Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Further Elsewhere in Peru: Puno, Lake Titicaca
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Last post about Peru before I move on to Spain. As if we weren't nature'd out enough, here we are taking a boat trip around the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, only the highest commercially navigable lake in the world (didn't you pay attention in 2nd grade?). They recommend sunglasses and a lot of sunscreen because the waters are super clear and reflective.

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On one of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. The islands are made from tortora reeds, also a source of food for the inhabitants. I don't think you get any more resourceful than that.

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No cars or bikes; or roads, for that matter

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Sturdy Viking-like boats made from aforementioned reeds

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Our guide leads us to one of the few restaurant on the small plaza where we dock. The restaurant only serves the 2 local classics: sopa de quinoa, a hearty quinoa soup, and pejerey, local kingfish from the lake.

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Roasted local kingfish with a dash of lemon and side of French fries

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We had one night left in Puno, and decided we liked the kingfish enough to eat it again.

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Peru has a lot of pizzerias for some reason. This one is with alpaca (llama) ham and bellpeppers and looks and tastes like Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas. Speaking of pizza chains, have any you been keeping up with those Domino's ads? They're pretty darn effective since my coworker and I ordered those pizzas. I'm happy to report the crust does not taste like cardboard, but the cheese does have that supermarket taste. 

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Before we left, we also wanted to try coca tea since we're told it can heal a variety of sicknesses and greatly boost energy. Cocaine comes from coca leaves; hence, customs does not allow one to bring back coca leaves. And that concludes my adventures in the great outdoors. 

Lima
Cusco / Machu Picchu

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Renée said...

So how did you like the coca tea? Did you feel stimulated from drinking it? (how was the taste? herbal?)

1/13/2010 6:07 AM  
Blogger Single Guy Ben said...

Even though you said the pizza wasn't all that, the idea of llama pizza has piqued my curiosity.

1/13/2010 9:59 PM  
Blogger Hungry Hedonist said...

Renee - The taste of the coca tea was actually not that pronounced. There is, though, a very subtle numbness sensation in the mouth. I did feel pretty energetic; the effect was similar to ginseng.

Ben - The llama in the pizza tasted just like American sausage! Though it was admittedly a lot more adventurous.

1/14/2010 3:25 AM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

Dear Hungry Hedonist, my best friend went surfing last summer in Peru and visited machu picchu. He tried describing the food to me, but your photos said it all. You must be a pro-photographer cause the food looks great in all your posts, especially Spain! Just curious, what took you to peru?
Geez Louise, all my favorite foods. This is my first visit to your site and it's exceptional. Well organized, well written and great clear pictures. I shall enjoy returning for a bite of more. Thank you for sharing,
Ciao, Gaby
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1/25/2010 8:02 PM  
Blogger Hungry Hedonist said...

Thanks Gaby! Appreciate your note. I went to Peru after graduating from college; it was the logical choice given I wanted to go to South America and only had 2 weeks. Machu Picchu was on my to-do travel list and was glad to finally check it off!

1/27/2010 2:01 AM  
Blogger CANICA said...

Peru is wonderful!!!, an peruvian´s food is delicious, visit Peru, is a incredible experience!!!

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2/04/2010 7:01 PM  
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