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Cusco Guinea Pigs

Cusco

I've eaten a lot of crazy things in my life.

  • I've eaten black eggs that smelled like ammonia after

being preserved for several months (called Century Eggs)

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  • I've eaten Fugu (blow-fish in Japanese), which is deadly poisonous and must be prepared a certain way to avoid death. [I ate it and didn't die. Yet]

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  • I've eaten brown rice supposedly grown in the

Demilitarized Zone in between North and South Korea.

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  • And I'll never forget eating fried scorpions on a stick in the streets of Beijing

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Besides this, I've eaten other crazy things like cow utter, chicken heart, and a kosher cheeseburger at an Israeli McDonald's.

But, as of now, the prize for the craziest thing I've ever put into my mouth goes to Cuy - fried guinea pig from Peru.

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I guess from my American point of view it's considered crazy, but for Peruvians, it's totally normal. In fact, guinea pig is considered a delicacy in many counties in Latin America. I guess that's because guinea pigs require less room to maintain and reproduce really fast. Initially, I did NOT want to eat this poor thing. But my frendz did, so we bought it, cooked it, and then ate it.

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I've always been taught not to play with my food, but when it's a guinea pig, I think it's okay...

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Anyway, I didn't like the taste of Cuy, but the others did. I tried to enjoy it, but I just couldn't do it. It tasted kinda like chicken, but the problem was that I knew exactly what it really was and I couldn't forget it!

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Thanks Cusco. I'll always remember that you fed me fried guinea pigs when I think of you.

Posted by DanPan 11:35 Archived in Peru

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