WOW! Peruvian Food!

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    Jul 02, 2016 10:59 PM GMT
    I know this must sound backward of me, but I've never had Peruvian food before in my life, until this afternoon. And it was great!

    Only recently opened, right round the corner from us in Wilton Manors and named "Bravo!", this place initially offered only sandwiches, so we ignored it. But a friend recommended them after they started having full meal service. I had Tacu-Tacu Con Lomo Saltado, for which a literal Spanish translation escapes me.

    All I know is that I got a plate of braised beef cubes on creamy rice, along with onions & tomatoes, and it was superb! My husband got an off-menu special featuring chicken, that I can't name, but it was equally wonderful.

    And the prices were an absolute steal. Super-friendly staff, we're gonna recommend this place to friends, and return often. Hell, we can walk there, don't even need the car. And when he's not up to walking I can use their take-out for us, which was so busy as to make any Chinese restaurant envious.

    I'm not only delighted, but kinda amazed, when I find new national or ethnic cooking about which I've been totally ignorant. Peruvian - who would have ever guessed, or known it would be so incredible? YUM!

    What national or ethnic foods have been new to you, that took you pleasantly by surprise?
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    Jul 02, 2016 11:06 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI know this must sound backward of me, but I've never had Peruvian food before in my life, until this afternoon. And it was great!

    Only recently opened, right round the corner from us in Wilton Manors and named "Bravo!", this place initially offered only sandwiches, so we ignored it. But a friend recommended them after they started having full meal service. I had Tacu-Tacu Con Lomo Saltado, for which a literal Spanish translation escapes me.

    All I know is that I got a plate of braised beef cubes on creamy rice, along with onions & tomatoes, and it was superb! My husband got an off-menu special featuring chicken, that I can't name, but it was equally wonderful.

    And the prices were an absolute steal. Super-friendly staff, we're gonna recommend this place to friends, and return often. Hell, we can walk there, don't even need the car. And when he's not up to walking I can use their take-out for us, which was so busy to make any Chinese restaurant envious.

    I'm not only delighted, but kinda amazed, when I find new national or ethnic cooking about which I've been totally ignorant. Peruvian - who would have ever guessed, or known it would be so incredible? YUM!

    What national or ethnic foods have been new to you, that took you pleasantly by surprise?

    Peruvian food = sauted meats on top of french fries

    Just kidding. Saltado de pollo is my all time favorite Peruvian dish. And that spicy green sauce is amazing.
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    Jul 02, 2016 11:30 PM GMT
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    Peruvian food = sauted meats on top of french fries

    Just kidding. Saltado de pollo is my all time favorite Peruvian dish. And that spicy green sauce is amazing.

    So you know Peruvian food - well, I guess I'm as backward as I feared. But then I was raised on roast beef, mashed potatoes, peas & corn. What can I tell you? icon_redface.gif

    But I think it's great when you learn something new about food. Or about anything else worthwhile, for that matter. And to see my husband beaming, who's a total food fanatic, made me all the happier we had gone there.

    But I ask again, what other national or ethnic foods have been a pleasant surprise to guys here? I'm willing to try almost anything. I just gotta admit I'm not too adventuresome in exploring on my own, I need a little culinary prompting.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 03, 2016 1:43 AM GMT
    Although I have been eating it now for a long time, I remember trying Indian cuisine for the first time about 10 years ago. I was hooked. I love the spices and flavors, so good! Fortunately, Chicago has many good Indian restaurants. Several years ago, I went to a birthday dinner for a friend at an Indian place in downtown Chicago. The person who was co-ordinating it just ordered several dishes for the table and we all shared. However, she loved things spicy, so all the dishes were very spicy hot, as in fire! After that, when I go on my own, I make sure to order mild.
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    Jul 03, 2016 1:57 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidAlthough I have been eating it now for a long time, I remember trying Indian cuisine for the first time about 10 years ago. I was hooked. I love the spices and flavors, so good! Fortunately, Chicago has many good Indian restaurants. Several years ago, I went to a birthday dinner for a friend at an Indian place in downtown Chicago. The person who was co-ordinating it just ordered several dishes for the table and we all shared. However, she loved things spicy, so all the dishes were very spicy hot, as in fire! After that, when I go on my own, I make sure to order mild.

    I've enjoyed Indian food. I was introduced to it on a regular basis when I belonged to a kind of "book-of-the-month-club" with a bunch of gay college professors. We had to read a book the elected group moderator selected, and then we discussed it over dinner. The group really liked returning to this Indian place, but we sometimes went elsewhere, too. Talk about your gay "intellectual" nerds!

    I liked the food, usually got it medium spicy. Only problem was the smell permeated my clothes, even got into my hair & skin. When I got home I'd strip naked in my laundry room, and seal the clothes in my front-loader for washing the next day. Then I'd take a shower before watching TV and going to bed. Indian food has a VERY invasive odor!
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    Jul 05, 2016 3:24 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidI know this must sound backward of me, but I've never had Peruvian food before in my life, until this afternoon. And it was great!

    Only recently opened, right round the corner from us in Wilton Manors and named "Bravo!", this place initially offered only sandwiches, so we ignored it. But a friend recommended them after they started having full meal service. I had Tacu-Tacu Con Lomo Saltado, for which a literal Spanish translation escapes me.

    All I know is that I got a plate of braised beef cubes on creamy rice, along with onions & tomatoes, and it was superb! My husband got an off-menu special featuring chicken, that I can't name, but it was equally wonderful.

    And the prices were an absolute steal. Super-friendly staff, we're gonna recommend this place to friends, and return often. Hell, we can walk there, don't even need the car. And when he's not up to walking I can use their take-out for us, which was so busy to make any Chinese restaurant envious.

    I'm not only delighted, but kinda amazed, when I find new national or ethnic cooking about which I've been totally ignorant. Peruvian - who would have ever guessed, or known it would be so incredible? YUM!

    What national or ethnic foods have been new to you, that took you pleasantly by surprise?

    Peruvian food = sauted meats on top of french fries

    Just kidding. Saltado de pollo is my all time favorite Peruvian dish. And that spicy green sauce is amazing.


    Sounds like you're a patron of El Pollo Inka on Hawthorne in Torrance? How many times have I been there? Probably 50 -100
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 05, 2016 9:04 PM GMT
    Peruvian chicken: marinade boneless, skinless chicken breasts in ancho, cayenne, and chipotle ground peppers, cumin, chopped garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper. Grill on a fire or grill pan until 165 degrees at the thickest point. Sauce: In a food processor, combine chopped garlic, one jalapeƱo pepper roughly chopped, lime juice, 1/4 cup whole fat mayo, 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, and a whole head of cilantro. Blend until smooth. Serve with black beens and rice.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 05, 2016 9:05 PM GMT
    I've been doing a lot of Korean food lately. It combines the spice and flavors of Asian cooking with the luxury of western meats and breads.
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    Jul 05, 2016 11:37 PM GMT
    Korean food has been gaining in popularity over the years. But only BBQ and maybe the spicy pot tofu. I don't think people are adventurous to try other dishes due to the strong spiciness.
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    Jul 06, 2016 7:39 PM GMT
    Peruvian food truly is delicious. I discovered a simple restaurant close to my home when I lived in a different city years ago. I miss it. A lot of their rice dishes are influenced by the Chinese who immigrated to the west coast of the Americas. Asians not only immigrated to North America but they can also be found in western Mexico all the way down to South America. Their influence on South American cuisine is spectacular.
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    Jul 07, 2016 2:37 AM GMT
    This thread is so East Coast!! California with its rich agricultural production bounty and rich immigration history has long produced ethnic restaurants as well as food products known world-wide, including Peruvian. Our local Peruvian restaurant, a favorite of ours where the owner's mother bakes special cookies for us as a dessert present when we have our banquets there, is quite good; the original restaurant run by others in the family was opened in San Francisco. It is almost easier to indicate which ethnic restaurants we do NOT have: Inuit, Russian, German do immediately come to mind, although we did have an excellent German restaurant for about 4 years. Let's see...just locally we have Armenian, Basque, Thai, Laotian, Vietnamese, various versions of Chinese of course, Japanese, Pakistani, Persian, Afghanistani, Italian, French, Lebanese, Hungarian, Germans from Russia, Mexican (of course, merely staples), Punjabi, Southern Indian, and undoubtedly more.
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    Jul 17, 2016 12:28 AM GMT
    xrichx saidKorean food has been gaining in popularity over the years. But only BBQ and maybe the spicy pot tofu. I don't think people are adventurous to try other dishes due to the strong spiciness.

    I ran across this online article just today. A Korean cartoonist living in the US has begun creating Korean menus in a cartoon format. Kinda different in presentation, I find them simple and easy to follow. But take the link and see for yourself.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/robin-ha-comic-book-superhero-korean-cuisine-n609266

    BTW, many US Army installations will have Korean civilian restaurants right off post. I've eaten at them. The Army maintains a large force in South Korea, so that a demand for the food remains when soldiers return to the States. That's where I was introduced to Korean food myself.
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    Jul 17, 2016 4:31 AM GMT
    We just had a Peruvian joint open up, a few minutes from where I live. It's all rotisserie chicken. I'm not sure how authentic, or traditional it is.. but it's damn good.