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.