All righty. Had some requests to tell about the food.



Good food abounds in this tasty country of goodness. Lessons learned? This is a list of stuff I already suspected but had reconfirmed by delicious Peru.

1. Everything can be made better with eggs. Including mixed drinks.
2. American food is generally toxic and should be avoided.
3. You can make a pate out of most things. Peru invented Anchovette fish paste.
4. The world needs more spicy cheese sauce on everything.

and the list goes on…

On my first day here I crawled out of bed at 11:30am and was welcomed to what would become my staple breakfast her: ham on bread. Delicious. I´ve always hated ham and still pretend to. Maybe I was just hungry. I don´t know. It was delicous. Bread is good here. Also there are two types of oranges. The orange kind that we have are only for eating. Here there is a second kind only for juicing. And let me tell you now: they juice well. Also this is a country where Nescafe reigns king in middle class households.

But then we come to lunch:
A delectable conconction beginning with yellow potatoes in a spicy cheese sauce that keeps popping up. Everything is made fresh, none of this prepackaged stuff from US of A. After the potatoes came Chicken top of Spanish rice with a little salad.

Perhaps it´s the hosts I´m staying with but they don´t seem to eat dessert. Only coffee or tea.

Today I arrived back at 6:00pm long after lunch (the main meal) but they apparrently made and saved me food: beans, rice and a modest portion of rich meat. Once again, delicious. I ate it while drinking: Inca Cola. It tastes kind of bubbly otter pops. which is frighteningly appealing. Peruvians are very proud of it. “it´s from 1935” says Brian. They point to it as a part of their cultural heritage which is helping them resist imperialism. Coca Cola will never catch on in all of Peru, Brian tells me: Inca Cola complements more Peruvian food.

2 replies
  1. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    A pate or a paste out of everything? If it’s pate you mean, then I’m VERY curious. If it’s paste, not so much.
    And what about the wine? On what do you imbibe? Besdies the eggy drink, of course. Good protein.

    And isn’t eating so much better when everything is fresh? My god I could live in a market and never leave. That’s what life is about. This week I have been enjoying sour cherries and candor peaches. Next week, more apricots.

    Do people not eat the juicing orange? Wouldn’t it be better than the eating orange?

    Someone once told me: People who don’t enjoy food don’t enjoy life. C’est vrai, mes amis. Les francais le dit le mieux: C’est bon comme le pain. La vie, bien sur.
    I wonder if you can find Inca Cola in the States…anyone seen it here?

  2. nathan
    nathan says:

    It’s a paté. They love to make fish, bird and beef paté. Turkey paté is pretty good…

    No wine yet. It’s actually kind of hard to drink with the Peruvian families I’m staying with. Alcohol is cheap and plentiful but Peruvians seem to drink to get drunk, not socially so much…

    For breakfast juice and coffee is essential. Peruvians rarely drink water (though I do), juice is more popular.

    There’s a drink called Chicha de Hora which, as best I can understand it, is corn that’s soaked in water for a few days in a large plastic bucket with something like hops to break it down. Which happens. I’m unsure as to what happens after but i think it just gets really strong until they drink it all or throw it out (i’m guessing they drink it all). I had a small glass and I’m glad to say that I’m still alive. As I was drinking it I thought to myself: hmmm… this is what they tell you not to drink when you go to Peru…

    Before building up my addiction I inquired and I’m pleased to say that Inca Cola is available in Miami.

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