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PATIO LIT EATS: Peruvian lamb, sea and air combo!!!

Now, I’m not drunk or anything, but this one time, after band camp, I went to McDonald’s and ordered a Land, Sea and Air Burger. It was not very good. But on the other hand, if you combine lamb, sea and air, that would probably be pretty tasty!

So, we’re hanging out at Chotto Matte, this funky Japanese/Peruvian fusion joint at Bay and Front. These guys are serving up all kinds of Peruvian style barbecue, and they’re all small plates, so I figured I could eat at least three of them…

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We’re starting off with lamb, which was probably the star of the show. These smoked lamb chops were marinated in a spicy BBQ sauce and grilled to perfection, son!

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From the sea, we’ve got grilled octopus on a bed of purple potatoes with splashes of yuzu/blueberry sauce, for that extra burst of purple. This was another well-cooked dish, with a texture more like steak or chicken than the rubbery chewiness you’d expect from octopus.

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And then from the air, there’s this pollo picante — some nice chunks of chicken served up skewer style with a little green onions on top. Nothing wrong with that at all!

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Now, since I’m eating octopus, I gotta go for an Octopus Wants to Fight, this hoppy, juicy IPA from Great Lakes Brewery. That’ll take some of the heat off those lamb chops, son!

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After all that eating back there, you’re probably wondering, “Did he still have room for dessert?” Well, I wasn’t gonna order it, but when they told me about the Peruvian chocolate crema, I had to check it out!!!

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Dude, this has got to be the best dessert I’ve had all month! It’s kinda like a chocolate mousse, but made with rum — and you can really taste the rum, bro! Then they top it with honeycomb, chocolate sauce and these crunchy little dulce de leche bites — man, I could slam, like, three of these!!!

LOMO arigato, Mr. Roboto!!!!

Do you even know lomo saltado, bro? This Peruvian-style steak frites is poppin’ to the max, and they’ve serving up a righteously funkalicious version at Baro, this hip new Latin joint on King Street West. Now, sometimes lomo can be pretty básico, but the way they do it here is totally outta bounds, bro!

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OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got rich, meaty chunks of beef tenderloin, cooked medium rare, and some crispy chunks of potato, but it doesn’t stop there! This dish is more crunchalicious than Cap’n Crunch scarfing a Crunchie at Crunch Fitness, son! You’ve got asparagus, you’ve got wild leaks, some funky little crones (which is actually a root vegetable, bro!) …but what makes it are the fiddleheads.

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These curly greens are coming straight outta Campbellton! New Brunswick’s national dish is still tasty in both official languages…and, as it turns out, en español también. ¡¡¡¡¡Cabezas de violín en la casa, hermanito!!!!!