the basis of restaurants alone, Lima is a cosmopolitan city. There are
excellent Creole (native) dishes, and restaurants which offer German,
Arab, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and vegetarian specialties. Many
of these restaurants are located in lovely colonial mansions, or along
the seashore. TLC's Sunday luncheon is held at one of the
most famous and romantic oceanside restaurants in Lima.
Peru probably has the most varied native cuisine in South America. Cebiche
(raw fish "cooked" in a super tart lemon juice) and anticuchos
(spiced grilled beef heart) are a must. Ocopa (boiled potatoes in a seasoned
sauce of cheese and nuts), aji de gallina (shredded chicken in a spiced
milk sauce) and rocoto relleno (meat-stuffed pepper) are typical dishes.
On the beverage front, the pisco sour, a cocktail made with Peru's grape
brandy, lemon juice, egg whites and sugar, is world famous.
Night life in Lima Peru is lively, particularly on weekends. Many cities offer
penas and picanterias, restaurants with entertainment which ranges from
Andean song and dance to latin rhythms such as salsa.
Cultural activies are as varied as opera and experimental theater, with
listings in both Spanish and English in the local press. International
magazines, newspapers and phone call service, as well as cable television
are available to all who wish to maintain contact with their own country.