We Learned About Peru in our own backyard!

While many of us just can’t hop on a plane to visit a different country, that doesn’t mean that we cannot learn about other cultures without leaving our own town! We decided the best way to learn about other countries is to start going to different ethnic restaurants!

I have never been one to “experiment” with food – I usually stay on the “plain” line when it comes to my lunches or dinners – so this is really going to expand not only my brain – but my tummy as well! We visited Chalakos Peruvian Bistro right here in the Northwood district of West Palm Beach.  They are located right on Northwood Road across from the Post Office. The food was amazing and the service was great!

Mary had the Lomo Saltado – which is sauteed beef strips with red onions, tomatoes, dash of soy sauce and red wine with french fries. Check out the “pyramid” of white rice – I thought that was so cool!   I had the same thing except mine was on a sandwich with sweet potato fries.  It was so delicious – the spices were amazing!  So now I won’t be so afraid to try new foods!

Mary had a glass of Guanabana juice – and it was delicious and a bit sweet!  Had a very nice “after-taste”.  I thought it tasted a little like kiwi.

Here is some info on what the Guanabana fruit is.

Enter the miracle fruit Guanábana (Annona Muricata), better known as Sour Sop in the English language. The latter is less than appealing to the ear but very powerful in its efficacy. In a study published in the Journal of Natural Products in 1996, compounds extracted from the Guanábana seed proved effective in fighting colon cancer because of its cytotoxicity to the affected cells. Adriamycin, a well know drug prescribed by doctors sympathetic to big pharma was found to be 10,000 times less potent than Guanábana. Breast, prostate, liver cancer and a few other types of cancers are also susceptible to the miracle fruit. What’s even more interesting is the fact that Guanábana when taken produces no negative side effects like most chemo prescribed drugs.  Reference full article click here

The waitress was so nice – she even took a picture with us!

Here are a few fun and interesting food facts about Peru:

  • Ancient Peruvians domesticated the potato as far back as 8,000 years ago. Today, it is the world’s fourth-largest food crop. There are over 3,000 different varieties grown in Peru.
  • A method still used in Peru today, the Inca developed the earliest type of freeze drying by leaving potatoes out at night to freeze in the frost. When the water evaporated during the day, a dry potato pulp remained, called chuño.
  • Peru is the largest exporter of asparagus in the world, with over 117,000 metric tons in 2012.
  • Peru grows over 55 varieties of corn, and consumers can find it in colors ranging from yellow to purple, white, and black. Ancient Peruvians used corn for bartering and as a form of currency as well as for food.
  • Peru is the eighth-largest producer of coffee in the world and the fifth-largest producer of Arabica coffee beans.
  • Peru has the world’s second-greatest catch of fish, following only China.
  • Chili sauce and hot spices were banned from prison food in Peru in 1973 on the grounds they might arouse sexual desires in the inmates.
  • In 1885, the Coca Cola Company in Georgia began making a wine with coca leaves that was converted into a soft drink known as Coca Cola. By 1903, public outcry over the ill effects of cocaine forced the company to remove the coca leaves from its recipe for the drink, and it became more or less the soft drink millions enjoy today.
  • It is thought that early farmers in Peru grew five species of hot peppers, which were transported over the years to Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Christopher Columbus, who was searching for black pepper, may be responsible for their English name.

Resource – https://www.factretriever.com/peru-facts

So there you have the “food goods” on Peru.  Here is some geographical information about the country:

  • The official name of Peru is the Republic of Peru.

  • Peru contains the second largest segment of the Amazon rainforest after Brazil.

  • The Peruvian Amazon covers 60% of the country.

  • The large biologically diverse area of Amazon in Peru is home to the most bird species in the world, the third largest number of mammals and a very high number of species of butterflies and orchids.

  • Peru shares borders with Ecuador, Colombia, BrazilChile and Bolivia.

  • Modern day Peru has been home to many ancient civilizations, the largest and wealthiest of these was the Incas who’s empire ruled for over 100 years until the Spanish arrived in the 16th century.

  • Just under 30 million people live in Peru (29,849,303) as of July 2013.

  • The capital city of Peru is Lima which is home to more than a quarter of Peru’s population.

  • The Inca Empire was centred around highlands of the Andes mountain range and the civilization’s capital city Cusco and mountain top citadel Machu Picchu are popular with visiting tourist to this day.

  • Spanish is the main language in Peru although many also speak the Inca language Quechua. The third official language is Aymara.

  • The currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol.


So we have decided that we are going to go to a different restaurant featuring a new country each week.

We will post about our new “food” adventures and let you know if we like it or not!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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