|My favorite breakfast: avocado (lemon, salt, and pepper) spread on toast with eggs and coffee. Our host family owns a coffee farm and we were lucky to enjoy their coffee every morning.|
The Peruvian diet is largely based on potatoes, corn, rice, and meat. Most of the meals we have eaten have some combination of the above.
We went to a local restaurant called Yola, right off the main street Avenida del Sol. Many locals eat here, as the food is good, portions are generous, and the price is right.
|The Arroz con Pollo from Yola consists of a large slab of chicken buried under a pile of rice that is green due to a pesto-like sauce.|
Chicken Milanesa (breaded and lightly fried chicken breast) with rice, an ear of corn and beet salad. I don't much enjoy beets, but I was advised that it isn't safe (for travelers) to eat salad that is not cooked so beet salad it was.
|Fried trout with rice, beet salad, and fried papas (French fries)|
There are more than 350 varieties of potatoes in Peru, and a whole section dedicated to them in the Mercado San Pedro.
Likewise, the corn is not like the sweet & crisp American corn I am used to at home. Most of the corn we ate was much larger in kernel size and chewier, making for substantially heavy-in-starch meals.
|Chicha Morada is a drink made of fermented (or non-fermented) purple/black corn. |
It can be alcoholic or not. We had the non-alcoholic version. It's very sweet!
|Corn: "the bread of Peru." Here it is served as an appetizer with cubes of cheese that taste similar to Mexican queso fresco.|
We also had plenty of empanadas during our time around Cusco.
|The empanada lady selling empanadas hot out of the oven at 5 soles apiece.|
|Empanada Tracional - with cheese, tomatoes, onions, & basil inside|
|Rocoto Rellenos - a spicy pepper stuffed with beef, rice, tomatoes, cheese and served with what else - |
potatoes & corn on the side.
|Pisco Sour - the national drink of Peru is made with Pisco (a type of brandy), egg white, lemon juice and sugar. I waited a few days to try this due to the altitude (Drinking alcohol or caffiene can affect you in different ways than usual).|
|Cheese empanada - the pastry is similar to that of a croissant and the cheese is not savory.|
|Causa a la limeña - a cold casserole made of layers of mashed potato and something reminiscent of a chicken salad|
Lastly, we can't forget dessert!
|My favorite! Tortas de Tres Leches; it looks sweeter than it is; very moist!|