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Aug 5, 2012

Cuisine in South America


Travelling means meeting people but it's also the discovery of the cuisine in different countries. I must admit that I ate a lot in South America and as a good French I had to write a small article about food and based on the experience I had in South America.
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Travelling means meeting people but it's also the discovery of the cuisine in different countries. I must admit that I ate a lot in South America and as a good French I had to write a small article about food and based on the experience I had in South America.

Mexico

Mexican food is absolutely delicious. Do not hesitate to go to local markets to taste traditional food. Of course do not go to the empty stalls. Also beware of spices: Mexicans eat extremely spicy! I still remember the first time I went to a restaurant putting green sauce on my dish! I ended up completely red, sweating and crying for a half an hour! So be careful, I would recommend you use your finger to taste the sauces before putting it on your plate.

Besides tacos that one can find absolutely everywhere you can also find a speciality in each region. It is near Puebla that we have tasted the Mole that is a dish accompanied by a chocolate sauce. There are variations of this dish but the one we tried in Puebla was a delight. In Oaxaca people love grilled locusts; los chapulines. This may seem daunting when you see the big piles in the markets, but it's actually very good. As far as alcohol is concerned you should try Mezcal, Oaxaca's drink that is a kind of tequila. Again, be careful, if you go out with Mexicans they will encourage you to chain shooters. Ignore them, take your time and enjoy, this will prevent you from getting sick on a bar table!

Colombia

My favorite in Colombia were fruit juices that are made in the street! Fresh and delicious, they've got in Colombia exotic fruits that you would not find anywhere else. Lulo is a must and can be found everywhere! You will be asked if you want your fruit mixed with water or milk. That's up to you but some fruits do not mix too much water, so it is better to ask the vendors. Otherwise one of the specialties is the arepa which is a sort of mini galette, a little dry but that goes well with any meals.


One will also find many soups, chicken and rice. In the region of Santander you can taste the hormigas culonas which are giant ants that can be enjoyed like peanuts ... really!

Peru

The food I've preferred in Peru was chifas which is a mix between delicious Chinese food and Peruvian food. The food is pretty basic on the whole, however you will taste the llama meat that is very tender. Many exotic fruits can be found in the markets. In Cuzco guinea pig is a delicacy which the Peruvians absolutely love but it's extremely expensive. There is not much to eat a it's full of bones, yet it is very tasty.

And for drink you will find Inka Cola everywhere, it's a soft drink that tastes very much like chewing gum! Peruvians love to drink it, they like it so much that it is the most sold drink in the country. If you go out ask for a Pisco Sour, a delicious cocktail that you will hardly find anywhere else. Peruvian Pisco is made of syrup and lemon.

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