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Origins: Cuy, How This Adorable Pet Ended Up On The Table

Today, we are excited to launch a new series called Origins. Although dishes like ceviche, arepas, and big fat pieces of Argentine meat have become popular outside of Latin America, there are a variety of other foods that have yet to be discovered. Our expert researcher and travel writer Joanna Marracelli will dig into the foods of South and Latin America, uncovering their history, and a little more about how they’re used. Enjoy. 

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

By Joanna Marracelli

Guinea pigs. Yes, I’m talking about those cute, cuddly creatures that are often found as domesticated pets in the homes of North American, European or Australian families. It’s what you do when your kid begs and pleads with you to get a cat or a dog yet you really don’t want to take on that extra added responsibility. Despite sincere promises of walking the dog or changing the litter box, you know deep down that your child will never do it.  But you hate to disappoint. So what’s the solution?  Why, strut down to your local pet store and return home with a guinea pig of course. 

[photo: Andina]

Festival Competition For Mistura?

Well, probably not, but central Peru needs some attention, too, no?

This Friday, in Peru’s Junín district, the district of Santa Rosa de Ocopa will hold the first ever ‘Festival Gastronómico del Cuy’ (Guinea Pig Culinary Festival) and, you guessed it, guinea pig will be the star.  Before you think to yourself, “Ew, guinea pig!”, just remember that it’s a staple in Peruvian cuisine.  And, so as not to draw any attention away from the slightly larger festival that will be happening a little further south next week, the festival will only run for one day.

Regardless, in this first edition of the festival, there will be typical plates, a presentation of innovation on those plates, a guinea pig fashion show, and even the award for heaviest guinea pig.  (We know.  Awesome, right?)  The organizers of the festival hope for it to be a fun family affair, bringing together the best in food and farming that the region has to offer.  And given that Mistura is, in fact, a week later, the country is no doubt gearing up for eating.  It should be fun.  [via Andina]