Klimax Surf Shop
av. jose gonzalez 488 miraflores Peru
ve been looking around Lima to find my own surfboard. http://www.klimaxsurf.com/
After working in Colorado as a lift operator at a ski resort for a few years I have developed quite the interest in snowboarding. Being that I have been out of the United States and far away from any snow for such a long time I decided that it was time to try my hand at surfing. I took my first lesson with Antonio Otello at the Penacal Surf Hotel in famed San Bartolo in Lima Sur. Since then I have been looking around Lima to find my own surfboard.
After checking numerous websites for used surfboards such as mercadolibre.com I decided it was time to stop by the Klimax Surf Shop to see what they had to offer. The shop was established by Rodolfo Klima who shapes most of the boards. There are a couple of locations but I chose to stop by the one in Miraflores located at the intersection of Av. Larco and Av. Jose Gonzalez.
Upon entering I was blown away by their selection. The Klimax Surf Shop has a few hundred new and used surfboards to choose from. The new boards are shaped out of foam blanks and glassed in fiberglass, rather than the newer epoxy resins, which makes for a smoother ride with more feel. An employee by the name of Carlos was very kind and showed me around the shop.
New boards start at $400 USD and come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. I believe from their website that you can also get a custom designed Klimax surfboard made exactly to your specifications. They also have a vast selection of used surfboards of various makes and models which start at $80 USD and go up to $240 USD. The used boards are in various conditions but all are atleast repaired and ready for use. Some of the used boards had obvious repairs from breakage to simple dings, but the prices seemed more than fair considering most of the airlines charge a steep fee of $200 each way to carry your own board on the airplane with you on international flights.
The Klimax Surf Shop also has a limited amount of apparel consisting mostly of hooded sweatshirts to t-shirts. They also have protectinve surfboard bags and leashes for sale as well. If you are looking for a surfboard in the Lima area I recommend that you check out Klimax Surf Shop.
In the United States we are accustomed to ordering our food off of the menu, be it at a drive thru or a fancy sit down restaurant. In Peru, Menu has an entirely different meaning. You will see the word Menu mostly on billboards sitting out in front of the local restaurants. In Peru, Menu means the specials of the day. Rather than choosing one item you order Menu and get a 2 course meal.
The first Menu serving normally is a soup or sopa which is sometimes referred to as caldo or chupe depending on the ingredients. Popluar choices are caldo de gallina (chicken soup made with a hen), caldo de camote (sweetpotatoe), Chupe de mariscos (seafood like muscles or clam), Chupe de pescado (white fish) or my most favorite Chupe de langostinos (a spicy shrimp soup).
Most often you will have a choice other than soup such as papa huancaina which is one of the most popular around the country. Papa huancaina is made of skinned and sliced boiled potatoes topped with the Peruvian favorite, a spicy sauce, made from aji amarillo or orange peppers and queso de casa which is fresh white cheese and saltine crackers blended together with milk.
The second dish is dependent on what was fresh in the market that day. Items range from cebiche with chicharrone de calamar also known as fried calamari, lomo saltado (a spiced steak and pepper mix served over fried potatoes and rice just to name a few. The second dish will vary widely depending on which area of Peru that you are visiting.
In addition to the two courses you will sometimes be served a refresco which is some sort of drink as well. Refresco can range from a sweetend tea to maracuya passion fruit drink.
To sum up the meaning of Menu in Peru it basically means that you are going to get a full meal and sometimes a beverage as well. There is usually a set price listed on the billboard which will let you know the price for the meal. In Lima and in Cusco I normally pay between 4 and 7 soles for Menu when eating in the markets, but places outside of the markets can be much more costly. In Mancora Menu can be as pricey as s./ 12 soles on the avenida grau.
My all time favorite place to get Menu is the Cristo Rey Cebicheria which is close to where I stay in Rimac not far from the Plaza de Armas where prices are normaly 6 or 7 soles depending on how big a portion you decide on. Remember the Menu and one thing is for certain you will not go hungary while visiting Peru. Bon Appetite!
On my recent vacation to Mancora Peru we decided to eat at a little place on the main street running through town call Restaurant Mechita. We found the place while we were looking for a place to get Menu for cheap. We noticed that they had Menu advertised out front on the billboard for s./8 soles so we decided to give it a try. The menu lists various marisco’s seafood and criolla fare and the prices are about half what you will pay at the Espada, which I did not visit after reading several bad reviews.
We ordered chicharrones de calamar which is fried calamari for our girls for s./8 soles. The menu came with a starter of papas huancaina which was decent although it is pretty hard to screw up skined boiled potatoes in huancaina sauce, it was good though as I tried a taste. The chicharrone de calamar was very fresh and cooked to perfection. I was in the mood for some fresh shrimp and decided to try their cebiche de langostinos which is priced at s./15 soles or about $5 usd.
The cebiche de langostinos was absolutely superb! The shrimp were fresh and plentiful as I did not expect to get so many shrimp for that price. The leche de tigre was perfectly spiced with ricotta pepper and red onions combined with key limes. The dish was served with a piece of choclo corn and camote sweet potatoes on the side.
The restaurant has outdoor seating on the front patio and ample room inside. They were showing the world cup game inside which is where we were seated. If you are going to try to get Menu on avenida grau rather than the boardwalk this is a good choice. I give Restaurant Mechita (***) 3 stars for a delicious quick lunch.
I have always had a craving for Mexican food. Tacos and Mexican food have always been my favorite food, but here in Peru it is almost impossible to find real tacos unless you make them yourself. Taco Bell used to be in Peru, but have exited the market. There is a place on the Calle de las pizzas that sells their take on Mexican cuisine, but I havent bothered to try it. There is also a new place in the Plaza Norte shopping mall in the food court that is selling Tacos made with peruvian flavors which I also passed on.
I ran out of corn tortillas soon into this trip down to Peru. I had not been able to find any tortillas or taco sauce my entire first trip, which lasted for 4 weeks. This trip I was nearing 6 weeks when I stumbled upon a gold mine of Bimbo Tortillas while grocery shopping at the new Plaza Vea on Avenida Wilson. The Tortillas were near the bottom shelf of the american style sliced bread isle at the edge of the store. After walking around I also found a rack of them at the cheese counter. It was a relief to find them as I have been craving some real authentic Mexican for the last few weeks.
A package of 10 Bimbo Tortillas was priced at s./5 soles, but I would have paid more if I had to. I have searched 3 different Metro supermarkets in Lima center and Rimac as well as the new super Tottus on avenida Tacna and have yet to find anything resembling Mexican Taco sauce or taco seasoning. Monday will be taco night complete with ground beef and some steak fajitas too. What a relief, VIVA La Mexico!
The Old Pub is located at the end of the Calle de las pizzas in Miraflores, Peru. I found it quite fantastic upon entering having been out of the United States for over 2 months straight. The décor is fashioned like that of an authentic English watering hole, with large bar and old english decorations. The bar even houses authentic Imperial Stout right on tap!
They have several brand new 50” LED flat screens with football on daily. The menu is great if you want to get a taste from back home. They have fantastic buffalo wings and the beer is perfectly chilled. The service is friendly and bilingual as are the majority of eateries on the calle de las pizzas.
Items on the menu include sandwiches, burgers, steaks ( even the chateaubriande). Items range from s./15 for appetizers to s./55 soles for the chateaubriande which is enough for 2. The drinks range from cusquena s./9 (330ml) jarobe s./25, pilsen s./8 and a little more for imports. They also have a variety of wine and plenty of whisky to choose from.
If you are looking for a place to go watch a game or just looking for a glimpse of home go check out The Old Pub in Miraflores for a great time. I give the Old Pub *** stars.
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The Restaurant Tumi is located on the boardwalk connecting the Pahamerican Highway to Mancora Beach on your righthand side. I chose this place because they were advertising Menu for s./ 8 soles. Tumi is an open air place with plenty of seating. The seafood was fresh and the beer was super cold.
Menu ranges from fresh fish, chicharon de pescado, chicharon de langostinos, lomo saltado and assorted other dishes as they have quite a large Menu daily. The first serving of the day was a choice of fresh cebiche or paps huancaina. The huancaina sauces was great and I like it spicey! I ordered chicharon de langostinos while my family chose chicharon de pescado and lomo saltado. All the meals were good and served hot.
I recommend it as a nice place to get out of the sun while enjoying a nice quick meal. I give the Restaurant Tumi in Mancora, Peru a rating of (***) 3 stars for budget travel dining.
The Pizza Palace located in the Plaza de Armas is my favorite place to stop in for a quick bite and the Pizza is the best I have had in Peru. The ingredients are fresh and the pizza is great. The atmosphere is perfect for a stop on a date if you are enjoying a walk through the Plaza de Armas to see the fountains, touring a nearby museaum or shopping in the jiron de la union.
Pay for a gaseosa y pizza personal (a slice) at the caja and grab your food and head to one of the many bar stools for seating. Cost for a soda and a slice of the best pizza in Peru is s./ 2.50 or about $.95 usd.
I give the Pizza Palace a rating of (****) stars for the excellent pizza and budget friendly prices it is a must try when visiting the Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru.