Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Living On The Vegetarian Side of Life

So this girl right here has decided to go back to being a vegetarian after back sliding for a few months. As I have said before, it just got complicated being vegetarian while traveling through Colombia and Ecuador so I started eating meat again. In all honesty though, the meat was delicious and there is only so much resistance I could put up.

Here in Cusco I was introduced to this nice vegan restaurant called Green Point and let's just say I have been having my daily lunches there. The ambience is really great and the price for the daily menu is cheap which is good for some of us traveling on a budget. For 10 Peruvian soles (about $3) you get salad, soup, main meal, a drink and desert! not bad huh? I am usually so full by the end of the meal that I never need dinner afterwards.

I always look forward to the menu of the day because they serve different dishes so it is always a good surprise for me. I am not a foodie and I can eat the same boring meal daily without any qualms so you can imagine how my very unsophisticated palate has been enjoying these different intricately prepared daily menus.

Let me take you on a five day tour of the food I have been enjoying since I was introduced to this vegan restaurant. By the way don't expect elaborate and sophisticated descriptions of the food, I had a hard time remembering what was what to begin with let alone go on about the various ingredients included in the food and the preparation process.

Causa - Seasoned mashed potatoes stuffed with veggies and topped with a tomato and avocado cream. On the side a veggie kebab is included.

Papa Rellena - Veggie stuffed potato dipped in some sauce which tasted like it had some garlic in it, it was really good!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Stuffed Cabbage - This is pretty self explanatory but I have to say the cabbage was stuffed with some really good seasoned vegetables so everything mixed together was very tasty.

Tacu Tacu - This is a mixture of seasoned rice and beans formed into rolls then topped with veggie stuffed pepper.

Curried Rice & Vegetables - Pretty self explanatory here, the curried rice wasn't as spicy as those I have had in Indian restaurants but it was still tasty and the vegetables were well seasoned.

Here are a couple of pictures I took of the restaurant just to give you an idea of how cozy it looks.

The salad bar.

That's it folks! I have heard Peru is a great foodie destination in South America so I guess I am in good hands as far as food is concerned.

Random Thoughts of The Day:

There are so many street dogs in Cuzco and you will see all kinds of breeds. Some are so cute you just want to take them home with you.

Second week in Cuzco and my body has yet to adjust to the altitude. I get headaches every night and feel nauseous even though I have been drinking coca tea and I take altitude sickness tablets. For someone who hardly ever gets sick or takes medicine, this is really tough for me.

I really like my two Spanish teachers. We have become friends and we have a lot of conversations about our personal lives aside from the normal school work. I will really miss them when I leave Cuzco.

I am always panting when walking outside because of the steep streets, I lose my breath very easily and even though I would like to think I am in good shape I have to say Cuzco has just been tough on me physically.

I don't want to scare anyone about this altitude sickness so I will say this, everyone is different and there is no way of telling who will be hit hard or who will not. Some foreigners I have met here have not been affected at all and don't even take anything to help with the altitude. Heck! my first time in Cuzco two years ago I wasn't affected at all but for some reason this time round I have been hit hard!

I have met really amazing people through the house I am staying at and I am sure I will be in touch with some of them long after I have left this place.

Sometimes you just have to take certain risks and if all blows up in your face at least you will not have the "what if?" question lurking in your mind.

No comments:

Post a Comment