Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rating Tony Roma's - Lima, Peru

The magnificent view from Tony Roma's
Our first meal in Lima was, if not Peruvian, American. Lunch at Tony Roma's had that feeling of the United States, bu there were elements showing that we were in South America. 

Rating Tony Roma's, Lima Peru: BBBBB- (4,64 points)
  • Location: BBBBB
  • Service: BBBBB
  • Interior & atmosphere: BBBB
  • Food: BBBB
  • Beverage: BBBBB
Larcomar shopping centre
Tony Roma's in Lima belongs to a chain of restaurants located in 16 US states and 31 other countries on six continents. Tony Roma's restaurants famous for its ribs, but you can order poultry, seafood, or vegetable dishes as well.

Tony Roma's in Lima is located in the impressive Larcomar shopping centre in the Miraflores area in the Perucian capital. Larcomar is built into the cliff overlooking the beach underneath and the waves of the Pacific.

We were seated by the rails outside where we could enjoy the great vista.

Butter and rocoto sauce
The interior at Tony Roma's looked like any you will find in he US, not remotely like what you would expect in Peru. Miraflores is, however,  one of the most cosmopolitan of the Peruvian capital.

We experienced excellent and expedient service at Tony Roma's from a professional English speaking staff, made it easy for us to order our food, and it did not take long to be served. We decided to share a plate of assorted appetizer as starter, followed by a pulled pork sandwich.

Delicious fluffy roll
Nachos, onion rings and wings with dip
First we were served  the most delicious fluffy roll with butter and rocoto sauce.

We absolutely loved the rocoto sauce at Tony Roma's. It is made from the capsicum pubescens, a species of  pepper found primarily in Central and South America. Plants, and especially the fruits, are often referred to as rocoto (Quechua: ruqutu).

The sauce was delicious and very hot, as we experienced, but we could not stay away from that burning sensation.

Nachos in a separate stand
Then we got our starter. We had ordered an assorted appetizer to share, and we were served an American sized dish indeed. Onions rings wrapped, nachos served in a separate stand, chicken wings and different dips including one of my favouites, spinach dip!!
Our pulled pork sandwich looked like a hamburger
Tender, but stringy and looked rather unappealing
Cusquena served in characteristic glasses

The appetizers at Tony Roma's were perfect but served in such a quantity that it was nearly too much for two, leaving less space for the main course. In our case, it did us no harm, as the main course gave a disappointment.

We ordered a pulled pork sandwich. I have tasted the deliciously seasoned, mouthwateringly tender, long roasted pork meat in the US, and (obviously for you) loved it.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed when it arrived at our table. It just looked like a burger served with French fries.

And the taste disappointed as well. It tasted something in between ketchup and barbeque sauce, with a sweet aromas with a hint of caramel.

The pulled pork was tender, but stringy and looked rather unappealing. We were hungry and ate the pulled pork sandwich, but it was a disappointing culinary experience particularly after the excellent appetizer.  

At the meal I had my first Cusquena beer, the fresh brew from Cusco served dripping cold in characteristic glasses.

Cusquena is brewed according to the German purity law and dates back to 1911. I loved this beer, refreshing quelling thirst in the heat.

So lunching at Tony Roma's was an excellent experience. Great location, and appetizer, disappointing main course, decent service.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Place de Vosges - a jewel of the Marais district

The Marais district of Paris is one of the areas of the French capital that escaped the urban planners of the 19th century. This area was developed by the Knights Templars in the Middle Ages and holds many historic buildings, including the oldest residential building in Paris. The jewel of the Marais is however the Place de Vosges. 
The Place de Vosges is one of my favourite places in Paris. Built early in the 17th century during the reign of king Henri IV. This rectangular open space with its colonnades and park area is a place to rest in the busy metropolis. 
In this clip from YouTube presenter and art historian Sandrine Voillet present the magnificent Place des Vosges. Clip taken from the BBC arts series 'Paris'. Watch more high quality videos on the new BBC Worldwide YouTube channel here:

COMING UP: Paris - France

In July I will visit Paris, France. I cannot wait to revisit the magnificent French capital. 
The beautiful Place de Vosges. Photo: Thbz
I have visited the French capital several times before, in the pre Enjoy Food & Travel era, but I have a few stories from the city on this site posted by friends. I am, however, excited to return to Paris. 
One of my favourite spots in the French capital is the Marais Quarters and its heart -  the Place de Vosges built between 1605-1612, during the reign of King Henri IV.

We have even managed to get a room in this historic area at the Hotel Pratic.

I particularly look forward to a plate of Salade Perigordaise at a small bar in the arcades of the Place de Vosges I always return to. A salad garnished with cured duck breast, foie gras and a half roasted quail.

So stay tuned for stories from beautiful Paris here on Enjoy Food & Travel: 

Previous stories from Paris here on Enjoy Food & Travel
  • COMING: Le Caveau du Palais
  • COMING: La Favorite 
  • COMING: Café de Flore
  • COMING: Korcarz
  • COMING: Le Royal Turenne
  • Ermitage HôtelHotel used by my friends John and Øystein, when in Paris.
  • Fleche d'Or Hotel:  Decent, budget hotel by Gare Saint Lazare.
  • Hotel de Lille: The first hotel I stayed in Paris, way back in 1984. Then a very "rustic" place with few mod-con's
  • Hotel Nicolo  Hotel Nicolo is a hidden gem. It is quiet and charming with a tiny but lovely garden and newly redecorated rooms and very helpful and accommodating staff.
  • COMING: Pratic Hotel, Paris 

  • COMING: Auberge Nicolas Flamel
  • COMING:  Bofinger
  • COMING: Café Louis Philippe 
  • Le Florimond
  • COMING: Grizzli Café
  • COMING: Il Duca
  • Orestias 
  • COMING: Pizza Vittoria
  • COMING: Le Tresor Restaurant

Thursday, June 14, 2012

First harvest salad

Our own harvest of salad leaves garnished with chicken drumsticks
This is a historic photo. The salad leaves are from our own allotment. Sown just four weeks ago we were ready for our first harvest, and there is more left - much, much more......
We started the work at our allotment back in April. Just four weeks ago we sowed vegetables and salads. Now our salad beds are filled to capacity. Yesterday we picked the mixed salad, spinach leaves and ruccola and took them home and made a delicious salad. There was so much that I prepared another helping today.

I placed the leftover salad on a plate, garnished a serious amount of grated parmesan cheese, sour cream dressing, croutons. I garnished with some lightly fried chicken drumsticks.

Who said that salad could not be tasty? First and foremost - the salad leaves were the biggest difference, as they were so fresh, crispy and full of flavour. Ingredients like these cannot fail.

So I am looking forward to more tasty salads this summer. I will keep you posted.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Grocery shopping in Peru

What would life be without cheese. Here is a Peruvian selection.
Staying in an apartment in Lima gives you a possibility to live an everyday life. This includes one of my favourite past-time, doing some grocery shopping at the local supermarket. Here is what we bought for our refrigerator back in Calle San Fernando in Miraflores, Lima.

The Colby cheese is a  semi-hard cheese. It was originally marketed as Colby Swiss Cheddar cheese and originates from , and is named after the town of Colby, Wisconsin. This particular cheese is manufactured by Mainland - originally a New Zealand brand that sells products around the world, also in South America. The blue container is a cream cheese. It had the same taste and texture as a Philadelpia cheese. The Bonle cream cheese  is made by the  Peruvian Gloria Grupo
No, this is not slices of Dutch cheese, but Peruvian produced Edam cheese by Laive, sliced and packed in the supermarket. Laive is a major Peruvian producer of dairy product as well as other food products and meats, and these slices of cheese ended up on our warm breakfast sandwiches enjoyed on the terrace with warm coffee and fresh orange juice.   

We bought this smoked bacon believing it to be cured ham. Against all professional advise we ate this uncooked pork product raw, and it seriously tasted like cured smoked Spanish-style ham to us. I am glad to say that we suffered no discomfort. The tocino ahumado was produced by the Braedt gourmet products
Smoked ham is a favourite ingredient on our breakfast sandwiches . We were not fooled by this product, as this cocida ahumado by Valega's Gourmet was definitely not bacon, as it looked and tasted like our traditional ham from home.
This butter with salt picturing a happy cow was found in our local delicatessen just around the corner., where we also bought our pastry for breakfast   
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Philosophen weg or the philosophers' walk - Heidelberg

Yes, this is the direction to the Philosophenweg
A great way to start your sightseeing in Heidelberg is to take the scenic Philosophers' Walk where you can enjoy a great view of the valley and the old town.
Exercise to walk up the hill
Philosophers' Walk starts at the northern side of the Neckar along the Heiligenberg (Saints' Mountain).

We started by walking up a steep street lined by some very impressive houses, or mansions. This trip will do you good in more ways than one. Taking the  Philosophers' Walk you will get your heart going through some really good exercise.
Heidelberg has Germany oldest university founded in 1386. Through the centuries its philosophers and university professors walked and talked along this scenic pathway.

As you pass through the city streets you will be relieved by the fact that it is flat, after the steep ascent. Then you will past abundant greenery on a terraced walk way where you can gaze down on the ancient city.
Heidelberg city centre as seen from the philosophers' walk
The last part of the Philo- sophers' walk is through a steep descending paved walkway with steps and you will end up by the Alte Brücke, one of Heidelbergs main sights. A relief for us was that on the other side of the gate there were a long line of bars and restaurant offering a wide variety of beer.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

COMING: Non-stop flights Stavanger - Notodden

Beechcraft 200T Super King Air (N857GA) at Sydney Airport. Photo: Magnus Manske

Notodden is a city located in the heart of Telemark county and a gateway to its scenic mountainous interior. Notodden airport will now get its second direct flight, as air carrier Airwing opens direct flights between Stavanger Airport every weekday.
Stavanger airport has direct flights to a large number of European and domestic destinations and this new service will give access for travelers to one of the most beautiful areas of Norway.

Airwing will fly between Stavanger and Notodden twice times five times a week with a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 airplane.
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