It’s Independence Day here in Peru today! July 28th, 1821: 192 years ago, General José de San Martín proclamed our independence “by the general will of the people and the justice of its cause that God defends”. Today, as per use, the President gave a really general speech and some colorful parades occurred all over the city.
To celebrate it, my parents and I went to El Cascajal, a restaurant serving a buffet of typical Peruvian food yesterday. We were all wearing red clothes, which made us the “patriotic” family there:
I have missed ceviche -perhaps the most famous Peruvian dish in the world- so much that it was the first dish I got (you may remember yesterday’s post):
Then I got a lot of meat (beef and pork, specifically) with some rice and beans:
I wanted to get a pisco sour, naturally, but my dad wanted me to drive home after the buffet so I only got the typical Peruvian coke: Inka Kola. It tastes like chewing gum and is the non-alcoholic drink we always get with any traditional Peruvian dish:
During the buffet, a singer entertained us with Peruvian music, principally from the coast: marineras, tonderos, festejos, jaranas, and so on.
When the buffet was over, a famous Afro-Peruvian singer performed some of his songs for a while:
My parents and I were quite happy at the end of the event, and well, it makes sense, right? Doesn’t “Independence Day” precisely mean “family, food, and music”?…