sidewalk gourmet

Street food is a topic that can potentially raise long discussions.  How clean is it,  how safe is it?  Street food is a growing business and  definitely part of a city’s personality.  Hard to resist a hot dog in New York,  roast chestnuts in via Condotti in Rome or a “koulouri” in the Syntagma square in Athens.  A soup from ” le camion qui fume”  in Paris or some Indian curry from the vans in San Francisco are good street food picks.  There are regulations for street food vendors in all the western countries.

Recently I visited Peru.  What I saw in the streets of Cusco made me very skeptical.  The street food is definitely ” homemade ” , the appearance is at least strange to the foreigner, and the conditions the food is carried and kept at least unacceptable.  But there are dozens of food vendors in every street, and that means there is some business there. I saw only locals buying from these vendors.

The first picture is taken outside a central school right above the  Plaza de Armas.  The woman sells sandwiches with a (I assumed) guacamole filling she had prepared at home.  All in a  plastic container down on the sidewalk. When she gets hungry, she eats one.

This is a better arrangement. There is a stand where ( I assume again) the meat is kept.  The sauce on top of the stand is homemade brought in a plastic container.

This is the strangest thing.  I don’t know what it is. I saw it often around the San Pedro central Cusco market.  To be honest  asked,  but I did not make sense out of the explanations.  It looks like a cake, but it must be savory (!) and maybe there is more of this in the bucket.

Some type of grain sold openly on the sidewalk

The ice cream carriages are nice. At least here they are covered in a refrigerator.  But I have seen  ice cream bars sold in buckets as well.

This plastic container is a very usual on every sidewalk  in Cusco.  In the bucket you may find different foods. Here the vendor had made some type of soup and sells it in individual containers.  Locals buy these and sit on a bench or on even down on a step and eat them right there. Any place any time.  People always eat something.

The two ladies in the picture clean pineapples and sell the pieces. Needles to say that the juices  from the fruit drips on the street and their boots.  So even if the fruit is clean, the whole picture turns some people  (including me ) off.

In this blog that I created recently to write about food,  I thought it would be interesting to share this part of the world and this type of culture.  However this is not to be confused with the Peruvian cuisine which I found wonderful and interesting.  I will come back on this in a future post.



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