On her return from southern Peru, Sandra from Singapore reached out to us once again for a second wind in Lima... this time with a friend! Their goal was to go shopping for the best products and handicrafts in the capital before flying out. Since this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Peru for them, they wanted to make sure they were spending their money on only the best goods and delicacies. We were happy to arrange a custom shopping tour for them!
First we stopped by a typical market one more time so that Sandra could pick up some... wouldn't you guess... avocados! Peruvian avocados are so big and buttery that she couldn't resist stocking up on a few to share with friends and family back home. Other items the two lovely ladies made sure to buy were aguaymanto golden berries, cacao bean nibs for tea making, and red and black colored quinoa for a healthy diet.
Afterwards, we also went to a handicrafts center. Of all the touristy shops in the modern neighborhood, we knew exactly which ones have the best selections, deals, and quality worthy of lugging halfway across the world. Sandra kept her hands full with a number of handmade woven, flower-covered pillow covers from the Ayacucho region in the south-central area of the Peruvian Andes, renowned for their timeless artisanal traditions.
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In about 3 hours, Sharon and our Chef Jose put together a 3-course meal that included mushroom ceviche, stuffed caigua rellena squash, and aji de gallina, a favorite from the Spanish-Peruvian creole menu. We also made some juice made with fresh regional fruits to accompany these dishes.
Here were Sharon's comments about her exclusive Peruvian cooking class: "We learned how to cook "home food"and not gourmet which I found very good because now I can keep making it at home :)" See the rest of her review on TripAdvisor.
Thank you for joining us in the kitchen!