Excuse the blogging hiatus! Over the holidays my family and I took a trip to Peru. My mom is Peruvian and I have family members that reside in Lima, Peru. This trip was filled with adventure around the city of Lima and amazing Peruvian cuisine.
Day 1: Parque de las Leyendas, Callao, Larcomar
After arriving in Peru on Christmas Eve, we started the trip with a traditional turkey dinner and plenty of fireworks going off throughout the city. In the morning, we made our way to the zoo, Parque de las Leyendas, which has animals from three different areas of Peru. While there we had our first serving of lucuma ice cream. Lucuma is a type of fruit that is a very popular ice cream flavor in Peru. My goal was to have lucuma ice cream every day of my stay… I got close! After the zoo, we went to the Port of Callao. We took a boat ride tour around the port to learn about the area. Finally, we were hungry so we went to Larcomar to get Pardo’s Chicken.
Larcomar is a beautiful shopping center located on the cliffs of Lima overlooking the beach. Pardo’s Chicken is “pollo a la brasa,” Peruvian chicken that is roasted with special spices. Plus, anticuchos were on the menu – cow heart marinated and grilled to perfection. Dinner was of course topped off with Pisco Sours. Pisco is a brandy made from grapes in the city of Pisco, Peru. It is a very popular liquor that is used in many types of mixed drinks. A Pisco Sour is a simple (and strong) drink made with pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg whites with a drop of bitters. This ends a successful and fun-filled first day in Lima, Peru!
Day 2: Chosica
Day two was a day of traveling to get Pachamanca. This is a traditional Peruvian way of cooking, “pacha” meaning land and “manca” meaning pot in Quechua. The food is cooked in the ground on top of hot coals and topped with leaves and bricks – letting the land cook the food. We were able to try pork, chicken, potatoes, tamales, and corn cooked this way. Also, cuy, which is a guinea pig. I had never tried cuy before! I thought it tasted a bit like chicken, but I was told also similar to rabbit. Of course, we had to get dessert. Picarones are basically a fried donut or funnel cake type of dessert. The sweet dough is topped with honey and you can dangerously eat too many if you aren’t careful!
On the way to get Pachamanca, we stopped in the Plaza de Armas de Santa Eulalia to try all
different types of fruit. We tried pacay, aguaymanto, tuna, tumbo, and lucuma (yes, the ice cream fruit). Pacay is a fuzzy, white fruit with a mild, sweet flavor. Aguaymanto is a gooseberry which is a tart fruit that looks like an orange cherry tomato. Tuna is also known as a prickly pear that comes in different vibrant colors with black seeds. Tumbo has seeds on the inside similar to pomegranate arils, but they are a bit more tart. Finally, lucuma, this is the ice cream flavor I mentioned earlier. The actual fruit itself is a bit chalky, but sweet nonetheless. Of course I wish I could get these fruits here, but they are just flavors I’ll have to remember.
To be continued…