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Jennifer Arce English 114B Rebecca Lawson 16 January 2014 Fieldwork Report The places I went to where Salvadoran

restaurants. I attended one on Friday the 14th and another one on Saturday the 15th of January. Each restaurant was unique, but they both still had the same perspective when it came to authentic Salvadoran food. The menus consisted of traditional food that people in El Salvador ate. It varied from breakfast to dinner. An example of a breakfast would be a tamale with plantains, eggs, beans, and a Salvadorian cream. Lunch and dinner were very much alike. There were options such as pupusas which is a well-known typical Salvadorian plate that consists of a flour tortilla with chicken, pork, beans, or cheese stuffed inside. Other oprions on the menu included chicken, soups, and other authentic Salvadoran treats. The plates that I bought were Salpicon Yuca Frita con Chicharon and a Pupusa de harina de arroz The drink I got was an horchata which is a tradditonal drink as well. This drink is made from either made of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, or tigernuts. The drink has a unique taste, but is very delicious. Its milky and it tastes sweet, but not too sweet. Salpicon, one of the plates I got, is medley which is like a salad and it contains flank steak, onion, oregano, mint leaves, and other ingredients depending on where it is made. The salpicon was served with beans, rice, and a handmade tortilla; it all tasted freshly done. The Yuca frita was served with chicharon which is pork and a tomato sauce on the side. It tasted salty, but the sauce made it taste just right. The pupusa I ate was different because it was a different type of flour. It was rice flour and it has beans and cheese as a stuffing. The rice flavor was apparent as well as the warm

melted cheese beans. The place smeeled like pupusas being fried and you could hear the dood that was sizzling and being cooked. The first place I went to El Jaltepeque was much bigger than the second one. This place didnt have much of an authentic feel other than the food and the music. They had a music player that is typical at Salvadoran restaurants. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays they have a dj from 8pm-12am which is the best part because the dj plays Salvadroan music and people who want to reminisce there times in El Salvador enjoy dancing on the dance floor or just enjoy their food while listening to the traditional music. The second place I went to is called Mi Carbonero. The place was not, too big, but it was not too small either. It was just the right size for people to come in on a daily basis. The tables are like the ones that you see in El Salvador. Theyre not too fancy. There were green tables around the restaurant and brown wooden tables in the middle of the restaurant. There are not many things on the table other than salt and a tapatio which is actually a Mexican hot sauce. On the right side there were mirror like pieces hanging on the wall. On the left side there were three paintings/pictures. There was one that was like a Salvadoran map, very colorful. The other two were paintings, one was of flowers and it looked like any regular painting. The second painting was smaller, it was of teo houses and a volcano in the back, most likely representing somewhere in El Salvador and it was by a Salvadorian artist. There where televisions on each corner for the customers to watch. The two places are next to other little stores like liquors, markets, and laundries. The places arent eye-catching. People from outside might view the restaurants like normal Hispanic restaurants. I dont think everyone would be attracted to them because they dont tend to be fancy or look like typical American themed restaurants. They dont have a big theme going on, but signs are usually in Spanish and the people that work there are usually Hispanic. Also most plates are Salvadoran, so it doesnt catch just anyones attention, especially someone who might have

never tried food from El Salvador. I noticed that most of the people that go to these places are Salvadoran or Hispanic/Latinos. These restaurants dont get packed on a normal day, but the usual customers are Latinos because they seem to be a place of comfort to them. Most Salvadoran people that go to these restaurants have lived in El Salvador or have Salvadoran family and they want to remember or have a taste of what El Salvador is like. People dont want to forget their roots and that is a way of keeping them alive. Some people go with their families and others go with friends, but they are all their happy to enjoy their time in company or just to feel like theyre back home. The people who works there are normally Salvadoran or of another Latino descent and they are usually woman. The women that were working at these restaurants were friendly and welcoming. People that have never been to a Salvadoran restaurant might feel awkward at first because they might not know the authentic plates of El Salvador, but they are sure to feel welcome by the workers.