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Call Yourself a Foodie? Then You'll Love Peruvian Food!

by Cassie Stetkiewicz

August 19, 2016

2 minute read

Foodies are always on the lookout for the next great culinary capital, and they’ve found one in Lima, Peru. Traditionally a gateway to the grand Inca monuments such as the spectacular Machu Picchu, this capital city will wow even the most experienced foodie. If you're looking for things to do in Lima, Peru, Peruvian food should be the first thing on your list.

Everyone is taking notice. For an impressive four years in a row, Peru has been recognized as the leading culinary destination in the world. And in 2016, Lima had three of its restaurants listed in the top 50 restaurants in the world. You’ll find all kinds of culinary treats, from the delightful, aromatic dishes at local food stands to the delicate, delectable Peruvian food creations at the city’s high-end restaurants; it is all here and worth the trip.

Drawing together influences from Latin America, Europe and even the Amazon, Lima’s chefs deliver a fusion of flavours brought to life via blending pre-Inca ingredients and those carried to this crossroads by travellers like you. Steamed fish, fresh vegetables, chunks of banana, lime juice, onions, and of course, locally cultivated corn and potatoes are just some of what you will find as you explore Peruvian cuisine.

Whilst here, you must try a Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink. This unique cocktail is made with pisco, an amber-colored brandy made from distilled grape wine. Blend in lime or lemon juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters and you have a deliciously sweet concoction. Just be careful though, it is tasty but strong, so one may be enough.

You’ll find that Peru will take you on a culinary adventure with its eclectic mix of ingredients coming from a blend of cultures with a splash of traditional techniques. It is where the ancient meets the contemporary, producing delectable creations you will only find in Peru.

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