#foodisourfriend travel in Peru - Local Food Journal

#foodisourfriend Cuzco street food travel

It was my first time, and it won't be the last.  I just got back from traveling Peru, a country that has so much history and beauty. I am feeling so blessed for the experience.

Peru is home to the stunning Andes mountains and to people so proud to share it with others. Being an outsider you never know how people will treat you. Peruvians are very warm people. They are hardworking people and are very happy too.

It's funny I didn't realize how many Peruvian friends I had until I sporadically planned the trip. Everyone was right. It takes about 4 days to fully get used to the high altitude, only eat just-made food, don't eat fresh lettuces unless boiled. 

We stayed in downtown Cuzco for the first few days and made sure we were close to the market, where everyone gets their food. It reminded me of Central Market in Downtown LA without the ICE. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING is fresh. 

You could see the roots of foods just pulled when you'd place your order. I'm totally dug that!

#foodisourfriend travel - local food market Cuzco, Peru
#foodisourfriend travel -local food meat market in Cuzco, Peru
#foodisourfriend Cuzco, Peru market
#foodisourfriend travel - market Mamita selling potatoes, veggies
#foodisourfriend travel - market fruit food
#foodisourfriend blog - local food Peru - Inca Kola
#foodisourfriend travel - Cuzco Arroz a La Cubana con Palta

My first breakfast in Cuzco was Arroz a La Cubana. I love this because the rice feels familiar, as we eat this in the Central American culture. The avocados are called Palta in Peru and they're as huge at your head! And papas just completes every meal. I'ma happy girl in Cuzco. 

First night was super chill. We hiked up Saqsaywaman to see the Cristo Blanco, the Christ statue that overlooks Cuzco right at sunset. Then we hiked down the Saqsaywaman ruins to hang out in Downtown Cuzco, called Plaza de Armas.

Had a few beers with the chicos and though my friends are Peruvian and probably bored of the cuisine, I make them take me where I can get local food.  

#foodisourfriend Plaza de Armas, Cuzco, Peru
#foodisourfriend food journal - Cusquena beer
#foodisourfriend local food journal - Lomo Saltado, Cuzco, Peru

We tried getting street food but lady sold out so we sat down for the night. This is Lomo Saltado, grilled beef with onions, tomatoes, and fresh-cut fries. Having this reminds me of my Dad. He used to take us to a Peruvian restaurant in our hood growing up near Los Feliz, LA.  I Love, love, LOVE fresh cut potato wedges and fries so I love Lomo Saltado.

#foodisourfriend travel - Mamita selling jugos, fresh juice
#foodisourfriend travel food journal - cheese and avocado toast, pan con queso y palta
#foodisourfriend travel: Plaza de Armas, Cuzco Peru by day. Cathedrals, shops, restaurants, tourists, local and homes sums up Cuzco.

#foodisourfriend travel: Plaza de Armas, Cuzco Peru by day. Cathedrals, shops, restaurants, tourists, local and homes sums up Cuzco.

#foodisourfriend travel - Cathedral in Cuzco, Peru.
#foodisourfriend travel Cuzco, Peru
Held a baby LLama!! How can you say no?

Held a baby LLama!! How can you say no?

#foodisourfriend travel cocktail Pisco Sour Cuzco Peru

There are so many ways to drink Pisco, Peruvian liquor, but my fave was obviously the Pisco Sour!

Corn fields en route to Valle Sagrado, Peru.

Corn fields en route to Valle Sagrado, Peru.

#foodisourfriend travel - Isabel Mejia, potato fields Urubamba, Cusco, Peru
Valle Sagrado, Sacred Valley Peru by day. That river has been sacred to the Incas because it helps bring life to the people. There are so many ruins to climb, including Macchu Picchu and the Sacred Valley ruins. There's also very good shopping! It's my favorite part of my Peru Trip.

Valle Sagrado, Sacred Valley Peru by day. That river has been sacred to the Incas because it helps bring life to the people. There are so many ruins to climb, including Macchu Picchu and the Sacred Valley ruins. There's also very good shopping! It's my favorite part of my Peru Trip.

#foodisourfriend travel - Plato de Cuyo - Guinea Pig Plate
#foodisourfriend travel food journal - Cuyo - Guinea Pig

On the list of must-try foods was Cuyo, Guinea Pig. When we went to Valle Sagrado, Sacred Valley I knew this was what I wanted to eat. I ordered the big plate that's meant to be eaten by at least 2 people. It was served on top of a corn on the cob, a big potato, a stuffed pepper, spaghetti, a fried hot dog, friend plantains, and a slab of queso fresco

The Cuyo, Guinea Pig was stuffed with grape leaves, garlic and cumin. You have to ask someone to split the guinea pig- and it smells AMAZING! The inside tastes like tender chicken and the outside is thick, crispy. Literally, the most barbaric and SAVE food I've ever eaten!

Got sick on the day I was supposed to hike Macchu Picchu. I tried going and my stomach couldn't take it. My friends forced me to go to the Pharmacy and the market for some food. My stomach churned in knots, and I couldn't even take this Quinoa Soup. The caldo was everything though. This was a sad day, and I'll NEVER, NEVER eat chifa! Chifa is Peruvian Chinese food. Just don't.

Got sick on the day I was supposed to hike Macchu Picchu. I tried going and my stomach couldn't take it. My friends forced me to go to the Pharmacy and the market for some food. My stomach churned in knots, and I couldn't even take this Quinoa Soup. The caldo was everything though. This was a sad day, and I'll NEVER, NEVER eat chifa! Chifa is Peruvian Chinese food. Just don't.

Chewed as much Coca Leaves and drank tea as I could when I felt sick. Starting to believe Coca Leaf Tea cures everything!

Chewed as much Coca Leaves and drank tea as I could when I felt sick. Starting to believe Coca Leaf Tea cures everything!

#foodisourfriend travel local food journal - pizza
Studying Incan architecture up front. Inca Roca de 12 Angulos, a toursit photo op fave. Big mystery and history behind this perfectly shaped rock with 12 angles that holds up a whole building.

Studying Incan architecture up front. Inca Roca de 12 Angulos, a toursit photo op fave. Big mystery and history behind this perfectly shaped rock with 12 angles that holds up a whole building.

Arroz a La Cubana con Puerco, the typical brekky in Cuzco except this time with a big pork chop, because I felt it was the only way to respectfully leave Cuzco.

#foodisourfriend Peru travel - coca leaves

Cocaleaves literally saved me and will save you too in Peru. The altitude is super high, double the elevation in my home in Salt Lake City, Utah. You just learn to make Te de Mate, fresh Coca Leaf tea your friend. It took about 4 days for me to kinda get used to the altitude, and even then I was still out of breath often. When I didn't want to have a drink I would chew the leaves too. The taste is bitter, and you don't get numb a whole lot in case you're wondering.

The crazy and beautiful thing is the lengths they go in preserving coca leaves for just Peru. But it wasn't just the coca leaves. Everything about the history, the grand natural landscaping, the precious metals, Incan remnants is so sacred to them that they go to lengths to make sure it's not taken out of the country. I found that very honorable and I loved that about Peru. Loved learning how resilient Incas are. They're super proud of their culture as they should be. It left me wondering, how are we doing back home? Are we making ourselves proud right now?

#foodisourfriend Lima, Pery raw cacao tasting

Last treat in Lima was some chocolate tasting. I luuuuuhhhhh raw, dark cacao. I love all the different sweet, tart, and svaory notes you get from different fruits. I tasted everything from coffee to plantains, to corn to lemongrass to coca leaf dark chocolate. BOMB! Excellent way to end the trip.

32 Ways to Say 'I Love You' (+ V-Day freebies!)

It doesn't matter what day it is, we love to show our Amores how much they mean to us. But on Valentine's Day, we like to overdo it! Totally eats bashing on love, right?

We are BIG fans of Valentine's Day over here.

As much as Valentine's Day seems like it's about showing love to others, we hope you're doing as much (if not more) for yourself. There's nothing cute about being desperate to please others while totally neglecting yourself.

The billion-dollar industry will try to make you think it's about racking roses, chocolate and balloons, and while those things are nice, they aren't the only things to bring smiles to people's faces. Sometimes it's the most simplest things that make the best memories. We won't lie-luxury delights too. Below are a list of things you can do for yourself and your Valentine's from non-existent budgets to limitless ones.

At the end of the day, I hope you do a bunch from list 1! 

How to Show Love to the #1 in your life, You

  • Take a walk, hike, jog somewhere real pretty. Just enjoy it!
  • Take a few minutes to take long, deep breaths and be grateful you have them. 
  • Bank a few laughs. Remember something funny that recently happened. 
  • Look in the mirror and tell yourself 3 reasons why you love YOU so much.
  • Cook yourself something special today. Do it with love. Or pay someone else, but make it indulgent and don't feel guilty. 
  • Buy yourself that watch, that computer, that car you've been eye-ing for a while. Pretty sure you deserve it.
  • Treat yourself to the spa, a nice dinner, or an exotic vacation.
  • Invest in your health. Drink more water, take yoga, hire a nutritionist. Without your health, you'll have nothing else. It's amazing how good you feel when you make that a priority. 
  • Work out. Get your happy mood hormones turnt doing any kind of your favorite exercise.
  • Masturbate. Even if you're having sex too. No one can do it to you like you can. Ever.

 

How to Show Love to Your Lovers & Friends

Your lovers...

  • Take a long, romantic walk somewhere... with a view, along the beach, to the taco stand ;)
  • Couple's massages. I don't know anyone that denies these. 
  • Sports game. Even if you hate sports, rock a cute jersey and order a cocktail. Compromise!
  • Go to an art museum. Get confused and try to figure it out together. 
  • Get retro with an outdoor picnic with their fave foods. 
  • Cook your lover their favorite meal
  • If cooking isn't you thing, take your Amor somewhere nice to eat. 
  • Make your Amor healthy, homemade candy. Make them eat it off you. 
  • Couple's bath. Nuff said. 
  • Couple's workout. I'll leave the activity up to you ;)

 

Your family and friends...

  • Send your non-mushy BFF a Valentine's Day meme. The end. 
  • Share cupcakes, macaroons or other baked sweets. Homemade or bought, this always wins.
  • Take your pics and make them black and white. Black and white never goes out of style.
  • Take your siblings or friends to a concert. Bob your head and dance your asses off.  
  • Host a Gal-entines or Pal-entines soiree for everyone. Show your love with entertainment; don't be a dick and separate the singles from the couples. 
  • Take your crew on a helicopter ride somewhere locally. Speaking from experience, this is too much fun to just enjoy with 1 other person. 
  • Donate a gift to a charity close to a cause. 

 

Your Valentine's Day Freebies

You'll find all kinds of free sweets, but we want to invest in your wellness. We will be offering the following for the rest of February.  

Download these 3 Meal Planning +Healthy Living Cookbook Guides

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One of the simplest and most powerful choices you can make to improve your health is to prepare your own food so you know exactly what you are eating. Jump-start your healthy eating journey by taking advantage of the goodies below. 

3 Meal Planning + Healthy Living Cookbook Guides to Jump Start Your Health

1. Download or print your Food Journal here

If meal planning isn't part of your routine yet, jotting down your eats and drinks in a food journal is a good start. Knowing how you feel before, during, and after your eat is key to good health and often goes unnoticed. Not only is being aware a good start, sometimes this is all you need to pinpoint a problem. Download the #foodisourfriend food log here.

 

2. Download the REVOLUTION RECIPES COOKBOOK here

We are a community of food lovers and we have a desire to feed ourselves well, but if you're struggling with knowing where to start eating more healthfully, this cookbook is for you! The Revolution Recipes Cookbook is an easy to follow guide that helps you prepare clean food that you, your friends and whole family will enjoy.

This 100-page cookbook is filled with mouth-watering meals fore breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  Complete with full-color photographs, step-by-step instructions, and a variety of recipes ranging from simple to exquisite, there is something for everyone.  You'll want to try them all! Download the cookbook here.

 

 

 

#foodisourfriend healthy living revolution kids cookbook

3. HEALTHY LIVING AMBASSADORS CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY BOOK

The key to foundational health and happiness comes from eating healthy foods, moving, drinking plenty of water, having fun and getting enough sleep every night.

The Healthy Living Ambassadors Children's Book is a fun way to encourage the special children in your life to make healthy choices that'll last a lifetime! Included is:

  • Healthy Living Ambassadors Challenge
  • Lunchbox Shopping Guide
  • Coloring Pages
  • Activity Pages

Download the Healthy Living Ambassadors Children's Activity Book here.

Habits of Healthy People

In the health and wellness world it's often said there are no concrete rules to follow, just guidelines. But we can all agree that there's work you have to put in to live a good quality of life. 

With every day environmental stresses, there's never been a more important time in history for us to take care of ourselves now. We may have just about every resource we need to be well, but we could all use a little guidance right?

Habits of Healthy People

  1. Eating well
  2. Exercise
  3. Sleeping
  4. Taking leisure time
  5. Reading
  6. Planning ahead
  7. Practicing gratitude, meditation or prayer

 

3 Reasons You Must Grow Your Own Food this Year

Happy New Year!

Wishing you much love, health and happiness in 2017!

We are excited for the exciting projects this year. We will be introducing new community gardens this year and are excited to have you come along for the ride.

Also exciting is that my father has started his own garden, so stay tuned for everything shared. You can catch it all in real time on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.

What was your New Year's resolution this year? Was it to eat healthier? Was it to garden?

There are tons of reasons to start a garden. Here are my top 3 if you're thinking of growing your own food this year.

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Top Reasons to Start a Garden & Grow Your Own Food

1. Food tastes better when you garden it

 

2. Food costs less

 

3. Food is healthier

 

We've started a unique community of people who support healthy living by eating well and we believe that starts with clean food. #growhealthyfood