While Peruvian cuisine is slowly making a name for itself around the world, it can still be difficult to find a Peruvian restaurant in the US. You can imagine how excited I was when my wife and I bumped into Uchucuta Peruvian Cuisine, a Peruvian Chef from Cusco and his North American wife that are just beginning their catering business here in St. Louis.
We didn’t have to think twice upon receiving an invitation to a Peruvian Creole Buffet Dinner. ¡Cuenta con nosotros! (Count us in!). Here’s a shot of just some of the authentic Peruvian food we enjoyed last night with some family and friends.
Funny thing is, before moving to Peru five years ago, I assumed Peruvian food wasn’t much different than Mexican (please don’t tell that to any of my Peruvian friends). And now, I never stop craving the stuff! I often times wonder how in the world Peruvian food has gone virtually unnoticed in this part of the world.
Popular chef, author and television personality, Anthony Bourdain, considers Peruvian cuisine to be one of the most underrated in the world. I, for one, had no clue what I had been missing. Now that I’ve tried it, I consider it a tragedy that so many people have no idea what they’re missing!
On a more serious note, it’s an even graver tragedy that so many people are missing the rich and ever-nourishing spiritual food God gives us in His Word and Sacraments. There are way too many people that don’t know what they’re missing because they’ve never tried the true Bread of Life.
A lot of people don’t bother with church because they underestimate what Christ offers us there. They don’t realize that in the Divine Service, Christ actually feeds our souls with His Word, His body, and His blood. He is the only one able to satisfy our hunger, and because of His amazing love for us, he does so without asking anything in return. Taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalms 34:8a)
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)