Washington, DC fue el destino elegido por los organizadores, quienes llevan 4 años realizando esta serie de conversaciones motivadoras que nos inspiran a seguir soñando y luchar por nuevas metas.

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Durante la entrevista del el Diario La Nacion, los organizadores de Gramo USA dijeron que quedaron más que satisfechos. El esfuerzo de meses valieron la pena. Los paraguayos, cuyas historias muchas veces desconocemos estando tan lejos, nos demostraron que la conexión nunca se rompe y desde la distancia hacen mucho por el país que los vio nacer. Los jóvenes residentes en Washington armaron una red maravillosa de voluntariado que fue una grata sorpresa.

Natalia Arce es una emprendedora y nos cuenta en su charla de ‪#‎GramoUSA‬ la travesía de llevar la cultura paraguaya a EEUU a través de la gastronomía. Natalia y su familia son los dueños del Restaurant I Love Paraguay y del nuevo Restaurant Bar Sabor Guarani.

En el año 2000 Natalia y su familia emigraron a New York y en el 2007 la familia abrieron el Restaurante Paraguayo I Love Paraguay localizado en Sunnyside Queens NY. Este restaurant recibió varias reseñas por diferentes medios, incluyendo el prestigioso diario New York Times y una entrevista por el canal Americano ABC News, Neighborhood Eats.

Actualmente Natalia y su hermano Fabricio Ojeda abrieron un nuevo restaurante paraguayo, Sabor Guarani Restaurant Bar localizado en Bayside Queens NY en Octubre del 2015. Este nuevo local cuenta con el mismo menú y sabor, y la diferencia entre los dos restaurantes es el Bar y el horario de operación.

Gracias Gramo USA por invitarnos a contar nuestra historia!

 

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The Guaranís were once one of the most influential American Indian peoples in the southern part of South America. They were settled in the tropical forests of Paraguay and southern Brazil.
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The language of Guaraní, a language once spoken throughout most of the southern half of the new world by native Americans, now occupies a seat next to Spanish as one of the official languages of Paraguay. The name itself stems from a Guaranian word, guariní, meaning “war” or “warrior” and is indicative of this people’s bloody past as one of many contending tribes of South America (Facts). Presently, however, it represents a people and a culture that are trying to hold on to their ethnic heritage—and succeeding.

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When the Spanish first arrived, many Guaranís helped them in their wars against other American Indian groups. Many Spanish men married Guaraní women during this period. This was the beginning of the long process of intermarriage that produced the Paraguayans of today.

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Today the Guaranís who have kept their traditional way of life live in scattered settlements in Paraguay and in southern Brazil.

The Guaraní language is still widely spoken in Paraguay. Guaranís often have a Spanish name for everyday use, as well as a Guaraní name.

In 1992 another milestone was reached in the history of the Guaraní language when it was recognized by the Paraguayan government as one of two official languages of the nation. Currently it is the only indigenous language of South America to have achieved such a status. Both Guaraní and Spanish are taught in schools and there seems to be a degree of coequality of attitudes towards these two forms of expression. Spanish seems to be spoken more in matters of business or administration, but Guaraní finds an equal stature among art, expression, and everyday living. Whether or not this coexistence will last is unclear, but arrival at such a point, if even for a short time, is a unique ethnolinguistic accomplishment.

 

This is our very first post. Since we have been opened our customers comeback for our delicious Empanadas.

Empanadas can be cocktail or appetizer sized, filled with many different topping options. They can be plate sized, filled with a meat and vegetable mix for a main dish, or smaller, filled with fruit for dessert.

Our Selections:

Beer & Eggs, Chicken & Eggs, Ham & Cheese, Corn & Cheese, Cheese, Chilena, Yuca Empanadas

 

There are two stories of the origin of the Sopa Paraguaya. One version says it was a part of the regular diet of indigenous people prior to the Spaniards arrival. It is said that when the Spaniards arrived in Guarani territory, they were received with pleasure by the locals who offered them meat, but did who not have enough to satisfy the Spaniards’ hunger. So the Guarani served their usual meal of soup, saying “Soo opa,” which means “the meat is finished.”

The second version has its origins in the nineteenth century and credits the recipe to the cook of Don Carlos Antonio Lopez, the president of Paraguay from 1841 to 1862. The cook wanted to make tykuetï, one of the president’s favorite foods, which is made from milk, cheese, eggs, and cornmeal, but she used more cornmeal than necessary and made the soup too thick. Without enough time to prepare anything else, she confessed her mistake to Don Carlos, who — to her relief — liked the concoction very much and gave it the name “Sopa Paraguaya”

Tereré is a Paraguayan traditional drink that is considered an important piece of cultural heritage. This Guaraní drink is made of up medicinal plants or remedios yuyos served in a jug with plenty of ice. The remedios yuyos of tereré include natural plants like lemon or mint. The mate is placed in the jug with a bombilla, or specialized drinking straw, and shared among all the guests at the table. Paraguayan mate is different other types of mate because Paraguayans use a barbeque style drying process, giving it a smoky flavor and a distinctive aroma.

In Paraguay, due to the high temperatures, it is very common to drink tereré at any time. In the morning one drinks tereré rupa, this involves eating empanadas with cassava, or croquettes before drinking the tereré. It is also consumed after lunch, as an afternoon snack, and at dinner. Every Paraguayan child drinks tereré; it is a tradition passed down from generation to generation. It is a drink that is enjoyed in groups, encouraging social interactions.

Near our restaurant, there is a Paraguayan school recognized by the Ministry of Education of Paraguay. On Saturdays, children are taught about Paraguayan customs, dances, food, language, culture, and other traditions of Paraguay (and of course about the tereré!)

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