There is a small village called Nanegalito that rests in the Andes Mountains, about half way between the top and bottom. The charming streets and colorful people lured us into the rhythm of their life. We couldn’t resist the aromas of this happy little place, and we stopped for lunch when lunch wasn’t due!
Cooked on the street corner, like all of the best foods in Ecuador,we found a traditional ethnic food called Fritada. Pork and potatoes, with maduro (sweet plantains), and mote (something like hominy) all tossed together in an artery clogging bacon sauté. After all, Fritada means “Fried”. The calorie crime for this dish is well worth the sacrifice, with melt-in-your-mouth home style cooking that made us wish we hadn’t left the source miles behind.