There are certain moments you don’t even remember you had stored in your memory bank that start to pour in once you revisit a place. Flashbacks that fill your mind with all the good times, a feeling so beautiful that you can’t help but smile.
When I got off the plane in Peru, it all started coming back to me. It had been six years since I visited Peru, far too long in my opinion, but I was finally here. Happy to taste the exquisite flavors of the traditional food, happy to see my family who brings joy to my soul, and happy to see and smell the ocean once again…after a few weeks of traveling inland.
THE FLAVORS OF PERU
There is an incredible gastronomy scene in Peru. Lima is the only capital in South America located on the coast, and the ceviche here can’t be beaten. You can only imagine how excited I was to try the local favorites like Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina and the classic Pisco Sour drink.
We ate at Panchita and sampled the classics with a twist. A piqueo filled with tamalito, papa rellena, ocopa, choclo a la huancaina, causa limena, anticucho de corazon, chicharron, camote y salsa criolla. We followed it up with the seven colors of the criolla kitchen. The small portions were just the right size to sample it all. Dishes include mollejitas a la limena, aji de gallina, carapulcra, cau cau, sangrecita, patita, frejoles con jugo y arroz.
When in Lima, visit El Malecon, situated along the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. I caught up with a friend from Hawaii at Larcomar, a shopping center in the Miraflores district of Lima. and we tasted Peruvian craft beer in Miraflores. I ate at Tanta twice, once in Miraflores and a second time at the airport. Panchita and Tanta are the brainchildren of chef Gastón Acurio, who is widely known for putting Peruvian cuisine on the map.
I’m not sure when I’ll be back in Peru. Hopefully, it won’t be another six years, but I do know that the cuisine here will always be my favorite!
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