Exploring the market with foodies and walking around the bohemian and sunny Barranco

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our corn - this pic is Dan's
One of the first things I asked to Dan, before they come to Peru, was what he and his brother would like to do or see when they were in town. Well, Dan told me they both are foodies, so what would be better than going to an open market? Lima is becoming bigger and open markets are becoming less popular. I haven't been able to find a very good one near my house and I've been living here for almost 4 years! So good I used to leave nearby a very good and big one: Magdalena. And there we went.

After going to the gym I drove to their hostel. Ok, now we were ready to go to the market. It was about 11:30am when we arrived there. Found a parking spot and we started to walk around. I used to come to this market the whole time when I was a little girl, so I know it pretty well. They were so excited watching all the different products, veggies, fruits and of course meat - including guinea pigs.
happy foodies, sorry friends, hahaha
It was fun to show them what they already tried or would try the next few days and tried some snacks. I got a bit thirsty, so what to drink? Inca Kola! It would be the first Inca Kola for the guys, hehe :P

Well, let's go to for lunch. Where? Mmm, some time ago I went to a restaurant in Magdalena, tried to find it recently but couldn't. They serve food from the north coast. But I found them at the Food Festival! They moved - even open a II location just blocks away from the I one - and I got a business card with the map and directions. So, we drove there, hehehe. We arrived just on time. We found a table, but 5 min later it was crowded.

I asked them what they'd like to try, but they wouldn't even look at the menu. They trusted me. Ok, for appetizer I ordered the "tamalito verde" which are green tamales that have cilantro.
The incredibly tasty Tamalito Verde (green tamal made of corn with cilantro)
This dish was a big success! Hahaha. Just loved it! I was sure, they'd like it. I had it at the Festival and was so yummy! Mmm, what to order next? I was thinking about a cebiche, but they just had it the day before... so maybe something traditional from the north.

The waiter came and while I was still thinking about what to order, I ask for a "chicha morada" to drink. This is a soft drink made of the purple corn they just saw at the market and is 100% Peruvian. So the day would be just about Peru. It was a new and interesting flavor for the guys. The chicha morada is very good, but sweet.

Then the guy came with our order. Another very traditional dish in Catacaos - where the restaurant owners are from - is the "seco de chavelo" wich is mashed plantains (with a bit of pork) and a piece of a very salty meat on the top.
we couldn't eat it all...
I ordered the smallest portion and it was huge!!! It was delicious and although we tried hard, we couldn't eat it all. Too much food! Well, I saw we weren't the only ones with that "problem", most of the people were asking for doggy bags, hahaha.

Pfff, it was hard to stand up, hahaha. Ok, what to do next? Of course, nothing related to food, hahaha. When we left the restaurant it was sunny, so I thought it would be a good idea to go to bohemian Barranco, walk around and enjoy the view of the sea. We arrived to Barranco and I showed them around the square, point view and traditional sights. But it was sunny, so we could go to the furthest point view. Actually from there you can walk to the beach, after crossing a bridge over the highway, and so we did.
the poor ugly Peruvian dog...


Then instead of going the traditional way, we climbed some stairs and got lost along the old and narrow streets. Wherever you look, you can find graffitis or some kind of art, how cool! We spent around 2 hours hanging out in Barranco and were ready to keep on moving. Now the question was: what to do next?

Mmm, yesterday we missed visit the huaca (pre-inca pyramid), but not today. We wouldn't go to the same one - boring! Better go to another one, which is also very well preserved and it's located in the middle of the business area. It was so nice driving around here without the daily traffic, hehehe. The guys enjoyed the huaca and how surreal is to find an ancient building in the middle of a city. I was playing tourguide.

Well, it was getting late and I had to do some stuff at home. The guys were leaving to Cusco tomorrow early, but we'd meet when they are back, the 7th. So after giving them a couple of ideas about what to try in Cusco, we said good bye, actually it was: "see you in a couple of days!"

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our corn - this pic is Dans
our corn - this pic is Dan's
happy foodies, sorry friends, haha…
happy foodies, sorry friends, hah…
The incredibly tasty Tamalito Verd…
The incredibly tasty Tamalito Ver…
we couldnt eat it all...
we couldn't eat it all...
the poor ugly Peruvian dog...
the poor ugly Peruvian dog...
the Huge Seco de Chavelo (salty me…
the Huge Seco de Chavelo (salty m…
my plate
my plate
Dan always taking pics
Dan always taking pics
and so was David
and so was David
Rustica beach location
Rustica beach location
what is this ship doing here?
what is this ship doing here?
roof is almost falling down...
roof is almost falling down...
Im watching you... (nice graffiti)
I'm watching you... (nice graffiti)
Being poor is not a crime...
Being poor is not a crime...
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