Nicaragua - People and places

Dyango









What a great offering was given by Dyango last night in the Rubén Darío Theater in Managua, Nicaragua.  He looked tired, aged albeit, but what a voice and what a noble man!  His song was powerful and soul piercing.  No one would dare call him old - Dyango is a classic!  He sang for almost two hours, finishing up with the much solicited "Corazón Mágico" and then a tango encore.  However, one of the more powerful and moving renditions was "Volverte a Ver" and "Cuando quieras, donde quieras".  

He won the crowd over my expressing his admiration and quick love affair with Nicaragua, even hinting that he might buy his own island on the Caribbean Coast, especially when he found out they were being sold for "$100,000".  He said that he ate a cut of Nicaraguan steak that he had never had before - even being a steak lover as much as he is - and loved it!  He sang "Son tus perjúmenes mujer" by the famous Nicaraguan compose/signer Carlos Mejía Godoy.

It was a bitter sweet evening as Dyango's almost 50 years of music performances come to an end.  I'm sure there were some in the sold out Rubén Darío theater that knew very little about Dyango's rich musical repertoire before tonight.  I'm sure they are listening to Dyango today on iTunes....I am!

¡Qué gran regalo nos dio Dyango anoche en el Teatro Rubén Darío en Managua, Nicaragua.  Lucía cansado, aún envejecido, pero ¡qué voz y qué nobleza!  Su cantar era potente y llegó al alma. Nadie se atrevería a llamarlo viejo - Dyango es un clásico! Él cantó durante casi dos horas, terminando con la tan solicitada "Corazón Mágico" y luego un tango en el encore . Sin embargo, una de las más poderosas y conmovedoras interpretaciones fue "Volverte a Ver" y "Cuando Quieras, Donde quieras".

Supo ganar a la multitud expresando su admiración y enamoramiento con Nicaragua, incluso aludió a qué quizá  comprara su propia isla en la costa del Caribe Nicaraguense, especialmente cuando se enteró de que se vendía en "100.000 dólares".  En Managua comió un corte de carne que nunca había probado antes - aún siendo un gran amante de la carne - y ¡le encantó!  Para rematar, cantó "Son tus perjúmenes mujer" del famoso cantautor Nicaraguense Carlos Mejía Godoy.

Una noche de emociones encontradas....llegó a su fin sus casi 50 años de interpretación en el escenario.  Estoy seguro de que hubo algunos en el teatro Rubén Darío que sabía muy poco acerca del rico repertorio musical de Dyango antes de anoche. Estoy seguro de que hoy están escuchando Dyango en iTunes .... yo lo hice!

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The inedible fruit is harvested for its seeds, which contain annatto, also called bixin. It can be extracted by stirring the seeds in water. It is used to color food products, such as cheeses, fish, and salad oil. Sold as a paste or powder for culinary use, used especially in the Nicaraguan famous "pork with yuca".

Esta fruta no comestible se cosecha por sus semillas que contienen annatto, tambien llamado bixin. Se extrae mediante mover las semillas en agua. Luego se ocupa para colorar comida como queso, pescado y aderezo. Se vende como pasta o polvo para uso en la cocina. Es especialmente famoso en Nicaragua por su uso en "chancho con yuca".

Grab a taste of Nicaragua with the Fritanga | Voxxi

Fritanga: An exclusive taste of Nicaraguan food


Nothing calls for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration like a good plate of Latin food –especially when it's abuelita's cooking (but that's whole different story). We do, however, bring you a taste of Nicaragua's "Fritanga."
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VOXXI traveled to colonial city of Leon, Nicaragua to discover more of this mouth-watering dish.
Fritanga is the typical home-style food of Nicaragua. The name 'fritanga' –pronounced "free-tang-ah"– derives from "frito" (Spanish word for fried.) And that's exactly what a fritanga is –everything is fried. Not that healthy, but oh-so-delicious!
Tacos, sausages, chicken, beef, pork, enchiladas, gallo pinto, tortillas, fried cheese, natural juices, desserts, pastries and more are some of the foods that can be found at a fritanga.
"It's the best food of Central America," said Nicol Oconor to VOXXI about Nicaraguan food.
Fritanga is the authentic Nicaraguan cuisine. (Photo: Jessica Lucia Roiz/VOXXI)
Oconor, a chef who has his own Fritanga restaurant in Nicaragua called Bufalo Grill, also said that the people in Nicaragua know how to cook and make everything appetizing.
An authentic Nicaraguan plate consists of gallo pinto (mixed rice and beans), carne asada (roast beef), queso frito (fried cheese), cabbage salad and tortilla.
This typical dish can be found for about $10 in many fritanga businesses in the U.S. (primarily Florida and California). In Nicaragua, it's sold for about $1 to $2 and it's known as "comida corriente."
Whether you buy a plate of fritanga in the states or in the Central American country, there's one law that always applies: They serve a lot of food, and I mean a lot.
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Oconor, whose passion is to cook and has one of the most respectable fritangas in Leon, encourages everyone to grab a taste of the country's authentic food.
"Once you try the Nicaraguan food, you will get a taste of the nation –a beautiful, free and sovereign country," he said. "Nicaragua is a wonderful place because of its food and tourism."
A fritanga in Leon, Nicaragua. (Photo: Jessica Lucia Roiz/VOXXI)

How to make gallo pinto

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of rice
  • 1 pound of red beans
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper (capsicum)
  • Garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
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Recipe

  1. First, boil the red beans (preferably red creole) with water, salt, a head of garlic and one bay leaf.
  2. When beans are cooked, reserve them.
  3. Then cook the rice in the traditional way (first – fry the onion and bell pepper; then, add the rice until it is golden brown and add twice as much water, simmer over high heat).
  4. When most water is evaporated, lower the heat and cover the rice, and cook about 5 minutes.
  5. In a skillet, add oil, onion and beans – let cool for a bit.
  6. Then add the rice and a some bean broth, mix well and cook over medium heat about 8 minutes.
  7. Serve warm. It's great as a side dish or as a main dish with cheese or fried eggs!

The safest country in Central America - Why?

Plaza de la independencia en la ciudad de Gran...
Plaza de la independencia en la ciudad de Granada (Nicaragua) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Lonely Planet Guide has just named it's Top 5 Destinations to Visit in 2015.  Not surprisingly, Nicaragua continues to pile up accolades and is #4 on the list, ahead of Ireland and behind Lithuania.  In addition to the incredible natural beauty and the character of the locals, Nicaragua is also, statistically speaking, the safest country in Central America.  That, of course, might raise some doubtful eyebrows.  However, it is true and very noteworthy.

How did this situation come about?  Note what Ana Quintana, Latin America Research Associate has to say*:

"Studying the Case of Nicaragua

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua share many problems, the same drug-trafficking route, a colonial legacy of underdevelopment and an agrarian economy, 1980s-era conflict and insurgency, as well as weak governance. Unlike the other three countries, however, Nicaragua has so far been immune to high levels of violence. Security strategies adopted during the post-conflict period of the late 1980s and early 1990s paved the way for Nicaragua’s exceptional conditions. Partially because of community policing programs and a demilitarization of domestic security forces, Nicaragua has some of the lowest crime and murder rates in the region. Of tens of thousands of unlawful Central American migrants in 2014, only 194 were Nicaraguan. Although Nicaragua has significant progress to make in democratic governance and economic development, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras should replicate Nicaragua’s successful police reform policies wherever possible."
Putting politics aside, Nicaragua is a great place to visit (and to live if that is what you are investigating)!

*Quote taken from this link.

Costa Esmeralda Airport Begins Construction | Live & Invest Overseas News

Nicaragua's Costa Esmeralda Airport Begins Construction


Nicaragua's international Costa Esmeralda Airport recently became one step closer to becoming reality.
Located near the luxury Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa resort on Guacalito de la Isla, one-and-a-half hours south of Granada and forty-five minutes north of San Juan del Sur, the airport will feature a 1,500-meter long runway, an international terminal, a control tower, and custom and immigration offices.
Corporacion del Sur SA is building the US$12 million project, benefited by tax exemptions from the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism.
According to El Nuevo Diario, the director of promotions and marketing for the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, Ana Carolina Garcia states, "'These flights, whether they be domestic or international, will increase over time, and a lot more people with high purchasing power will come to these sites, which will help investment in our country." In 2014, Nicaragua anticipates collecting US$440 million in tourism revenue. The director of marketing and public relations for the resort, Claudia Silva, claims the airport's construction will directly provide 100 construction jobs and 28 permanent jobs once it is open and operational. Furthermore, other jobs will spin off as a result of increased tourist traffic to the area, according to Silva.
The airport is expected to be complete in one year.