An afternoon with Francois and a Cosmopolitan Mini Meet Up :)

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Gunther wanted to go sightseeing with me, haha
This was Francois’ 2nd day in Peru. The night before we agreed to meet for lunch. I picked him up at Rom’s at 1:15pm in my new car, haha. I have driven some TB’s before, but never with this car. Francois is the 1st one :) So, this drive was even more special, hehe. Although is winter time in Lima, these past few days have been sunny and this wasn’t an exception. Ok, what do we like to eat when is sunny??? Cebiche!!! So, let’s go for some fish & seafood. I remembered he made a comment to one of my reviews of a restaurant, which serves a Peruvian buffet. So, instead to go to a place just for Fish and Seafood, better going to this restaurant, where he could get not only the Fish and Seafood, but also other Peruvian dishes :P 

The traffic was crazy, but finally we arrived.

mmm, should I try it?? yes, you did and loved it!!!
This place is in other area of Lima, close to the Financial area, but not in the same district. So the drive gave me the chance to show him other places of Lima, including the crazy traffic of the city, haha. I hope he considered it safe, how I drove, haha. We arrived to the restaurant and I was concerned about where to park. There were no free Parking Spots in front of the restaurant, but the watchman let me park in a Parking Spot saved for handicapped, hehehe. There was a table also waiting for us, lucky us!!!! We have been drinking the night before, so we just had lemonade and Inca Kola, hehe. Since it was a buffet it was self service. Francois followed me to the appetizers station. There was the Chef, Eduardo, who recognized me. He treated us as the favorite customers of the place, haha. He wanted to take pic of us and wanted us to try every single dish.
nice bar!
Francois got some Cebiche and Seafood of course, besides other Peruvian hot appetizers.

We went back to our table and started enjoying our meal, while we were just talking about ourselves, travels, hobbies, etc. Ok, time for round 2!! These time the hot dishes. I joined Francois in order to introduce him to all the dishes. There was one “Aji de Gallina” (made of chicken with a dressing of milk, yellow pepper, etc) he wanted to try definitively. We have been talking about this dish, so it was a MUST and he loved it!!!! I didn’t want anything hot, so I went back for more cold appetizers and Eduardo told me I brought him luck, haha; my friends and I would always be welcomed there. After having our entrees, we were feeling a bit full, but Francois is just like me, he loves the sweets and desserts, haha. So, let’s move to the desserts’ station! We tried the Peruvian traditional dessert and despite we were full, we couldn’t help it and went for a 2nd round :P

We left the restaurant around 3pm and we were thinking about where to go.

I conquered the world!!!!
Well, I wanted to show Francois a “huaca”, which is a mud pyramid. The biggest are in the North, but since he wouldn’t be able to go there, I decided to show him one that is located in Lima. It was the perfect time, before rush hour. We visited huaca “Huallamarca” in San Isidro. These huacas are the buildings – usually ceremonial – built by the Pre-Incas in the Coast. First we climbed it and then we visited the museum next to it. And I became a guide/translator, haha. Also we were able to see the “Peruvian dog”, which is special because it doesn’t have hair, hehe. While we were learning about the huaca, Jenny called me letting me know she would go to my house later that day. Ok! We had plans, hehe.  

We left the huaca and went for some cremoladas – yummy! The cremoladas are like iced water, so refreshing and tasteful.

enjoying our Cremoladas, :P
We went to the best place for Cremoladas and I got one of Carambola and he one of mango. They were refreshing. It was almost 6pm and I needed to do some shopping before going back home for our “Cheese & Wine”. First we picked up Francois’ Champagne. We agreed some time ago, we’d have that “Ch & W”, I would bring a bottle of Argentinean wine and he would bring Champagne hehe. After that we made a quick stop at the Indian Market. I needed to buy 2 shirts, hehe and then we went to the Supermarket. We bought cheese (Brie, Goad with Herbs & Peruvian), cabanossi (spicy sausage), baguette, olives and a bottle of Peruvian wine. I called Jim and he found a sports bar playing the baseball game he wanted to watch, so we would go to my house, after it was over, mmm, ok. 

Francois and I were back at my home around 8pm.

with Francois!!!
We put the champagne, cheese and sausage in the fridge and had some free time before the people arrived. I needed time to check my TB, haha, also Francois had some time to know the SA TB Headquarters and we could see a book about Peru and discuss about ideas of where Francois could to go next. It was already past 9 when Jenny arrived. She was lost! But finally she could make it. The 3 of us were just chatting when Jim called me and let me know he was with another TB, Cinthia, who I didn’t know. Of course, she would be also welcome! Also Romain called and let me know he was leaving and was in his way to my house, yeah!!!!

Around 11pm the whole group was together: Francois, Jenny, Jim, Cinthia, Romain and Yadi :) We had our wine and cheese.

Playing with the toy Jim brought Gunther :) Gunther loves it!!! Thanks, Jim :)
Cinthia couldn’t stay longer. She was feeling a bit sick. First of all Jim wanted to play with Gunther, haha, and Gunther was more than happy to have a new play buddy ;) Romain was fascinated with the Brie. He wasn’t able to find a good one during all his time in Lima and Francois did it during his first day in the supermarket near to my house, haha. The 2 Miraflorinos: Jim & Francois, were proud talking about their city, what ?!?!?! I refused to accept that, especially from Romain who hasn’t visited Machu Picchu yet, but he just said: “Shadi, Shadi, Shadi, you have to accept the fact, I’m a Peruvian, haha, that’s what you wish, haha. Anyway, we agreed we all are “Cosmopolitan” :)  

Francois was telling the rest of the gang about the great time we had and every time, he told where we went, what we ate or visited, Romain opened his eyes wider and moved his head from one side to the other just asking: “Why??? Shadi, why didn’t you do it for me????” Well, simple answer: “Aren’t you a Peruvian? Haha ;)”

Francois wanted to smoke and went outside, 2 minutes later, he and Gunther were playing haha.

with my cosmopolitan boys!!! - love them!!!
The bottles of wine were gone, but we were still missing the champagne.  I took that out of the fridge and Francois opened it. We toasted for the “Cosmopolitan Friends” and for the next fun days to come. Francois would leave to the South after 2 days, maybe Jim and Jenny would meet him there. I would leave to MI in 2 days (it will be part of another blog) and Romain would fly to France on Friday. So it was a “Cosmopolitan Good Bye Party”. But at least 3 of us will be celebrating the Peruvian National Holidays the 28th of July, yeah!!!!! 

The Cosmopolitan Friends rock!!!!!!!

yadilitta says:
haha, it was difficult to summarize everything haha. I enjoyed that day a lot!
Posted on: Jul 30, 2008
FR-ank says:
i didn't see it before. :) good resume of my 2nd day...
CONGRATZ to You ;)
was awesome
Posted on: Jul 30, 2008
yadilitta says:
yes, he is! He should come back next monday, yay!!!
Posted on: Jul 23, 2008
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mmm, should I try it?? yes, you di…
mmm, should I try it?? yes, you d…
nice bar!
nice bar!
I conquered the world!!!!
I conquered the world!!!!
enjoying our Cremoladas, :P
enjoying our Cremoladas, :P
with Francois!!!
with Francois!!!
Playing with the toy Jim brought G…
Playing with the toy Jim brought …
with my cosmopolitan boys!!! - lov…
with my cosmopolitan boys!!! - lo…
Dont dare you, Gunther!
Don't dare you, Gunther!
having lunch with Francois ;)
having lunch with Francois ;)
enjoying desserts, yummy!!
enjoying desserts, yummy!!
at the dessert station, hehe
at the dessert station, hehe
tasty desserts
tasty desserts
the peruvian dog! yes, it doesnt …
the peruvian dog! yes, it doesn't…
Francois climbing the Huaca :)
Francois climbing the Huaca :)
Im taller than the buildings, yay…
I'm taller than the buildings, ya…
whats he doing? checking TB of co…
what's he doing? checking TB of c…
my Peruvian napkins hehehe
my Peruvian napkins hehehe
the table was getting ready...
the table was getting ready...
Jim loves to play with Gunther :)
Jim loves to play with Gunther :)
now, you have to play with me...
now, you have to play with me...
good boy!
good boy!
:)
:)
grrrrrrrrrrrrr
grrrrrrrrrrrrr
Salud - cheers, for the new friend…
Salud - cheers, for the new frien…
cheers! Jim, Cinthia & Jenny
cheers! Jim, Cinthia & Jenny
3 Peruvian TBs: Cinthia, Yadi & J…
3 Peruvian TB's: Cinthia, Yadi & …
what are you thinking about Jim???
what are you thinking about Jim???
Jenny enjoyed the cheese!
Jenny enjoyed the cheese!
Romain, Romain, when will you acce…
Romain, Romain, when will you acc…
so concentrated, mmm
so concentrated, mmm
who is more Miraflorino???
who is more Miraflorino???
no, no, no, Im more Miraflorino. …
no, no, no, I'm more Miraflorino.…
you must be kidding, hehe
you must be kidding, hehe
haha, are you serious???
haha, are you serious???
and you were saying, you didnt wa…
and you were saying, you didn't w…
With my boys: Romain, Jim and Fran…
With my boys: Romain, Jim and Fra…
Francois liked Gunther
Francois liked Gunther
and Gunther liked Francois
and Gunther liked Francois
Romain & Francois spoiling Gunther…
Romain & Francois spoiling Gunthe…
play with me!!!
play with me!!!
you too!!!
you too!!!
come on, Gunther!
come on, Gunther!
looking for a piece of bread
looking for a piece of bread
in the middle of 3 great guys!!!
in the middle of 3 great guys!!!
happy friends: Jenny, Yadi, Franco…
happy friends: Jenny, Yadi, Franc…
Jenny, Jim, Yadi & Francois, happy…
Jenny, Jim, Yadi & Francois, happ…
our Champagne
our Champagne
opening the Champagne, yummy
opening the Champagne, yummy
poring the Champagne, keep it goin…
poring the Champagne, keep it goi…
our Champagne!!!
our Champagne!!!
with our Champagne, yummy!!!
with our Champagne, yummy!!!
with our Champagne, Yadi, Jenny & …
with our Champagne, Yadi, Jenny &…
Jim, Yadi, Francois & Jenny :)
Jim, Yadi, Francois & Jenny :)
Jim, the hunter is practicing givi…
Jim, the hunter is practicing giv…
Jim in action
Jim in action
the corks of the glasses we had: P…
the corks of the glasses we had: …
with my cosmopolitan gloves, haha
with my cosmopolitan gloves, haha
ok, with the Miraflorinos!! I said…
ok, with the Miraflorinos!! I sai…
Cosmopolitan people: Francois, Jen…
Cosmopolitan people: Francois, Je…
who wants to leave???
who wants to leave???
I dont want to leave...
I don't want to leave...
ready to leave :(
ready to leave :(
time to go...
time to go...
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