Lima, last stop

Después de unos días estupendos en la playa volvimos a la gris Lima donde pasamos los últimos dos días antes de volar a casa. Fueron unos días raros, teníamos una sensación triste y amarga porque estábamos a punto de despertar de un sueño que no queríamos que acabara, pero a la vez estábamos con ganas de reencontrarnos con nuestras familias y amigos después de tanto tiempo. Como buen anfitrión, Javi nos volvió a recibir con los brazos abiertos en su casa, y para convatir la tristeza y no pensar en la vuelta nos apuntamos a un curso de cocina peruana con el chef Danillo.

Marta & Danillo

Danillo, que había trabajado previamente en el sector de la restauración y conocía muy bien el mundo de la gastronomía peruana, ahora se dedicaba plenamente a su negocio, un bed & breakfast en Lima donde también daba clases de cocina. Primero nos llevó de visita al enorme y moderno mercado de Minka en Callao, donde compramos todos los ingredientes necesarios para los platos que íbamos a preparar y nos explicó los posibles usos de otros alimentos que nos íbamos encontrando por el mercado. Yo me quedé asombrado cuando vimos los puestos de bananas y de patatas, qué de variedades distintas! Marta ya de paso aprovechó a comprar algunas cositas para llevar de vuelta y poder preparar en casa chicha morada, salsa de ají, canchitas… Ah, y también probamos por fín la famosa chicha de jora, que no chicha morada. Esta chicha es una especie de cerveza de maiz que se deja fermentar en una vasija de barro enterrada en la tierra, y fue dificil conformarse solo con un vaso!

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Tasting Lima

After almost 14 months on the go, finally it was my turn to see a familiar face. My good school friend Javi had recently moved to Lima in search of new opportunities for his company Tenseon, and he kindly offered us to stay at his place. It had been over three years since the last time we had seen each other and to make the reunion even more special we were arriving to Lima the day after his birthday, right on time for the celebrations. Javi had organized a little party in his gorgeous apartment with a few of his friends. The yummy pisco sour and chilcano made by the Peruvians warmed up the atmosphere in no time. Isma and I haven’t really gone out much in the past few months, so just two drinks were enough to get us tipsy. The night ended in a fancy club where we shook our rusty hips. Great night with great people and a fantastic welcome to Lima! We surprised Javi with a blender as a birthday present, the indispensable kitchen gadget that is a must have in Peru, specially for making pisco sour and healthy jugos!

Happy birthday Javi!

We woke up with shore heads, consequence of the pisco. We had already been warned about the effects of this malicious drink, so couldn’t really complain too much. After a bit of breakfast, Javi, our guide for the day, Isma and I walked our hangover around central Lima. Central Lima is the oldest part of the city and where the vestiges of the city’s colonial era remain today. Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas were a great example with their beautiful historical buildings. Around 4 pm we made a mandatory stop at a cafeteria to listen online our début on the radio! A few weeks ago we had been interviewed for Levando Anclas, a travel radio show on Radio Euskadi, after Esti, a friend of mine, sent them a mail and the link to our blog. When I was little I used to listen to this very same show every Sunday and now it was me who was on air, so strange and so exciting and the same time! I can’t deny that I was as nervous as hell, but at the end it didn’t turn out that bad.

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