Saturday, March 19, 2016

Seco Seco

Time to explore.  After a trip to The Fish Market and a sampling of ceviche.    So we trekked up and down the calles of Casco Viejo. It was interesting to note the decaying and crumbling buildings right next to renovated buildings.  Many places were in the process of renovation.   The streets are incredibly narrow.  We found out later that the government built an extensive bridge, actually a causeway, around this neighborhood of the city so as to keep that area undisturbed. And he decaying buildings were being restored, not razed.  How not like Chicago.   We kept well hydrated but I wanted a more serious beverage, so we climbed up to a rooftop bar.   No menu, so we asked for a drink with a local spirit. And that turned out to be Seco Herrerano.  This is made from sugar cane, and can be used in drinks like either rum or vodka..  They added some passion fruit juice, a little lime. Ah, yes.
Easy to sit and sip and feel the breeze after a hot and humid day.     Dinner?  Mom said she’d cook for me. Something simple.  We found a grocery store.  
And we ended up with a cheese mushroom tomato omelet with fried arepas on the side. These are made with cornmeal and are rather like very thick corn tortillas, but tastier. We ate and drank a little wine, looking over the lights of the city.  But the arepas kept calling to me.  They would make lovely appetizers.  Little rounds of arepas topped with . . .  
  But I’m tired now, so I’m going to let those recipe ideas form in my head.
 

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