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NEW BEDFORD — Rolando has just turned 21 living in the United States. Married and with three daughters, he comes from Zacualpa, a municipality in the department of Quiché in Guatemala. His love for his culture and his land made him, along with his wife, cook the traditional “zacuapalqueño” tacos.

“I remember when after work we would go out to the plaza and buy tacos from a man who sold them on a cart,” Rolando said.

Now Rolando and his family recall their culinary culture by making this delicious preparation that they were also able to share in the “Patio de Comidas,” an initiative of the Community Development Economic Center (CEDC) that takes place every Saturday in August, from noon to 5 p.m., in New Bedford’s Riverside Park.

“Guatemalans are nothing without tortillas,” said Pantaleón, a customer while he waited for his long-awaited tacos.

Gerardo Beltrán Salinas is a Chilean journalist currently living in the New Bedford area. He produces video and news stories on topics of interest to the region’s Spanish-speaking community.

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