Heading to El Salvador

The view from the deck of La Ola restaurant, overlooking the Pacific

The view from the deck of La Ola restaurant, overlooking the Pacific

We leave today for a two week trip to El Salvador. Just as we got our first snowfall here in Toronto, we're off to 30C weather in Central America. My in-laws live there, and the last time we went was December 2012 for my brother-in-law's wedding and my husband's grandfather's 90th birthday.

This time we head out for a mixture of happy and not so happy news. My sister-in-law is getting married, so we're excited to be attending the wedding. Weddings are always a lot of fun, and hers will probably be no exception. My sister-in-law is a "go big or go home" kind of person, so her wedding should be a blast!

On the other end of the spectrum, my father-in-law is sick, with a blood clot on an artery that can't be operated on. He must use oxygen several hours a day, and is limited in what he's allowed to do. The clot is being treated, but we still want to see him and lend our support.

El Salvador isn't a huge tourism destination for North Americans, although they're slowly building the industry. It is a popular destination for surfers though, as there is a pretty big surf competition that's regularly held there.

For gluten free travelers, it's a great destination because much of their traditional dishes are made from corn or beans. Pupusas, ceviche, tamales, and tortillas are all gluten free, cheap, and incredibly satisfying. I'll be sharing my tips and recommendations on what and where to eat, places to stay, and things to see and do in El Salvador over the next two weeks.

First up? Have some pupusas with the in-laws and enjoy the heat!