Earth Day & Peruvian wrap-up
Plaza de Armas at the heart of the city. Soccer game in a courtyard. My awesome ceviche and a glass of my new favorite drink, chicha morada, made from purple corn and spices. I even ate a lima bean, even though it’s one of the few foods I hate, because, “when in Lima…” At the ruins of the pyramid at Huaca Pucllana, built by a pre-Incan people, the Lima. It is in the middle of Lima and is incredible. This guy works in a bookstore in the Miraflores neighborhood – that’s his favorite book. They’re reading Joe Hill in Peru! And yes, it’s official: Stephanie Meyer has taken over the planet. The 8th grade girls bookclub from the school. I ADORE the kids at the Colegio Roosevelt! Back to the grocery store, called Vivanda, where the yogurt shelf has these goodies. And there is half an aisle – a long aisle – devoted to evaporated condensed milk. Peruvian desserts take the concept of “sweet” to a new level. I tried tres leches, purple corn pudding, sweet potato doughnuts with syrup, and other things I don’t remember the name of, but this (the one in the middle with the seeds) – cheesecake de maracuya – that’s right; passionfruit cheesecake, was indescribably delicious. But the best fusion I’ve ever tasted? Peru + Japan = yumminess. Sushi topped with MANGO! Which isn’t to say that you can’t find decent junk food, if you’re in the mood. Bembodog!! Best sign of the trip, found in the duty-free store at the airport. So good-bye, Peru. I can’t wait to go back! ****** I am going to Los Angeles! Can you come out and see me this weekend? LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS 12:30 – 1:30pm Young Adult Fiction Panel: “Problem Child” Location: Moore 100 Moderator: Jonathan Hunt Panelists: Laurie Halse Anderson Suzanne Phillips Nate Powell Jacqueline Woodson 2:30 – 3:30 pm Booksigning Location: Penguin/Whale of a Tale Booth, #816 Hasta luego!
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