An Easy to Learn 2 Player Card Game
VIDEO: How to Play Cuarenta -- Ecuador’s Favorite Card Game
It’s common to visit a park in Ecuador, especially in the Sierra region, and see a group of older men crowded around two people playing cards. These two old-timers are probably playing Cuarenta, the most popular card game in Ecuador.
Cuarenta means 40 in Spanish. The game is called this because it only uses 40 cards, and the first to 40 wins the game.
It’s a really fun game to play. If you and a partner are traveling to Ecuador, why not learn the rules so Cuarenta can keep you entertained as you travel the beautiful country of Ecuador.
Read about this series here: the Eat Ecuador Food Series
Traditional Ecuadorian Empanadas and What Sets them Apart from other Empanadas
All over Central and South America you’ll find empanadas -- a stuffed starch filled with various ingredients that makes a great snack or meal. The name comes from the Spanish word ’empanar’, which means “enbreaded”. They were brought to the Americas by the Spanish, but each country has their own take on them.
How to do it, what to get, how much it will cost
Ecuador is an incredible place to motorcycle. Most of the roads are in great condition. There are mountain roads and coastal roads with magnificent views. For the more adventurous, there are precarious dirt, gravel, and stone roads that will take you to hard to reach off-the-beaten-path destinations. The best way to experience it all is on two wheels.
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蚂蚁上树 -- Mǎ Yǐ Shàng Shù
Glass noodles in a delicious sauce with ground pork.
Jiān dàn miàn – 煎蛋面
Fried egg and fresh tomatoes in a savory broth with noodles.
We are seasoned travelers. We’ve been to over 30 countries. We’ve taken beat-up buses through dangerous switchbacks. We’ve shared rooms with snakes, rats, and who knows what else. We’ve spewed liquid out of both ends in both hemispheres. And to be honest, I kind of like that aspect of travel. Unpredictability makes life exciting.
And then there’s India.
After booking a flight for a week-long trip to Taiwan, we started researching things to do. Our list ended up looking like a restaurant menu. For us, food is almost always the highlight of a good trip, but in Taiwan the possibilities overwhelmed us. I was more excited about a Taipei night market, than I was Ankor Wat or Machu Picchu. We decided to stay in Taipei for the whole week, and basically live like a local -- a local that’s on the highway to obesity.
Taipei, Taiwan -- The Greatest Food City in the World?