11 ‘FOODS’ YOU WILL FIND IN THE BO­LI­VIAN ANDES AT 5 700M (+/-) ABOVE SEA LEVEL

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BUCKET CHICKEN

Looks like chicken, must be chicken. Found in ev­ery vil­lage square in a plastic bucket, mar­i­nat­ing in some­thing orange.

KET­TLE CHIPS

Poke a hole in the bag to let the air out, then smash ’em, crunch ’em, and com­press ’em for a light­weight and savoury snack.

LOCOTO

Tongue-melt­ing pow­der that’s great on al­most any­thing.

REGIA

Congealed salt and oil; the ‘I Can’t Be­lieve It’s Not But­ter!’ of Bo­livia.

AJI-NO-MEN BEEFFLAVOUR RA­MEN

Noo­dles and pow­dered beef. ¡Qué sa­bor!

MAYONESA

This is sort of may­on­naise, in the same way that ap­ple Fruit Sparkles are sort of ap­ples.

TUNA

La­belled ‘tuna’; pun­gent and gross; a Tro­jan horse of di­etary vengeance. Do not eat!

COCA-COLA

Move over Michael Jackson! Ev­ery­one knows Coca-Cola is the King of Pop.

EGGS

They can’t help but be or­ganic and free range.

PEPSI

Fake, knock-off, wannabe Coca-Cola; bought in haste; what­ever you do, do not make this mis­take.

‘THAT LEAF’

Bo­li­vian wizards, shamans and ad­ven­tur­ers have used the coca leaf for eons (it’s said to aid in alti­tude sick­ness, di­ges­tion, cir­cu­la­tion, headaches, and ‘reg­u­lar­ity’). True, when it’s put through a chem­i­cal process it be­comes co­caine, but that’s not how most Bo­li­vians use it. Like them, we stuffed the raw leaf in our cheeks and chewed on it all day. Im­por­tant: don’t ‘eat’ eat it.

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