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You’ll Say ‘What Are Thoooose’ To These Dishes, But You Know You’ll Want To Try

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We Latinos have been blessed with some of the best food ever. Perhaps the best in the world. And that’s not an overstatement. But let’s talk Ecuadorian dishes specifically, because they’re a little underrepresented and my Ecuadorian self wants to share the food wealth with y’all that don’t already know.

1. We’ll start with Ecuadorian ceviche because it’s often overshadowed by Peruvian ceviche…

Both Peru and Ecuador argue that their ceviche is the best, and while they’re similar, Ecuadorian ceviche tends to be soupier with a lot more tomatoes thrown into the mix, making it more like a salsa. Life!

2. Llapingachos

Llapingachos are a national dish that originated in Ambato, Ecuador, and they are everything you could want in a dish: mashed potato pancaked stuffed with cheese… and then fried. They’re usually served with avocado, peanut sauce, sausage or a fried egg. I told you they were perfect.

3. Fritada

Fritada de chancho is fried pork seasoned with cumin, garlic, salt and deep fried in pig fat. What sets this fried pork apart from the fried porks of our Latino neighbors is that they’re usually served with only mote or llapingachos, as to never take away from the main dish.

4. Fanesca

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You have to be at the right place at the right time to behold the deliciousness of fanesca. It’s only served and prepared in the Holy Week before Easter. Or, your tía can make it for you whenever. This is a suuuuuper rich soup made with 12 grains and beans to represent the 12 apostles of Jesús, and usually topped with hard-boiled eggs, fried platanos, AND sometimes, tiny empanadas. If you can get through it all, you will be feelin’ real blessed, tbh. *emoji prayer hands*

5. Cuy (yep, guinea pig)

The thing about cuy is that they always insist on serving it in its full rodent form, so it’s not exactly MY taste, but it’s a dish that is pretty unique to the Andean region and is beloved in Ecuador, so I had to give it a shout out. I heard it tastes like chicken…

6. Locro De Papa

Potato soup, everyone. Served with cheese! And avocados! The holy trinity.

7. Quimbolitos

Quimbolitos are a dish really traditional to the Sierra regions in Ecuador and southern Colombia. They’re made from corn flour, orange juice, vanilla and raisins that are then steamed in a corn husk. It’s like a teeny, tiny delicious cake surprise.

8. Tostado

El tostado es una especie de snack ecuatoriano que consiste en un tipo de maíz que se tuesta aliñado con sal, ajo natural y/o cebollin, y que se suele acompañar con chicharrón; aunque también lo sirven con cochino frito (conocida aquí como Fritata), papas sancochadas, e incluso riñones de cerdo, como pueden ver en las fotos. En la calle te lo venden en vasitos servidos a tu gusto, y en casa de los amigos es el perfecto acompañante de unas cervezas bien frías! #tostado #snackecuatoriano #tostadoecuatoriano #cocinaecuatoriana #gastronomiaecuatoriana #comidatipicadeecuador #comidatipicaecuatoriana #mercadodeiñaquito #quito #ecuador #quitoecuador #allyouneedisecuador #venezolanosenecuador #venezolanosenquito #venezolanosenelexterior #venezolanosenelemundo #venezolanosenelextranjero #dospandasenec #latepost

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Corn is a really big deal in Ecuador, and we absolutely love it and will eat it in every form. Most typical Ecuadorian dishes are served with tostado on the side, which is essentially toasted corn nuts that taste like popcorn that hasn’t popped. The best thing about tostado is that it’s an easy snack to take anywhere and everywhere with anything.

9. Bolón De Verde

Bolón de verde is made from mashed green plantains and stuffed with either cheese or chicharrones. Because there’s no such thing as a basic Latino meal, the bolónes alone are usually served at breakfast, but they can also be served as a sopa de verde. They are as incredible as anything combining plantains and cheese can be.

10. Chaulafán

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Peru experienced an influx of Chinese immigrants in the 1800s, thus they created a cuisine called “chifa,” which also influenced neighboring Ecuador to make its own version of fried rice, chaulafán, and it’s so, so, delish.

11. Empanadas de Morocho

I know Latinos loooove empanadas of all kinds, but when I first went to visit family in Ecuador, I had never come across ones that were as crispy and light as empanadas de morocho. Morocho is cracked hominy, so it’s like eating a fried ball of grits, which is my kinda thing. Morocho is also used to make morocho de leche, a very typical hot soothing drink served hot with cinnamon and raisins. Yuuuuumm!

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This Queen Was Dethroned And She Is Fighting Back With A $15 Million Lawsuit


This Queen Was Dethroned And She Is Fighting Back With A $15 Million Lawsuit

Genésis Dávila and her attorney are not holding back.

Genésis Dávila was recently crowned Miss Florida USA 2017 — or so she thought. She was stripped of her title a week after the pageant. According to Dávila and her attorney, the Puerto Rican beauty queen and model was questioned about her hair and makeup after being awarded the crown and sash for Miss Florida USA 2017. According to WPLG Local 10 News, Grant Gravitt, the executive producer of the Miss Florida USA pageant, the whole incident started when the organization received several complaints that Dávila had professionals doing her hair and makeup during the event, which are against pageant regulations. Dávila and her attorney have filed a $15 million lawsuit against the executive producer of the pageant, claiming it was rigged to benefit the runner-up.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy on rules,” Gravitt told Local 10. “Whether it’s something major or minor, it’s all about keeping an equal and level playing field. Unfortunately, our title holder sought an unfair competitive advantage, and that’s just not acceptable in our system.”

Dávila realized she lost her crown after Linette De Los Santos, the runner-up, posted a picture of herself wearing a Miss Florida USA crown and sash.

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CREDIT: Credit: Lynette De Los Santos / Facebook

That’s right, Dávila says pageant officials notified the runner-up of the change without telling her she had been disqualified.

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According to Dávila’s attorney, the photo below became the center of the controversy.

Some have pointed to this photo of proof that Dávila was working with professionals. But Dávila’s attorney argues that the photo in question was from a photo shoot that happened one week before the actual pageant, meaning no rules were broken. During a press conference, Dávila told reporters that she did her own hair and makeup for the pageant. Gravitt disputes this, claiming to have received several complaints and eyewitnesses to the contrary.

Dávila has also claimed that Gravitt also questioned her U.S. citizenship… despite the fact that she was born in Puerto Rico.

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READ: Dethroned Miss Universe Puerto Rico Is Suing For $3M And Wants Her Crown Back

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