I love chocolate ice cream just as much as the next person, but sometimes deviating from the culinary norm is a good thing. And even though the helado de mango (mango ice cream) would have been better on a hot summer's day, not a somewhat chilly October one, asi es la vida (the Spanish equivalent of c'est la vie). I was ruminating a possible quick dessert to make last Friday and came across the recipe for this fruity ice cream. I don't own an ice cream maker and have attempted to make ice cream only a smattering of times.
We ended up having one full day in the Peruvian capital of Lima. I know, I know...pretty bad. I didn't mean to shortchange it (truly) but when planning my Peru itinerary, I knew that I didn't want to scrimp on time in either the Sacred Valley or Cusco, so that left Lima. In order to maximize our time in the capital city, I decided to do something I rarely ever do in major cities, which was hire a private driver/guide. Although I normally am quite comfortable with navigating a foreign city on my own, with having limited time I did not want to spend a single moment of it having to consult maps, ask someone for directions etc. Also, even though Lima is a major metropolis, its only public transportation is buses.
Where did I dine at my first week back after returning from Peru? Why a Peruvian restaurant of course. Although each and every one of my trips abroad has always included some fantastic meals, it had been a while since I had visited a country where I truly just ADORED the cuisine. Sadly, the more upscale Peruvian restaurant that I got to dine at two times in a month has long since been closed and apparently there was another Peruvian restaurant in Pittsburgh's downtown that also closed last year before I could get a chance to eat there. Thankfully though, one Peruvian restaurant remains, Chicken Latino, which is located in the Strip District.