The Most intriguing thing I have experienced in Peru was being handed my gaseosa ie my soft drink or soda in a clear plastic baggie knotted at the top. During my travels I have found it very intriguing how Peruvian’s use plastic baggies for nearly everything. They use them for nearly everything. I suspect this is normal for most undeveloped countries as they are a cheap means of packaging.
I have to admit it is a little strange I have to say as I know they have styro foam containers at the chifa restaurants and at most of the pollo braserias for take out meals. But when I go to the market for a meal to go they always pack my drink or beverage in a clear plastic baggie knotted at the top. I have to say the only place I have actually drank them is from the Pizza Palace in Lima Center after walking home.
Its just different but for me I prefer a paper cup…..Usually I would prefer an ice chilled glass beer stein however!
An interesting note is that when I go to the market now I usually get the drink while I am waiting for my food but they usually put an extra bagged drink in with my order anyway…..bagged drinks hmmmmmmmmmm…..I thought this would be a funny post for tonight…
Everyone who visits Peru should stop for a quick meal at Bembos! It is Peru’s version of McDonald’s only a million times better. I stop in here a few times a week, normally after tying on a hard one in the Sabor Peruana V.I.P. until 4 AM. In Miraflores you will find Bembos across Parque Kennedy from the calle de las pizzas.
The food is made to order and tastes much better than any American Fast Food Joint. My Favorite is the Huachana Cheeseburger Combo with a ton of Aji sauce on the side and all over the burger. The aji sauce is fantastic and I wish I knew how to make it. The papa fritas are great and it is more like a better version of Burger King than anything else I have seen.
You can try Bembos in Lima or Cusco in the plaza de armas and in other locations around the country. Stop in and give Bembos a try.
If cheap bargains are what you seek when shopping for clothes then you might want to check out the Gamara in Lima Peru. The Gamara is a 30 square block complex closed to traffic which is home to Lima’s fashion District. This is where most of the garments are made and sold. Here you will find everything from shoes to swimsuits and everything in between.
The Gamara is about a 10 minute taxi ride from the Plaza de Armas (s./5 fare). You will have to pay an extra sole if you dont want to walk a block to the gates, recommended if you are without local guide.
This place really reminds me of New York City. Upon entering the gates you will find tall buildings stuffed full of little boutiques or stalls filled to the brim with all sorts of clothing and accessories. Most of the clothes are made here in the upper levels above the stores. You will find anything from knockoff Lacoste Polos and Ed Hardy T-Shirts for about (s./20) to Brazilian style womens jeans ( the kind that ride up the butt crack of your girl friend) for upto s./80 depending on the brand. But most of the clothes are super cheap.
Different buildings usually house different kinds of attire, so don’t be affraid to shop around. A good area is near the Rocky’s Polloeria on the main drag. Be aware of street salesmen as you will be offered Lacoste Polos every 20 feet or so. Don’t settle on the first offer unless you know its bottom dollar.
If you are buying 3 or more of anything you should expect a hefty discount if you are good at bartering. Larger quantities equal larger discounting. Many of the stores make there own clothing and you will find lots of different brands which are usually created by the proprietors. I usually just look for leather shoes and jeans for my wife, but there is plenty to choose from.