If there was one item I was absolutely going to have in Honduras, it was going to be a Baleadas. Looking much like a quesadilla, this calorie bomb is one of the ubiquitous fast breakfasts foods in the land where breakfasts would more likely send me right back to bed.
Remember this menu item from Churrasqueria Momo's?
And even though the Missus ate a Baleadas at Momo's, I wanted to try one from a "Caseta" (food stand). And this pretty busy one seemed to fill the bill:
After a glance at the three item "menu" was there any question what I'd be ordering? "Full toys" of course!
The Missus was kind enough to do the ordering, while I took photos. Like a typical quesadilla, the base of the baleadas is a flour tortilla.... a very large flour tortilla, which is heated on the comal (griddle):
First up is a large smear of frijoles (beans - in this case black beans), a smear of mantequilla, which in this case is not butter or lard, but a very rich sour cream. Next up the huevos (eggs), and then a huge ladle of chorizo, swimming in a pan of grease. Everything is topped off with avocado and a good amount of grated queso duro (a hard white cheese). I wish I could have a photo for you, but everything happened so quickly, that I couldn't keep up.
I was also going to take a picture of the Baleadas being consumed, but the grease just dripped down my arm off my elbows. It is without a doubt a calorie-cholesterol bomb, and like many of that category, it was pretty tasty; salty, greasy, messy, mildy spicy.......... I didn't eat until dinner, and I still wasn't very hungry.
Our shuttle back to Antigua had only three passengers. The Missus and I, and a young lady from Canada who was teaching English in Honduras. During our conversation the young lady mentioned that everyone of the foreign teachers have gained weight, some up to thirty pounds while in Honduras. When we asked how this happened, her answer was short and to the point..... "Baleadas"!