I do enjoy food - which is why it's hard to lose weight. It's not just the food, though - it's the company. Jesus asks us to remember Him when we eat and drink - and eating and drinking with loved ones is a time for building good memories. I was reloading photos from my mission trip to Peru in the summer of 2007 - you can see my weight was pretty good and I hadn't begun to color my hair yet. I found a lot of pictures of meals with friends.
While in Iquitos I took "my boys" Esli and Abel to various places on free evenings. I forget the name of this restaurant in the neighborhood of The Boulevard, but they have a very nice ambience, as well as good food.
See the nicely polished column of natural wood?
At The Yellow Rose in the Plaza de Armas, I ordered each of us a different dinner, and we split them 3 ways so we could each try some of everything. This is a fish dinner I'm cutting up.
Esli has the plate of barbecue beef - generous portion!
Guido, a brother from the village of Manacamiri whom I met in 2003, met us at this ice cream parlor at the Plaza de Armas. The ice cream in Peru isn't as good as ours - so it wasn't so much of a temptation!
My friend Marleni (left) brought me to visit other intercessor sisters. Here, Consuelo and her husband share a lunch of fish - another reason it's easier for me to lose weight on missions!
The delightful park of Quistococha near Iquitos features a restaurant besides its botanical garden, zoo, and manmade lake for swimming.
After the church service at Nueva Vision (pastored by my fiancÚ's cousin!)I wanted to take the musicians out for dinner. We went to El CArbon.
Now, I didn't get to partake of this dish, but I did learn that my Levi can cook - he and Abel made "Tacacho", a dish made from plantains, boiled, mashed, formed into a ball, and - I dunno if it's baked or fried after that. But it has a nutty taste.
I treated Abel, Foreman and his wife Yeli to dinner at the Yellow Rose.
Foreman, Yeli and I went to this floating restaurant where we met up with the director of JuCUM (YWAM - Youth With A Mission). It was good, but WAY expensive - more for "rich" American tourists than the local populace. I paid Foreman and Yeli's, needless to say!
Here we are with the Barnards at that restaurant.
One of the most popular "pollerias" in Iquitos is Kikiriki (the Spanish version of Cocka-doodle-doo), frequented after evening church services. Here Abel and I enjoy a quiet hunk of rotisserie chicken, fries, and cole slaw.
Another intercessor, Brigida, invited me to lunch.
That's me in the pink top with the little pink flower - Yeli had done up my hair - after my last night visiting Nueva Vision - again, at Kikiriki.
And that's just in IQUITOS, not to mention in Lima and Chiclayo! Maybe I'll mention them tomorrow!