Hello and welcome to my 1st blog post!

I’m super excited to deliver fun insight of my experiences through life and hopefully you can learn a thing or two as you continue this journey with me. As some of you may know, I did a volunteer clinical medicine trip a summer ago for 8 weeks in Trujillo, Peru. During this trip I had the most amazing and rewarding time of my life serving the people of this country with community workshops for the youth about hygiene and a medical campaign serving over 150 people. However, I also experienced the BEST food while I was there. I’m a huge foodie lover so please be ready to have your mouth watering by the end of this post.¬†

My #1 choice of dessert would have to be the infamous Alfajore. I kid you not when I say that this was the most wonderful little cookie I’ve ever eaten in my life. Some thought it was too sweet, but this dulce de leche sandwich cookie couldn’t have made my tastebuds go crazier.

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Just look how adorable these little cookies are! I would literally walk all the way from my host family’s house to the supermarket bakery to buy these everyday and I’m positive the ladies at the register thought I was crazy. They would only come out to be $1.00 (US) for 3 or 4. Talk about a DEAL! Am I right?!

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My #2 favorite Peruvian food was Lomo Saltado. It’s a mix of carne (meat), veggies, white rice and fries. Talk about (almost) filling up every category on the food pyramid!

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My #3 choice would have to be Papa a la Huancaína. A creamy shredded chicken with mushrooms, white rice and veggies on the side. Aji de Gallina was very similar and still a fav!

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As the list could go on and on, I wasn’t able to take pictures of everything that came my way but here’s a few others that were my favorite foods: ceviche (seafood dish), arroz con pollo (chicken with rice), causa (potato casserole), and pollo a la brasa (roasted chicken). Everything I definitely and highly recommend! If it wasn’t for my host mother’s wonderful cooking, I’m positive I would’ve gotten tired of the same chicken, rice and potato dish. However, the Peruvian cuisines will always have a special place in my heart and I’m still forever grateful to have shared these experiences with wonderful people.

I hope you enjoyed my mini blog post with a Peruvian take but for now, I’ll talk to you soon!

Much love,

Ari

 

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