A Miraculous Day at the Bed and Breakfast

Today I left the bnb for a short while intending to pick up some sausages to cook for lunch and then I stumbled upon a pleasant surprise. A group of Peruvian Americans were gathered in the southern tip of Kalorama park (just a short walk from our D.C. Inn) to get lunch at a pop-up tent.

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Nothing captures the heart of a late twenty-something cook more than ethnic street food, especially when it’s three-hundred meters from where you live. Honestly I had no idea if people were Salvardorian, Guatamalan, or what, but I noticed that the Latin American community was keyed into the pop-up tent. I stood in an unwieldy line for about thirty minutes until I was able to order. The man behind me and I noticed that two separate lines had formed. Luckily we were stuck in the grilled meat line. I saw what I thought was shredded pork, so I asked the man and he just told me they were “anticuchos,” so I nodded knowingly to that (I had no clue what they were) and “pancita” (Oh yeah, like pancetta or something–NOT).

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I finally got to the meat table and said “mixto,” so he put two beef skewers and some shredded yellow tripe on top of a boiled potato and a whole hominy cob. I captured this picture before I dug in.

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(anticuchos (beef heart), pancita (grilled pig stomach and intestines), hominy, boiled potatoes, and rocoto (super spicy red sauce)

Notice my lunch was BEEF HEART, PIG GUTS, POTATOES, and CORN. I could probably single-handedly cut down all of the Persian forces at Thermopylae right now.

After my caveman lunch, I started working on law-stuffs, then suddenly I heard a parade. I LOVE PARADES, so I went outside and lo and behold, in the distance there was the smoke of incense and a large group of people gathered for a procession. Was it a procession of the dead?

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No. It was a group of Peruvian Americans walking along a religious procession called “El Dia de Señor de los Milagros.” It was so cool.

Today was amazing.

Marcos, Innkeeper at American Guest House, a Washington DC Bed and Breakfast

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