Waiting for his flight back home, sharing a delicious lunch and chilling out in Lima :)
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December 17th, 2008 – by: yadilitta
We have been in touch while he was in Cusco and when he arrived to Lima he gave me a call. Unfortunately his flight was delayed and by the time he was able to meet me, I wasn't. No problem, we arranged to meet next morning. After working and leaving everything ready I went to his hostel and then we drove to Miraflores.
It was time for lunch. Where should we go? Well, we were in Lima, so cebiche is a MUST! I was missing my cebiche so much, that Alfonso shouldn't say this word twice, haha. But where to go? Our most famous chef here is Gaston Acurio and he has also a Cebicheria, uhmmmm. During his first stay in Lima, Alfonso went to different restaurants but this one "La Mar" was still missing. So the choice was obvious: "La Mar"!
We arrived to the restaurant around 1pm. Mmm, there was no place to park, oh oh! I gave the car to the valet parking and we went inside the restaurant. As I expected the place was packed. So we sat at the bar while we were waiting. Of course we were in Lima, so the logic choice to drink was a Pisco Sour, very refreshing! We toasted for our new friendship, Salud! A waiter came with complimentary "mote" which is bigger than the usual corn.
We were just having our pisco and I saw the Colombian family who were driving with Eric and me in our way back from Aguas Calientes to Cusco, haha. The hostess asked us if we'd like to have lunch at the bar since there were 2 empty seats now, mmm. No, thanks! We preferred to wait for a table. If we were having our cebiches in one of the most famous cebicherias in Lima, let's make it in the proper way, :P
Finally almost at 2 there was a table for us, yay! The waiter brought some spicy sauces and a basket with potato, sweet potato and banana chips. Although you are inside the restaurant it is semi out-doors, which is perfect for the warm days.
Alfonso got the classic cebiche and I got my tiradito. They both were so fresh and yummy. And the presentation was really nice! While we were having our meal, he was telling me about a guy he met at the hostel. Later we saw one of the waiter coming with 3 people to the table next to ours. It was funny because one of these 3 people was the Indian guy he was talking me about, haha. So, we asked the waiter if we could join the tables and so we did.
The other 2 people were 2 girls from NYC. All of them met at the hostel and were in their way back home. We were getting full, but still wanted to try something else, so we ordered a main dish to share. This time the traditional jalea, which was really tasty too!!! The Indian guy - so bad I don't remember his name - was showing me his pictures from his days in Machu Picchu.
We all were enjoying a delicious meal in Lima, chilling out and having fun. Their holidays were getting over, but they all had a great time in Peru and would remember my country for a long long time :)
Around 4:30pm, Alfonso and I left. His flight back to Santiago was still at 10:30pm, so he should be at the airport at 7:30pm. We had plenty of time. We took a drive around Miraflores and parked in one of the parks to enjoy the view of the sea. I wish I'd have driven Alfonso to the airport, but the traffic was crazy because of the holidays and it would have taken me for ever driving back home. It was so nice meeting him and I hope I'll meet him soon again in Santiago :)
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