Anyone who wants to preserve their pristine image of guinea pigs as cute, cuddly pets should probably stay away from certain vending carts in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.
Aww, What Cute Little Paws and Ears! (Tastes Like Chicken)
Along with the usual meat dishes, with rice and beans and vegetables, the vendors in the park offered roasted guinea pig, which they call “cuy” (pronounced koo-ee).
Usually, you can see women sitting around open barbecues holding wooden poles on which the animals are impaled.
The guinea pigs’ little paws and ears are cooked crispy black, and their fat drips and sizzles into the coals and — well, you get the idea.