Llapingacho: Budget Vegetarian 101 in Ecuador

Ecuador changed their national currency in 2000 from the sucre to the US dollar after the sucre’s exchange rate dropped 70% in one year. Now at the whim of the US economy, the currency change can still be a gamble. But most people will say that now, at least, it’s a good thing. Mathematically-challenged estadounidenses traveling to Ecuador…… Continue reading Llapingacho: Budget Vegetarian 101 in Ecuador

Adentro el Mercado

The juice ladies aim to seduce you. They wave their hands, urging you closer. ¡Señorita, señorita! ¡Venga, venga! Their elevated stands with blenders and fruit piles dominate the first two rows of the central market. And they all offer the same menu: mango, passion fruit, carrot, coconut, orange, pineapple, papaya, strawberry, and batidos in every flavor. Peru’s mercados centrales are the cheapest place to get…… Continue reading Adentro el Mercado