CBS reports on the annual Peruvian guinea pig (cuy) festival -- and it's not just about running on a little wheel or navigating mazes; it's about who tastes best "grilled, fried, [or] baked":
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Peru's celebration of the guinea pig included contests for the biggest, the best-dressed _ and the tastiest. The second annual festival of the cuy, as guinea pigs are known in the Andes, brought brass bands into the streets of highland Churin on Sunday to celebrate all things related to the furry rodents.
"Zero cholesterol! Protein for anemia!" Teresa Figeroa shouted from under her woven, flower-lined hat.
For 20 soles ($7), she sold plates of guinea pig fried, grilled, baked _ even cuy au vin _ with generous helpings of Andean potatoes and large Peruvian corn called choclo.
You will get this everywhere...in some place they will be eating what in another place is considered a "pet" or "cute animal". Cuy isn't for everyone...just as deer, snake, alligator, possum, or turtle may not be for everyone in the US, even though it's eaten there.
If you are a bit adventurous and find yourself in Lima...I suggest getting the cuy at Astrid y Gaston...it's a fillet of the cuy meat, and has an amazing taste.
Honestly, the smell is quite similar (at least, the one I had)...
P.S Debating on "how" they were killed beforehand personally is irrelevant in swaying my feelings on the matter. It's still disturbing. Full stop.