I had no clue on how good the food is from Peru!

Tacu Tacu con Carne - Steak with bean mixed with rice and salad

Lomo Saltado - Top sirloin strips sauteed with onions tomatoes, french fries and rice

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Did you know….

The Peruvian cuisine is an important expression of its own culture just as its ceramics, textiles, music and literature. Thanks to Peru’s three regions and ocean there are an abundance variety of fresh ingredients that satisfied not only the most sophisticated chef.
Many Inca dishes have make it practically unchanged to the XXI century, and are cooked just like 500 years ago. The best examples are probably carapulca and pachamanca.
During the Spanish Viceroyalty, which spanned over 3 centuries, the Iberian introduced many culinary techniques and ingredients, such as olives, grapes, dairy products, beef, chicken, and rice. Although native and Spanish cultures -and cuisines- were at first unconnected, they began to gradually mix, until they successively fused in Creole culture. New Criollo cuisine took the better of the two worlds to create dishes like Aji de Gallina or papa a la Huancaina, where hot peppers, cheese and milk gently blend in delicious sauces.
Spanish though didn’t come alone. They brought with them African slaves, many of whom worked in the cuisines of the noble and the wealthy. Over the years African influence proved essential to Peruvian culture, particularly regarding music and cuisine. Their talent in creating delightful dishes from poor, discarded ingredients has produced two of Peru’s best: Anticuchos and Tacu Tacu.(peruadventurestours.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Isabella’s Restaurant – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Around $14 – $17 for an entree

Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Lomo Saltado, Tacu -Tacu con Carne

It’s Friday and time to kick the weekend off with a bang!

Virginia and I decide to do something different so she suggests Peruvian food.

I just had a hardcore workout and I am starving so let’s do it!

Let me just say this is my first time tasting Peruvian food and let me also say that it won’t be my last.

Let’s talk about it…

So like I said, it’s Friday and we are starving and ready to dive into some Peruvian food.

We walk into Isabella’s in San Jose, Ca and immediately I feel like we had arrived in a different country by the authentic Peruvian atmosphere they provide in the restaurant.

They have Latin music playing in the background, beautiful bright vibrant walls with Peruvian art work all over the place and beautiful red curtains to match.

We sit down and look at Yelp to get an idea on what to order since this is a first for both of us. She orders the Lomo Saltado which is top sirloin strips sauteed with onions tomatoes, french fries and rice.

As for me, I’m going with the Tacu Tacu con Carne which is steak with bean mixed with rice and salad.

These artistic mesmerizing dishes of love posed for my camera like a showgirl in Vegas..

Man she is naughty!

I dive right into this crunchy top layer of the rice first while the steak keeps winking at me..Calling me. Teasing me..


Instant flavor from the beans and rice!

Then I dive into the steak and it is cooked at a perfect medium! Super juicy! Succulent and flavorful!

I take a bite of Virginia’s dish and the top sirloin is out of this world!

It literally melts in your mouth as soon as it hits your tongue..

Combine that with french fries and rice and you got yourself a meal created from the Heavens…. True live action eating! Good job Isabella’s!

If you have never tasted Peruvian food then I suggest you find the local one near you and head there quickly. I promise you that you won’t regret it!

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.


peruadventurestours.com (2015) HISTORY OF PERUVIAN CUISINE Retrieved from https://www.peruadventurestours.com/en/history_peru_cuisine.html

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