Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ecuador 5

Comida de La Calle
This post is dedicated to some of the food i've enjoyed so far beside mamita's home cooking.

As I've said, LUNCH is the biggest meal of the day and dinner is usually something lighter - well smaller at least. A traditional and absolutley deliciouse night-time favorite is Empanadas and Morocho. Morocho is a thick rice-based drink, sweetened and served warm with flavors of cinnamon and cloves. The sweetness goes well with the savoriness of the crispy empanadas that come filled with everything from carne (steak, onions, gravy; pictured here), to pollo (chicken), to queso (cheese - these are sprinkled with sugar), to verde (mashed green plantain with garlic.

Next, of course is yet another obligatory picture of the clusterf*** of sweets and fireworks that is Corpus Cristi.

I enjoyed some more galletas de coco and dulce de leche filled churros, but also stopped at the local ice cream shop that has maybe 50 flavors, ranging from the familiar to the regional and uniqe. (pictured here; chocolate made with real Cacao, and Banana Split with walnut chunks)

Lastly, but not leastly is one of the best things I've eaten here in Ecuador. Marjiscal is pretty much every seafood you can think of - fish, shrimp, octopus, calamari, and shellfish in a rich, slightly sweet garlic broth with chunks of fried green plantains. Squeeze of lime, dash of salt, dollop of hot sauce - dios mio! Not to mention that this was fresh seafood, made to order, with shellfish served in shell - from a Mall foodcourt!!!!!!!

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