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  • While merienda is almost never referred to as such, the Spanish custom of the early evening pick-me-up is still alive and well, and may take the form of tea time or cocktail hour, depending on the mood and social circumstance.

    The Mexican kitchen: a taste for all seasons

  • If the cena or merienda is heavy or not depends in the family and their own habits.

    The name for different meal times in Mexico

  • The term merienda has become almost as antiquated as the colonial custom of having friends in for this snack, which has taken to the cafes instead.

    The Mexican kitchen: a taste for all seasons

  • SUNDAY: MERIENDA Filipinos don't take tea; they take an afternoon snack called merienda, another Spanish word.

    Filipino Flavors

  • Spent most of today dashing about Madrid with rachelmanija who arrived last night, although too late (flight delays, etc.) to come to the art show opening at the bookbindery La Eriza (although we did stop by today, around "merienda" time, and got to help finish off a few boxes of leftover strawberries -- yum!).

    Breakfast in Bed

  • This meal was accompanied by wine for the wealthy and pulque for the middle class and was followed by a siesta, after which another jolt of caffeine in the form of chocolate was needed to whet the appetite for the late afternoon merienda, which consisted primarily of sweets and baked goods, and was a form of socializing akin to high tea.

    The Mexican kitchen: a taste for all seasons

  • We paused in the shopping mid-afternoon for the merienda, a drink and little tidbit to tide one over until dinner.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • Hot chocolate, a popular accompaniment to la merienda, a light evening repast, is traditionally whipped until frothy with a molinillo, a ringed wooden beater invented by the Aztecs.

    Did You Know? - Mexico Gave Chocolate To The World

  • Just up the street sits another piece of Manila history and an ideal merienda spot: Adriatico CafĂ©, center of the city's Bohemian cafe society when it opened more than 25 years ago.

    Filipino Flavors

  • It began one afternoon, during a special merienda held at the residence of Alejandro Baltran Alessio du Verrada ei Ramirez, Guvernador-Henerale of Hinirang.

    II. A Challenge and A Wager

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  • It's Latvian, Yarb. And I've somehow managed to pick up some Russian – through osmosis, I guess, as I've never bothered to learn it properly (have always been more fascinated with English).

    July 26, 2008

  • What is your native tongue, Mia?

    July 26, 2008

  • It's a very useful word to know. It's a shame that there's no corresponding word for it in my native language. But we do have an unofficial word for a meal that we eat after nine or ten o'clock.

    July 26, 2008

  • Okay, I kind of get it. One because people in Indonesia (neighbouring country) seem to eat all the time. And two because there's merenda in Italian for a snack which falls between meals ... for example what kids eat when they come home from school. Presumably merienda is the Spanish equivalent thereof.

    July 25, 2008

  • An extra meal in the Philippines that falls between lunch and dinner. I haven't figured out yet if the extra meal between breakfast and lunch has its own name or is also a form of merienda. (Yes, we were actually served five meals one day, including a blowout.)

    July 25, 2008