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Arequipa Gastronomy

Arequipa cuisine has been more heavily influenced by Spanish colonial cuisine than that in Lima and it has remained relatively free from the later influence of immigrants who migrated to Lima, such as the Chinese and Japanese. The area's peppers and chili peppers, various fruits and vegetables, beef, sheep, guinea pig, pig, alpaca, ostrich, variety of fish and shrimp, milk and high quality cheeses, wines and pisco, corn, all provide great flavors. The restaurants where traditional food is sold are called picanterías. Arequipa is maybe less the place where Peruvian food mixes with foreign food but all the more where Peruvian foods from the different regions get mixed and new local flavors are found.

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