Baking and Pastry, Culture, Latin American, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Manjar Blanco 2016 Redux

Hello again, after (another) long hiatus! I have been so thrilled to watch Peruvian cuisine gain attention and interest over the last year. I always knew that once the creativity, simple elegance, and intriguing combination of history and fusion behind this fabulous cuisine came to light, the world couldn’t help but stand up and take… Read More Manjar Blanco 2016 Redux

General, Latin American Cuisine, Peruvian Cuisine, Reviews

Donde Peruco

Seafood / ceviche, Northern Peruvian (norteña) $$ review date: 12/24/2014 Website (en español) Facebook Menu +51 1 4491030 Calle María Elena Moyano (La Merced) 178, Santiago de Surco 15038, Perú     My husband’s sister Susi and brother-in-law David brought us to Donde Peruco for Christmas Eve lunch, saying that if we couldn’t get up to… Read More Donde Peruco

Culture, General, Latin American, Latin American Cuisine, Puerto Rican, Puerto Rican Cuisine, Puerto Rico

Sancocho

As most everyone knows, New York’s winter has been especially brutal this year. Subzero temperatures, weekly snowstorms, blustery gray days that blend into one another… it feels like winter will never end. My husband’s friend Will is a Nuyorican who has lived in Albany for many years. He’s helped us out of many a jam,… Read More Sancocho

General, Lima, Lima, Miraflores, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine, Restaurant review

Panchita

Criollo Peruvian cuisine $$ review date: 1/2/2015 Menu: Facebook  +51 1 4478272 Calle 2 de Mayo 298, Miraflores District, Lima My husband’s sweet cousin Mili brought me, my husband, daughter, and mother-in-law to Panchita for lunch. Panchita is one of renowned chef / restauranteur Gastón Acurio’s casual dining restaurants, located in the Miraflores district of Lima. It… Read More Panchita

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Mistura

I can hardly believe so much time has passed since I’ve written! I’m so glad to be back. It’s been such a busy year for me: I’m just two semesters shy of my food studies master’s degree, which has been very hard but rewarding research work. I’m also working as a pastry chef at a… Read More Mistura

General, television

Holy crap, I’m on TV!…

… for three minutes, anyway. Today my blog was featured on the local New York NBC affiliate TV station, WNYT-Albany, in a segment called “Today’s Women.”  The featured recipe is tacu tacu con apanado, an Afro-Peruvian dish that highlights the significant contribution the African slaves made to Peruvian cuisine. Here’s the video: I was honored to… Read More Holy crap, I’m on TV!…

Culture, General, Latin American Cuisine, Peru, Peruvian Cuisine

Locro / Andean Squash Stew

Locro (ruqru in Quechua) is a pre-Colombian Incan meal that originated in the Andes Mountains. In Peru, it is a stew of pumpkin or squash, potatoes, corn and cheese (which was added after the Spanish conquest). It’s usually a winter dish; but I thought it would be perfect for this gloomy, rainy spell we’ve been enduring… Read More Locro / Andean Squash Stew

Culture, Latin American Cuisine, Peru

A Brief History of Peruvian Cuisine

The next several posts will be about Peru and Peruvian cuisine, since it’s closest to my heart (and mouth!). We will get to the recipes soon, I promise! But I thought I would be in remiss not to mention the rich cultural history that is behind this exciting cuisine. Believe it or not, this is… Read More A Brief History of Peruvian Cuisine

Culture, Latin American Cuisine

A note about Latin American culture and cuisine

Before I delve into regional food cultures and recipes, I would like to give a very brief explanation of Latin American cuisine – which is kind of a misnomer in itself.  There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about it, and I wanted to address them before I went any further. Latin America (Latinoamérica) consists… Read More A note about Latin American culture and cuisine