A Taste of Peru in Oranjistad
Once again, Don and I found ourselves searching for a non-touristy place in Aruba. We found it!
A Little Mom and Pop Stop
This cozy 3-room cafe was just a few blocks away from the touristy, cruise ship area. We were glad to be the only tourists in sight. A local family was dining in the side room.
We figured they were local since their small son wandered the restaurant like he owned the place. We chose a table beside a wall of Peruvian decorations. I kind of loved the woven material covering the seats. They reminded me of the skirts you see women wearing in Peru.
Our 18 year old server, Valeria couldn't have been more gracious. She brought us a complimentary bowl of warm, roasted popcorn seeds.
They tasted a bit like soy nuts, but were as addicting as popcorn. We also sampled the Peruvian special drink, Pisco Sour. Don is very picky about the drink and he gave it a positive review!
Valeria offered to take this photo, making sure to include the decorative llamas , pipes of pan and woven wall hangings. As you can see the photo also includes Sebastian, who was making his rounds while his family dined.
We made sure to try one of the most traditional Peruvian dishes. Valeria, was born in Aruba but she knows Peruvian food well from her parents.
She suggested this dish called Arrisotada de Camarones, which is creamy rice and shrimps in a Chupe Sauce, made of milk, cheese and pumpkins!
What a treat!
This Peruvian creole dish was made with tenderloin stir fry, onions, garlic and cilantro. The sauce was pretty yummy on the fries and rice!
And 1 More Pic with Sebastian!
Our little buddy Sebastian, posed one more time on his way back from behind the bar. He was eager to show us his "Angry Birds" shirt and his collection of small flashlights.
Good Food and Good Chat
We spent quite a bit of time chatting with Valeria before we took off for the evening. What a gracious and mature young woman. She told us about her dream of one day going to school in Canada, to study Mathematics. She talked about her respect for her parents. And finally she wished us a safe trip home before shaking our hands.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.