Ode to a Sandwich

by Brenna Holeman


Lima, Peru
Before arriving in Lima, we heard time and time again that it was a city for foodies, a city to find a multitude of great restaurants. Only having two days to explore, we decided that we should find the very best (while still sticking to a backpacker budget). And so, in two days, our highlights included some incredible ceviche as well as our first foray into tacu tacu, a rice and bean mix that we had served with a seafood curry. All in all, we were very satisfied.
And then, last night, we decided to keep it casual and visit one of the popular sandwich places in Miraflores, an area with lots of hostels and great nightlife. We were directed to La Lucha, a place where the servers wear all white and the line stretches around the block. “What’s so special about a sandwich?” I mused.
I love food. I eat just about anything and love just about everything. And my smoked pork sandwich from La Lucha – it did not disappoint. In fact, with every bite I couldn’t help but let out an “Mmmmm”, couldn’t help but chew slowly, savouring every single moment. I never thought I would write an entire blog post praising a pork sandwich, but, well, there is a first for everything. Simply put, it was delicious. Simply put, I would actually consider delaying my bus to Ica tomorrow so that I could have another one (amazing chips and chocolate shake included, please). Follow it with some pisco sours and some excellent company, and I understand a bit more why people praise Lima’s cuisine.
With Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Cuzco, and Lake Titicaca still to go, I can only imagine what other culinary delights Peru will have to offer.
What’s one of your favourite meals you’ve had on the road?
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Christine loves to Travel September 25, 2012 - 3:01 pm


Antastesia. September 25, 2012 - 4:29 pm

This doesn’t sound cool at all but I just LOVED the ebikatsu burger in Japan. I don’t know if you’ve tried it before? but ah. I’ve eaten so many of them when I was there, and not a single time did I get disgusted. I love food just like you so this isn’t the only thing that I loved, but this is what immediately comes to my mind. Plus the sandwiches that my lovely japanese friend made me for breakfast. Oh well, I guess sandwiches are winning!

Teacher Orange September 25, 2012 - 5:15 pm

MMmmmm….pork sandwiches! 😀

This Battered Suitcase September 26, 2012 - 3:38 am

Antastesia – Ebikatsu burgers are great! I absolutely love Japanese food…I lived there for 2.5 years and I never got sick of the cuisine!

Curious Kinks September 26, 2012 - 5:07 am

The sandwich look delish! The first time I tried a ceviche was at my Peruvian friends house, it was totally delicious. Btw, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog for having such and awesome and informative blog. Please go here http://curiouskinks.blogspot.ca/2012/09/versatille-blogger-award.html to find out what this award is all about 🙂

buc September 26, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Being a foodie – I missed Lima’s cuisine but still rave about ceviche…
As a side trip – if time … you should venture to Kuelep – it’s an amazing trip up the side of a mountain but the ruins just boggle the mind – how a civilization could create such a fortress.

happy trails

Rika September 27, 2012 - 1:27 am

I went to La Lucha and had that sandwich while I was in Peru last summer…and I still think about it! So good! Also I’m going to second the comment about Kuelap – if you have the time and inclination it’s really worth it. I traveled from Lima all over the northern half of Peru and Kuelap and Puerto Chicama were my absolute favorite things.

This Battered Suitcase September 27, 2012 - 3:24 am

Curious Kinks – Yes, I love ceviche!! And thank you so much for nominating me…

Buc – Thank you for your comment! Unfortunately I don’t think I’m going to make it to Kuelap but I will keep it in mind for next time…

Rika – Amazing!! I wish I could have had another one. I really wish I had heard about Kuelap before I headed this far south!

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