1. Ordering seafood past 2 p.m.
Listen, I grew up in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania, where buying truly “fresh” seafood was never an option. So imagine my surprise when, after falling in love with Lima’s exquisite seafood, I made the following suggestion to a group of friends:
“Let’s get ceviche for dinner tonight.”
They stared at me in silence for a moment.
And then they burst into laughter.
Needless to say, I looked like an ignorant fool, because ceviche and other seafood dishes are not typically served past lunchtime. The reason? They say the fish loses its freshness after twelve hours. While I learned to accept this rule, there was one idiosyncrasy I could never quite wrap my head around: ceviche is off-limits, but Limeños don’t think twice about eating nigiri sushi for dinner.