Eating Out in Peru (part 2)
Eating Out in Peru (part 2)
Since I couldn't get all the pictures all to post in one post, I had to split up our dinner. I wanted to order something different from hubby so I ordered the Avocado Salad. I am a sucker for anything that has avocado on it. I was first introduced to Avocados when I was in my early 20s. I know, you are saying.."but you are a Texan and you should have eaten gallons upon gallons of guacamole by then". Well, I did eat some but had never had avocados on a sandwich. While land locked in Texas I met a "surfer dude" who made me an avocado sandwich. I was hooked. Any time I go out to eat Mexican food, I can't have anything without some guacamole on it, thus the eager ordering of the Avocado Salad.
Avocado Salad-Sliced avocado, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers with house vinaigrette sauce. This salad was pretty straight forward and really yummy. I don't often eat iceburg lettuce anymore, but this was really refreshing.
For my entree I ordered Arroz Con Pollo. I thought for sure I was going to be short changed with this when I saw the piece of chicken was a drumstick. Wrong! After eating this I was thinking I should have worn stretch pants because I was more full than I thought I would be. The Arroz Con Pollo consisted of rice with chicken in cilantro sauce served with Salsa Cirolla.
The drumstick was so tender that it almost fell off the bone when I tried to pick it up and eat it. A knife would have been a total waste of time. The rice had some vegetables diced up in it and it was fluffy. I didn't eat much of the onion and tomato salad (Salsa Criolla) because I was getting full. But not too full to think about dessert.
Before I talk about dessert, I wanted to talk about the most unique "starter" I have ever had. This one really stumped me. After we got our drinks the waiter brought this little plate out to us. When I first looked at it, I thought those things were Corn nuts. They aren't. They seem to be really large kernals of corn that have been fried in a little oil and then sprinkled with some salt. I wish I had taken a picture of the inside. It was very starchy and totally while inside like an almost popped kernal of popcorn. It was soft and really strange. I loved them. Such an odd texture in the middle and in my mouth. The green sauce, was a bit spicy. You really had to grip that little kernal to get it dipped in the cup, but I managed to get some on there. It was tasty. I have never had anything like that before.
Since I a dessert person, I could not resist this part of the meal. Churros seem to be a standard on a lot of menus for latino restuarants. I love them because they remind me of an apple pie rolled into a stick. With this order you got a very small (too small for me) cup of caramel and one of chocolate syrup. We poured it all over the fried tubes and went to town.
I have to say that hubby and I both agreed that we would come back here and eat another time. We want to try everything on the menu. It was a find for us and the whole meal only cost us $10 a head excluding the drinks, dessert and of course the lovely food sales tax here and the tip so a hard working waiter. I was pleased that we tried something knew from a country we know nothing about (well, I know they have fabulous wool that comes from there) and we want to learn more. It was a good experiment!
If you have a chance to eat Peruvian food, it will be well worth your time and money.