Food from Peru, the best dishes!

Food is a need that we all have, but it is also a pleasure, it is an art to know how to combine textures, flavors even the way to present a dish is art, it is a very tasty profession that brings a lot of pleasure and benefits to everyone, provided that we avoid gluttony and take care of our health.

 

In this world we can find a lot of different cultures with very different styles, customs and obviously, food, each country has its own national dish, and the cuisine of each country has its own “personality” made of the flavors, the foreign influences and even the geography, that brings certain kind of ingredients more than others.

 

Peru, land of contrasts and tasty food

 

Peru is a lovely country, located in the west side of South America is one of the biggest countries of this continent, with amazing landscapes, modern cities like Lima (the capital) and historical and mythical places like Machu Picchu, they have a long coast at Pacific Ocean, beautiful mountains, and very nice and cheerful people.

 

Peruvian people are really in love of their food, any Peruvian you can ask about it will tell you with excitement how tasty their food is and they surely will want to share it with pleasure, and they have a flavor of their own, their food is usually spicy and many dishes are based in sea products, but they also eat chicken and beef.

 

5 amazing Peruvian dishes

 

This is the top five of Peruvian dishes, which each Peruvian will recommend you immediately

 

1- Ceviche, this is the Peruvian national dish, traditionally is made with sea bass (corvina) marinated in lime juice, onion, salt and hot chilies (aji), the leftover marinade is known as “leche de tigre” (tiger’s milk), it is served cold.

 

2- Causa, it means “cause”, it is a classic Peruvian dish, made with mashed potatoes is made like a lasagna, mashed potatoes are blended with lime, oil and yellow chili sauce, over it a mix of shredded tuna,  salmon or chicken with mayo is placed, then layers of avocado, hard boiled eggs and olives, then more potatoes mix and so on, it is served cold.

 

3- Lomo Salteado (Stir-fried beef, this is a very popular dish among Peruvians and everyone who eat it, is an example of the foreign influences in local cuisine, is a fusion of Chinese stir-frying and classic Peruvian ingredients, stripes of soy-marinated beef, onions, tomatoes, aji chilies, and other spices, are stir-fried.

 

4- Suspiro a la Limeña, its name means “whisper of a Lima lady” is very popular, especially in the city of Lima, is a combination of “dulce de leche” or caramelized sugar and smooth meringue.

 

5- Aji de Gallina or Aji de Pollo, is a chicken and chili dish that includes shredded chicken, yellow chili, bread or crackers, parmesan, pecan, onion, garlic and a few other ingredients.

 

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American dishes! Top 5

It’s well known that American culture has had at least a spark of influence in any other country’s culture and. Music and language are the best examples here, but if there’s a sign that Americans have spread their culture all around the world is food. Most countries have developed their own way to make burgers and barbecues, but American cuisine goes way beyond that. Let’s take a look on the best dishes in the following Top 5!

Our countdown starts with a dessert. Apple pie is the most loved sweet dish in the 50 states. Even when it was not invented in America but introduced by Dutch and English immigrants during the colonization, Americans found a way to make them theirs and prepare them with love and care. It consists on a pastry dough base filled with apple pieces and apple cream, covered in pastry dough ornaments and then baked. It’s common to be delighted with this dish during Thanksgiving, one of the most American holidays.

Next up, we find a mix of ingredients from all around the world that came to be an American delight. The Reuben Sandwich counts with all the taste of corned beef (preserved in salty water and cooked in vinegar); sauerkraut, a thinly chopped and fermented cabbage (with German origins); Swiss cheese and Russian dressing, a tasty sauce with mayonnaise and ketchup base. This mix was delivered by a grocery store owner called Reuben Kulakofsky in Omaha. Even when it’s not that popular, its tradition and great taste make it one of the most delicious American dishes.

Now, an American classic, the Meatloaf. This is a controversial dish because there are infinite ways to prepare it and families have waged figurative wars on which recipe is better. The point is that having a meatloaf for diner is a synonym of tasting mom’s cuisine talents and sharing family moments. It’s incredible how something so simple like seasoned ground beef baked on a loaf mold and served with meat sauce or even ketchup can be so delightful.

Moving on to homemade dishes, we can find the Biscuits and Gravy. This plate saw light for the first time during the Revolutionary War waged against the British Empire when southern colonies started to make gravy as a breakfast option because of food shortages and mixed them with the Imperial biscuits. Nowadays, gravy includes pork sausages, tiny pieces of meat and bacon and biscuits are made using lard and buttermilk.

Last, it’s mandatory to mention the greatest banner of American cuisine, the Hamburger. This dish gained popularity across the world thanks to fast food chains. There is an infinite amount of variations all around the globe, but the classic American burger consist in a disc of well cooked seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, onion, lettuce tomato and pickles between a pair of buns. It’s always served with some French fries on a side.

America has an incredible cuisine and this countdown is proof of it. Have you tried these dishes?

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Spanish food, all you need to know

It seems like Mediterranean countries have been blessed with gorgeous landscapes, warm and welcoming people and an incredible cuisine that can blow anyone’s taste buds. Spain is way far from being the exception. Spanish cuisine is mother to most of Latin American cuisines. It has evolved to include ingredients from all around the globe without losing its traditions and regional influence. But what makes Spain one of the countries with the most popular and delicious food? Keep an eye on the following read and learn all you need to know about the Spanish cuisine.

Spaniards keep an eye into freshness when it comes to seafood and regional dishes, so it’s good that if you visit Spain, try to go where the locals go, not the tourists. No one knows Spanish cuisine more than Spanish people, so avoid those place that look like your country of origin and aim to traditional places, roadside restaurants and such. Thos places hold a more authentic taste, an even more special attention and surprisingly turn to be cheaper than the rest of the restaurants. It’s important to learn some phrases beyond salutations, like asking for recommendations and how to get there. Also, some tourist guides and a previous investigation will help you find those places.

Spain has just a few cities where the waiters and hosts also speak English, so you have to be prepared if you’re going to a place where welcoming masses of tourists is not on the daily agenda. Among the Spanish word you need to know we can find “pescado”, which means fish; “sopa”, that means soup; “carne”, which is meat; “ensaladas” are salads; “pollo” is chicken and so on. If you read a menu and recognize some of these words, then you know what you are going to eat.

It’s also wise to know about the dishes and ask for them at once. The main event in Spain is Paella, a mainly rice dish that gets to be cooked with chicken or seafood. There are other places were rabbit and pork is the main protein. Paella is always nice to be asked for two as it’s served in the big pan where it was made.

Another amazing plate is called fritura de pescado. This plate literally means “fried fish” but it also includes squid and other seafoods. You can add some lemon to it if you want to.

In the east, there is a plate called the Suquet which is friendlier with people that aren’t accustomed to seafood. It is a tasty tomato stew served with potatoes, shellfish and some spices.

Spain is well known for its seafood and it’s very hard to find a place where it isn’t fresh or has not the greatest quality. The environment in restaurants is awesome and not so different from home, you get welcomed by a host(ess) get served by a waiter, pay (tipping is always welcome) and leave.

There’s so much more to find about Spanish food. Dare to have a taste!

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