I’m Back: The Del Montemoon: Part Deux: Ecuador

What we all assume about Ecuador is no longer true. While everyone’s ringtone, car alarm, door bell, fog horn and smoke detector issues the timeless tune Ecuador by Sash!, they no longer all hum it under their breath while they go about their daily business. Pity.

There are some nice places to eat in Ecuador, but they don’t jump out at you. Plaza El Quinde is a joyless facsimile of the worst of Piccadilly Circus and must be avoided unless you’re planning some kind of terrorist attack.

In Quito itself we enjoyed a trip to Criollo (http://www.elcriollo.com.ec), a reliable place which did not skimp on portions and served a terrific ceviche. It also showed the Discovery Channel. I always enjoy watching insects devour a carcass then build a nest as I’m trying to eat. The highlight of Quito was Naranjilla Mecanica, a bar/restaurant which I wish was a lot closer. Fundamentally cool layout and décor, serving a mean G’n’Fn’T.

South of Quito we popped into Rumipamba hacienda (http://www.rumipamba.com/) south of Latacunga (a forgettable backwater) which served excellent meat and was entirely free of Mancs pushing tictac flavoured disco biscuits.

I couldn’t leave Ecuador without enjoying some roast guinea pig (who can?) which I enjoyed south of Baños. Actually there’s precious little meat to enjoy, but you do get a laugh out of the contorted cadavers grilling into grotesque shapes over the coals. But wheedling out the chicken-flavoured meat is an unrewarding exercise.

¡ECUADOR!

RUMIPAMBA

A tall, cool Pilsener. Just the ticket on a schweaty day.

A tall, cool Pilsener. Just the ticket on a schweaty day.

Beef medallions and some proper pork ribs. And the first vegetables I'd seen in days. It was enough to see them rather than eat them at this stage.

Beef medallions and some proper pork ribs. And the first vegetables I’d seen in days. It was enough to see them rather than eat them at this stage.

Charming no?

Charming no?

Rumipamba
Av. Norte s/n y Eloy Yerovi
Tel: +593 3 2726128 / 272-6306
http://www.rumipamba.com/

PARADERO

Del Monte prepares to savage (another) guinea pig. My last guinea pig savaging? 1984 with the lawn mower. My sister never touched my Stars Wars figures again.

Del Monte prepares to savage (another) guinea pig. My last guinea pig savaging? 1984 with the lawn mower. My sister never touched my Stars Wars figures again.

Guinea Pig: A tricky bugger to eat, but naughty Ecuadorian school children must learn manners one way or another.

Guinea Pig: A tricky bugger to eat, but naughty Ecuadorian school children must learn manners one way or another.

That's just funny. If you don't find that funny then I've got nothing for you.

That’s just funny. If you don’t find that funny then I’ve got nothing for you.

Paradero
E30
Ulba
Tel: +593 8 156 2585

CRIOLLO

Del Monte blends in with a pineapple juice. Del Monte's got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan. He speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom. He'll blend in. Disappear. You'll never see him again. With any luck, he's got the Grail already.

Del Monte blends in with a pineapple juice. Del Monte’s got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan. He speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom. He’ll blend in. Disappear. You’ll never see him again. With any luck, he’s got the Grail already.

Ceviche is awesome. God bless the [insert nationality here] for inventing it in July just before I got there.

Ceviche is awesome. God bless the [insert nationality here] for inventing it in July just before I got there.

OK. Not my most adventurous outing, but I ate a frigging guinea pig so get off my back.

OK. Not my most adventurous outing, but I ate a frigging guinea pig so get off my back.

I only like my mounds of rice with a massive dimple. Think of the things I can do with a dimple!

I only like my mounds of rice with a massive dimple. Think of the things I can do with a dimple!

Fishy spaghetti. Very fishy,

Fishy spaghetti. Very fishy,

This is where Ecaudorians bring their mums on a Sunday.

This is where Ecaudorians bring their mums on a Sunday.

Like everything in Quito, it's on a tossing hill.

Like everything in Quito, it’s on a tossing hill.

Criollo
Flores N7-31 y Olmedo
Tel: +593 228 9811
http://www.elcriollo.com.ec

NARANJILLA MECANICA

Art from inside Naranjilla Mecanica. And now above my bed. Mrs Del Monte has such a surprise waiting for her when she comes home!

Art from inside Naranjilla Mecanica. And now above my bed. Mrs Del Monte has such a surprise waiting for her when she comes home!

I don;t know these people, but they seemed eager that I snap them. Then they asked me to put the camera down, but I got scared and ran away my drink was ready.

I don’t know these people, but they seemed eager that I snap them. Then they asked me to put the camera down and come in, but I got scared and ran away my drink was ready.

Naranjilla Mecanica
Jose Luis Tamayo
Quito Canton, Ecuador

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