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Sunday, October 25, 2009

How would you like your llama? Food in Bolivia.

Despite having had some of our food pictures from Bolivia stolen with our camera, we still seem to have an awful lot. We give the food high marks in Bolivia. Lots of street food and lots of cheap food along with a better mix of ethnic food than most of the countries in South America.

Our first night in Bolivia was in a city called Copacabana. They were having some kind of festival, and had lots of street food. We found this little old lady selling various fried items, complete with salad and a few fried potato pieces on the side, for 28 cents. She wasn't the only one, but hers seemed the best to us. Here I am eating what we are going to call a Bolivian latke, which is a fried potato pancake stuffed with meat. Very tasty.

If you are like me, you just thought, "Wow, stuffed with meat? That sounds great. Why don't they stuff everything with meat?" Indeed, they do. Here is a fried banana. Stuffed with meat.

We also tried some meat on a stick served with a couple potatoes. The somewhat spicy saucy on the potatoes was sort of like a curry sauce. Not bad.

We went to a restaurant in Copacabana that was just decent, but Tara wanted a picture of the vegetarian dish. I think it was some type of pumpkin dish. What I do remember is that we both had salad, soup, and dinner and the total bill was about $5.
On our first (and what was suppose to be our only) night in La Paz, we rushed to the Indian restaurant in town. We have been craving Indian for about a month now and it is really hard to find in South America. We tried to go to a place in Cusco, but it was closed. This place was owned by a Brit, so it was British style Indian, but still very tasty. I had llama tikka massala and Tara had something less interesting.
Bolivia has a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables than most anyplace else in South America. People sell little cups of fresh fruit salad all over the place for 20 or 25 cents. We ate a lot of it and will actually miss this about Bolivia.
This was probably the first time I had eaten after we had our bags stolen. I was still really upset, but they were selling fried dough things for 15 cents on the street, so I got one without filling and one with. The filling wasn't that great, but the other one was good.

Had we not been stuck in La Paz for three days getting new passports, we might never have discovered the amazing 50 cent street hamburger and fries. That's right, 50 cents for a really nice hamburger with fries. We give this street food five stars.

The woman that sold us this banana-peach-pineapple shake might have been the most honest woman in Bolivia. She gave us the shake and we were drinking it. We gave her back the cup and she refilled it because she had extra still in the blender. Hooray for someone doing something nice for us in Bolivia!
This is quinoa, the grain that is most often consummed in Bolivia. We ate it in New York, but it isn't very common in America. It cooks a lot like cous cous. Light and fluffy. They also make drinks out of it and oatmeal type foods.
This is the Bolivian version of lomo saltado, the national dish of Peru. It is a mix of french fries, sausage, beef, tomato, onion, and egg. The egg is easy to pick off and the rest is pretty good. Especially with mayonaise and some hot sauce, which Bolivians put on just about everything.
Tara managed to take a bag of "granola" with us after the Uyuni tour. Granola here seems to be Sugar Smacks cereal with a few raisins added. For those who don't know, Tara really loves cereal, so this suited her just fine.
We can't go to the salt flats and not try the salt. It is nearly pure. They dry it, package it, and sell it. Tara got a bit dehydrated after having this piece for lunch.
We found this candy called cat tongues, so we had to try some. Little chocolate tongue depressors filled with caramel. Our cat's tongue is definitely bigger than these were, but they tasted good.
In Rurrenabaque they had these things for breakfast that looked like little fried donuts. This excited me a lot until I bit into one and discovered that they were cheesy. When I rule the world, there will be a law that no item that looks like a donut shall contain cheese.
One of the most exciting parts of our trip to the rainforest/pampas in Bolivia is the return to sno-cone climate. We hadn't seen any since Brazil and I was happy to have them back. Here is me eating a mint one. Note that I ate most of it before Tara could snap a picture.
These sno-cones cost a whopping 15 cents each. That makes me so happy that I'm going to show you Tara eating one, too. What made me unhappy is when we went back 10 minutes later for me to buy a couple more and the guy was gone.
Desperate for a snack, Tara bought this chocolate bar in the Pampas. It turned out to be from Chile, which isn't surprising given how much Chileans love chocolate. Also, that is probably why it tasted good.
Lastly, after a long and hard trip in Bolivia, Tara had this drink, called "Welcome to the Jungle". She could still walk after, so it must not have been that strong.

That concludes our foods of Bolivia. Hope that you enjoyed it!


  1. Wow. I had no idea what quinoa looked like in its natural state! Neat. And a fried banana stuffed with meat sounds *awesome*

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