I love food. I love to cook food, eat food, try new foods, and I basically think about food all day long.
Peru has been a wonderful food experience in so many ways.
The fruit of Peru… Wow. It’s hard to put into words, the papayas are HUGE and so delicious. The bananas are sweater and creamier, the mangos have the strongest mango taste, like no mango in the US, and the avocados. Wow. I don’t know where to start. I love avocados, but the avocados here (palto in Spanish) are the best I have ever had. I could eat these avocados at every meal. They are perfectly ripe every single time, no blemishes, no brown spots, never hard or too squishy. They are creamy and if I could smuggle a box of these I would throw out all my clothing to make space for them.
The best thing here is the fresh juices. No sugar added. All fresh pure ripe fruit. Across the street from my host stay is a juice joint that sells you a huge container (like to go Chinese soup size) of fresh juiced fruit and veggies of your choice for 5 soles. That’s less than $2. When I discovered this place my life changed. I have had so much fresh juice I don’t know how I will go back to paying $10 for a small smoothie.
One of my favorite restaurants here is Green Point in San Blas. It’s a vegan restaurant with a daily menu of salad bar, fresh squeezed juice, soup, a main and a dessert for 12 soles. It packed with vegetables and quinoa and flavor and each day that menu changes and each time I go I am in food heaven. If you ever go to Cusco, Peru I recommend dropping everything and running to this restaurant for the best vegan food of your life.
The food at my home stay. The food here was a bit different than the vegan food I mentioned. This food was a warm, delicious carb loaded experience. At one point I had pasta, potato, sweet potato and bread at one meal. Wow. Looking back I think this food might have helped me sleep each night because my body was so busy digesting!! With that said I cleaned my plate every time and often doubled up on the pan dulce! I had spaghetti, tacos, baked chicken, rice, potatoes, soups, fruit, lots of breads, Peruvian Chinese food (comida Chifa in Peru) and lots of guacamole!
I probably ate 15 empanadas in the last two weeks. They are so fast and so delicious I can’t stop ordering them when on the go. One empanada is 3 soles. That’s about $1. Yeah… I will miss Peruvian prices for sure.
A popular Peruvian dish is lomo saltado. It’s delicious. Steak, tomatoes, potatoes and onions sauted with a side of rice… Yummmmmm. I also tried alpaca saltado. The alpaca was great! Tasted a lot like steak.