The food in Ecuador has been good to me: it’s cheap, hearty, and often finds a way to incorporate potatoes…I love potatoes. Still, as a big time grazer I often need a little snack to get me by, and what snack says ‘Murica quite like a PB & J? So one day I took off to a local supermarket in search of peanut butter, bread, and jelly. In the end I learned a new lesson from each ingredient.
First, as cheap as food can be in Ecuador, peanut butter is not cheap. An average sized container of peanut butter was $9!! So I had to settle for a tiny jar that ran me just over $5.
Second, a jar of jelly can be a snob.
Third, a bag of bread can be a bimbo.
I hadn’t seen these brand names before coming to Ecuador, so the surprises led to audible laughs right there in the supermarket. I was so amused I tried to explain the meaning of ‘snob’ to my host family when I returned, but it didn’t translate the hilarity. Bonus lesson learned: for as long as I’m in Ecuador ‘snob’ is simply a brand of jelly.