|Will I become clothing, or food?|
At the risk of going into too much detail, I'll just give a brief overview of some of the other dishes I've been exposed to here in the Andes, and them my rating on a scale of 1 to 10. I'll only be doing exotic dishes. Peruvian standards like lomo saltado are delicious, but will . Alpaca steak with quinoa risotto gets a 7. Chicharron, a Peruvian style of fried pork meat, gets 8 - I had this in a sandwich, multiple times. Anticucho, or braised beef heart skewers, gets a 6 out of 10 for smell, but I didn't taste it at the risk of getting some kind of diseases.
Trout from the Sacred Valley is generally tasty, but I've had both good and bad experiences. Biology majors can back me up, but from what I understand, there are 206 bones in the human body. Well, I can confirm that the trout at Pisac's Blue Llama has 207. 5/10. The town of Chincheros had something different to offer: potatoes literally cooked in an oven of dirt. While I decided to forego the ones with worms in them, the locals assure me that they can cure cancer. 4/10, but 6/10 if you add spicy salsa.
The most prominent side dish we ate was choclo, a thick, starchy corn found only here in the Peruvian mountains. One grain of choclo is about the size of a small basketball, and has about as much fiber as a cardboard box. Did not enjoy. 3/10. Chicha morada, on the other hand, is incredibly sweet and incredibly purple, and I need to find a place in Nashville that serves it during the school year - 7/10. On our train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, I tried Peru's other national drink, Inka Cola. Poured out of a glass bottle, Inka Cola tasted like bubblegum, and looked like radioactive waste. I would not be surprised if the Incredible Hulk got his powers from drinking this beverage. Nevertheless, I,ll give it a 5/10 and hope I don't wake up tomorrow with extra arms.
Next on the list: Cuy, or guinea pig, and Ceviche. Hopeing I can get both in Lima and finish my culinary journey.
|Kentucky Fried Cuy, a local delicacy|
And, in case you were wondering what a 10/10 was on my food scale, I have two words for you. Doner. Kebab.