After leaving Tarapoto, we headed back to Lima, the Peruvian capital, for several days of intense tasting. The base for our chocolate travel was the Casa Andina Select Miraflores, a new property of the Casa Andina brand most conveniently located in the trendy Miraflores district of Lima.
I’d highly recommend this boutique hotel as it’s relatively small, has an abundantly helpful and cheery staff, a good breakfast buffet and is walking distance or a short cab ride from just about anything that might interest you.
We were fortunate to be under the wing of chocolatier and former pastry chef, Giovanna Maggiolo, a native Peruvian with amazing connections in the food industry. (We’ll talk more about Giovanna’s talent in the world of chocolate in a future post.)
Giovanna made sure we tasted every possible kind of Peruvian culinary delight, and even took us to a market where we could see all the produce and ingredients fresh from the farms and source.
Be sure to visit one of Lima’s fresh markets
Fresh markets are often a highlight of my visit to any city, and the Surquillo market of Miraflores was no disappointment. I saw the largest pecans I’ve never seen in my life – at a full two inches long – and all kinds of local produce to get out taste buds pumping.
A visit to Lima’s Love Park is a must
Another highlight of exploring Lima was our walk through El Parque del Amor (Love Park,) a seaside sculpture garden offering amazing views of the ocean, colourful mosaics and erotic art to tantalize your senses. As someone who lives on the Canadian prairies, being near the ocean always gets my heart pumping, and the cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean from Lover’s Park are forever engrained in my memory.
I’ve set the stage in this post for our culinary journey, which we’ll explore in detail in the next post. Please share your thoughts on Lima if you’ve visited this sensual city, and if you haven’t yet been … I hope I’ve enticed you to include it in your future plans.
Join me back here the weekend of June 1st, and let the tasting begin! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a bite …