I've also always preferred eating what street vendors are selling anywhere in the world as it's often more fresh, prepared right in front of your eyes and cheap ( without paying high rent for a street location vendors offer value for money ).
Your pics are worth a 1000 words and help inform people who may have not traveled much understand how easily they can travel on a budget.
Andy, Have FUN taking time off on your vacation from your endless "vacation" away from an on-site career or job. It will be interesting to read your friend's experiences in Cuba while you're away is this the first time you've allowed someone to travel and write about their trip on your behalf posted on this blog? We're also taking off around Chinese New Years 2010 for a few months going places we haven't gone before but always dreamed of going.
Couldn't agree with you more about street food , it's the best and safest . My Daughter Alysanne and I have eaten and avoided such complaints as the Delhi Belly and Montezuma's Revenge in many far flung out posts . The only time we ever got sick was when I weakened and tired of Cabbage soup in Burma . insisting on an expensive dinner in a Hilton type Hotel . The only good thing about such establishments is their availabillity if you run short of toilet paper. incidentally , why are there so many cooking schools for Americans in Thailand when all the locals seem to get their dishes cooked in the streets ?
I can say without a hesitation of a doubt, that the ONLY times I have ever gotten sick while traveling in third world countries is at fine dining establishments - this coming from someone who eats anything off a stick, griddle, or plastic tub on the street. We have a boutique hotel down here in the Republic of Panama (http://www.loscuatrotulipanes.com) and give the spiel to guests every time...
"Yes, it is OK to eat the lettuce. Yes, it's OK to drink the water. And finally, anyone who doesn't indulge in the street food in Casco Viejo is somehow kidding themselves."
Our neighborhood is quite the spectacle (lots of glamor) with a number of snazzy new restaurants opening up on a regular basis - but the hot chorizos, cold ceviches, and 50 cent beers you can buy on the street corner are about as good as they come!
I can't beleive it! I just got back from Port au Prince, I have been following your travels for several years now, I would have loved to meet you! Oh well, maybe some distant land...