Viet – Vietnamese Food in Lima?

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Summer rolls with peanut sauce.

Oddly enough, yes, but that’s not the important thing about this restaurant. Viet, located in San Borja, on Avenida Aviacion 2590, is a nice restaurant, whatever the food. It’s got a nice ambiance, it’s easy to find on Aviacion, and the staff are very friendly. The restaurant is open 12:30-11 Tuesday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 on Sundays.

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Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk.

I’d say to those who have been to Vietnam or know Vietnamese food from the U.S., don’t use those standards (for good and bad). The owners are Chinese Peruvians who decided to open a Vietnamese place. Why not? The place has been in existence for three years and the owners are thinking of opening a new location in Miraflores. I hope that they do.

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Pho rolls.

The pho (here they have a pho roll — as in the photo — so you can eat pho soup as a handroll) is not aromatic but it’s still a nice clean broth which can work wonders if you have a cold. That’s how I convinced a sick friend to join me. She got the chicken pho and added some Sriracha to make a chicken soup with kick!

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Shaking Beef – their version of “lomo saltado” with egg.

I liked the service as the staff cut up food into shareable portions, recommended child-friendly berry ice tea, and made us feel tended to but not bothered. The tables are stocked with hand fans to cool down your soup or your face. There are coolie hats for selfies, and for those who care, I think I counted ten Asian looking people in there. Plus lots of families.

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Vietnamese “crepe” but more like a mango sticky rice/bibimbap.

I’ll be back. I’m still missing a few items on the menu. The crepe, done here as an omelet on rice in a Korean earthenware pot, had coconut rice with mango and shrimp. I think this may have been the hit with my Peruvian guests. I liked the desserts including the sushi style mango sticky rice.

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Garlic wings.
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Beef on noodle.
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Spring rolls, cut up for us to share.
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AHmazing taro (a tuber) chips.
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A view of the interior.
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Mango sticky rice with the coconut sauce on the side.
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Not sure of the name but it was cut up fruit with sweet airy cake.
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Deep fried banana.

The one dish that I would have liked is papaya salad. I will have to try a Thai place for that, I guess.

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Banh mi sandwich with taro chips.
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Beef pho and the condiments (sriracha and hoisin sauce not pictured) and summer rolls in background.

Where to Eat in Lima When There Are a Bajillion People in Town

If you have visitors to town in Lima at the same time as a few thousand other people… here are some places that you might actually get in without a reservation. All on my list of 100 Must-East Restaurants. Done without too much formatting for easy viewing — For Peruvian food: Cosme, La Segunda Muelle; La Preferida; Amoramar; Las Brujas de Cachiche; La Lucha Sangucheria (sandwiches); El Rocoto; Paseo Colon; Rasson; and Chifa Titi (Chinese Peruvian). Italian: La Morelia, Fornaria 850 and Spizza. And when out in San Borja, these non-Peruvian places: Cafe Mozart, Aji555, and Viet.

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A Vietnamese style coffee, much needed when entertaining visitors.

 

 

El Cacaotal Chocolate Tasting

29356627_10156205236974618_4501804735599032424_n****Updated address on March 21, 2020**** Chocolate tasting class? For as little as 60 soles (20 bucks) or 120 soles (40 bucks), you can learn all about chocolate, where it’s grown in Peru, where it comes from, how to taste it, what it should sound like, snap like, smell like, and so on… but, no fear, the class is not intimidating. AJ is clearly an expert (she really is — see below), but she is so warm and friendly that you hardly feel like you are sitting on a school bench.

497BF684-20B3-4B0E-8416-C67AD88394A6AJ is an American anthropologist who did her graduate degree in chocolate!  Then she opened up a shop to share the knowledge and help Peru’s chocolate field. Her shop is called El Cacaotal (cocoa field) and it’s decorated with dried cacao tree leaves and everything chocolate (or items in support of non-chocolate small entrepreneurs). The shop is located on Jirón Colina 128A in Barranco (two streets west from the Metro grocery store on Grau, down the street from a yellow corner building, and located upstairs next to Puna).

AJ’s chocolate tasting classes can be in English or Spanish and at the end, you will be in situ to buy chocolate! The chocolate is sustainable small batch delicious healthy dark chocolate, but you can ignore that if you want and just enjoy the delicious varieties of chocolate from all over Peru.

FCAF90F4-D7D3-4CD6-A90B-14E910A2AC62I emailed to set up a class for seven of us (she can fit up to ten in a class). Her email is: elcacaotalperu@gmail.com. Make it a thing you do when you visit Lima.

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I’ll be too busy eating chocolate, because, did I mention that I don’t even really like chocolate? So I’ll be trying to find one that I really do like… And not just the world champion from last year… I’ll give them all a try! Even the (healthy, sigh) spreadable version.


Address: Jirón Colina 128A in Barranco

Email: elcacaotalperu@gmail.com

Frame Shop In Lima

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Halloween and Day of the Dead in Lima

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A few years, I was in El Pan de la Chola on Halloween, and the staff were painted in Day of the Dead makeup, adding a festive touch?

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Food in Lima – A Tribute

Food in Lima. I finally created a book with some of the foods I’ve tried on my many visits to Lima these past few years. Buy it here, on Lulu, if you wish. It’s just a little book, 7×9 inches, so it will fit in a bag easily (that way I can carry it around with me).

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In reality, since my first visit, when I first had the classic ceviche as seen in the photo, all of my visits to Lima have been “food tours.” Some day, I’ll even get to Mistura, the food festival. I will, I will!

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Feeling Good About Feeling Good – Massage in Lima

At Masaje Miraflores you can feel good about feeling good. It’s a charity. The massage therapists are blind and this place was set up to give them training and a livelihood.suRHhfBOTyOJrjmxEahLGcZCyGeYLzrxRHadCtDZeRQ5PlwYERCpcw75EKIkSno4DgJ17BFwHA7jMZuqS4dUqjSZElAMcL2swemRkpRA9HxzZsdNuhP4KycrSK-m30CnxrasYPh8D2LASY8RgWev-6Rfb83qjoKxj5v5a9_8EaviHyVzzf05kv1sn5

Masaje Miraflores is located at Avenida 2 de Mayo, No. 611. Telephone is 241-0555. Or 967746874. Their hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The massages cost about 40 soles for an hour (or about $12).

It’s not fancy, the rooms are tiny, the operation is bare bones. If you want candles, soothing velvet bed linens, orchids, and discussions about your “well being” then this is not the place for you. But, if you want to get your muscles kneaded, and feel like good about feeling good, then this is the place. KNXOeDyBocOE8upRZxAcAl-AD2lNh8cjd23VjpP6vRSNgw5rSCbyEDyz_YEnIYC8q-9Uuwf-YkL6sEDtVjUACoOtz-URW3Qu8qTMOqSQyQfOPaExmPUEzI_SF8JTp365iKWznygolnYZKpb05u7rtgKz9---qnpd5kOaPykC2Va679qA-NaB_H1M7Y