Lima Living (up to its gastronomic promise)
Before we came to Peru, we read and were told that Peru has terrific food. Due to some poor choices we made the first two days, we had only one dish of the many we’ve tried has had something remotely interesting (it was beef, marinated, seared, then stewed).
That is, until the third night.
One of the CUSO staff, ‘Trini’, promised that she would show us what we were missing out on. We went out as a group of eight, and the first stop was to warm up the palate a little with a Pisco Sour. Pisco is a type of grape brandy developed in Peru. A Pisco Sour is this same brandy, mixed with bitters and a few other ingredients perfectly balanced to make sure your glass stays in your hand and moves with some regularity to your mouth.
The second stop was a Sushi restaurant called EDO. The sushi was delicious! The sushi chefs had taken some of the standard rolls and spiced them up with some very interesting Peruvian sauces and ingredients. A good example of the creativity was a dessert roll, nuts [pecans?] rolled in rice, layered with mango and served with a passion fruit coulis. Not so Japanese, but quite scrumptious nonetheless.