Aruba wants real food in the midst of a busy day - even if they have to skip the traditional siesta (the afternoon nap) in order to digest it all. The siesta probably began in Spain, and then spread to many Latin American countries and the Caribbean. The heat of the midday sun, as well as a midday meal would both contribute to its popularity. Here in Aruba, people used to take their lunch-and-siesta seriously. The sleepy, steamy, three-hour calm between coffee-hopping mornings and after-work happy hours is excellent proof of the symbiotic relationship between food and human biological rhythms. Lunch was (and still is) the biggest and hottest meal of the day for the Aruban people. Take away the plates heaped with glistening white rice, the bowls of goat stew, the Creole soups chunky with pumpkin and sweet potato, the swinging hammocks and Aruba afternoons are suddenly bustling with appointments, conference calls, traffic jams, Sushi To Gos, Chinese Take Outs or Quick and Healthy Bites. Although modern life seems to have overtaken this part of the world as well, favorite lunch spots like The Queen's Traditional Kitchen and Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant still connect the locals to past traditions, excluding the afternoon snooze, unfortunately – unless you’re on vacation.
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