Food! You love it, I love it, our kids and students love it, and it’s one of my favorite ways to experience a new culture. I recently went on a trip to Peru (you can check out Peru Part 1 here) and had some of the best eating experiences of anywhere in the world I have traveled.
Check out this beautiful array of images and hop on my Peruvian food tour—it’s almost like you're there, right? Scroll to the bottom for some links to fantastic Peruvian recipes that you can make at home with your kids!
The very first Peruvian foodie treasure I sampled was the infamous Inca Kola. It looked like Mountain Dew but tasted like a mix of vanilla creme soda and cotton candy, an unfamiliar but delicious combination.
Next up was Alpaca! Okay, I love Alpaca--they are cute and produce the most luxurious yarn I could imagine (I'm a knitter), but I recently discovered they are also delicious. This Alpaca burger, which I sampled in the town of Pisac was seasoned perfectly, tender, and came with mayo and ketchup, what else could I ask for?
Ahh, avocado lovers doesn't this just soothe your soul? I'm a huge avocado fan and this one was perfect. Not only did it cost just 60 cents, but it was smooth, buttery, and enjoyed on a day full of sunshine in a Peruvian market. Life really does not get much better than this.
This one might just be my favorite. While walking around the streets of Lima I saw a small street vendor and decided to try my luck, I was not dissappointed. This maize (or as we call it, corn) was starchy and went perfectly with the queso fresco it was served with (that small white chunk inside the plastic bag). I think it also came with chocolate, but my Spanish was too rudimentary to actually understand that part until I chose the cheese--next time, I'm going for the chocolate!
One of the major crops in Peru is quinoa, and quinoa soup was on nearly every restaurant menu, so I had to try it. This particular version had carrots, broccoli, and onions, giving the quinoa a rich and creamy flavor. The whole grain bread was perfect for dipping!
Tea, something I love (almost) as much as avocados. This tea was my favorite in Peru and was so smooth that I never had to put cream or sugar in it. I seriously think it tasted better because I enjoyed it on this beautiful handwoven placemat.
And finally, a simple, fresh, and cripsy salad! I got this free on my train journey from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and it was glorious. The combination of red and yellow peppers, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, and queso fresco made it crispy, healthy, and delicious. It's definitely one I will attempt to make at home!
Peru had so many different and delicious types of food--check out these excellent recipes below to introduce your kids to Peruvian cuisine: