I find it really hard to write about my experiences in a Journal type of format, so I’m changing it up a little bit this time.
Lunch (Almuerzo) is the largest meal of the day. I suppose this circles around the idea that in
Okay so here's the scoop the banana is the top fruit and the plantain is the bottom fruit for more info go to http://grabemsnacks.com/what-is-a-plantain.html
Well here they are used much like a potatoes we roast them, and put butter on them. We make ‘mashed plantains’ we make plantain fritters all sorts of things are made with these. I made the mistake of saying I liked them on my first week and since then I have had opportunities to eat them almost daily. They even fry them up into potato chips which are quite good. Dinner (Cena) is very small, in fact most people don’t even eat dinner at all. The most food in consumed at lunch. Perhaps it’s so they can save room for Alcohol J I really don’t know why this is, but it’s nice to go to sleep without having a super full stomach. For dinner I usually have yogurt, toast or an empanada. The empanadas here are fabulous, nothing like the stuff we eat @Taco Time in the states. Although I really like Taco Time.
So far I haven’t had to eat anything really strange. However on my first weekend in
Warning the following paragraphs may be to graphic for some readers.
In a moment of courage, or stupidity, (you decide) my friends and I decided we would try this new food. We had seen the preparation of Guinea pig in the street the day before we ate our Cuy dinner. The little rodents are killed as their brains are soundly squashed, they are gutted and then they are boiled so that all the hair falls off. Next the Guinea pig is placed on a skewer and is roasted over a fire, rotisserie style. All the while it is basted with butter and garlic to give it more flavor. Then the Guinea pig is placed on a platter and it’s ready to eat.
Our Guinea pigs were placed whole on a plate before us for dinner. Heads, teeth, claws and all still attached. At first we didn’t know exactly how to go about eating them, so we asked if they could be cut up. The establishment was happy to oblige, and they cut each guinea pig into quarters. I opted for one of the back quarters because I couldn’t bear the thought of the little head looking at me. However my quarter still had feet and claws, thankfully no tail. It’s appropriate to eat with your hands just like the way you eat chicken at KFC. The skin was crunchy and crispy just like fried chicken in the
The brave man in the middle is our tour guide ('Alero?' we called him 'Al') He loves Cuy and he was willing to eat all the parts we weren't interested in. He says that the cheeks are his favorite. This is a picture of him gnawing on the head, and Tea (a girl with our group did really well with this new diet as well)
This is another appetizing picture of some food that we came across in the market place of Cuenca. "Roast Pig" Mmmm...
P.S. that picture of me at the top of the page is me eating Cuy...