Lima’s ABC: Art, Burial sites and Ceviche

If i haven’t gone on about City Maps 2 Go then it’s worth checking out. It’s an app which has maps of most cities which you can download (for free) and then you don’t need wifi or 3G but it will still show you where you are and where you need to go. A great app!

So i loaded it up for Lima, stuck in a few key things i wanted to see and set off on my way…

Yesterday I and two new friends from the hostel ventured to Barranco – a district near to where we were staying in Miraflores. I’d describe Barranco as a bit like Hoxton mixed with Notting Hill. A cool edge, some great bars and restaurants, and a bit arty but totally pricey to live in! We went to the MATE museum (Mario Testino- who is Peruvian), and a museum next door focused more on an old stately home which has lots of old Peruvian art. both very different to each other but enjoyable!

MATE (Mario Testino Museum)
MATE (Mario Testino Museum)
The Diana room
The Diana room
The celebrity room
The celebrity room
The stately home
The stately home
My favourite things were the ceilings and all the detail!
My favourite things were the ceilings and all the detail!

We then checked out a ceviche restaurant that had been recommended. It was stuffed full of locals with more waiting outside too… so we took our number and joined the queue. a good 45 minutes later we finally got a table…. oh my it was worth it! The fish was SO fresh, the lime juice dressing was zesty and sharp, and the avocado with it just gave the whole plate texture. Amazingly delicious!

Local ceviche restaurant
Local ceviche restaurant

We wandered slowly back and then had a chilled night on the rooftop terrace

Today however started early(ish) as i to move my bags to the next accommodation and get to my cookery class for 11. I really like doing cookery classes in different countries to get to know the local customs and ingredients. I’ve done classes in Thailand and Morocco and so this was a good one to add to the list.

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There were 5 of us in total – a young couple from the US on a 5 day mini trip to Peru, and an older couple from the  Netherlands on a 6 week trip. The class was taught by two guys – one a chef, and one the organiser, and it was great!

Now you don’t generally do masses of cooking really in these classes.. it’s more ‘cut this, stir this, measure this’ BUT you do get to learn and see how things work. And today was no exception. We did three courses, and ate them as we went along!

First course was Papa a la Huancaina … ultimately potatoes in a spicy pepper sauce. This sauce is as popular here as Ketchup is for us. And it was really tasty. With over 3000 different types of potatoes in Peru, it was also interesting to see these! Different colours, sizes, density etc… The funny knobbly one in the pic in Peruvian translates as “daughter-in-laws tears” because it is an old custom that when your son finds a girl he may want to marry, his mother gives her this knobbly potato and she has to peel it with her hands to prove her worth! Sounds a bit harsh to me!

Different colours of sweetcorn Naturally
Different colours of sweetcorn Naturally
Different types of potatoes - the one on the right is the knobbly "Daughter-in-law's tears" one!
Different types of potatoes – the one on the right is the knobbly “Daughter-in-law’s tears” one!

Second course was ceviche which was good. The lime juice is all about making sure it has acidity, salt and depth to make it tasty. (Fish stock is a secret ingredient in the juice!). Then a bit of onion, chilli, seaweed and you’re good to go… it was not too hard to prepare and yummy.

Me and my ceviche
Me and my ceviche

Final course was Chicken in a spicy sauce. This was also quite tasty, but is ultimately shredded chicken in a yellow/orange sauce so it doesn’t look the most appetising, so no picture of this! However it did taste nice! And is a very typical dish!

After the class, about 6 blocks away is Huaca Pucllana – otherwise known as an old pyramid and some ruins. I either had to wait 45 minutes for the English tour, or join the Spanish one now… which is what i did! If i’m honest i understood about 30% of what the guide was saying – but I saw what I needed to see, and the Internet can fill me in on the bits i didn’t get!!

The famous ruins in Lima...
The famous ruins in Lima…

Now i’m at the new hotel where i’ll be meeting the 14 people on the G Adventure tour i’m starting this evening to cover Peru and Bolivia… i hope they’re all nice 🙂

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