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Craving for a Peruvian-Style Breakfast in VA this Weekend?

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Tacu Tacu with SteakOne of my favorite spots when in the mood for a typical homemade Peruvian style breakfast is in Costa Verde Restaurant where they serve Cafe con Leche (coffee and milk), Chicharron (pork) with Sweet Potatoes, Tacu Tacu (beans) with Steak, and even Papaya juice, among other typical plates, every weekend — Saturdays from 10 am – 12 noon, and Sunday from 9:30 am to 12 noon.

Costa Verde Restaurant is located at 946 N Jackson St, Arlington, VA 22201. And there is free parking (although really few spots) at the restaurant’s entrance lot.

You can also get there via Metro — the orange line will take you to Clarendon, and the restaurant is 2 blocks away headed west towards Ballston.

YUM. Who’s in??!!??

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Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Peruvian Artisan Fair in St. Louis Benefiting Artisans in Peru

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If you are planning to be or if you already are in St. Louis, you might want to check out a Peruvian Artisan Fair that will take place at Northminster Church on Sunday, December 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church on 1570 Chambers Road in Dellwood.

What’s neat about it is that proceeds will be sent directly to local artisans in Peru — a very talented group of Peruvians that given unfortunate lack of funding and access to the international market they cannot demonstrate the immense business and art potential they have to the world.

This is indeed a cause very close to my heart. My grandfather (who is now in Heaven and resting with God) was one of the most renowned ceramic artisans (“retablistas“) in Peru from Ayacucho. Love ya, bulito!

Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 9:23 pm

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Student Opens a Homestyle Peruvian Restaurant at MSU Named the “New Thing” in Town

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Mississippi State University’s local student newspaper The Reflector reported they finally got a Peruvian restaurant in their neighborhood and it’s considered the “new thing” in Starkville, Mississippi. With a peculiar name, “Gordo’s” (which means “Fatty’s” in Spanish but it is often used as an endearment term in Peru) just opened its door primarily to students who will be able to enjoy the typical Peruvian dishes including the Ceviche.

With a homestyle type of food, the founder is Eduardo Reyes, a young MSU graduate student pursuing a masters in accounting and has been a member of the Starkville community for two and a half years.

It doesn’t need to be a huge empire as Gaston Acurio’s as I mentioned in my earlier post, but it is great to see how young Peruvians (and their families) are getting on board of this new Peruvian cuisine boom even in a small town as Starkville. Congrats!

Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 8:50 pm

American Football? Sheesh, not a Clue. Soccer? Our Life!

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If there is something that Peruvians most likely will never understand (or better said, will never care about learning) is American Football. I guess we keep ourselves too busy tracking soccer around the world to think about learning about a new sport. Not to underestimate or not appreciate the American sport, but soccer is in our blood, we grow up with it since we are very little. It touches our heart. Alianza Lima (with colors blue and white) and Universitario (yellow beige) are the two “classic” teams and big rivals regardless of time.

Even myself being a girl while I was in Peru I would go to the soccer games in Matute (home of Alianza Lima), the National Stadium (Estadio Nacional), or for a few times when it was just built the Monumental Stadium (Estadio Monumental, home of Universitario). I was the girl sitting, waving, jumping, singing, or whatever made sense at the stadium on the Western side with my family, or my dad at the minimum. And as a fan for Alianza Lima, I still remember the songs you’d scream to cheer up the team. The group of really huge fans (largely guys) will be in the South side of the stadium called “Trinchera Sur” or as we say in Alianza “Comando Sur”.

Every time I go back to Peru, I try to go to a game where Alianza is playing, and if it is a “classic” game, even better! Arriba Alianza!

Today, for instance, a “classic” game took place in Matute and sadly Alianza lost 2-1 to Universitario, but we are still fighting to get in a good position in the second half of the year games called “Clausura”. With this win, Universitario can still hope to get the #7 position in the chart. Here is the story from the biggest publication in Peru, El Comercio (it’s in Spanish though but if you’d like to check out the video).

This game will be available on Monday, December 1 via Fox Sports at 7:30 pm if you’d like to check it out!

Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Leading Chilean Supermarkets Chain D&S Opening 3 Stores in Lima, Peru in 2009

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Chilean “Distribución y Servicio” (D&S), one of the top ten Latin American supermarket chains, will be opening three of its “Súper Bodega Acuenta” stores in the low-medium income areas in Lima, Peru sometime in 2009, according to a story in the local newspaper Expreso. They will be promoting mainly their self-branded products.

D&S is also in the process of evaluating opening 50 other stores under their “Súper Bodega Acuenta” and “Ekono” brand names in 2009.

Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm

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Looking for a Book to Read after Christmas? Or a Belated Xmas Gift?

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marieMarie Arana (a name most of DC-based book fans might be familiar with from the pages of The Washington Post where she is the book editor — and a successful Peruvian) will be releasing her new fiction book “Lima Nights” on December 30, 2008. You can get the book via Amazon.com, for example.

A good friend to one of my colleagues who is also a former Post reporter (and hopefully soon we finally get to schedule that lunch we’ve been shooting for since two years ago!), Marie’s books bring up Peru’s food, sceneries, lifestyle, customs, and many other things that if you are a Peruvian I am sure you will be pretty familiar with and easily relate to.

Check her book out — and hopefully sometime soon we finally get to connect maybe in-between one of her many months-long trips to Lima and get the download on her experience as a successful Peruvian living in the U.S.

Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Possible Ancient Pre-Incan City Found in Peru’s Amazon

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Citizens in the north East of Peru In Utcubamba, Amazonas are said to have found a pre-Incan city including also two caverns with ancient ceramics, according to local press El Comercio. Local government representatives will be visiting the site in the following days. The regional government in Amazonas is requesting for the implementation of a tourism circuit in the area given it is also nearby the Lejía falls.

Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm