Peru Was Chosen The World's Leading Culinary Destination 2013 by the World Travel Awards and this is only one more landmark in the countries success story about food and gastronomy.
Lima, the capital has become a gastronomic mecca and culinary tourism is booming.
Prestigious magazines as "The Economist" and BBC Travel published articles about Peru's Gastronomic Revolution and it's impact on the economy and social structure of the country.
Here, food cuts across all social, racial and geographic barriers.
People may literally swallow poor public administration, overpowering bureaucracy and a high crime rate but poorly prepared food is seldom tolerated.
No matter if rich or poor, Peruvians pride themselves in eating well.
The cuisine is Fusion cuisine at is best, with a huge variety of ingredients provided by the different geographical and climate zones of the country. The main geographical zones are the coast, the Andean Highlands and the jungle.
It is one of the ten countries world wide called "mega-diverse" regarding its bio-diversity and has one of the richest fishing grounds of our planet thanks to the cold water Humboldt Current.
The cuisine is influenced by native and foreign cuisines , brought by immigrants to the country. Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and German dishes that are adapted with local ingredients go hand in hand with indigenous plates often dating from the Inca and Pre Inca period.
The Peruvian Nobel Price winner Mario Vargas Llosa calls it "one of the most inventive and refined cuisines in the world".
But most important of all it represents Peruvian culture and identity and is a matter of national pride to all Peruvians.
So as you can see, I'm lucky enough to live in a foodies paradise.
But I suppose we all get hungry about so much theory so let's get right to the subject and present you some of the Peruvian flagship dishes.
As already mentioned, there is a large varity of different meals, so the first part of this gourmet trip is dedicated to fish and seafood.
Enjoy the trip!
Arroz con mariscos (Rice with seafood)
Tiradito con salsa de ajii amarillo (raw fish cut sashimi style and marinated in yellow chilly sauce)
The shining star of Peruvian cuisine : Ceviche mixto (raw fish and seafood marinated in lime juice with chili, fresh coriander and onions served with yellow corn and sweet potato)
Ceviche de pescado (Ceviche for purists only with white fish like sea bass)
As you can see in this pic my son couldn't wait to try :)
Pulpo al Olivar (Octopus in Black Olive Sauce)
Causa (cooked, mashed yellow potatoes mixed with lime juice,chili, onions and oil.)
Stuffed with a variety of foods like fish, chicken,seafood avocados or tomatoes. It is a delicious treat and everybody has his (her) favorite stuffing. This ones are topped with fish and avocado and the other one with black olive sauce and crab meat.
Leche de pantera (Panther's milk)
The ceviche juice that is with vodka. Tastes fantastic and after that whether you sleep for 3 days or you climb up the walls :)
Grilled Octupus with a spicy cheese Sauce and a glass of chilled Pisco Sour.
Wishing all of you a Happy Easter and great Holidays!