life is busy right now. people always say looking for a job is a full-time job. well, moving back to the US and looking for a job with only temporary housing while learning to drive again (and stick for the first time!) feels like several fool time jobs.
luckily, it doesn't take much to make me feel better. yesterday we enjoyed a delicious dim sum lunch at the tea box, a cute little restaurant near my inlaws' house. i sipped my iced jasmine green tea (jasmine is a magical antidote for stress) and nibbled edamame, three types od fresh dumplings, and a bbq pork bun. we went back today and slurped hibiscus slushies.
for dinner, we drove to the highlands (a very "hot" neighborhood) and tried out a new peruvian restaurant called cebiche. eating authentic andean food made me feel like i was back in south america. we started with a beef and egg empanada and a delicious tamale special (pictured above). we drank chicha morada, made with purple corn boiled with pineapple, cinnamon, and clove and then mixed with lemon and suger.
as our main course we had fresh peruvian-style cebiche (also known as ceviche). in ecuador ceviche is served in more a soup while in peru the fish is marinated in similar ingredients (lemons, onions, cilantro) but served withough the soup. ecuadorian ceviche is served with popcorn and plantain chips, in peru there are often potatoes, sometimes corn, but popcorn is less common.
we waited twenty minutes for a fresh patch of picarones, fried pumpkin fritters served with as honey syrup. this decadent dessert is not something for everyday, but is the perfect "i need to spoil myself because i am stressed right now" sweet.