Showing posts from December, 2011

Home for Christmas

There has been a lack of posts lately because I have been in the U.S. for the holidays with my family. Lots of good food, spending time with friends and family, shopping, and catching up on pop culture and movies. I am super excited about all of my new books that I will be returning to Ecuador with. It will probably be another 7 or 8 months before I see my family, so leaving is kind of bittersweet, but I am ready to get back to my life in Quito.

Chilling with Hercules
 Merry Christmas from a leopard print clad Joe Biden!!
Two days before Christmas. Gotta love SoFla.

Good Eats in Quito

Sadly I don't have a photo of hornado, which is the standard Quiteño plate. I posted about it during the Fiestas de Guapulo. I ate 3 plates of it this weekend! It is pulled pork, piled over some combination of llapingachos, mote, salad, avocado, or other local foods. I really want to be able to cook Ecuadorian food so I have been testing out a few recipes lately. I make a mean quinoa stew, and this week I decided to learn how to make patacones (smashed fried plantains covered with queso fresco). They turned out pretty delicious, and I made some scrambled eggs with caramelized onions, candied bacon, and toast to accompany them.

Patacones and Candied Bacon (I smeared bacon with brown sugar and  threw it in the oven- thanks Epic Meal Time Youtube!!)
Laura and I also tried Crepes and Waffle, a breakfast chain, for the first time. They have a massive menu with dozens of sweet and savory crepes. I went with the Normandy because that was always my favorite sandwich from a little French bak…

Fiestas de Quito

This week was a huge celebration for the founding of Quito. We had a four day weekend. The city pretty much erupts into chaos, bullfights, concerts, drunks, chivas, street food, etc. I will let my poor quality Blackberry photos do the talking:

 Movember Mustache Bash- Pin the mustache on the Laura
Chiva that took us around town
Pretty view of the Basilica at night
Fun with friends at an outdoor concert
Free concerts in the park by my house

Thanksgiving in Mindo

One of my coworkers owns a hotel in Mindo, Ecuador, a small town in the cloud forest about two hours outside of Quito. I visited last year but there is so much to do that I have always wanted to go back and try out some of the other activities. Twenty something of the teachers from my school stayed at the hotel for Thanksgiving weekend and we turned it in to a huge 3 day long party. The hotel is one of the nicest places I have stayed ever in South or Central America, excluding maybe the bed and breakfast I stayed at in Buenos Aires. Big comfy beds with beautiful views, every room had a little terrace with a hammock. The included breakfast was amazing and everything in town is within a couple minutes walking distance.   The first afternoon we went to a chocolate farm and took a tour. We got to try to fresh stevia straight off the vine (so sweet!) as well as coffee nibs, brownies, unsweetened chocolate paste, chocolate barbeque sauce, and ginger honey. The tour part was ok, but I jus…