I have always made it a point to search for imported cerveza here in Peru. American Beer is something that we Americans, at least myself, come to miss when we are outside of the United States. I have searched far and wide for the likes of an ice cold Budweiser but have never found anything close, at least until today. I was making an unusual stop at the Tottus on av. tacna and passed through the beer isle and to my suprise there sitting in the cooler was 2 six packs of Miller Genuine Draft ice cold and ready to go home with me. They also had quite a bit of Corona Extra. Prices on the imported MGD were steep costing s./26 for a sixer. Such is the price for cold American Beer far away here in Lima, Peru. They also had heineken mini kegs.
In the past I had seen Corona bottles on calle de las pizzas at the mexican place as well as a selection of irish stouts in the old pub in miraflores. If anyone out there knows where I can locate any Busch or Budweiser please contact me as I am going nuts. Cheers and I’m about to crack open one of these ice cold Miller Genuine Drafts right here in Rimac, Lima, Peru.
I was in Jesus Maria today visiting with my wife and discovered a Taco Stand on the street on Av. Salaverry a few minutes from downtown (av. tacna – plaza vea area). It is a small stand with a huge neon sign you cannot miss it. They charge s./ 10 to s./13 for Tacos made fresh while you wait. Quite different from “Street Tacos” in Mexico but Tacos in Peru none the less. I just shook my head in disbelief. They also serve sandwiches for about s./5 . The Peruvian taco stand sells pollo, chicken, carne, beef, chorizo, sausage, and Puerco. I did not sample any but did witness them being made although I would like to point out that all of the Peruvians were eating sandwiches, that made me laugh. The tacos at Mr. Taco come on a pre made large flour tortilla and are served with sauteed onion. They looked ok but I did not try as they seemed pricey for what you got and we had already eaten.
Was shopping at Tottus on av. Tacna in downtown today for some supplies and discovered a mother load of Taco Sauce just waiting for my enjoyment. They only had Old El Paso but I never imagined i would find such a large quantity of Taco Sauce here in Lima, Peru. You can find it in the grocery section right under the dried spices. Looks as if they have enough taco sauce to last through a nuclear winter for crying out loud. I actually laughed out loud it was so funny. I bought the large size just for kicks but they have a couple of sizes and it is only a few soles a jar. They also sell bimbo tortillas in the cold foods section. They used to be close to the cheeses but I havent bought any in a while as I make my own which are much better.
Checked out the Beach in Miraflores today for the first time. Known as Circuito de Playas I had visited the Beach before but this time decided to check out the water and brought my surfboard. I had heard and read numerous reports about litter on the beach and pollution in the water, but after a two hour session decided that it was about the same as I have seen in San Bartolo in the sur de Lima.
Water temperature was decent with a 3/2 full wetsuit probably in the mid 60’s but did not feel cold. The beach itself is rocky and there are other rumors of Sea Urchins so I brought my booties along. The waves were 4-6 foot with wind coming in from offshore.
The waves here were not what I would describe as powerful and there were lots of beginners and others taking lessons. On Makaha there are quite a few companies offering everything from surfboard rental to lessons. Word is s./10 for a board and s./20 for a lesson with a local. Lessons come with wetsuit, a must during the winter months, a board and an hour lesson. That seemed fairly cheap for American standards and they rent soft foam boards so the Howly’s don’t get smacked.
Up the beach to the North is another break called La Pampilla which was pretty choppy but there were a few people in the water over there too. It is within walking distance of the main parking lot.
In the summer the water is supposed to be a bit warmer and the beaches are usually very crowded on the weekends. I went out late today around 2 pm Lima time and there were about 20 people in the water. I did not encounter any type of localism which was nice as I have experienced the “kill howly” mess numerous occasions in my visits to the Hawaiian islands.
Getting to beach we caught a taxi which took us right up to the beach. Getting out is another issue. If you dont have your own car then I suggest hiking up the hill. Take the pedestrian bridge over the road and head up the stairs towards the tennis club. At the top is Miraflores and we easily caught a taxi back home for the regular price of s./15 all the way to Rimac.