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Food & Wine Magazine: Top 5 Places to Eat in Lima, Peru

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The November 2008 issue of Food & Wine magazine listed the top five “must-go” restaurants.

These are great restaurants but typically pricey. In a later posting I will compile some smaller-scale restaurants which still give you the great Peruvian cuisine for a lower price. Tough times, tight budgets!

In the meantime, here are the top five:

Astrid Y Gastón: Gastón Acurio’s modern Peruvian spot offers remarkable dishes, like lacquered goat cooked with chicha (corn beer).

Chez Wong: Javier Wong’s restaurant, inside his house, has no menu. Meals start with simple sole ceviche; the next course depends on the chef’s whim and the day’s catch.

El Rincón Que No Conoces: Chef-owner Teresa Izquierdo is a champion of African- and Spanish-influenced Criollo cooking, notable for endless pots of great beans and tripe.

Fiesta: A sophisticated spot serving distinctive dishes from north Peru’s Moche civilization, like quickly grilled cured grouper.

La Mar: Acurio’s ceviche restaurant, which has a San Francisco outpost, serves dozens of versions of cured fish, including a delicate sea urchin. [Check out my earlier posts on the San Francisco La Mar here, and its ratings here]

If you go to each of them in the article, it will give you more information about each restaurant, including exact location in Lima.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 12, 2008 at 11:46 am

It’s Official: Peru Wins Guinness Record for Largest Ceviche in the World

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ceviche2Following up from my earlier post, Peru today won the Guinness World Record for preparing the world’s largest ceviche weighing 4.5 tons, as Peru’s newspaper El Comercio reports.

You can watch two pictures of this historic event by clicking here.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 8, 2008 at 1:19 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

Peruvian Tennist Luis Horna To Receive Fox Sports Award on December 9

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Luis Horna (Source: Andina)

The Peruvian tennis star Luis Horna will be among a select group of Latin American tennis players to be awarded by Fox Sports for his tennis career, as Andina news agency reports.

The award ceremony will be held on December 9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Congrats!

Written by Catherine Castro

December 5, 2008 at 1:41 am

One of Peru’s Music Young Treasures: Jorge Pardo Joins Other 3 Peruvian Tenors in Concert This Weekend in Lima, Peru

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tenoresOne of Peru’s treasures in vocals is Jorge Luis Pardo Valdespino (second from the left), a good friend of mine and heart-felt, high-range singer and composer who will be performing a new series called “Tenores II” (Tenors II) concert in Lima, Peru this Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 with Sony Center among one of its sponsors.

Jorge and other 3 Peruvian tenors will be performing songs by Queen, Coldplay, Elton John, Joan Manuel Serrat, Verdi, legendary Peruvian singer and composer Chabuca Granda, among others. Around 30 musicians will be on stage.

Jorge is a former winner of the singer awards “International Music Festival Vina del Mar”. If you’d like to watch the hit song “Mi alma entre tu manos” (My soul between your hands) that made him a glorious double-award winner, click here (go to 4:50 in the video to listen him perform this amazing song).

Well done, guys! Wish you as much success as your first series “Tenores I”.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 4, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Peru is Biggest User of Internet Cabins by 10-18 Yr Old Kids, Latin American Survey Says

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Internet Cabins in Peru

Internet Cabins in Peru

Peru is the biggest user of Internet cabins by 10 through 18 year-old kids, according to the first Latin American survey conducted by Telefonica and the University of Navarra to more than 25,000 urban-based kids in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and Peru, as the largest Peruvian news radio station and online news site RPP reports. Other highlights of the survey include:

  • More than 80% of the kids access the Internet
  • 95% of the kids access the Internet regularly
  • 83% of kids with 9 years old and up have their own cell phone

Written by Catherine Castro

December 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm

It’s Been Named the “Acurio Mania”: La Mar Photo, Reviews and Acurio’s Profile in Food & Wine Magazine

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lamar-pic2Following up from my post on Gaston Acurio’s new La Mar restaurant in San Francisco, CA, Acurio has been profiled in the November 2008 issue of Food & Wine magazine under the title “Peru’s World-Class Cuisine.”

Reviews

“Once in a blue moon, an ambitious new restaurant lives up to its buzz. The principles behind La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, an outpost of a sleek, modern cebiche place in Lima, Peru (where the dish was invented), chose a dream location by the water next to the Ferry Building to open a breezy, resonant and amazingly self-assured operation. Everything about it feels right. “

— By The San Francisco Examiner, and “San Francisco Food Lovers’ Pocket Guide”

“The first U.S. branch of a Lima-based seafooder from Peruvian celebrity chef Gastón Acurio, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana is the latest arrival on the Embarcadero’s up-and-coming Restaurant Row, where it’s serving ceviche and other midpriced Peruvian fare in a setting that includes a large patio overlooking the Bay; the separate Pisco Bar and Lounge, specializing in cocktails made with the titular alcohol, faces the Downtown skyline.”

— By ZAGAT Buzz

“I was pleasantly surprised {…] All my dishes were flavorful and satisfying and yet seemed very light […] I loved the food and the atmosphere. Freshest catch in town. It’s not cheap (I would say our tab was Bar Tartine-like, maybe because of all the small courses adding up), but all in all I think I will go back. Soon.”

— By Chowhound

Written by Catherine Castro

December 4, 2008 at 1:02 am

Miami, Mark your Calendar: Friday December 12. The Last Jose Val Concert in 2008!

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jose-valJose Val, a very dear friend of mine and an amazing, heart-felt Peruvian song writer and actor will be giving his last Latin pop concert of 2008 in Miami, Florida on Friday, December 12 at 10 pm at Macondo restaurant in South Beach.

You might remember him from his participation at the Billboard Video Music Awards, one of his many performances in Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Puerto Rico, or Panama with the hit children’s show “Nubeluz”, or perhaps on his co-lead role in the Peruvian show “Sueños”.

Click here to RSVP on his Facebook event page.

Macondo restaurant is located in 665 Washington Ave., Miami, FL 33139.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 3, 2008 at 2:28 am

So…How is Peruvian Food Like? Learn through this Video.

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Many of my non-Peruvian friends often ask me…so how is Peruvian food like? And I often answer “it’s got everything you can imagine”. And it is tough to explain without being able to walk them through an illustrated book.

But no need to wait or wonder anymore. Check out this video and learn through these images. Includes dishes with fresh seafood, steak, duck, potatoes, chicken, etc. and even fruits and vegetables I am sure you’ve never heard in your life, such as chirimoya or lucuma. But no worries, if you follow my blog you will learn one step at a time about each of their backgrounds so you start becoming familiar with them.

Dish names are in Spanish, so I’d recommend you take note of what you liked the most and let me know to post an easy-to-make recipe in this site.

So sit down, relax and enjoy while watching this video. But I am warning you…you might end up hungry at the end of it! Enjoy and don’t forget to take note and let me know which one you liked best!

Written by Catherine Castro

December 1, 2008 at 11:13 pm

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Peru’s Pharma and Healthcare Industry to Double in 2012 to US$317 million from 2007

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Independent firm Research and Markets report announced in Dublin, Ireland today estimates de Peruvian pharmaceutical and healthcare industry will double its size in 2012 compared to 2007 levels, to US$317 millionfrom US$ 180 million, respectively.

The report highlights the reason behind this expected growth is Peru’s current small market size and low per capita spend on drugs.

According to a MarketWatch article today, “the government is committed to the improvement of generics penetration, as part of wider healthcare system reform, which has already attracted a number of foreign players”. This same article also states:

“Peru will retain its place among Latin America’s investment grade elite, underpinned by our long-held view that Peru’s sound macroeconomic fundamentals and robust economy, driven largely by domestic demand, make it a highly attractive destination for long-term foreign investors.”

Written by Catherine Castro

December 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm