Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dining in Peru

My recent trip to Peru was the adventure of a lifetime. There were exceedingly happy moments, and some of the saddest times of my life (I won’t speak about it on this blog, but if you know me, you know what happened).

Moving on.

Peruvian food is one of my favorites. I have had it plenty of times in the States, enjoying Jalea Marisco and Lomo Saltado in LA at Marios, as well as creating some of the dishes in my own kitchen. The flavors are quite prominent and robust, combining the flavors of Incan culture and Chinese spices (yes, there were many Chinese immigrants to Peru!). Hence, the cuisine of Peru is like no other.

Aji Pollo at Inka Grill

My first night, we went to the recommended Inka Grill, where I ordered the aji de pollo a la brasa, a slightly spicy, creamy chicken dish served with potatoes and rice. As I found out, no food is more Peruvian than the potato. They have thousands of varieties, and nearly every meal comes with some sort of potato.

Lomo Saltado
We also had some of the best Lomo Saltado that I’ve ever had, which is steak, peppers, onions, and tomatoes stir-fried, served with potatoes and rice.

Alpaca Steak

Pear tart with homemade ice cream at ChiCha

Creme Brulee with purple corn Pudding at ChiCha

Chi-cha was another favorite – both the purple corn drink and the chic restaurant. Such innovative food! Great combination of modern techniques and classic Peruvian ingredients, such as crème brulee served atop a purple corn pudding. Yum.

I can’t not mention the awesome drinks! Aside from the ubiquitous Pisco Sours, there was a drink called the Machu Picchu with three layers of mint liqueur, sour mix, and chicha. Amazing! And very pretty to look at!

Pisco Sour

Machu Picchu drink

Before you ask, no, I did not eat any of the Cuy, or Guinea pig. I don’t eat cute things! After seeing these little guys running around, I don’t really see how I could. This place had a pen that kept the guinea pigs so that you could pick your pig, then they slaughtered and cooked it! Aigh!!!!

Oh, and if you go to Lima, for gosh's sake, eat the seafood! I had some of the best Jalea Mariscos (fried seafood platter) of my life! And huge portions! You will never leave a Peruvian table hungry. For certain.

I think that I need to hit up Marios for my Peru fix. 
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