AND just like that, I'm up to my last night in Peru.
This calls for a final meal and a nod to the diversity of the region so it's off to a small piece of Australia in the guts of Cusco – Jack's Café (also known as Jack's Australian Restaurant).
It's not serving meat pies, kangaroo and VB, but a menu rich with plenty to choose from.
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- The Spud Diaries – Entry 18 – Defending the Reef
- The Spud Diaries – Entry 19 – A Cooee for Cuy
- The Spud Diaries – Entry 20 – The Potato Park
It may seem odd to go to a Western-style eatery when overseas but that thought quickly diminishes when a potato-related menu item catches my eye; cottage pie.
I'm reflecting on all I saw at the Potato Park, as well as the refreshing taste of the Inca Kola I'm consuming (still no word on that sponsorship) when placed in front of me is a towering meal which looks anything but a regular cottage pie.
It's tall and dripping in goodness, complete with mashed potato on the top.
It's a fitting way to end a stay in a town that has been heavily touched by tourism but maintains its authenticity and foundations.
The size of this meal puts to rest any idea I had of returning to a café I stopped in a few days earlier upon seeing the sign declaring "best chocolate cake in town".
I'm glad I tried it once. It certainly got my vote and is one of the cherished memories stored away.
- Ashley Walmsley travelled to Peru with assistance from the Crawford Fund and with financial support from DFAT Council on Australia Latin America Relations.