Latin food you must taste!

We have to be thankful for everything Latin people have shared so gently with us to the point that our culture has been influenced with it. We have seen Latin friends dance to the amazing rhythms of salsa and merengue, Latin songs that are listened everywhere, from radios on towing service trucks to even the ex-President’s Spotify playlist. But if there’s one thing we should thank Latin people for is their food. Their hands are blessed when it comes to prepare the dishes that count with a great variety of tastes. There are many dishes to try out, but these are the ones you must taste!

Let’s start with one of the most versatile dishes of them all, arepas. Born in Venezuela, and well eaten in Colombia as well, arepas are basically a thick tortilla made out of corn dough. They are served as companions of bigger dishes, but they can be a full meal. There are almost infinite ways to fill an arepa which can include beef, pork, chicken, black beans, avocados, cheese, tuna, sausages, chicharrón or any combination of those ingredients. Nowadays, there are areperas in almost every city of the world so it’s easy to give it a try.

Staying on the mood of eating with our bare hands, it’s impossible to leave out tacos. You only need to have some corn or wheat tortillas, ground beef, vegetables such as lettuce, onions, chopped tomatoes, cheese or any other filling that crosses your mind. Once you fill a tortilla and give it the first bite you’ll be travelling to another dimension where good taste is the rule. There are many American adaptations of this dish, but the best choice will always be to eat it as traditional as possible.

It’s impossible not to think about sweet preparations such as alfajores. Argentina came up with these layers of dulce de leche sandwiched between two soft cookies that are nice to eat at any time of the day. There are variations that include shredded coconut or a chocolate cover. They are perfect if they count with a coffee or tea cup as companion that can help you bear the Argentinean winters.

Next up, there are the tamales. This dish is so common around Latin America that almost every country and even every region of each country has its own way to prepare them. They consist in corn dough filled with mostly a nice guiso made out of ground or chopped beef or pork, then wrapped in a previously smoked banana leaf or corn husk and cooked under steam. Of course, when you get to eat it, you’ll have to discard the cover to get to the tasty part. Tamales are amazingly loved by Latin people; there are those who eat it as a daily meal and those who eat on special occasions such as holidays.

Latin people have an incredible amount of things in common, and good taste is one of them. Taste their food and you will know why!

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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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