Cena casual

I enjoy eating in places that are for everyday Peruvians, places where they serve regular food, not special occasion food, but dishes that are firmly entrenched in the culinary repertoire of the country. I found no shortage of casual venues while wandering away from the touristic restaurants near the Plaza de Armas. Probably the most…

Adorable and delicious

Cusco is the modern home to many Andean foods, many recognisable and quite a few unique, it is always an imperative of mine to try as much local food as I can, so while in town I had to try cuy and alpaca. Both the cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca are popular traditional foods available on menus at both local and touristic…

Cobbled together

With Peru rising through the ranks of the world gastronomic nations in the last few years I am indeed looking forward to eating well while I am here. Needless to say I was surprised and delighted to find so many casual food traders on the streets of Cusco, collectively I gave them much custom, eating a great…

Exploring San Pedro

  Delving into the San Pedro market in Cusco has to be the one unmissable activity for any gastrophile. It is without doubt one of the most compelling, and approachable markets I have seen in a while, it is rich with local flavour, colour and taste. This market gives me a little insight of the…

Altitude

Wheezy, my breath is wheezy, I’m not even at strolling pace and have made it less than 200 metres from my hotel, I am struggling to breath and have to stop walking to breathe deeply. I breathe in and out to the fullest extent a few times and the world rights itself somewhat. Except for the…

Cusco

Machu Picchu and the Inca trail has long been on my wish list of life time experiences, it was my fascination with this hike that initially peaked my interest in visiting Peru, now in Cusco I am struggling to believe that this long dreamed of experience is soon going to happen. Cusco is my first…

Fried Seoul food

I had experienced some excellent Korean fried chicken a few times before I stepped foot in the country, s of course I hoped these previous experiences hadn’t ruined me for the real thing I would eat while in South Korea. Would the chicken here meet my expectations? I needn’t have worried, in South Korea Fried…

KOREAN SOUPS

Having spent plenty of time pondering menus it was easy to see that chunky broth style soups are very popular in South Korea, I saw dozens of varieties on dozens of different menus in all the places I went. They always looked appealing, but I was cautious to try them, because of the rather bland…

KOREAN BBQ

I could not have left South Korea without eating some Korean barbecue, I was awfully close to this tragedy happening, having failed to find an affordable place I liked in Seoul, mostly due to my malaise, and being too focused on bibimbap and snack foods in Jeonju. Considering how much I loved eating Yakiniku, Japanese…

Busan

Busan is the last port of call on my fleeting trip to South Korea, Busan is an attractive coastal city with an active port, so I was quite looking forward to a bit of time by the coast with some bracing sea breezes. Perhaps the sea breezes were not as brisk as I wished they…

Mas-issneun gansig

The old quarter of Jeonju is an incredibly good place to find tasty snack food, with many of the hanocks converted into casual eating places. It was so easy to grab something, pick a direction and allow myself to get distracted by whatever I could find along the way. Sometimes I’d head back to grab…

Bibimbap & Bachan

One of the draws for me in Jeonju was bibimbap, the rather attractive and complex rice dish created here. Bibimbap is not a dish I’m going to claim familiarity with, I know it’s a dish made up of component parts that are mixed together just before eating. I don’t know what the components are, or…