Okay so your average ethno-garbed, travel snob might turn their nose up at a hot dog in Nicaragua. Sure, if it's not rice and beans then it's not traditional.
But I can't live on gallo pinto alone and, looking around, hot dog stands are everywhere.
Anyway, I was at "The Hot Dogs" this lunchtime which is just off the central square. Becoming something of a connoisseur, I'd actually had their Gringo Dog before. It's what you might expect, onion, relish, mustard, mayo and ketchup. Solid.
But I'd thought I'd go a little more Latino this time and tried the Mexicana.
I must admit I was cursing them when it took a while to arrive. However, they were just doing it properly. Taking their time. The cheese was melted, the bread was slightly toasted. Alongside the dog was the beans, chili beef, jalapeños and cabbage.
Again, solid. It's a hot dog. It could have been spicier but I'll come again. Nobody gets too excited about hot dogs do they?
It cost 35 Cordobas which is a smidgen under two dollars. Full menu here.
So, after hanging about town for a while and watching the madness that is the run up to the Easter weekend (more soon) I decided to get some work done and headed to a cafe which I had discovered had wifi.
Happily, I'd also recently found out that if you order the mixed olives your laptop battery is actually finished before they are. It's a huge serving. Last time I sadly gave half of it away to a group of German backpackers.
The restaurant in question is El Tercer Ojo (The Third Eye) on Calle Arsenal. It's kind of a fusion, tapas affair. Barcelona via Indonesia - that sort of thing. The olives are 48 Cordobas, or 2.8 dollars.
Totally worth it for the wifi time alone, never mind the olives.