Pancake Day is Flippin’ Great!

I actually cannot flip pancakes.

To be honest though, I haven’t ever really tried. I feel next year I might have to give it a go and hope it doesn’t end up on the floor!

As far as I am aware, Pancake Day was originally a Pagan celebration which then turned into a religious tradition (just like most of the holidays). Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), is the day before the 40 day fasting period known as Lent. On this day people would eat all of the rich foods left in their house. Different countries celebrate this tradition in different ways, some by having carnivals and others by eating certain dishes.

In England we eat pancakes.

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Peruvian Desserts – Churros

churros Peru loves churros, and you can find them everywhere throughout Lima, from carts in the street to specialised churro stores in the malls. They are served all over the world, so I’m sure you will more than likely have eaten one at some point, but if you haven’t, then I can explain.

Churros are long sticks of dough piped out from a star shaped nozzle straight into hot oil, and fried. The star shape creates slight ridges along the dough making them the perfect texture to pick up the sugar they are normally rolled in after frying.

Each country likes to put a slightly different twist on their churros and here in Peru they predominantly fill them with manjar blanco (sometimes chocolate or vanilla, and occasionally other flavours).

I LOVE LIMA Where would I recommend in Lima to eat them?

1. ManoloManolo is an institution among locals, who say it’s where you go when you need that churro fix, and with more than 40 years experience, it is hard to doubt that. It’s a great location to stop and buy them individually, while you are wandering through Miraflores, either down to Larcomar or up to Parque Kennedy. I mean, you need a churro to help you along the way…right? Here you can choose between fillings of manjar blanco, chocolate or vanilla. 

Av. Larco 608, Miraflores

2. La 73. I have said this before and I will say it again, these are epic. It is one of the restaurants’ desserts, made up of 6 fat churros, filled with manjar blanco, served with a chocolate dipping sauce and caramelised apples. Heaven. In Summer, or Winter to be honest, you can sit outside under the lanterns on their patio, at the front of their restaurant, and enjoy this little (ok, big) plate of fried wonders by themselves or perhaps after La 73’s quinoa risotto. After all, there is always space for dessert, especially this one. (La 73 also has an incredible chocolate melting fondant pudding….but we’ll save that story for another day.)

Av. El Sol Oeste 175, Barranco