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Peru in Pictures: The Food {!!!}

June 4, 2013

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Part of what I love most about traveling is eating new and exotic foods. Peru had so much to offer in the exotic department. We tasted guinea pig, alpaca, fermented corn, at least five types of quinoa, teas galore and the best Pisco sours we’ve ever encountered. One of the highlights of our trip was taking a cooking class with Chef Erick, owner and executive chef of Cusco’s, Marcelo Batata and Uchu. He took us to an open market and gave us a tour of Peru through its native fruits and vegetables. We went back to his kitchen and learned to make a traditional potato dish called Causa and Alpaca Saltado, a Peruvian stir fry. I can’t recommend this cooking class enough if you ever find yourself in Cusco. Erick is entertaining and so informative, we had such a great time ! To make reservations, you must email him directly at erick@cuzcodining.com. Below are some pictures of our food adventures if you’re interested. xo!

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2013 12:15 am

    Great photos! :)

  2. June 4, 2013 1:29 am

    Such beautiful colors! I love all your photos.

  3. June 4, 2013 2:47 am

    Gorgeous photos they re giving me the travel itch :-)

  4. June 4, 2013 2:49 am

    I’m now needing to go to Peru! Gorgeous

  5. Marie-Pier | 4 Seasons at Home permalink
    June 4, 2013 5:56 am

    Wow, the colors are so beautiful! That cooking class must have been so much fun! What a great way to discover the culinary culture of a new country. Were you able to bring some spices or ingredients at home?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 6, 2013 1:59 am

      No, unfortunately we didn’t want to risk issues at customs, so we just avoided anything that was a red flag. The cooking class was truly amazing, definitely a highlight of our trip.

  6. June 4, 2013 7:19 am

    Looks like a fun trip!

  7. June 4, 2013 8:33 am

    I’m so hungry and thirsty now!

  8. June 4, 2013 11:38 am

    this is amazing you have motivated me to start saving to go to Machu Picchu

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 6, 2013 2:00 am

      Yes! Do it. It was such a great experience, so happy we were able to visit while we’re still fairly young and healthy :)

  9. June 4, 2013 12:38 pm

    I love the colors! I will definitely bookmark Erick’s email so that I can take the class when I finally get to Peru!

  10. June 4, 2013 3:18 pm

    What amazing photos!
    What did guinea pig taste like???

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 6, 2013 2:02 am

      Thank you! I hate when people say this but… it tasted like chicken, only a little gamier. We also tried it as a cured meat, which tasted more like bacon :)

      • June 6, 2013 10:50 am

        Wow. How interesting to try them! Now I’m sure I saw some in a run in someone’s garden … (wink wink)!

  11. June 4, 2013 10:36 pm

    Now, I crave some Inca Kola!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 6, 2013 2:03 am

      You know, I didn’t like it at first. I made myself drink it a few more times and it grew on me!!

  12. Mert Parsons permalink
    June 4, 2013 11:37 pm

    What a fabulous trip — I love that you didn’t just see Peru, you experienced it!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 6, 2013 2:01 am

      Yes! It was such an amazing experience. We’ll have to give you all of our favorite spots to visit.

  13. June 5, 2013 6:36 am

    Mium!

  14. June 5, 2013 1:54 pm

    I really enjoyed looking through all of your photographs. Gorgeous.

  15. June 8, 2013 10:26 am

    My sister leaves for Peru this Friday. I haven’t been back since 1982 and I am sure it has changed so much! Did you happen to go to Miraflores and did you have any causa or aji de gallina? My absolute faves! Beautiful photographs!!!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 8, 2013 10:35 am

      Oh, how awesome for your sister!!! Hope she enjoys her visit. We did not reach Miraflores, only Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Aguascalientes Calientes and Cusco. I did have a chance to taste causa, but not only that, I learned how to make a fancied up version during a cooking class I took!! It was delicious, you can see photos in the “foods” post. We also had many versions of ahi de pollo and limo saltado, and…. so much more! It was all so delicious!

  16. June 8, 2013 11:41 am

    What an amazing trip. I have been dying to go to Peru and of course the best part of travel is the food. All that quinoa, saltado and pisco– yum!!

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