Machu Picchu: To Marvel and Appreciate

July 13, 2016

Machu Picchu doesn’t need much of an introduction.  The ancient Incan city appears on the bucket lists of many world travelers. Perched 8,000 above sea level in the dense jungle of the southern Peruvian Andes, it was once thought to be a royal estate for the legendary warrior Pachacuti, largely responsible for building the Inca Empire […]

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The Chilean Chocolatero

February 19, 2016

Meet Mark Gerrits. He’s the energy, and passion, behind Chile’s first bean-to-bar chocolate: ÓBOLO. Made right here in Santiago de Chile. ÓBOLO is provoking a long-awaited, and very necessary, revolution in chocolate here in Chile. Prior to existing, chocolate was imported and mostly manipulated into sweet bonbons with remelted European chocolate. ÓBOLO is turning that […]

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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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Sky High: Into the Peruvian Altiplano

May 13, 2013

Peru is a captivating country that continuously ceases to amaze me with the depth of its food, culture, climates, and friendliness of its people every time I visit, which fortunately is quite often. Many people have Peru primarily on their bucket list for one sole item: Machu Picchu. While spectacular, there is so much more […]

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Crazy Crunchy Healthy Papas Fritas

April 5, 2013

I have not been cooking much home as of late. Travel does that. We just got back from our last trip to Patagonia. We took off for the weekend to stay at a newish hotel, Tierra Patagonia, and immerse ourselves in those southerly wind blown lands again. They cast a spell every time. Door-to-door it […]

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South American Fall Getaways

February 28, 2013

Yesterday evening, I needed to blow off steam from the office and went out for my favorite vuelta, walk, around Parque Forestal from the Fine Arts museum to Plaza Italia and back. Earlier that afternoon, it had been an infierno outside but now, as the golden sun sank into the western horizon, a coolish breeze […]

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