Forks and Jets

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

April 26, 2009 Peru

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We’ll give you three hints…

At the Monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa

How about another clue…

Our first encounter at the supermarket in Lima

Last chance…

Presenting your dinner, madam. Cuy Chactado.

Our dinner, your pet. Tastes like chicken, or possibly rabbit.
Cuy, or Guinea Pig, has relatively little meat. We can’t say we’d eat it again (well, maybe we’d try it grilled), but it was one of the things on our list to sample in Perú. The cuy is prepped very basically, only to remove un-edible bits, save for the head and hands, and the rest is presented quite plainly on the dish: laid out, limbs akimbo, head out, mouth open. Bon Appetit!

The Last Supper painted in the main cathedral in Cuzco shows Christ and the twelve disciples dining on guinea pig.

Wikipedia contributes: The guinea pig plays an important role in the folk culture of many Indigenous South American groups, especially as a food source, but also in folk medicine (to diagnose diseases) and in community religious ceremonies (as a supernatural medium). Since the 1960s, efforts have been made to increase consumption of the animal outside South America.

So, how much do you think it costs to have your childhood pet presented on a platter in Arequipa?


  1. Patricia Sill says:
    May 2, 2009

    While I am enormously inspired by your kicking the rat race bucket, I am less enthusiastic about following your current diet du jour. Oyi…I can only image what the author of Skinny Bitch would say but then, she is a true blue vegan. Very courageous on all fronts! Keep on the path and maybe you’ll be following in the footsteps of “Eat, Pray, Love” in that a book deal will be yours.
    Safe travels and it all looks awesome. Minus the swine eating part. You do know that the swine flu is rampant in Mexico and America? Rock on!!!


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