Natalia Goldberg lives and works in Asunscion, Paraguay. She is currently writing an online guide to traveling in this landlocked South American country.
Like neighboring Argentina and Uruguay, Paraguayans drink yerba mate, a kind of tea. In Paraguay they drink a sweet mate (Mate Dulce).
Chipa is a kind of bread that is hard on the outside, but chewy and full of cheese on the inside. It's sold on the street by chiperas and is sometimes prepared over an open fire.
Mandioca is a root vegetable that is very important to the Paraguayan diet. Its very starchy and is made boiled or fried.
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