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Chicha in Cuzco, Peru

17 Aug

One of the nights we were in Cuzco, we walked through a couple of beautiful plazas to Chicha. My brother and I shared two starters. The first was the Chupe 5 Sabores which had quinoa, ulluco, squash, tofu and chinese bean sprouts with a spicy curry with had coconut milk and lemongrass. It had a really nice flavor to it and was plenty to share. We also had the Humitas Chicha which consisted of two tamales.

There was one yellow tamale and one green tamale, each served with a sauce. The green tamale had one with onions and peppers and some oil, and the yellow tamale had a sort of creole sauce. For our main dish, we shared the Kapchi casserole.

This was a generous potion of an already hearty dish. The casserole was made with fava beans, potatoes, andean cheese, milk, egg, rocoto pepper and fine herbs. It was served with some rice. I liked the dish but would have preferred it to have a bit more spice to it. For those that are dining with someone that can eat gluten, word at the table was that the bread they served was fantastic!

Dinner at Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco, Peru

16 Aug

For one of our nights in Cuzco, we decided to stay at Hotel Monasterio and have dinner at their El Tupay restaurant. I am so glad that we did! As they served the regular bread, they gave my brother and I a slab of GF bread that was good. I started with the grilled shrimp.

This was served with a yellow chili salad, roasted pepper, quinoa and a citrus foam. It was nice and light. For my main, I had the creamy corn.

It was prepared with herbs, grilled veggies, sprouts and smoked oil. I loved this as corn is one of my favorite vegetables. It almost reminded me of mac and cheese in a strange way!

Lunch at Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco, Peru

14 Aug

I apologize for things being a bit quiet over here. I just returned from a family vacation to Peru and Turks & Caicos! This is the first of many posts on restaurants that were accommodating as we travelled the past couple of weeks! When we were in Cuzco, Peru, we stayed at the Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592! They had a beautiful courtyard that we had lunch in. I provided them some Spanish cards found online that I printed. These listed what I could and could not have. I started with the Creamy Andean Potato Soup.

They just had to omit the garlic chips that this dish typically came with. For my main, I had the grilled grouper.

This was served with a creamy quinoa with vegetables and a warm tomato vinaigrette. I loved this dish as it was light but incredibly flavorful.