Sunday, February 12, 2006

I'm not kiddin it's like an orange on a toothpick

What luck! Coming back from Suchitoto today we happened across the largest cauliflower in the world. It was returning after winning the contest that I can only assume took place somewhere in the west of El Salvador. Not only was it the largest, it was also the smartest; it was able to give us directions through San Martin in order that we could avoid a FMLN party.

Suchitoto was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. It was the original capital of El Salvador until it was moved to the present-day, San Salvador, located in the Valle de las Hamacas (Valley of the Hammocks). It is well worth the visit for the beautiful, church, colonial buildings and the excellent restaurant "Los Almendros de San Lorenzo".

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Sunday, February 05, 2006

ZICO... even better than the real thing

ZICO takes water to a whole new level
ZICO is 100% pure coconut water with natural flavor essences. With five essential electrolytes, more potassium than a banana, low acidity, no fat, no sugar added, and no cholesterol, ZICO is the natural, refreshing way to hydrate and replenish. Drink a ZICO and live it.

On the way to the town of Panchimalco, in the outskirts of San Salvador, a local coconut seller was able to give us the perhaps even more natural equivalent to ZICO. Although it did not come in a blue carton, he swore that it was just as natural as its stateside competitor.

He didn´t have any graphs demonstrating its beneficial effect on the human body, neither could he quote any suitably firey slogan. He must have sensed my scepticism as he immediately tried to prove the heritage of his product. He told us how each morning he climbs the nearby trees (think of this as the local convenience store) and picks choice coconuts. He loads these into his van and spends the day selling to the locals and random Irish people that stumble his way.

Whilst he was not able to produce any certificates to back up his somewhat extravagant claims, he did have a large knife so I thought it best to agree. Since going to his retail outlet, I have been impressed at the size of his franchise; travelling through El Salvador and even into Guatemala I have seen a number of his roadside shops...

If you aren´t lucky enough to have a conveniently available coconut tree, you can buy ZICO online at

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