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Cuy - Guinea pig - in Cusco, Peru

Would you like fries with that? What to eat in Cusco, Peru.

I love fries. I really do. A good fry is heaven. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, a touch of salt.

But in Peru they are always just greasy and limp.

And they come with everything. Everything.

I never thought I’d get sick of fries. But I also don’t need them twice a day…

Soup at San Pedro Market in Cusco, Peru

Fried fish at San Pedro Market in Cusco, Peru

A two-course lunch of soup and fried fish with rice, salad, and beans for 4 soles (about $1.50) at San Pedro Market. Note: I could have gotten fries instead of beans.


Beef with fried rice and fries in Cusco, Peru

Beef with fried rice and fries. They have some weird combinations.


Lomo Saltado in Cusco, Peru

Lomo saltado: a Peruvian stir fry of beef, onions, and tomatoes (this version also had mushrooms and peppers) served with rice and, you guessed it, fries.


Aji Gallina in Cusco, Peru

Aji Gallina: spicy Peruvian creamed chicken. Mixed with fries.


Arroz mixto at San Pedro Market in Cusco, Peru

Arroz mixto at San Pedro Market. Sausage, avocado, runny egg, salad, plantain, rice, and, yup, fries.


Chicharrón in Cusco, Peru

Chicharrón, because who doesn’t love crispy, fatty, deep-fried pork? This didn’t come with fries. But there was a potato.


Brownie and hot chocolate at the chocolate museum in Cusco, Peru

Brownie and hot chocolate at the Chocolate Museum. Because there was a chocolate museum just down the street from my hostel. Luckily, no chocolate-dipped fries.


Trout ceviche in Cusco, Peru

Trout ceviche. Which didn’t come with fries but did come with sweet potato. And giant corn.


Cuy - Guinea pig - in Cusco, Peru

And, of course, Cuy. Guinea pig.


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  • Nicole
    August 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    This might be one of my favorite posts of all time. I just went to a Peruvian restaurant for the first time last weekend. I couldn’t believe the starch! I had pork and sun-dried POTATO stew, with a side of RICE and yup, that’s right, YUCCA FRIES! They love their tubers! 🙂

  • rebecca
    August 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    oh this reminds me of Germany, I love Germany food and am also a big Fries lover but the food in Germany is always sided with Fries.. and the small ones.. I only like the big ones
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  • Ali
    September 4, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I’m glad you labeled all of these. I really had no idea the big corn was corn until I read what you wrote underneath. It’s kind of freakishly big! Also, your cuy looked a bit over the top!
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