My first five days filled with potato soup and hot chocolate in Quito, Ecuador.
“Why potato soup?”
Let me start by telling you first what potato soup has inside; it’s potato pure, homemade cheese slices, roasted salted corn, and avocado slices. Sounds delicious right? Well, it is. It’s also so filling too. You get a big bowl of potato soup for $5-$6 in anywhere in Quito.
Mine was without cheese though. If you want to know why? You should read my recent post about staying healthy while traveling; then you will see that I have a habit of getting sick on my journeys. So, after getting food poisoning a few times, I decided not to try anything new for a while. I know it sounds tough especially in Quito, but I was so scared to get sick, so I ate potato soup on my lunches and dinners for five days. Thankfully, my breakfasts mostly consisted of cereal and oatmeal that I brought from New York along with me.
“Why Hot Chocolate?”
I try not to like chocolate after I read about the child labor and unfair farmer wages in Africa. So far, it is not working well, but I am sure I will find the way to stop eating it or drinking hot chocolate (which I want to so bad but haven’t quite figured that out how to?). Or I might find other ways to help out with this issue in some others way. Who knows? In Ecuador, I loved trying chocolate because I saw how Ecuadorians were farming and making the chocolate. They use their hands in each process. I felt like I was helping locals by buying them. Or maybe I was trying to ease my guilty conscious. As most of you know, the origin of cocoa in South America but the production shifted a long time ago to Africa, mostly in Ivory Coast. Here in Ecuador, people say “they have the best cocoa,” believe them, they do.
I am sorry what I am about to say but when I went to chocolate tours in two other countries in South America; chocolate never tested that good. So, I added hot chocolate to my dessert list after my potato soup! So, what do you think about my food choices? what would you eat if you were in my shoes?