sugar cane stalls
Though sugar cane drinks are available in many Latin as well as Asian countries, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a proliferation of stands as in Baños nor anywhere near the gusto with which their owners hawked their products. Their numbers seem absurd until you see how popular they are, every one of them has a line at night! Well, at 35 cents for a good size glass you can understand why. A local variation involves putting half a lime into the cane grinder to take some of the sweet edge off the juice. Yummy. We went to the same one every time. The woman was super friendly and always gave us extra after we finished off our already big portion. You can also buy the raw sugar cane which is cut into little candy bar sized pieces that you can chew on. Not bad. Across from the stands are the milcocha shops. This is the forerunner of salt water taffy and the young guys that loop it over a wooden post and stretch it out by hand put on quite a show. I still can’t believe I forgot to get a picture of this “total Baños” sight but I did try the stuff and it was even better than the stuff down the Jersey Shore!
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Fried guinea pigs - Les cochons d'inde grilles
I have already told you about this ecuatorian and peruvian custom : eating the cuys, sort of guinea pigs could be considered as gross... if it was not that awful to eat !
Je vous ai deja parle de cette coutume equatorienne et peruvienne : manger des cuys, sorte de cochon d'inde, pourrait etre considere comme purement degueulasse.. si c'etait pas si mauvais a manger !
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