday  dishes,  along  sold  at  local  snack  trucks
                                                                      spin on what their Christmas  with stuffed turkey, roasted  and  cafes,  often  located
                                                                      cuisine entails. In Aruba, our  glazed  ham  topped  with  on the side of the road. In
                                                                      Christmas  cuisine  is  again  pineapples, arroz con pollo  the area of Tanki Leendert
                                                                      largely  based  on  Latin-   (rice and chicken) and po-   and Tanki flip, for example,
                                                                      American  influences,  most  tato  salad,  among  other  there  are  many  of  these
                                                                      notably  form  Venezuela.  items.  Traditional  drinks  in-  trucks  parked  on  the  side
                                                                      Ayacas  and  the  famous  clude ponche crema (Aru-        of the road and often open
                                                                      pan  di  ham*  are  two  cru-  ban  eggnog),  chuculati  until late at night—offering
                                                                                                   pinda  (hot  chocolate  with  tasty and filling snacks post
                                                                                                   peanut butter), and home-    night-life fun.q
                                                                                                   made fruit punch. Desserts
                                                                                                   include,  bolo  di  pistachio  *ABC  Islands:  Aruba,  Bo-
                                                                                                   (pistachio  cake),  bolo  di  naire and Curacao
                                                                                                   cashupete (cashew cake),
                                                                                                   quesillo  (flan),  bolo  preto  *Pan di ham: Derived from
                                                                                                   (dark  fruit  cake),  drigidek  the  Venezuelan  Pan  de
                                                                                                   (gingerbread),  pan  boyo  Jamon  (rolled  up  bread
                                                                                                   (bread cake) and more.       with ham, raisins and olives)
                                                                                                                                *Saco: Saco literally means
                                                                                                   Snacks and tasty delights    “bag”. Saco contains fried
                                                                                                   Besides  meals  and  dishes  potatoes,  plantains,  chick-
                                                                                                   that are eaten on the din-   en (and ribs) and a Johnny
                                                                                                   ner table, Aruba also has a  cake,  served  in  a  paper
                                                                                                   food tradition that includes  bag.
                                                                                                   snacks and other tasty de-
                                                                                                   lights  that  you  may  eas-  Source:  Voeding,  voedings-
                                                                                                   ily  find  around  the  island.   gewoonten  en  gerechten  op
                                                                                                   These  include,  Saco*,  bas-  Aruba  (Nutrition,  Food  Tradi-
                                                                                                                                tions and Dishes on Aruba) by
                                                                                                   ket, pastechi, kroket, dedi-    Biblioteca Nacional Aruba
                                                                                                   tos, Johnny cake and more.
                                                                                                   These  snacks  are  usually
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