Last day of Dan & David in Peru was a full of new flavors :)
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October 7th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
So, I went to their hostel at 1pm and we went to have lunch. The traffic was crazy and it took us longer than expected to arrive to Lince - the area where we'd have lunch. Well, I had more time to listen about their adventures in Machu Picchu. They were lucky it wasn't raining when they visited MP, but it did the day before and the day after... I was thinking about 2 restaurants and both were on the same street.
Just realized I never had a beer with the guys, but this was about changing. We ordered beer and here is one of the only places in Lima where you can find "Arequipena" beer, hahaha. This place is famous among the arequipenos and people who love that food. Their food is very good and everything there would remind you of that city. Ok, now it was time to order the food.
We'd have just 1 dish, didn't want to ruin our appetite, hehehe. It was a platter with 3 of the most famous dishes in Arequipa: sarsa de patitas (boiled cow feet with onions), rocoto relleno (spicy red pepper stuffed with meat) & chicharron (fried pork).
I've tried rocoto relleno several times, but this one was one of the best I've ever tried and became Dan's favorite. I already sent him the recipe, hahaha. How did I find this restaurant? Well, the famous chef Gaston was looking for the best places to eat Arequipena food and I took note of the name of the place. Also they were at the Food Festival and the line for the rocoto relleno was endless! But totally worth it.
At last but not least, the chicharrones. Dan told me he had chicharrones in Cusco, but they weren't good.
I wouldn't want they to leave Peru without trying the anticuchos (cow heart). They were aware what it was and even though wanted to try them, how great! These guys are perfect company to explore different restaurants and eateries. You can find anticuchos in so many places and I have my favorite one. But I was looking forward to try the one winning the Food Festival and there we went. I couldn't believe this restaurant was in my daily way from the university to home. I drove in front of them daily! But never tried them, hahaha. Now it'd change.
It was a good idea to order just 1 dish. Now we weren't hungry at all. "No estoy hambriento" ("I'm not hungry), but that wouldn't stop us trying dessert. A traditional dessert is: "Picarones" which are similar to the beignets with a fruity syrup. This place was the winner for the 2nd place in the Picarones constest, and the #1 was a small restaurant next door! Wow! So, better moved next door, hahaha. We ordered 1 portion of picarones and the guys liked it too. It was almost 4pm and it was time to leave for me.
Before going back home, I drove them back to their hostel. I had so much fun hanging out with them. Tried new food, new places and was able to share Peruvian culture aka food with 2 great guys!
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