Thursday, February 25, 2010

Michael Meets Peru, Part II

Michael and I have been exploring Inca ruins like crazy people, but that's not what this post is about. No, this post is about dinner. Tonight, Michael experienced a classic Andean delicacy: baked cuy, also known as guinea pig.

As you can see, it comes whole, with head, arms, legs, tail and all. You're supposed to eat it with your hands, so the arms and legs make convenient little handles.

When the waitress delivered the dish -- which requires a reservation three hours in advance -- she said, "His name was Miguelito. Goodbye, Miguelito." When we finally stopped laughing, Michael reported that cuy actually tastes pretty good, unlike any meat he's tried before. Still, he says, he probably won't be eating it again.

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