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Arequipa; World Heritage Site

Arequipa; World Heritage Site

The Kitchen at El Convento de Santa Cecilia. Photo by Pedro Luis de Aguinaga This is my second-to-the -last post on Peru.  I have felt it necessary to share the wonderful and not-so-wonderful experiences I lived in this fascinating country…

Market at Arequipa

Market at Arequipa

                          The first place I go when I arrive in a city new to me is head for the market. Of course I will have already done my…

Black Mint (Huacatay) Sauce, Salsa de Huacatay

Black Mint (Huacatay) Sauce, Salsa de Huacatay

When I first tasted huacatay (Tagetes minuta), I was not exactly seduced. In fact I did not like it one bit and it was everywhere, in every dish it seemed. Now I am addicted to its indescribable flavor.  Luckily I…

Cebiche Don Fernando

Cebiche Don Fernando

It wasn’t until our second to the last day that we were in Peru before I had Peru’s signature dish: cebiche or ceviche but then it was an embarrassment of riches. We  were being treated like royalty  and lavished with…

Gaston Acurio’s 18-course tasting menu

Gaston Acurio’s 18-course tasting menu

No doubt if you know me and my site you also know that I am not a fan of molecular or fusion food in general but my recent meal tracing the history of food in Peru through its ingredients at…

Cusco Market- A trip into the unknown and unexpected

Cusco Market- A trip into the unknown and unexpected

A trip to the Cusco market for anyone involved in or interested in the food business is mandatory and a guide is essential.  I’ve never been to any market with so many strange and wondrous things.  Even before you walk…

Cusco and impressions

Cusco and impressions

            I am not a religious person but I experienced two very different but profoundly exalting experiences in Peru that could be described as  deeply  spiritual. The first was Machu Picchu which I suppose everyone…

Peruvian food as I had hoped it would all be!

Peruvian food as I had hoped it would all be!

We finally had the kind of meal that I had expected to enjoy throughout my travels in Peru. One sparkling fresh ceviche came one after the other, exciting my palate and filling me with joy. The restaurant is Don Fernando…

Peru Finally

Peru Finally

  I arrived at my hotel, the Casa Andina Miraflores,  shortly after 11:00PM to the warmest welcome and the warm presence of my dear friend, Marta Nuñez,i who had been planning the Lima leg of my first trip to her…