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Second Month: It's all about Peruvian Gastronomy

When I mentioned to friends and family that I had the opportunity to live in Peru for 6 months, the first and the most frequent comment I received was: "Be prepared to gain weight". I am beginning to understand what they meant...especially with the most delicious "churros" I have ever tried in my entire life! and the worst of it all is that they are sold for only s/.1.20 each.

Peruvian Gastronomy House - Historical Center of Lima

Peruvian gastronomy is a booming sector. It has become a national symbol of pride, and such that this gorgeous building (which used to be National Post/Telegraph building), is now the Peruvian Gastronomy House.

CEVICHE:

I cannot continue talking about gastronomy, without mentioning the world famous "Ceviche". It has been declared as part of national heritage and June 28th is the National Day of Ceviche!
 
Ceviche - raw fish marinated in lemon juice and spiced with aji - is usually served with onions, lettuce and a side dish... in this case yucca.
 
At a seafood restaurant in Cerro Azul (2 hours beachfront town south of Lima), ceviche is considered as an entree and comes with the main plate - more fish, more salad, rice and another element that cannot go unnoticed... Peru's famous "Aji" (chili sauce).
 
Sea Food Menu: Breaded Fish (Left) and the world famous Ceviche (Right)


EXOTIC FRUITS: GRANADILLA

It has been two months, and yet the majority of the fruits sold at the market are still completely foreign to me. Yet, one of the fruits that I have been able to recognized and have ate with great nostalgia is "La granadilla". It has been 14 years since I last tried a "granadilla", usually a fruit that I used to eat on a daily basis in Colombia. It was so emotional that I had to take a picture! I hope to explore more of these exotic fruits in the next 4 months remaining.
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