Lima gastronomy: a symphony of flavours and colour
Virgilio Martínez, propietario de Central y embajador de la Mar
The city of Lima is considered The Gastronomic Capital of Latin América. She achieved this distinction for having a world-renowned "mestizo" cuisine, which boasts a richness of flavours, textures and aromas that are the result of the blend of ancient culinary traditions. "Among the typical Peruvian dishes, the ceviche and pachamanca stand out. When it comes to Lima desserts, the most popular ones are the pudding-like "mazamorra morada" (made from purple corn a fruit) and "suspiro a la limeña", and "picarones" (doughnut-like, made from squash and sweet potato), among others. Lima is also home to a wide variety of establishments that serve creole food, roast chicken and Chinese food (also known as "chifas")."Peru"s national drink is pisco, a type of brandy made by distilling grape wine and solely produced in this country since the 16th century. Aside from its quality it is considered a cultural heritage by Peruvians. A visit to Peru is simply not complete without toasting with a pisco sour cocktail.