A Cry for Help

Can I request something from you? I’m in a bit of a bind and maybe one (or all) of you could provide some assistance.

In about a month I will be dusting off my passport, braving the wilds of U.S. airport security, and heading to Ecuador. It’s all super lovely except that I’m supposed to be this Traveling Taste Bud food writer, and I know close to nothing about Ecuadorian food.

This is where you come in. Your sister-in-law is from Ecuador, or your chunky roommate from college, or your little cousin’s second grade teacher or something. You just found an Ecuadorian cookbook you love or you spent half a year in Quito in the late 90’s after a messy break-up. The point is-- some of you out there know a lot more about Ecuadorian food than I do and I want you to give up the goods.

I’m not picky; I’ll take links, cryptic messages, and hazy photos.

Whatever you got.


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21 comments:

  1. Ecuador, how fun.
    I'm of little help but maybe a fellow blogger Jessica can be offer some pointers this is from her blog it was posted in July http://jlee629.blogspot.com/2008/07/ecuadorian-food-yum.html
    Warmest regards,
    Simone

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  2. I haven't been to Ecuador, but I'm excited for your trip! I can't wait to see all of your great adventures!

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  3. I'm sorry I don't know nothing about equador recipe!!!!I'll search the internet for you and post the link I find!!!

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  4. Sorry daaaaahling, this is out of my depth. An ex boyfriend's dad was from equador, all I remembered is he liked stake LOL.

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  5. I spent 10 days there and all I remember is arroz con pollo (which we cut up a whole chicken (that originally had feet and all ICK) to use in the recipe)... and another seafood dish which I did not eat.

    We brought a lot of peanut butter and ate that on fresh bread from the panaderia each morning. MMMM was the bread good. There was also a lot of fresh fruit.

    Wish I had more for you. Be very careful when you go there- do not carry ANY valuables- even a watch. They will be stolen- and never go anywhere alone. Promise me!

    Jen

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  6. I sent Zack the contact information, but forgot to mention that Rodolfo loves to cook and has happily done some in-the-kitchen lessons for American co-teachers that resulted in cheery photos on FB and good looking food. Be sure to make contact with them!

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  7. Nice work so far everyone. Thanks for your support.

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  8. Sorry Devon, I don't have a clue. However, sticking close to the locals will expose you to many wonderful things. You are going to have a fabulous time.

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  9. I don't have much help to give but can't wait to hear about your experience!!!

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  10. I wish I could help! Good luck!! :)

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  11. Wish I could help - I've never had Equidorian (sp?) food before. I've never even been out of the country, and sadly the furthest west I have been is Iowa :(

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  12. I don't have info... but I will check out with any friends and pass information on if I get anything!!

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  13. Wish I could help you, but you will get huge numbers of responses from our fellow bloggers!

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  14. Hi Devon,

    How fun! I wish I could help, but I've never been there or know anyone who has.

    And I got that walnut pasta recipe from my friend Rhonda's MySpace. I've never made anything like it before either. If you ever want to know where the recipes come from I write a tagline with credit at the bottom of each post.

    Laura

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  15. Hi Devon,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. How nice that you get the travel. I'd love to travel if I could. Hopefully soon I'll be able to.

    As for your request on Ecuador, I wouldn't be much help on that subject. I did once have a classmate from the country, but we've lost touch over the years. No no luck from me.

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  16. Oh how exciting! Good luck Devon, and I too am sorry but I don't have any experience at all with Ecuadorian cuisine. Love to hear all about it when you get back.(Um, is it where guinea pig/cuy is a delicacy?? Or is that elsewhere in South America?)

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  17. I used to know someone there but we fell out of touch -I guess that wont help !

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  18. Sorry that I can't be of any help...:( Good luck Devon !! Waiting to hear about your culinary adventures :-)

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  19. Know zippo about Ecuador, but excited to hear about all of your adventures. xoxo. Safe travels, sweetie.

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  20. Where was I last week? Missed this, but I am so excited for you. Will be waiting to hear what excitement you will bring us. Be safe.

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