Flashback Through Lima
Finally, the time has come to set your adventure seeking spirit towards one of the most magical lands in South America. Even if its just for a couple of days, Lima has such a creative, tender and sweet air of history. Well, all of Peru does, but, the best part is that history still lives here. From the loving support of the indigenous and modern day Peruvian women to the attentiveness and romanticism of the macho Peruvian men, Lima incapsulates all! While Lima Peru, specifically in Miraflores, has modernized with fancy looking clothing stores like Falabella and Ripley, and the North American famous Starbucks coffee shops, which serves so well for our flashpackers digital nomad needs, you can still see the hints of traditional Pre-Colombian architecture and flair that takes us back in time.
At the historical center of Lima, you will find over 1000 different balconies that were built during viceroyalty, Spaniard colonization. Structures vivid enough to snap shot amazing pictures with your digital material. Countless churches in about 500 to 1000 feet span away from each other with gorgeous detail in its architecture. All influenced by the Spaniards, however, the Pre-Colobian harmony and originality hums throughout the conversations, the food and the fiestas organized by the natives and locals.
Luckily for our fellow flashpackers, Condor’s House sits right in the center of Lima Miraflores where you can hop skip and jump anywhere with our in house cruisers; from the beach for some surf lessons to Starbucks, four blocks away. It is life of travel made so damn easy. Everything can be found on your iPhone google maps. Or, if you just want to hang out at the hostel on your lap top, loading pictures of your sweet adventures to your blog or on Facebook, it can be that simple for your quality traveling demands.
Flashpack through Lima, and make sure to stop by at the Condor’s House for some yummy homemade Peruvian food, live electro jazz music once per month, and meet the rest of your fellow digital nomad travelers ordering fresh juice at the Condor’s House breakfast bar!
What Flashpackers Eat in Peru
I am a flashpacker! When I traveled to Peru, I made sure I stayed in a reasonably affordable area, yet very close to all the excitement of the “downtown life”. I am very much a foodie. And since Peru’s food has been coined probably South American’s best, I couldn’t resist but to strategically nestle my butt in the fastest growing city of Lima. I stayed in a lovely hostel in Miraflores, Lima Peru. Not far from the beach, probably about three or four blocks away. The hostel was also just about a 10 minute walk away from the bustling nightlife where all the yummy restaurants and chiky bars are. I tell you, take 75% of your spending money, and blow it on food! You will not be sorry. Here are a few popular Peruvian dishes you MUST have! On a side note, you may gain a couple of pounds. I sure did! So worth it!
1) Ceviche: Peru’s coast supports one of the world’s most bountiful sources of seafood. If Peru had an official national dish, it would probably be this preparation of raw fish marinated in citrus juice. Eat it with sweet potato or choclo, a white Andean corn with dime-size kernels.
2) Causa: A traditional causa layers with potatoes, avocados some with tuna, meat and hardboiled egg ingredients into a sort of casserole, which is sliced and served cold. YUMMM!!
3) Lomo Saltado: A hundred years before anyone had heard of Asian fusion cuisine, boatloads of Chinese immigrants arrived in Peru looking for work. The ingredients and techniques they added to Peru’s food vocabulary are probably best exemplified by this hearty hybrid stir-fry, in which beef, tomatoes, peppers, and onions are blended in a pan with soy sauce and fried potatoes. LOVE this dish!
4) Aji de Gallina: rich, velvety stew made with chicken and condensed milk and thickened with de-crusted white bread. A vegetarian alternative with a similar flavor is the ubiquitous papa a la huancaina, boiled potato with creamy yellow sauce. Oh yes!
5) Anticuchos: skewers of grilled, marinated meat (much like shish kebabs) are served everywhere. High-end restaurants offer them as entradas, or appetizers. Street-cart vendors sell them slathered in a garlicky sauce. While almost any meat can be prepared this way, the most traditional—and best—anticuchos are made with beef heart, a practice believed to trace back to the days when Peru’s Spanish conquerors would consume a cow’s choicest cuts and leave the organs for their slaves.
6) Pollo A la Brasa: Roast chicken is so delicious—and popular—that it’s now available in cities around the globe. The secret is marinating the bird in soy sauce flavored with red peppers, garlic, and cumin, which gives the meat and skin a smoky, salty taste. Outside Peru it’s typically paired with French fries, but the more traditional accompaniment is fried yuca, a waxy tuber that has a pleasant chewiness and holds its own against the spicy dipping sauces with which pollo a la brasa is typically served.