Quito Kebobs

QUITO – Besides the rain poncho and umbrella vendors who worked along the fringes of Thursday’s anti-government demonstration here, yesterday was also a good day for kebob vendors working near the Plaza de San Francisco. Like this one on Calle Simon Bolivar, just west of the plaza, who prepared my dinner.

Shish kebobs are ubiquitous in the Ecuadorian capital, whose variety of combinations is limited only to the imagination of the vendors grilling them up each evening. Most have either have skewered chicken or beef as the main attraction, with vegetables, potatoes and/or slices of sausage added to fill out the foot-long stick. I’m trying to convince my neighborhood favorite to add more veggies, maybe even swapping out a potato. Mayonnaise is always offered and I always refuse, preferring aji, or a hot sauce, instead.

What doesn’t vary much is the price, standard at just a dollar; only once do I recall paying $1.25, but parting with that extra quarter was well worth it.

For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the 431st straight, was taken on 19 March 2015 in Quito.

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