I'm going down to Ecuador for two weeks in January...anyone have any experience eating paleo (or at least gluten free...thats really the important part for a short term trip) down there?
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on December 24, 2012
at 12:47 AM
Ahhhh! I was just there for 6 weeks. What area(s) are you visiting?
Generally, everything grows there so there is tons of fresh produce, and a lot of chicken. I had no problem at all being paleo up in the Andes about 3 hours north of Quito. The hardest thing for me was just explaining why I don't eat maize, because they had it with every meal.
Generally though, I found it surprisingly easy to eat paleo and really enjoyed the trip.
Do you speak Spanish? A useful phrase will be "Verduras en lugar de arroz, pro favor" which means "vegetables in place of rice, please" also: "Contiene harina de trigo?" which is how you can ask if it something contains wheat flour
on December 23, 2012
at 11:15 PM
Tasty things that are common in Ecuador: Roast chicken, soup, fried yucca, ceviche and grilled seafood near the coast, plantains, fruit you can peel. Chicken and rice is ubiquitous and generally mild in flavor.
Edit: A word of caution: simply seeking meat and vegetables may not be your best strategy. That salad you ate with your chicken might later have you wondering why the hospital has plenty of signs promoting hand-washing, but no soap. I didn't like the taste of the pork. A similar story for beef, which I stopped eating after I saw a few dozen cows in the median on the highway out of Quito grazing on a mountain of trash. Chicken, goat and alpaca were usually good, and there's also guinea pig. My typical meal was soup. Often you get to see first-hand how the chickens that went into it live. It's a typical meal for locals, and they don't usually see tourists eating all the animal parts that don't make it into American soup, if they order soup at all. Caldo de cabeza, if you're into that. But be careful above ~3000 meters, where boiling water doesn't get it hot enough to kill the bacteria.