Live to Eat

Daily Prompt: How far would you travel for the best meal of your life?

Ecuadorian food porn

I have no shame in professing my love for food. Is there anything more pleasurable than a delicious meal? I think not. Food was a huge part of my life growing up, and I associate it with joy, laughter, celebration, family, and love.

In my native country of Ecuador, the most popular dish is ceviche. If you haven’t had it before, it’s essentially your choice of seafood (my favorite is shrimp), marinated in a ton of lime juice, red onions, cilantro, and maybe some tomato. (Sometimes, the seafood is actually “cooked” by the lime juice itself, but to me that just sounds… fishy.) Ceviche is a simple dish, usually served as an appetizer, but it surprises you with a burst of flavor. I’ve never introduced anyone to the dish who didn’t immediately love it.


Our “Good-bye, Ecuador” shot (I’m in the yellow)


My mom makes an excellent ceviche here in New York, but there is something about the ceviche in Ecuador that makes it out of this world. Maybe it’s because the seafood is so fresh–my family is originally from Guayaquil, a coastal city where there is quality seafood in abundance. Or maybe it’s that the produce is locally grown–the climate is tropical, and the soil is rich and fertile. But, maybe it’s also the company–my extended family, and Ecuadorians in general, are warm, generous, infectiously happy, beautiful people. And I miss them all the time.

How far would I be willing to travel for the best meal of my life? Right back home.



About Paola Mata

Mobile Developer @BuzzFeed. Co-founder of NYC Tech Latinas. Follow me: @PaolaNotPaolo

Posted on December 21, 2012, in Daily Prompt, Life, Love and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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