Bocadillos y Adios: Ecuador Essential Eats Part 5

Food market at Otavalo; quail eggs and juices are on the breakfast menu this morning.

Various types of juice; pepinos dulces, or sweet cucumbers, jello!

In the life of a twenty-something, it’s easy, and oftentimes preferred, to spend our hard barely-earned money on immediate needs – a good meal (my friends know I do this way too much), a good drink (hay, whiskey), and a good night on the town.

While I love all this, I actively try to spend on what I normally am unable to experience. That means travel.

Travel necessitates us to put ourselves in another’s shoes. It is a privilege and sometimes a curse, but ultimately it is a fresh perspective. Ecuador gave me each of things in small, bocadillo-sized portions. Nowhere else would I be able to eat three different types of passionfruit, munch on yucca chips instead of potato chips, and sample guinea pig.

I encourage all of you to strap on your walking shoes and get moving to experience some place new whenever and wherever you can. Even if you become fearful, annoyed, or sick (also known as the guinea pig incident), it’s all worth it. Enjoy these last noms from el mitad del mundo and have a wonderful weekend of food!

The guinea pig incident….the shark made me do it!

Ama la vida y baila cada día.

Sorry SF, this is a real rooftop garden.

A snack of plantain with some sort of cheese inside

¡Cuy! For guinea pigs, they’re pretty big 😛

Yucca chips and melcocha, an Ecuadorian taffy candy made by handpulling the sugar against tree branches.