Artsy, Boutique Lima a la Carte

July 2, 2014

On Friday night, Santiago was overtaken by a thick, cold low-hanging fog that shrouded the city. It rolled in, unnoticed, like a sly fox. As I walked to the corner to buy a few staples for Saturday’s breakfast, I shivered in my light wool sweater. The afternoon had been nearly 65F and now the damp, […]

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Peruvian White Cacao—The World’s Best Chocolate Beans?

April 25, 2014

Peruvian chocolate may not be overly mainstream yet but it’s exotic cacao, especially the white variety, is becoming highly appreciated by leading chocolatiers around the world like Pierre Marcolini, Pierrick Chouard, Jean Paul Hevin, Philippe Bernachon, Stéphane Bonnat, and Valrhona, all who source their beans directly from this region. White criollo cacao beans are grown […]

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The Mother Sea

July 18, 2012

With thousands of miles of coastline and the chilly Humboldt current from Antarctica, Chile is one of the most blessed countries in the world with a plethora of species of fish, shellfish, crustaceans, and sea vegetables. There are literally dozens upon dozens of different species, many indigenous and not known outside Chile like machas (razor […]

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Toasting Lima

July 5, 2012

I won’t lie. I find (Chilean) pisco not very attractive, for my paladar at least. The smell of it still conjures up drunken memories of piscola (pisco + coke) in the university during my junior year abroad in Santiago. The hangover from those damned drinks still lingers too, even though more than 15 years have […]

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Red Hot Lima

March 6, 2012

This past weekend I finally saw the movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I had been holding out until I finished, and digested, the book. It’s been a while since I have read a novel that has captivated my imagination so vividly. The main character, Lisbeth Salander, is so intriguing and the plot is […]

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Peru’s Tempting Tacu Tacu

July 8, 2011

Rice, beans, and chili come together to form a one-dish comfort meal Tacu Tacu is my current food obsession. It drives me crazy as it combines my two favorite carbs (beans and rice) into one chili-laden savory “tamale”. I used to only order it when we went out for Peruvian since my perception was that […]

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