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EssayEl Mercado Central
Hoy fuimos al Mercado Central y el Barrio Chino en el centro de Lima. We've been to a number of markets in our travels together - Mexico City, on the side of the road in Swaziland, Osaka, Nishiki in Kyoto, Tokyo, Durban (South Africa), Lake Malawi, Bombay, Rajasthan, Madurai (Tamil Nadu, India) - but this one had the cleanest and most extensive meat market either of us have ever seen.
It made you want to buy un cabrito (a kid) and take it home to roast it on a spit. The market is in a huge warehouse. If you're ever been outside of the US you've probably seen a warehouse with all these tiny tiendas organized in perfect little rows by type. They sell anything from bleach to pigs feet and everything in between. On nearby streets there were all sorts of electronics, but the main area of ... View Essay »
Roasted chicken did me in last night! We had a day of studying Spanish and Matt finishing up on work. We also spent about an hour trying to find a place that sells whiskey because Matt keeps getting a pretty debilitating toothache which is only abated by swishing with some hard liquor.
Last night we decided to go to a place called Norky's - say it with me in your best Spanish, Noorrkees, what a name - that's famous for their pollo al la brasa. After reading the 10 page menu, we landed upon the pollo and ordered from the pushy Peruano. What arrived I wasn't prepared for - a succulent leg and breast that had been brined and stuffed with herbs and onions and some kind of acid - and then turned for a long time on a rotisserie. What I had ordered was, well, crack. We ate every last morsel, ... View Post »
"It's not empty calories… It's extra special calories!"
The BBQ at Lulling Market in Houston. This was the ONLY decent BBQ that was open past 7. What's up with that?! Excellent beef, good ribs and good sausages (although they had almost sketchy mouthfeel from being ground so fine). Naturally, we had a Lone Star to go with our meat. BBQ in the lone star state is a must. Of course our little east coast tummies (yes, even Matt's) were out-eaten by a table of three who ordered at least three times the meat we did. But they were Texans who had clearly brought their Texan appetites and who can compete with that?
A bison burger and a shake at Hopdoddy. Pretty cool - they do most things from scratch, including churning their own Mexican vanilla ice cream and making those perfect looking buns. The burger was quite flavorful, but I'll attribute that more to the buffalo than the fact that they grind their meat. Could have gone for less puff in the bread but otherwise an altogether delicious burger! (And Matt wasn't even hungry when he ate it - or should I say wolfed it down.)
Oh boy. Lotsa BBQ sauces. What to do. I still don't know my way around BBQ by any stretch of the imagination, but I do think I've determined I'm more for wet than dry. Salt Lick, Austin's Own and Stubb's all looked decent. We ended up going with the Austin's Own original. We'll let you know how that worked out once we give it a try.