|At the Mercado Central in Santiago,|
you can dine on all the fresh seafood
from the market...
even if you're not entirely sure what it is.
I’ve had the good fortune to travel to South America several times. But I have only touched down in Peru. On my way back from Santiago de Chile, our plane made a stop there. I must confess that Chilean food left me a little cold. The Chileans will basically eat anything that comes out of the sea. While that befits a country that is a sliver of land an average of 110 miles wide with a 2653 mile Pacific coastline, it leads to eating all manner of sea creatures. Many of these look strangely like barnacles. In fact, I think it would be possible to eat an entire seafood dinner at the famous Marcado Central without being able to identify a single thing on your plate. The only meal I relished in Santiago was at a Brazillian steak house. By the time we got there, I was dying for some bife. I should have gone next door…to Argentina. Now there’s a country that is a fantastic place to eat – especially if you’re mad for meat. I am a complete carnivore but after my last trip, I had an appointment with my cardiologist who asked what in god’s name I’d been eating. Apparently I’d had at least one beef empanada too many. But when I saw this recipe for a dish with Peruvian roots, it had some important things to recommend it.