Foodie favorites in Peru10 October 2012
The sites aren't the only memorable experiences of Peru; the food can't be topped, too. Check out my must-try Peruvian foods, all of which were big hits to us!
Kelly and I gorged ourselves until our bellies nearly burst and our taste buds numbed. We were rarely hungry, yet always eating. Isn't that how traveling works?
Some of our favorite grub to make the list of our favorite food from Peru:
- Alpaca burgers
- Yuca fries
- Lomo saltado
- Beef heart
- Guinea pig
According to our guide Marco, Peruvians don't typically store much of their food in refrigerators. Instead, they craft meals with seasonal produce and chow down before refrigeration is ever needed. As Marco said, you'd be hard pressed to find a restaurant in central Peru that serves top-notch ceviche after 4 p.m. By that time of the day, fish is no longer fresh. In his words, you'd be better off saving your Imodium for another day. Wise words, Marco.
Many of our dinners consisted of heavy servings of potatoes, breads, pastas, rice and beans with a little red meat or chicken. Like European dinners, Peruvian's dine late and wind down slowly. I always enjoy that when traveling. Meals away from home are meant to take time, be savored and spent in good company with a few too many bottles of beer and wine. There's no ways around it, and I'm certainly not complaining.
Although lomo saltado ultimately secured the no. 1 spot as my favorite Peruvian dish, I have to give no. 2 to the street food: beef hearts, charred chicken and potato skewers. We were drawn in by the charcoal aroma, sizzles from the grill, and seriously-impressive waiting line. That's the clincher. You know it's going to be a good dinner when the whole town is willing to wait for it! And for about $3 USD, we enjoyed one of the best meals of our trip. The locals helped us place our order, advising us to go for one of each skewer. They waited anxiously as we took our first bites, not surprised when we flashed big smiles and two thumbs up.