Doors of Antigua Guatemala – Photos

doors of Antigua Guatemala

Doors are a favorite subject of casual and professional photographers who visit Antigua Guatemala. Unlike your typical suburban home in the US, big front yards are rare here. Houses in Antigua, built in the colonial style brought by the Spanish, are full of mystery. Unless you’re invited into a home, or happen to catch a peek inside as someone makes their way into or out of the home, it’s often impossible to tell what’s exactly behind every wall.

Doors of Antigua

Houses in Antigua, built in the colonial style brought by the Spanish, are full of mystery. Unless you’re invited into a home, or happen to catch a peek inside as someone makes their way into or out of the home, it’s often impossible to tell what’s exactly behind every wall.

doors of Antigua Guatemala

Door in Antigua Guatemala

For this month, I’ve chosen to feature one of the many interesting doors in Antigua. This door, in particular, belongs to a once-abandoned home, located in the corner of 3ra Calle Poniente and 6a Avenida Norte.

Judging by ongoing work at this location for the past couple months, it’ll likely be the home of a brand-new Taco Bell or some other nonsense – “progress” they call it.

Update: Nope! I was wrong… a year after I wrote this, the new Taco Bell opened just a half block away from Parque Central in another restored home (4a Calle Poniente #18). See the video below to check it out.

There’s beauty in old age and there’s still time to see it in Antigua’s magnificent buildings – before they’re converted into a Starbucks or Pizza Hut, both which have yet to arrive in Antigua.

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Flan Antigüeño: A 100% Antigua Guatemala Dessert

Flan Antigueño - Posada de Don Rodrigo

Can a dessert be trademarked? In the case of the Flan Antigüeño™, the answer is yes – trademarked only in Central America, but trademarked nonetheless.

The “flan Antigüeño” has been around for almost 100 years, as a local dish. It wasn’t until 1981 when it was finally commercialized by Mayra Córdoba, who was at the time married to the owner of Posada de Don Rodrigo (Calle del Arco #17).

It was at Don Rodrigo where I managed to taste the dessert, since the restaurant that bills itself as the home of the dish, Mamma’s (run by the creator of the dessert herself and now open at its new location on 5a Avenida #14), was closed at the time. Casa de Los Leones, Posada de Don Rodrigo’s location, has a beautiful terrace and is as good a setting as any to try this Antigua classic.

Flan Antigueño - Posada de Don Rodrigo
Flan Antigueño – Posada de Don Rodrigo

The Flan Antigüeño is – as most things in Antigua – a wonderful mix of Spanish and Maya heritage. First off is the egg custard, the top layer, a Spanish dessert made possible in Guatemala by the introduction of domestic chickens to the Americas and vanilla, essential ingredients.

The bottom layer is, in my opinion, the star, as it features candied fig, chilacayote (a regional type of squash that’s similar in taste and texture to sweet potato), along with camote (sweet potato).

All this on top of a thin, cake-like layer at the bottom. Sprinkled with powdered cinnamon, I also detected bits of candied orange peel, which the server swore up and down was not present. Maybe that’s their trade secret since I wasn’t able to find the recipe online anywhere.

Flan Antigueño - Posada de Don Rodrigo
Cinnamon sprinkles – Flan Antigueño

Personally, I thought the dessert was great, while my wife thought it was a bit too sweet. I have a sweet tooth, so you’ll have to judge for yourself. Serve chilled, my wife thought it would pair nicely with a strong cup of black coffee.

The dessert itself is expensive – Q35/$5USD, when compared to the price of the average dessert in Guatemala. But then again, everything is pricey at Posada de Don Rodrigo.

If you’re in Antigua, don’t miss this classic dessert and other great Guatemala dishes.

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Have you tried Flan Antigüeño?
How was it?