Enjoying Peruvian Food, yay for our cuisine!!!

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After watching the tv and reading about the festival, I told my mom we HAVE TO go early if we want to enjoy it. On Saturday, the place was really crowded and tickets were sold out. And I was thinking Sunday would be even worse... So, I woke up early, took Gunther for a walk (7 am! on a Sunday morning) I think I was the only crazy one doing that, hahaha. The gym opens at 9am, so I just worked out there for 1/2 an hour. We agreed to leave home at 10:00. Mmm, I arrived home and they were just having breakfast. What?!?!? OMG! In order to be ready for all the delicious food, I just had a cup of tea, hahaha.

Finally we left about 10:40am, pfff. We went by taxi. Nobody wanted to drive in the middle of the crazy traffic, nor to worry about where to park.
me and my cousin
The Festival's doors opened at 10 and we arrived at 11, not too bad. You could notice you were arriving, since there was a really long line. My dad was: "too many people, too many people, who's gonna wait that long?" I was about saying: "me!" but instead I told him: "take it easy, they might be people who don't have an entrance ticket." And I was right - as usual :P We had our tickets and didn't have to make any line. It was easy and fast. It was early, but there were many people arriving.

In order to go to the main square, you have to cross a street with stands both sides. They were selling cook books, cooking apparel, silverware, chinas, and everything you could need. Mmm, I would stop in my way out. There was something called Gourmet Passport that looked interesting.
lots of people arriving
At this point we started to split. My mom, dad, aunt and cousin were watching every single detail, although there were many things they didn't need. Me? Well, I have already highlighted what I wanted to see and wanted to go there before the place gets crowded. So good we had cellphones to be in touch, hehehe.

I arrived to the square and started to explore the area. Mmm, I saw the "El Rincon de los panes y quesos" (Corner of bread and cheeses). I'm not that much into bread, but know my parents, aunt and cousin are. They were giving free samples plus you can watch the different types of bread and cheese from the country. I started to do the line - which wasn't too long - and called my dad. They showed up and took my place. At the restaurants you didn't need to use money.
the leche de tigre
You had to exchange that for tickets, mmm. So, while they were waiting for the bread, I'd look for the cashiers to exchange some money, wanted to avoid the expected long lines.

I my way I saw a stall selling cebiche. Mmm, I took a close look and read the name of it: "El Veridico de Fidel". I always wanted to go to that restaurant - heard to many great things about it - but it's located in a dodgy area... nevermind, now they were here!!! Time to try it!!! There were 2 lines, 1 for paying and the other for getting the food. At the stalls the tickets system didn't work. You had to pay in cash. But it was so cheap... couldn't resist it. I had a "leche de tigre", which is the juice from the cebiche, but I saw they added it a dash of milk! Also I got some fish, corn and a piece of sweet potato.
happy dad and daughter with their weapons :)
The leche de tigre here has been qualified as the best in Lima and OMG! That was so true!!!

I came back to meet my parents and my dad said they decided to leave the queue since it wasn't moving that fast for him, buuuu. He asked what I was eating. "Leche de tigre". He doesn't like fish and seafood very much but I was eating with so much pleasure, that my whole family went to get their leche de tigre, hahaha. I should be part of an advertisement campaign, hahaha. My dad was so surprised seeing me eating and enjoying so much the food and thinking about what to eat next, he couldn't believe it! According to him, I don't eat enough. Well, news! I eat a lot when I like the food :P Part of my TB secret identity ;)

At some point my dad was missing.
the tasty papa rellena!!! (potato stuffed with meat)
Where did he go? Then I saw him. He was thinking about a "papa rellena" (stuffed potato) and didn't know where to get it. I saw a stall just about this dish. Let's go there. I'd do the line to pay and you the line to pick up the food. He got his papa rellena and was happy as a kid with new toy, hahaha.

Well, now let's go to get the tickets. I didn't want to go back and forward so decided to exchange some money for tickets right away. My parents realized I was quite an expert organizing stuff, so they decided to follow me, hehehe. We got some tickets and went into the main food court. There you found tables - all were already taken - a stage for the cooking contests, and 33 of the best restaurants in Lima and other regions offering their food at cheap prices.
always a line at the Pisco Place
There were just 2 prices: S/.6 and S/12 about US$ 2 and US$4. This is gonna be sweet!!!

I had already made a list with the dishes and restaurants I wanted to try. While my mom was looking for empty chairs, difficult job, I started to check the order of the restaurants and what they were offering.  Ok, I know this restaurant, haven't tried that one... which one is this in the corner? Was the pisco place, hahaha, and as usual with a line and it wasn't even noon! hahaha.

Came back where I left family and they got chairs, nice! Well, now it was time for me to go for 1 of the dishes of the list. Restaurant: "La Preferida" Dish: "Piqueo la Preferida" (signature appetizer). So fresh and tasty!!! They gave me 4 shells with 4 different types of cebiche.
Piqueo La Preferida, La Preferida Appetizers: different type of cebiches (fish, mushrooms, seafood and fish), choritos a la chalaca (mussels)and slices of fish - so good!
And 2 slices of fish.  Yummy!!! When I went back to our spot. My mom was amazed by my dish. Mmm, are you gonna eat that? Sure! I'm not gonna have what I can have everyday... strategy, hahaha.

Hey! there was a contest about starting. That would be for the best novel baker. It was about new recipes using fruits from the rainforest. Interesting, but not that much. Now my family wanted to eat. Would we go 1 by 1? No way lets go all together and so bad for the chairs, we could do a camping like many people were doing, hehe. Ok, better to split. I wasn't sure what to get... Finally I made up my mind, called my parents and they told me where they were.

Mom got food from the rainforest - good choice! My aunt and my cousin food from the north and my dad dessert he was full with the papa rellena.
grilled baby octopus from La Pescaderia, so good!!!
And me? I got grilled baby octopus! It was delicious! When my mom saw my plate was so amazed! "Are you really gonna eat that?" "Yes! I told you many times I love seafood!" I didn't want to eat rice or pasta, nothing that would make me feel full. Preferred to taste smaller but full of flavor things. Things that I don't have at home. At home my parents don't like seafood and fish just grilled :(

We stopped to eat and met an uncle. He just arrived and was amazed by the lines, pfff. So good we arrived early. We were getting full, ufff. So we started to walk around and my cousin and me discovered something interesting. There was another place for food from the North. My ex boss in my former job loved that place. It's a small restaurant with a delicious home made food.
tamalito verde. Green tamal made with really fresh corn, cilantro, onion, garlic and fat. So good!!!
Angelita asked for a dish, but they didn't have it... anyway, the guy offered me the tamales "Tamalito verde", 2 for S/.6. That's a good deal. And I still had a S/.12 ticket left, hahaha. Let's get it.

My aunt was a bit worried, since we both were suddenly missing, but then we showed up with the tamales, hahaha. We all 5 shared them. They were made with a really tasty corn, which should be a baby because it was even a bit sweet and our corn is not sweet, and in order to make it verde "green" they used cilantro. Really delicious. I always wanted to go to this restaurant "La Paisana", but could never find it. They moved once. But not anymore, I got the business card with a map to find it, hahaha. So, next TB in town... you know where we'd go, hahaha. Ok, that was official we were too full now.
thinking which one is the best cebiche
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My dad wasn't feeling so well and decided to leave. His back was starting to hurt, ouch! We went back to the center of the food court and notice there was something going on at the contest area. What's next? "Best Cebiche Contest" OMG! This one, I HAVE TO see it and take notes for the new places to try, hahaha. There were chefs from 5 restaurants on the contest. I have already tried 3 of those places, hahaha. The winner was one I've never tried, mmm. It's located in a dodgy area and the chef used a non so common fish for cebiche. But as the judges said: the only kind of fish you need for a cebiche is a fresh one. The chef was really happy with his award. I think I could even see some tears, aww. He didn't see this coming at all, specially because his restaurant was the only not famous - that was back then, right now it might be crowded.
our desserts' picnic: churros, 4 leches and 3 leches
He was almost speachless when he received his award, but could say where the restaurant was located. Mmm, have to look for it...

Well, there were still many things to see here, but before leaving the Food Court, we'd have dessert. The "3 leches" (3 milks: regular, condensed and evaporated) is a popular dessert here and in Latin America. My aunt was looking for it. My cousin got churros. But there was still a ticket, better using it. And we got "4 leches". I asked my aunt which one was the 4th milk and she didn't know it. Mmm, I couldn't leave with the doubt. So I went back to the restaurant and asked the girl about it. The 4th milk was a dash of pisco (liquor), hahaha. That's a good one! We were a bit tired so decided to made a picnic, just to enjoy our desserts.
a potatoes stand
They were yummy. The 3 leches was so moisture, delicious! The 4 leches was more like a cake, with an interesting pisco touch :P

Ok, we had too much food. It was time to walk, pfff. Well, the Festival wasn't just about food. Farmers were brought from different parts of the country to offer their products. There was an area called: "Gran Mercado", which was a big open market where you could find things from everywhere in Peru. I found really exotic things here, like alpaca (similar to a lama) sausage, mmm. There were so many types of potatoes, chilis (aji), fruits, how nice! Of course they were offering pisco and other spirits, some of them from the rainforest. I wouldn't say no to a free sample, hahaha. At this time, I lost my mom, aunt and cousin, hahaha.
where's my body???
The place was packed and it got even worse when the Lima Major showed up, pffff.

We left this area and went to an open place that was about the "rustic cuisines", there we saw the famous pachamanca (they cook the meat underground), chancho al cilindro (pork cooked in a barrel), etc. Wow, this part was a success. Most of the places run out of food. Mmm. Looked good, but I'm more about fish and seafood :P But I saw one I'd like to try. Took note of the phone number, since you have to make a reservation, just cooked for a certain number of people.

We kept on walking and my mom was getting ready to leave. Ok, but I still have a ticket and there was something I was missing and I wouldn't leave the place without having it: a Pisco Sour! Hahaha. Mom was surprised and I said: medical purposes, to help the digestion :P  This Festival was about Peruvian food, but there was an international guest: Mexico.
of course, a Pisco Sour was a MUST!
Who would be the one invited next year???

In our way out we saw some singers and dancers playing Peruvian music. Everybody was happy, singing, clapping. Everyone was feeling so proud of being Peruvian and of course I wasn't the exception. "Viva el Peru!"

It was already 4pm, so after 5 hours of fun we were about going back home. I'd come back next year, that's for sure. Just read there were over 100,000 visitors to the Festival, mmm. This might get more popular next year, so same as this time I'd buy my tickets in advance. :P

yadilitta says:
Yes, it was great. Hahaha, that's part of my plans going 2 days to the Food Festival next year, hehehe.
Posted on: Oct 07, 2009
yadilitta says:
I told mom, you're gonna behave. The problem is that they not allowed dogs. Next time I'm going undercover, hehehe. (Gunther)
Posted on: Oct 05, 2009
WonderDog says:
Droop ears. Hang head. Scooter always behave! Yadi not read Scooter blogs?
Posted on: Oct 04, 2009
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me and my cousin
me and my cousin
lots of people arriving
lots of people arriving
the leche de tigre
the leche de tigre
happy dad and daughter with their …
happy dad and daughter with their…
the tasty papa rellena!!! (potato …
the tasty papa rellena!!! (potato…
always a line at the Pisco Place
always a line at the Pisco Place
Piqueo La Preferida, La Preferida …
Piqueo La Preferida, La Preferida…
grilled baby octopus from La Pesca…
grilled baby octopus from La Pesc…
tamalito verde. Green tamal made w…
tamalito verde. Green tamal made …
thinking which one is the best ceb…
thinking which one is the best ce…
our desserts picnic: churros, 4 l…
our desserts' picnic: churros, 4 …
a potatoes stand
a potatoes stand
wheres my body???
where's my body???
of course, a Pisco Sour was a MUST!
of course, a Pisco Sour was a MUST!
at the entrance
at the entrance
so happy, hehehe
so happy, hehehe
at the entrance
at the entrance
open the gates!
open the gates!
the Gastronomic association
the Gastronomic association
cute names of the streets. Calle t…
cute names of the streets. Calle …
this is a real stall. I saw it in …
this is a real stall. I saw it in…
free samples of bread and cheese
free samples of bread and cheese
Cheeses from Peru
Cheeses from Peru
so cheap! Leche de tigre: US$2!!!,…
so cheap! Leche de tigre: US$2!!!…
preparing the Leche de Tigre and C…
preparing the Leche de Tigre and …
this is Fidel!
this is Fidel!
yummy
yummy
so happy
so happy
Ovni Ice Creams. They just have 1 …
Ovni Ice Creams. They just have 1…
have to find this stall in Lima...
have to find this stall in Lima...
preparing the papa rellena (stuffe…
preparing the papa rellena (stuff…
cooking the papa rellena
cooking the papa rellena
happy holding a papa rellena & lec…
happy holding a papa rellena & le…
the papa rellena
the papa rellena
many people
many people
Gastronomic Contests
Gastronomic Contests
Gaston was signing autographs
Gaston was signing autographs
La Pescaderia, good octopus. So, g…
La Pescaderia, good octopus. So, …
People were just having a tasty pi…
People were just having a tasty p…
at Tarwi restaurant: butifarra, cu…
at Tarwi restaurant: butifarra, c…
at La Paisana restaurant: tamalito…
at La Paisana restaurant: tamalit…
what are you ordering?
what are you ordering?
busy cooking
busy cooking
Pisco stand ;)
Pisco stand ;)
whats this?
what's this?
uhmmm (eating the fried pork skin,…
uhmmm (eating the fried pork skin…
will try this... (it was fried por…
will try this... (it was fried po…
Whos gonna be evaluated next???
Who's gonna be evaluated next???
at the contest
at the contest
the judges, hahaha, Sonia, Gaston,…
the judges, hahaha, Sonia, Gaston…
Toshiro is a great sushi chef but …
Toshiro is a great sushi chef but…
it was fun
it was fun
the contest for best cebiche - jus…
the contest for best cebiche - ju…
the winner for best cebiche chef, …
the winner for best cebiche chef,…
the winner!
the winner!
of course, the national soda was t…
of course, the national soda was …
and to drink: Inca Kola! diet, ple…
and to drink: Inca Kola! diet, pl…
3 leches - 3 milks: regular, evapo…
3 leches - 3 milks: regular, evap…
4 leches, same but with a dash of …
4 leches, same but with a dash of…
happy enjoying Peruvian cuisine. M…
happy enjoying Peruvian cuisine. …
Peruvian dances
Peruvian dances
A band playing Peruvian folk music
A band playing Peruvian folk music
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best chanfainita in Lima according…
best chanfainita in Lima accordin…
and tasting pisco...
and tasting pisco...
breads from Cusco
breads from Cusco
more breads from Cusco
more breads from Cusco
all kind of corn and grains
all kind of corn and grains
more grains and dried potatoes
more grains and dried potatoes
a sunbathing guinea pig ;)
a sunbathing guinea pig ;)
pineapple just S./1!!! (US$ 0,35)
pineapple just S./1!!! (US$ 0,35)
liquors from rainforest, a bit swe…
liquors from rainforest, a bit sw…
I tried a coffee liquor and the uv…
I tried a coffee liquor and the u…
product from the rainfores
product from the rainfores
so many types of aji (chilis)
so many types of aji (chilis)
ajies - chilis
ajies - chilis
this one eats potato!
this one eats potato!
mmm
mmm
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:P
bbq
bbq
cooking the pachamanca: pork, beef…
cooking the pachamanca: pork, bee…
ham
ham
couldnt leave the Festival withou…
couldn't leave the Festival witho…
the area for the contest was crowd…
the area for the contest was crow…
this bar is the one that one the c…
this bar is the one that one the …
wow! really long line after the fa…
wow! really long line after the f…
gastronomic circuit in Cusco
gastronomic circuit in Cusco
Mexican food stand.
Mexican food stand.
huge turkey
huge turkey
An octopus and a calamari ;)
An octopus and a calamari ;)
a shrimp!!!
a shrimp!!!
dont want to follow that arrow po…
don't want to follow that arrow p…
just S/.20 for the Food Festival, …
just S/.20 for the Food Festival,…
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