Posted by: danielfee | March 15, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime 03-15-2013


Avocado Appetizer

Avocado Appetizer

Fish, potatos and plantains

Fish, potatoes and plantains


Aji de Gallina

Aji de Gallina

Meats and Veggies cooked on hot rocks

Meats and Veggies cooked on hot rocks

Preparing the hot rocks

Preparing the hot rocks

Now all we have to do is wait

Now all we have to do is wait

Chocolate Explosion

Chocolate Explosion


For this weeks photo challenge I decided to focus on just one of my trips and show some of the fantastic traditional Peruvian dishes we enjoyed on my five-day hike to Machu Picchu through the Andes Mountains. You wouldn’t think that hiking through the mountains would provide very many food photo opportunities, but judge for yourself. However I did include one photo of the lunch I had in Cusco the day before we started the hike. It is called Aji de Gallina which is one of Peru’s most popular dishes; shredded poached chicken served in a creamy sauce with nuts, Parmesan cheese and mirasol chili peppers. It was very tasty!

Our hike is what you might call luxury hiking since we hiked from mountain lodge to lodge. But you still had to walk the entire 39 miles. We had a route chef with us on all but the last day. On our next to last day of hiking he prepared the meal using the ancient method of cooking the meal with heated rocks. On the last day, as we were approaching Machu Picchu, we stopped at a small farmhouse restaurant on the mountain directly across from Machu Picchu. The avocado appetizer, as well as the fish and plantains, were from this farmhouse restaurant. I am not a big fan of avocados but it was so buttery soft that it melted in your mouth. And of course I had to include dessert from our last day at the restaurant at Inkaterra Resort in Aguas Calientes.










  1. This looks like the best lunch EVER. Especially that avocado appetizer! Thanks for posting!

    • It was good and not something you would expect to find at a farmhouse restaurant in the mountains.

  2. What’s this address so I can come and eat???

    • When you leave the lodge turn right, then follow the trail over the mountain and half way down it will be on your left. 🙂

      • Wow, that sounds pretty vague maybe I will just follow my nose. 🙂

  3. Love the chocolate one!

    • So you went straight to dessert? 🙂 That’s the great part about being a grown up. Mom always said when you grow up then you can it your dessert first if you want.

      • One of the few pleasures of get old(er).

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  5. You’re making Peru look VERY good!

    • It was! Thanks for your comment.

  6. All I can say is “wow!” And maybe “wow” again. Decadent from start to finish. I love the action shots, as well.

    • I am glad you enjoyed lunch. I didn’t take any photos of the food after it was cooked on the rocks but one of the meats was guinea pig, which is a Peruvian specialty that is popular on holidays and for special events. I wasn’t impressed. It was a little to tough to chew but the taste was fine.

  7. Love the chocolate explosion. Was it very rich to eat?

    • Not too rich. There was ice cream in the cup that helped.

      • I would definitely try that decadent dessert!

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  9. oh my – decadent!

  10. love the avocado appetizer

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