Banana bread may not be the first that comes to mind when you think of Guatemala, and believe me I was just as surprised, but Antigua has some of the best banana bread I've ever tasted!!
Around the corner from our hotel (which isn't worth linking, business hotels never are) was a beautiful little cafe with an open courtyard and a really 'old timey Guatemala' feel about it. Like everything in Antigua, Doña Luisa Xicotencatl is very colonial looking and has a bit of a long history. It's where families seem to spend their evenings, chatting over coffee and banana bread while the grandparents doze in their chairs and the children run around and around the table. It's also unusual because it has an upper floor - most restaurants don't because of the constant earthquakes which do have a pesky habit of waking you up at night when they're really minor, and knocking down the occasional building when they're really bad.
I was more than a little tempted by the smell of the bakery out front, so one day when my colleagues and I went to dinner at the cafe, I just ordered a hot chocolate and ate half a loaf of banana bread for dinner.
"Hey Freya, how's that wedding diet going?" you might ask...
"Let's not talk about it" I would respond.
Doña Luisa Xicotencatl is definitely where the locals hang out, so you know it's good. I wouldn't say it's amazing for a proper meal, but it's not to be missed if you're really craving banana bread - which is pretty much on my list of constant cravings.