DESAYUNO, ALMUERZO, COMIDA, MERIENDA, CENA

In case you were wondering, or even if you weren’t…There are remnants in the vocabulary of Spanish and in the memories of older generations of a time when five meals a day were usual in Spain and Latin America: DESAYUNO, ALMUERZO, COMIDA, MERIENDA, and CENA, in that order. Nowadays, in Mexico on workdays, it usually comes down to DESAYUNO about 6-7 a.m., COMIDA (sometimes called ALMUERZO) at 2 p.m. and CENA after 9 p.m. The merienda is almost archaic, but the word hangs on in the MERENDERO, where you can grab a taco, a sandwich, and a soft drink, or some traditional bread with coffee or chocolate for an afternoon-to-early-evening snack.

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