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Where to Celebrate “Pisco Day” in the U.S., by Macchu Pisco CEO and Owner Melanie Asher

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melanie3Our friend and owner of Macchu Pisco Melanie Asher provides a list of the hottest places in the main U.S. cities to celebrate “Pisco Day” this weekend. Here is the list and a link to their websites to get more information!

In New York: PDT (113 St. Marks Pl., in the East Village) or Yerba Buena (23 Avenue A)

In Washington, DC: The Gibson (2009 14th St. NW, in the U Street area), Bar Pilar (1833 14th St NW, in the U Street area) or Las Canteras (in Adams Morgan)

In Virginia: PX Lounge (in Alexandria) or The Majestic (in Alexandria)

In Maryland: Aroma (in Olney)

In Boston: The Four Seasons (200 Boylston Street) and Eastern Standard (528 Commonwealth Ave)

In Las Vegas: Sushi Samba (3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South)

And, to this list I’d also add:

In Boston: Taranta (North End) and Orinoco (22 Harvard Street in Brookline, or 477 Shawmut Avenue in downtown).

Happy Pisco Day, and thanks to Melanie for sharing these tips with Macchu Pisco fans!

Written by Catherine Castro

February 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Calling Las Vegas, New York and Miami…Gaston Acurio’s Peruvian Cuisine is on the Way!

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Traditional Lomo Saltado

Traditional Lomo Saltado

According to today’s Associated Press story published in today’s Florida’s Sun Sentinel newspaper, Gaston Acurio – one of Peru’s top chefs and one of the leaders in Peruvian cuisine around the world – announced his empire will be opening more La Mar seafood restaurant locations in Las Vegas, New York and Miami.

As the article states,

“Acurio hopes to inundate the U.S. and European markets with his brands, from a mall-friendly stuffed potato franchise to microwavable Peruvian favorites and seasonings for grocers. Acurio says investors have been eager to back his projects.”

Acurio brings the best of Peruvian cuisine to the palate of the international gastronomy fans — also named “neo Peruvian cuisine” which is a bit different from what traditional native Peruvian cuisine is all about. So how do you know which one is which? Might be a bit tough if you are not Peruvian or you don’t have a Peruvian friend at your table. Let’s see…I will show you the difference from visuals that might help for one of Peruvian cuisine’s most traditional dishes, the Lomo Saltado. The photo above is the traditional-styled Lomo Saltado which is more home-y, more rustically served, this is how Peruvians eat it every day. Now check the picture in the AP story and you will see it is a bit more refined and styled up. Neither of them are right or wrong, just two different styles. If you want to have the authentic one, you might want to try the traditional style of course. That is how many Peruvians have enjoyed their cuisine for many generations.

There is no question about how Acurio’s efforts have benefited and promoted tremendously the Peruvian gastronomic art (yes, it is an art) around the world. And if you want to learn more about Gaston Acurio, get a refresher of the postings I did earlier, one on his new La Mar restaurant opening in California, and another posting about its ratings.

Look forward to trying the new locations! And if you are a local in any of these three cities, let us know how was your experience!

Written by Catherine Castro

February 5, 2009 at 8:37 am

Expectations from NY Bronx Peruvian Immigrant at Today’s Inauguration Ceremony

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Today’s New York Daily News’ Bronx issue published a story on dozens of Bronx residents visiting Washington D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration celebration. And a Peruvian immigrant Alejandra Delfin among them shares her expectations:

Alejandra Delfin, 42, a Peruvian immigrant and artist, is going because her daughter, Misra Walker, 16, got tickets by working in [Rep. Jose] Serrano’s office.

They were prepared to sleep in their car, but will instead use sleeping bags on the floor of a three-bedroom apartment.

“The Election Day was so amazing, but it is not real in a way,” she said. “Being there is almost to say this is really happening and we are part of it.”

She said the visual image of Obama, the son of a Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas, gives hope to all people with darker skin.

“I feel he’s more understanding and open-minded,” she said. “Even just to see someone who looks like us in leadership, it’s wonderful.”

To read the full article, click here.

Written by Catherine Castro

January 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Afro-Peruvian Rhythms with Novalima Coming Up to New York in March 2009

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novalimaDiversity is a pretty good word to describe Peru — its culture, its history, its food. Among the diversity of cultures and races that still remain in Peru are the descendants of the immigration flow from the African continent several centuries ago. Afro-Peruvian music is perhaps one of the most treasured rhythms you might want to learn if you are exploring Peruvian native music.

New York Daily News writes an article about “Novalima”, a new fusion-type of band who will be releasing worldwide their new CD “Coba Coba” this month and will be performing in New York in March. Click here to watch a video on one of their hit songs “Machete”.

Just so you get a taste of what traditional Peruvian African music is all about (and who served as inspiration to Novalima), click here to listen to the authentic song behind “Machete” called “El Mayoral” performed by Eva Ayllon, one of the most widely known ambassadors to Afro-Peruvian  music.

And if you go to Peru, Chincha is a city in the department of Ica (south of the department of Lima) where you will be able to find the oldest generations of original Afro-Peruvian families. You can get to Chincha by driving the Panamericana Sur highway with some nice beaches along the road. One of the most known native family names is the Balleumbrosio’s, and you can click here and here to watch videos on this exotic dance you might be able to enjoy live on your trip!

Written by Catherine Castro

January 15, 2009 at 6:00 am

Peruvian Minister Provides Update on Investment Road Show to US and Europe

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Following up from my earlier post on the Peruvian Minister of Economy Luis Valdivieso visiting New York, Boston, London and Spain, today he made a statement on how his “Non Deal Road Show” is progressing, according to a report from Andina.

Today Valdivieso is in London and stated investors in the U.S. and the U.K. are surprised that Peru continues growing and with a low inflation despite de international economic crisis.

Below are quotes from his declaration to the press (translated to English):

“They were all surprised that we keep growing with low inflation and are very interested to know which are our fiscal plans and monetary policy, as well as which are our investment plans. […] It is important to communicate to the market where we are and where we are headed to.”

Written by Catherine Castro

December 14, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Peru’s Minister of Economy Visiting NY, Boston, London and Spain to Promote Country’s Economic Strength

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The Peruvian Minister of Economy Luis Valdivieso will be visiting New York, Boston, London and Spain starting tomorrow December 11 thru December 18 to promote Peru’s economic strength despite the US and global crisis, as Andina news reports.

The goals behind this tour named “Non Deal Road Show” include to:

  • Demonstrate Peru’s attractiveness and strength for foreign investments
  • Promote Peru’s commitment to its investment policies to improve its business environment and reduce poverty based on free market principles
  • Promote the recognition from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCDE) as Peru became the 41st country to join the International Declaration of Investments and Multinational Businesses

Written by Catherine Castro

December 10, 2008 at 11:11 am

Obama-Inspired Pisco Sour to Star Holiday Kick-Off Party in New York City

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Not every party around Obama happens around the Beltway. New York City will be the location where the “PiscObama Sour” is expected to become the star among  business, government and social jet-setters on December 18 at 6 pm at m1-5 located at 52 Walker Street in the TriBeCa area.

Organized by Golden Networking, the “PiscObama Sour” is the Obama-inspired Peruvian pisco sour to be served and developed in partnership with Macchu Pisco, a leading Peruvian pisco brand available in the U.S.

I spoke with Edgar Perez, founder of Flavors of Peru who launched Golden Networking, about his upcoming event, and he said:

“Our Holiday Kick-Off Party TriBeCa Style will be the first of networking events we will organize every month. As we expect to attract an upscale and diverse audience, we thought it would be important to promote our favorite cocktail, the PiscObama Sour. For more than a few of our guests, it will be their first time enjoying the flavors of the authentic Peruvian Pisco.”

For more information about this “Holiday Kick-Off Party TriBeCa Style”, click here.

It is a great opportunity to enjoy a Peruvian pisco sour in the Big Apple!

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SAVE THE DATE: Inauguration Party New York Style, Venue: Highbar, Date: January 15, 2009, Time: 6:00 pm.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 7, 2008 at 8:09 pm