Month: January 2014

Food: Chapter 2–Chinese-Peruvian Fusion: It’s Nothing New

Last night at dinner at my guesthouse, Adela made a traditional Peruvian dish, lomo saltado. This is a fusion of Chinese and Peruvian food. It starts out as a stir fry of marinated beef loin (lomo) stir-fried with onions and tomatoes. But there’s a Peruvian twist: I was watching Adela cook and I gasped in surprise …

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The Benefits of Coca

Last Sunday, Blanca, Manuel’s sister showed me her package of pulverized coca leaves that you can purchase in specialty herb stores here. (Manuel is one of my hosts at the guesthouse where I am staying.) We talked about the benefits of coca.  The traditional medical uses of coca are as a stimulant to overcome fatigue, …

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After waiting 10 hours in the Lima airport–on the floor; 4 more hours in the hot bus station, and 16 hours in the bus–my body was really tired of sitting and what do I do when I finally arrive in Arequipa? Take a nap! Actually, take two naps in one day! And then slept all …

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