Thank you for all of your kind comments yesterday – it’s good to be back :) Forgive my lack of commenting but I am reading about all of your wonderful lives. Now let’s get to the good stuff: the food. Do you care more about what I ate or what I did? I will not be offended if it’s the eating. LOL. So here we go…
I ate a lot of eggs. And avocado. And chicken. And bananas. Exciting right? No seriously. Most everything was delicious and I actually tried some fun stuff! Okay… I did not try guinea pig. Lesley did and is scarred for life.
Our hotels included breakfasts so I had eggs and fruit nearly every morning. (Plus a handful of nuts or a Larabar).
I had a version of huevos rancheros one day. I needed more than one egg but the avocado was the bomb dot com.
Post Machu Picchu (Friday’s post!) lunch: asparagus omelette with tomato and avocado. (Plus cashews and almonds). Nom.
Okay so my favorite meal of the whole trip: 2 farm fresh fried eggs, avocado, tomato and basil on freshly baked bread. The bread was too good to pass up. Balance. If you are ever in Cusco, go to Jack’s Cafe. It’s the only restaurant we remembered the name of because it was so worth remembering. Best. Brunch. Ever.
I ate so. many. bananas. They were amazing. Like best bananas I have ever eaten – and you know how I feel about bananas. I had like 3 or 4 a day. Because they grow in the Amazon, they are obviously so fresh and sweet. Farm to table.
I also had quiteeeeee a bit of chicken. Grilled chicken and veggies do a body good.
I passed on the rice and had TJ’s dark chocolate honey mints after.
Yup. More avocado.
This meal was so good (picture isn’t great – sorry). The chicken was grilled to perfection.
I also had lots of snacks throughout the day. Of course my beloved Larabars and lots of nuts on hikes. (In my handy, dandy almond tin)
Okay onto some actual Peruvian eats.
We had traditional empanadas one day. I had a sweet version with tropical fruit, honey and cinnamon. The empanada was made from quinoa, corn, wheat and kiwicha (amaranth). I don’t tolerate corn kernels (corn is huge in Peru), but I was totally fine with this. I’ve read that your digestive tract is more tolerable when you’re relaxed (like on vacation).
I drank coca tea throughout the trip to help my body adjust to the altitude. The locals chew the leaves and it is also what cocaine is derived from. No I didn’t get high. The leaves contain vitamins A, B vitamins, C, D, calcium, thiamine.
I ate a traditional Peruvian dish called “Causa limeña” which is mashed potato, a chicken salad type thing and avocado. Wasn’t a huge fan.
As I mentioned yesterday, many Peruvian people are farmers. We had an amazing dish in the Sacred Valley of quinoa, avocado, watermelon and lupin beans. Farm to table. No I didn’t eat this whole plate. Yes I want to become a farmer.
We had a traditional meal called “Pachamanca” – I will tell you about it tomorrow but this was my plate: chicken, sweet potato, banana (I went back for a 2nd nanner) and beans (didn’t like the beans).
Of course I had some sweet treats too.
Lots of chocolate. (More on that soon)
Fro yo. My stomach hates fro yo but I love it. I always go for original with fruit. Perfection.
And wait for it… I had a bite of beef!!! It was a big deal for me. I closed my eyes and tried a bite of Lesley’s “lomo saltado” — thank you for the suggestion Marisa! I broke my two years of “red meat free”. It wasn’t too shabby. I am still learning/researching how I would like to balance meat into my diet. There’s my bite.
I don’t use travel as an excuse to completely derail from my food philosophy and choices. Sure I wish I had some more leafy greens but I did my best. Sure I ate more gluten and sugar than I would have liked (my skin wasn’t/isn’t great) but I wanted to try things. I indulge here and there and don’t ever feel as though I am missing out. Balance. It is possible to eat real, nutrient rich foods in faraway lands. I simply ask waiters to add avocado, subtract French fries. I pass on the bread basket and have fro yo at another time. I travel prepared with lots of snacks. I don’t stress about it and I do what I can. I enjoy, I balance my choices and that’s what makes me, me.
Questions of the day…
What have you been eating lately?
Have you tried Peruvian cuisine?
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