Back in Huancayo: desserts, silver jewerly and warm pisco...

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pineapple pie & sauco (local blueberry) cheesecake
Finally it was past 4:30pm when we were back in Huancayo. Shawn couldn't believe I didn't eat as much as usual, hehehe. So he asked if I'd like to go for a sweet snack. Yummy! Let's go. First we tried to find one of the other recommended places, but no luck and it was about start raining, so better hurry up and pick a place. Well, this is against all my rules - going to the same place 2 times in a row - but the cafe where we had breakfast early was so good and the desserts looked so tempting that we ended going there :P

Choosing a dessert was hard. All of them looked so good... after deliberating for quite a while we ended up having: pineapple pie for me and sauco (local blueberry) cheesecake for Shawn. They both were delicious! Well, having a not so tasty lunch wasn't that bad after all, if at the end I got a delicious dessert, yummy!

Before going back to the hotel I suggested to walk around the main square for a bit.
inside the Cathedral
I have already been there, but this would be the first time that I'd go inside the Cathedral. Definitely the main square looked different during daytime compared to the evening, with all those lights. I think I prefer it at night ;)

But did I only want to go inside churches? hehehe My master plan was going to the handicraft market. Why? Silver is cheap here and I can always use new earrings, hehehe. I found 2 nice pairs and since I couldn't make up my mind, I bought them both :P When I was leaving I saw they also sell some sweets from the area, so I decided to buy some for my parents. They were taking care of Gunther so it was the least I could do.

Back at the hotel I decided to reorganize my stuff and studied a bit. But it didn't last long. It was about 7pm when I went out again.
beautiful view at night
My dad asked me for some cheese and the girl at the handicraft market told me she would have it by 7. I took some pictures, got the cheese, but also other typical snacks from here like evil corn and lima beens (with and without peel). I have already tried them in Lima and like them!!!

I was back just in time to go for dinner. Where to go now? Let's try one of the most famous places here: "La Casa de la Abuela". Their ads are everywhere in the city and on internet. We were just walking distance, how cool! It was just in the opposite way from the main square. Oh! It seemed to me it'd start raining soon...

It wasn't even 8:30pm when we arrived to the restaurant, and we it was almost empty.
Minigunther between the warm wine and warm pisco, though decision... both aren't that great...
Oh well... The place looked charming and was much bigger than you could imagine. They even had a small stage and dance floor at the back. Decoration was nice too. People should arrive by the time the show will get started. There was a live show with typical dances and music. While we were waiting we will have something to drink. I didn't have any problem with the altitude today, so having a drink sounded good.

Of course, first thing the waiter brought was the evil corn, hahaha. We have heard about something called "calientito", which means warm in Spanish. Mmm, what kind of drink is that? Shawn asked for that and it was warm pisco, ughhhhh. I asked for another calientito, but this time was warm wine, not my favorite but much much better than the pisco, pffff. Definitely I'd never forget this lesson: Pisco is very good for cocktails, stong for shots, but warm pisco, no no no.
live music
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Around 9:30pm the band started to play and the place started to get crowded too. There were some locals and also tourists, although not as many as you can find in Lima. Ok, it was time to order some food. I wasn't sure what to expect from the food here, but thought it would be more about local food, but the highlight was Italian food. They had several pizzas including a sweet one with fruits, mmm. But we'd order something local. Let's go for the anticuchos (cow's heart). Well, anticuchos were not a challenge anymore for us, so we ordered the "anticuchos & pancita". Pfff, that was definitely something new heart & tripes... I'm ok with the heart, but the tripes were too much... anything for a new experience ;)

Show was going on and people were enjoying it.
pisco sour was huge!
Shawn ordered a pisco sour, in an attempt to kill the bad after taste left by the warm pisco... I'd stay with the wine and got a sangria. Why my glass was so much smaller than his glass? Pisco Sour here was expensive compared to other places, but when I saw how big it was I understood, hehehe.

It was fun here, but it'd have been funner with a larger group of people. So, after a while we left the place. Tomorrow we'd drive back to Lima, but this time by bus. We'd have the whole morning to walk around the city and had already chosen a destination: the market! It would be Sunday, the best day for the market and it was recommended to go there early, so better go to bed soon, zzz.
yadilitta says:
I agree, no calientito for me, no no no. At least the wine one was good or at least not as bad.
Posted on: Dec 21, 2009
geerbox says:
I think the warm pisco was one of the worst things I have ever drank, ughhh. But the pisco sour was good :)
Posted on: Dec 20, 2009
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pineapple pie & sauco (local blueb…
pineapple pie & sauco (local blue…
inside the Cathedral
inside the Cathedral
beautiful view at night
beautiful view at night
Minigunther between the warm wine …
Minigunther between the warm wine…
live music
live music
pisco sour was huge!
pisco sour was huge!
the city hall
the city hall
selling jelly
selling jelly
sauco (local blueberry) cheesecake
sauco (local blueberry) cheesecake
delicious pineapple pie
delicious pineapple pie
polar bears on chocolate cake...
polar bears on chocolate cake...
Cathedral in the afternoon
Cathedral in the afternoon
Cathedral in the afternoon
Cathedral in the afternoon
inside the Cathedral
inside the Cathedral
st. Joseph
st. Joseph
handicraft market
handicraft market
inside the handicraft market
inside the handicraft market
local sweets and treats for sale
local sweets and treats for sale
av. Giraldez - view from the hostal
av. Giraldez - view from the hostal
busy av. Giraldez
busy av. Giraldez
main square + cathedral at night
main square + cathedral at night
andean snacks! lima beans, evil co…
andean snacks! lima beans, evil c…
at the mall
at the mall
the Chamber of Commerce
the Chamber of Commerce
outside the restaurant
outside the restaurant
La Cabana = the hut
La Cabana = the hut
at the entrance of the restaurant
at the entrance of the restaurant
like this old register machine
like this old register machine
like the antiques
like the antiques
an old wagon!!!
an old wagon!!!
Viva el Peru! Yay for Peru!
Viva el Peru! Yay for Peru!
welcome!
welcome!
menu looked like a door, cool!
menu looked like a door, cool!
one of the specialties: roasted gu…
one of the specialties: roasted g…
Minigunther loves evil corn!
Minigunther loves evil corn!
cheers
cheers
holding the warm pisco and warm wi…
holding the warm pisco and warm w…
warm pisco is not good...
warm pisco is not good...
warm wine was ok
warm wine was ok
my new earrings!
my new earrings!
the grill area
the grill area
yay! spices!
yay! spices!
the tripes!!!
the tripes!!!
:)
:)
band in action
band in action
dance show
dance show
performing the huaylas - a traditi…
performing the huaylas - a tradit…
dancers in action
dancers in action
urban art! I have seen this dog so…
urban art! I have seen this dog s…
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