Karencita de Perú

Barranco Part 2 – Barranco Parte 2

Posted on: May 29, 2010

The other great place to visit in Barranco is the main square.   From The Bridge of Sighs, you walk up a few sets of steps to arrive at the main square.  The two most prominent buildings here are the Biblioteca Municipal (Municipal Library) and La Iglesia Santísima Cruz (The Holy Cross Church) 

The central square has lovely gardens and a fountain.  There area always lots of people strolling through the park or sitting on the benches enjoying the atmosphere.

The best part, however, is the food.  Like is the market in Surquillo, there is a food festival here on the weekends.  They serve a variety of typical dishes from the various regions of Peru like la selva (the jungle), la sierra (the mountains) and la costa (the coast).  The food varies in the different regions of Peru based on local ingredients and customs.  The food fair in Barranco is very popular and packed with people.

Last Sunday when Luis and I went to Barracno we had lunch there.  I had Milanesa rellena con jamón y queso, yuca frita and arroz (chicken stuffed with ham and cheese, fried yucca and rice).  Luis had Arroz con pollo y champinoñes and  ensalada de papas (rice with chicken and mushrooms and potato salad).  It was very good.

Even better than the main dishes are the desserts.  As you walk by the ladies entice you with sample of their baked goods, elaborate cakes and elegant pies.  It was a hard choice, but I decided to try something different and had Pye de Higo (fig pie).  It was very tasty.

After all that food I was stuffed, however there is always room for a traditional Pisco Sour to finish off a perfect meal!

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