The foods of Lima
12.06.2016 - 19.06.2016 70 °F
A 5 minute walk from the center of Miraflores is Surquillo District, home to Mercado Numero Uno.
A world full of colors, sounds, smells and tastes, this is one of the most famous markets in Lima due its variety of vendors:
Sarah made nice with this mother and daughter owned produce stand:
And this poor butcher was clearly overwhelmed by all the hullaballoo (nevermind the lack of refrigeration or the weird meat juice):
And speaking of butchers, several people have asked about the strange meats here and if we have tried them.
We tried alpaca, which along with llama were the preferred meats of the Incan tribes.
The texture is like a pork chop, but it tastes a little gamey.
Another Peruvian staple is Anticucho or grilled cow heart. This dates back to the 16th century when the dish was recorded as a favorite by many Spanish Conquistadors.
The texture is like a rubbery over cooked steak. It tastes like a rubbery over cooked steak. Notice the large corn kernels and the yellow potatoes! We regularly enjoy many of the 3800 hundred types of multi colored potatoes they grow in Peru as they are integrated into almost every meal when we eat out.
We have also tried ceviche, tacu tacu, guinea pig, and some delicious local fruits like cherimoya, which looks like an artichoke, but tastes like cotton candy:
We've also tried golden berries or aguaymantos, which have the texture of a cherry tomato, but the tart taste of cranberries:
And what would the food post be without a quick homage to Peruvian IPA? Nathan found the only artisanal brew pub in the city, aptly named The Barbarian!
Cheers to a wonderful week, everyone! And a Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!