The Little Things: Flash Lunch Out

I don’t like doing food photos. I had to take this one because these were beautifully presented. Lomo saltado for her and Panceta de Cerdo for me. All cooked using typical Andean ingredients.

So you’ve spent the last few months cooking your own meals and having distinctly average cheapo meals out (with a few exceptions; looking at you Ratatouille, Arequipa). Peeling yourself out of the bus seat which has been your home for the last 20 hours you know that a treat is in order.

Somewhere where the prices are much more flashpacker than backpacker. We love street food way too much, but today was treat day.

Now, luckily, Peru is a serious culinary capital; Peruvian food is exploding worldwide and today we totally understand why.

After some careful TripAdvisor work we knew where we were going. Morena Peruvian Kitchen here in Cusco. You should absolutely eat here by the way.

This place had some serious good signs as we walked in the door which told us this was the Peruvian meal out we’d been waiting for. Namely:

  1. The buzz. This was a restaurant full of happy people. Instantly in a good mood!
  2. Waitresses whizzing around with zero fuss. Everything was happening quickly, efficiently and with minimum fuss.
  3. Open Kitchen: This is a personal one, I love being able to watch the chefs at work and these guys were going at it with total assurance. Being able to watch your meal be put together at speed by professionals is ace.
  4. The smell. Some places we’ve been to have no smell. Some smell a bit odd, and others smell of the deep-fryer. This place smelled of roasted gold, it was the kind of smell which makes you hungry and excited at the same time.

When you are tired, a little bit smelly, and frankly not in the mood to do any cooking, sitting down to a meal like this actual reminds you of why you love travelling again.

It genuinely believe it restores a little bit of your soul which is eaten away by sharing a small enclosed downstairs of a bus with 11 farting strangers.

How about a chocolate dessert in a Cacao pod. Why the hell not?!

What is your go to food when you are tired of the road? Do you have other ways of getting a boost?

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite Douglas Adams quotations.

The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question ‘How can we eat?’ the second by the question ‘Why do we eat?’ and the third by the question ‘Where shall we have lunch? – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


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