It’s now been a week since I arrived in Ecuador. Though I’m still dipping my toes into the culture here (culinary and otherwise), I can already tell that life as a vegan or vegetarian here is tough. Or, at least, it can be.
On the surface, it shouldn’t be that hard. I mean, we’re in a country that produces massive amounts of fresh and high-quality plant foods, and a society that consumes plenty of potatoes, rice, and sugar. Should be a dream for those of us who get our kicks on a high-carb, plant-based diet. And the truth is that it can be that simple.
However, if you’re looking to truly indulge in the standard Ecuadorian fare, a few problems can arise.