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World Foods – Peru – Guinea Pig

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[I:http:http://localhost/fas.com//wp-content/uploads/2015/07/JonnyBlair10.jpg] On my travels round the globe I have tried many and various food types and will be detailing them regularly. In this report, I take you to Peru where I tried Guinea Pig! Also known as Cui.

Having been mind blown by the epic sight of Machu Picchu and having just finished the four day Inca Trail, we were all in good spirits. It’s a magical place. Our tour guides invited us for lunch in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes in Peru. We were meeting at 3pm. It was Christmas Day. I was hungry and was hoping to try some local food.

When I was growing up our annual Christmas dinner was always of high importance. Like a highlight of the year. On this day I found a church in Aguas Calientes for lunch and after that it was time to head to the Peruvian restaurant for Christmas Dinner.

I had never eaten Guinea Pig in my life so I was looking immensely forward to it. Apparently Ecuador and Peru are the main places you can eat guinea pig – somewhat a delicacy. I love trying new food, but if I don’t like it, to be honest I don’t always finish it!

[I:http:http://localhost/fas.com//wp-content/uploads/2015/07/JonnyBlair19.jpg] The Guinea Pig menu came with a choice of two – roasted (which came with potatoes, cheese, salad) or stewed (which came with rice, potatoes and peanut sauce). They were both the same price – 55Soles so I went for the Roasted Option. As a kid I had always had a roasted turkey meal for Christmas so it was time to try roasted Guinea Pig.

The entire Guinea Pig was on the plate, as you can see head and all! It was a cheers all round for our big group of Inca Trail survivors as we ate and drank to our hearts content! [I:http:http://localhost/fas.com//wp-content/uploads/2015/07/JonnyBlair20.jpg]

Right so I had the guinea pig, all roasted and for my Christmas Dinner – was it any good? Yes because I ate most of it. You had to pick at the bones for a lot of it and to be honest there were not large chunks of meat in it. But I try anything once and I loved it. It tasted slightly like chicken. After having my guinea pig for Christmas Dinner it was now time for a few beers to relax and celebrate having done the mega 4 day Inca Trail. Guinea Pig in Peru – yes – go and try it!! Happy eating and don’t stop living!

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