Paraguayan Hot Chocolate (Mate Dulce)

When I left home for Peace Corps Paraguay, I packed one sweatshirt. Paraguay, I reasoned, was hot and my research showed that even in the coldest times of year it was in the 50s-60s. With limited space and the daunting task of packing for two years of my life, I opted for one and only…

Why I Love Buenos Aires More Each Time (And Why You Will Too)

When I started Marissa Makes Food, I wanted to explore two loves: food and travel, and how they overlap (food from travel, traveling for food). I’ve focused a lot on the food aspect, but I’ve really neglected the travel piece! Starting now, I’m going to focus on at least one travel-related post per month. And…

Costa Rican Portabello Burger with Cilantro-Lime Aioli

Have you ever bought an unusual condiment for a recipe, only to find it slowly growing old in your fridge? This was definitely the case with my bottle of Costa Rican Salsa Lizano, which I bought to make Gallo Pinto. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good rice and beans, but I also…

Savory Paraguayan Pancake (Mbejú)

Fall is officially here. Does the cooler weather have you craving comfort food? Perhaps something cheesy and carby, or a break from all that pumpkin? If you’re in the mood for a new favorite comfort food, mbejú will surely hit the spot. When I packed for two years of Peace Corps Paraguay, I didn’t think…

Chipa (Paraguayan Cheese Bread)

If there’s one food that defines my two years in Paraguay, it’s chipa. A bagel-shaped bread, chipa is a savory, dense snack food that tastes unique to the American palette. That’s probably because its main ingredients, which include the local staples of cassava flour and Paraguayan cheese, aren’t part of the American diet. The word…

Costa Rican Rice & Beans (Gallo Pinto)

It’s 6am and you begrudgingly roll out of bed. A rooster crows; the sun peeks up on the horizon. As you stumble out of your bedroom, there’s a sizzling noise and the smell of breakfast wafts through the air. You’re served a heaping platter of rice and beans, eggs, fried plantains, and if you’re lucky,…

A Paraguayan Christmas

How do you celebrate the holidays? There are so many different ways that we celebrate at the end of a calendar year, whether it’s unwrapping presents under a tree, eating delicious food, making resolutions, or simply spending time with our loved ones. And every family has its own traditions that represent an intersection between the…