What the hell is this food?

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Friday, February 8, 2013

When Kory and I arrived last night we walked around the town and were surprised to see lots of nice looking restaurants, and lots of cafes full of people.  It seemed unusual for Peru, as we haven't seen people socialising much in the evening, around a table of beers, or glasses of wine, or coffees.  When we looked closer we realised that they were all sitting around drinking cups of tea in the cafes, but it was still unusual to see them out in the evenings.

Most people in Peru drink Chica Morada which is a purple corn drink or Inca Cola, which is cream soda.  Both of which are soft drinks, and non-alcoholic.  We will regularly ask for a beer with our meal at a restaurant and be told that they don't sell it, you can only have fizzy drinks.  In supermarkets, they often don't have a fridge, and often don't sell alcoholic drinks either.  However, if they do have bottles of beer you can only buy one if you take an empty bottle in to them to replace it.  It is the most crazy system, and obviously as we are moving through we never have an empty bottle to give them.  All in all, it means we rarely manage to get a cold beer at the end of a long day these days, and Kory especially gets really frustrated at the stupidity of the set up.

We spent the day relaxing and bought supplies from the market for lunch and snacks.  In the evening, we went to a really nice looking restaurant, which was more expensive than we would usually spend on dinner, but the food looked good, so we decided to splurge.  Armed with our trusty phrasebook we slowly deciphered the menu.  Most of the options were chicken dishes and we knew that we wanted a change from that, so opted for something that looked like chips topped with marinated beef, in maybe a BBQ sauce or something like that.  When it came I was ready to vomit.  It was strips of animal (which animal who knows?) stomach and intestine.  It looked like fleshy, gooey, dotted and ribbed sea weed, but it was meat.  I couldn't do it, I had one bite and it was horrible.  What a disappointment! Unfortunately neither of us had our camera with us to capture the disgusting meal.
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Karen on

Aw no food picture to go with the Blog Title! lol
Did you go to bed on an empty stomach then? The beer bottle STORY sounds funny...I am sure a huge frustration for someone just wanting an "easy" cold one!

Doreen and Dave on

Been away for a few days and have just read your last 8 blogs. You have really been tested with the mud roads and that inedible meal! Did you get the recipe? Hope you have easier ride from now on and the food improves! Those workmen's trousers could catch on big style. True grit sums you two up! Love from Kernow xx!

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