OUR CEVICHE PISCO DISCO WEEKENDER!

We celebrated National Pisco Day and National Peruvian Independence Day at Ceviche’s Pisco Bar with lots of fun activities including a tasting from one of my most treasured bottles of pisco (possibly the oldest in the world!) as well as free pisco masterclasses, pisco infusions, dishes prepared with pisco, a first taste of our own-brand pisco and tastings from the largest collection of Pisco anywhere in Europe (37 varieties from 26 different distilleries). Ceviche’s Bar Manager, Miguel Arbe, and I are fresh from spending 2 weeks in Peru’s Pisco region, we visited 10 distilleries learning yet more from pisco maestros in Peru. See our photo diary here

 
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PISCO

My favourite spirit - Pisco - means ‘little bird’ in the native Andean language Quechua and was created by Franciscan monks in the Pisco area of Peru in the 16th century, it’s steeped in history and so understandably, it’s Peru’s national drink. In the last 2 years, pisco in the UK has gained popularity among the cutting edge mixologists and barmen in London, due to its complex nature, tasty velvety aromas and general versatility. In Peru, we take Pisco very seriously and by law, there are certain requirements the alcoholic beverage must meet in order to legally be called pisco. It must be made from one or a blend of eight specific grape varieties grown in Peru, it must also be distilled to proof and no water, artificial flavouring or additives are allowed to change the purity so that Pisco remains colourless, bright and clean. So come and join our celebrations to see and taste for yourself. Cheers!

PERUVIAN ART POWER

After a wealth of potential, Peru’s art scene is growing explosively. The capital, Lima

has become a hotbed for artists and independent galleries as international buyers and art fans flock there. The recent opening of MATE, created by Lima born Mario Testino bringing together his own works with those of Peruvian and international artists, has further cemented the scene’s authority. Thanks to political stability, economic growth and foreign investment, Peru is looking to the future. “We are claiming back our roots and making up for lost time,” says Atix Vector, a Peruvian pop and graphic artist. Artists who left for political reasons have regained trust in their mother country and, after garnering international recognition they are returning, bringing a global influences with them.

 
STREET, GRAFFITI & CHICHA ART

Street art continues to be at the forefront of Lima’s creative scene. The work of Ricardo

Wiesse - whose 10,000m2 ceramic mural has adorned the Via Expresa since the 1990s - can be seen all around town. The latest works of graphic, street and graffiti artists can also be found in galleries such as Galeria Delbarrio in Chorrillos, as they gain increasing attention from international buyers. In 2012 the first ever graffiti festival (Latir Latino) took place, and this year Lima hosted the Urban Art Festival in Miraflores, with muralists, installation and mixed media artists. The populist, vibrant and fun Peruvian poster art and culture called Chicha is headed up by Elliot Tupac, who recently appeared on the front cover of Creative Review.

BARRANCO I LOVE YOU

The colourful neighborhood I find most inspirational is Barranco. Located right by the beach, it’s been the home of poets, musicians, artists and bohemians for more than 100 years so it’s no surprise that Barranco is where the city chose to open its Museum of Contemporary Art in June 2013. It is also where you can find Testino’s MATE, leading independent galleries such as WU and the eponymous space of the influential gallerist Lucia de la Puente. Peruvian art is now so prominent that Lima hosts three contemporary art fairs a year and as Gabriela Tineo from Galleria Delbarrio very neatly summerises - these have “connected us with the world”. Viva Peru!

EXPLORE THE ART IN LIMA

Galeria Lucia de la Puente

Located in a beautifully restored mansion, this gallery has an international reputation.

Galeria Revolver

One of Mario Testino’s favourite galleries, Revolver champions young talent with an edge.

MATE

MATE houses the world’s largest collection of Mario Testino images as well as local artists.

Galeria Forum

A stalwart of the local art scene, Forum celebrates its 35th year.

Hotel B

Lima’s first art hotel, the collection has been curated by Lucia de la Puente. Regular private viewings and events with local artists.

ARTISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Jose Carlos Martinat: is one of the most diverse media artists in Peru. He is inspired by urban environments and architectural sculptures.
 
Fernando Gutierrez "Huanchaco": cheekily twists contemporary Peruvian cultural and popular characters such as super heroes using comic magazine elements alongside painting, photography and video.

Eliana Otta: her works document moments in time as well as contemporary issues using books, paintings or installations. 

Valentino Sibadon: aka Radio, is an abstract muralist in Lima who paints the town to the delight of its citizens. His works are refreshing and uplifting. Bright primary colours pervail much of the time to contrast grey urban textures.  
 
ANDINA'S MAGIC MUSHROOM

No, not the hallucinogenic sort from way back but something even trippier. A few weeks ago, one sunny May morning we awoke to find a giant fluorescent tuber on our roof. I loved our new healthy eating mascot and wanted to keep it watching over us. It’s a Cristiaan Nagel polyurethane mushroom, and a highly prized commodity amongst east London art foragers.

Sadly our new found fungi friend was only temporary as our building’s landlord had it removed. Ah well, we loved it whilst it lasted.

ANDINA AND AMANTANI PRESENT MEET MY WORLD

Andina and Amantani’s Meet My World edible film nights were a huge success. We sold out 3 weeks in advance and served small, beautiful bites lovingly packaged in our Andina Lunch Boxes to over 600 people. Each bite accompanied a Meet My World Film produced by the brilliant Peruvian director Cristina Patiño Sheen and written by a different child in Amantani’s care. These films document the rich aspects of our Peruvian, Andean heritage and food. Click the picture to the right to watch a fun video showing our involvement. We now need you help to say Thank You to the children, click here to see how.

ANDINA'S QUINOA BURGER ON BBC1 SATURDAY KITCHEN

Before opening Andina I was very keen to create a dish that was delicious and that made quinoa taste like never before. People always mock quinoa, but rice and cous cous are not even close to quinoa in nutritional value.

Quinoa is gluten and lactose free and a complete protein. It is rich with vitamins C, B, E and it’s great for your blood-sugar regulation and brain. It’s also super versatile for cooking, at Andina we have porridge with quinoa, quinotto (instead of rice) and our most popular dessert is our chocolate and quinoa brownie. Our Quinoa Burger is one of our favourite recipes.

 
ANDINA IS HERE

I am over the moon to announce that we opened Andina on the 5th December 2012.

It’s in Shoreditch on Redchurch Street where I used to work and where many of our chef and restaurant friends are, as well as friends in the digital, art, fashion and music worlds. Andina is inspired by family-run Picantarias found in the heart of the Andes. These are restaurants that are open all day long. I love them and above all the food that is served there. At Andina we serve healthy soul-food inspired by Peruvian Andean dishes, many of which are made with superfoods and are high in nutrients.

 

 
THE MUSIC ROOM

We have a very special room at Andina called The Music Room. It’s got a skylight allowing daylight to come in and can be used for private hire or as a over-spill room from the main room. It’s called The Music Room as it has a installation of over 2000 vinyl records. They are mostly 7 inches and are all Peruvian funk, punk, chichi, cumbia and criolla music. We will also do our masterclasses here in future as well as all kinds of fun events. At night it looks stunning with candles and soft lighting, in the day its great to work in, have lunch, or hang out with your family in. It seats 20, and you can have your own music, temperature, power, lighting, etc.

BRITAIN'S FIRST EVER POP UP TOUR

In July 2013, Ceviche hit the road on Britain's first ever pop-up restaurant tour, visiting Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Padstow, North Shields, Manchester,Ludlow, Loch Fyne and Edinburgh. In each location, 50 food lovers ate a selection of wonderful dishes from our bestselling cookbook, all for one night only. At each stop we ran our signiture Don Ceviche masterclass. For a sneak peak of how to make your own Don Ceviche see our link below.

 
 
 
CEVICHE PERUVIAN KITCHEN ON TOUR
Hitting the road on a 10 date pop-up tour  this July, my team and I will be bringing Ceviche to some wonderful restaurants around Britain in the first pop-up tour of its kind. 10 dates, 10 restaurants and 3 countries. The tour will give people from across the country the chance to try our traditional and creative Peruvian cuisine, sampling dishes from my new cookbook Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Tickets will also include a place at one of my hands-on master classes, giving guests the opportunity to make our much loved sea bass dish ‘Don Ceviche’ themselves.

 

PERU: RESTAURANT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

Many people ask me what makes Peruvian food so exciting? Well continuing my posts regarding this question, this week I'd like to answer by talking about Peru's dynamic and just incredible restaurant scene.

 
THE GREAT GEOGRAPHY HELPING PERU'S FOOD

One of the first things I was taught in school about Peru's geography was the beauty of its three main geographical areas; the coast, the mountains and the jungle; la costa, la sierra y la selva. Here you can find many treasures that are blessed with a wide variety of climates and soils to grow many ingredients. Peru is known as more than just a bio-diverse country; it's considered a mega-diverse country and is in fact one of the ten most bio-diverse countries in the world.

 
PERU'S RICHEST NATURAL RESOURCE

Whilst in Cusco a few weeks ago I witnessed several potato and choclo corn harvests. Some were ritualized and the customs surrounding them date back 2,000 years. The smell of the soil was powerful, the elements vibrant with life and the closeness of the people to the land which they continue to worship is apparent in the return they get. Mother Nature loves them back. Peru's richest natural resource is its produce.

 
HISTORY MAKES PERUVIAN FOOD A WORLD CLASS CUISINE

Many people ask me what makes Peruvian food so exciting? My answer is always different as there is so much to draw on and it depends on who you are as to what will tickle your fancy and make you agree with me that Peruvian food is the best in the world.

I have many weapons to use when answering this question but they can be condensed into six key areas, which i intend to talk about in my column over the next few weeks....

 

 
BBC TV
PERU'S LOMO SALTADO ON BBC TV: A HOMAGE TO OUR JUMPING PERUVIAN BEEF STIR FRY

Lomo Saltado is one of Peru's most loved dishes. Every household in Peru makes it and so do many restaurants. Every mum and aunt in Peru has their own recipe which differs from each other. Some make it with red wine instead of vinegar, others add beer, but like all our dishes, its all about great ingredients and flavours.

 

Oh, and I mustn't forget, its also about fire. A few days ago I was invited as a special guest on BBC1's live showSaturday Kitchen.

 
MOTHERS WHO INSPIRED OUR COOKING

Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year. In Peru and for me this takes on many meanings. I have a great respect and appreciation bought about by my ancestral indigenous heritage which worshipped Mother Earth: Pacha Mama. As a cook and restaurateur, Mother Earth is tied to my life like the most fulfilling umbilical cord, supplying me with the most beautiful produce and ingredients which help me live, work and feed others. I respect her wholeheartedly and do my very best to make sure she is happy and proud of my achievements.

 

 
cooking
THE MOST PERFECT COCKTAIL: HAPPY PISCO SOUR DAY!

After a month of only hearing about sobriety and non-alcoholic cocktails, there is no better way to start February than celebrating Pisco Sour Day on 2 February. The Pisco Sour is Peru's national cocktail and Ceviche's favourite. It's a cocktail of Pisco Quebranta, lime, sugar syrup, egg white and Amargo Chuncho bitters. Created in Lima in the early 1900s, it is the perfect aperitif and also goes brilliantly with our delicious ceviches and anticuchos. Here you can watch a video of how to make it...

 
SHRIMP BAN IN PERU

12 January 2013

 

It’s a hard time for Peruvians, as last week and for the next three months they won’t be eating any shrimp. None. The baby shrimps are merrily on their way to greater growth, so they must not be disturbed. This period, known as ‘Veda de Camarón’ or ‘Ban on Shrimp, is placed in order protect against the over fishing and possible extinction. It takes place each year during the breeding season, in the months of January, February and March. For every single shrimp someone dares to eat during this ban, 2,500 shrimp’s eggs are lost. This breaks the vital cycle of life for this species.
The biggest quantities of Peruvian river shrimp are found in the rivers in Castilla, Camana and Islay in Arequipa. From there they are transported to the city where there is high demand for shrimp ...

 
HAPPY QUINOA YEAR!

5 January 2013


The holiday season has left everyone with a lack of energy. Happy, but tired. Too much partying or just too much emotion? The good news is that this year has been declared the international year of quinoa by the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations). This famous superfood has the power to nurture us well into the new year.


2012 was a good year for Peruvian cuisine, it’s starting to get the recognition it deserves. You see, we eat dishes that not only fill our bellies but also our soul. Like superheroes, these ingredients have special powers. Maca, the Andean root, gives you a boost of energy. ‘Kausac’, a potato dish, literally means ‘life’ - and that’s what it gives us. Kiwicha’s grain flies through space as part of NASA’s astronaut menu ...

 
OUR CEVICHE PISCO DISCO WEEKENDER!

We celebrated National Pisco Day and National Peruvian Independence Day at Ceviche’s Pisco Bar with lots of fun activities including a tasting from one of my most treasured bottles of pisco (possibly the oldest in the world!) as well as free pisco masterclasses, pisco infusions, dishes prepared with pisco, a first taste of our own-brand pisco and tastings from the largest collection of Pisco anywhere in Europe (37 varieties from 26 different distilleries). Ceviche’s Bar Manager, Miguel Arbe, and I are fresh from spending 2 weeks in Peru’s Pisco region, we visited 10 distilleries learning yet more from pisco maestros in Peru. See our photo diary here

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PISCO

My favourite spirit - Pisco - means ‘little bird’ in the native Andean language Quechua and was created by Franciscan monks in the Pisco area of Peru in the 16th century, it’s steeped in history and so understandably, it’s Peru’s national drink. In the last 2 years, pisco in the UK has gained popularity among the cutting edge mixologists and barmen in London, due to its complex nature, tasty velvety aromas and general versatility. In Peru, we take Pisco very seriously and by law, there are certain requirements the alcoholic beverage must meet in order to legally be called pisco. It must be made from one or a blend of eight specific grape varieties grown in Peru, it must also be distilled to proof and no water, artificial flavouring or additives are allowed to change the purity so that Pisco remains colourless, bright and clean. So come and join our celebrations to see and taste for yourself. Cheers!

PERUVIAN ART POWER

After a wealth of potential, Peru’s art scene is growing explosively. The capital, Lima

has become a hotbed for artists and independent galleries as international buyers and art fans flock there. The recent opening of MATE, created by Lima born Mario Testino bringing together his own works with those of Peruvian and international artists, has further cemented the scene’s authority. Thanks to political stability, economic growth and foreign investment, Peru is looking to the future. “We are claiming back our roots and making up for lost time,” says Atix Vector, a Peruvian pop and graphic artist. Artists who left for political reasons have regained trust in their mother country and, after garnering international recognition they are returning, bringing a global influences with them.

STREET, GRAFFITI & CHICHA ART

Street art continues to be at the forefront of Lima’s creative scene. The work of Ricardo

Wiesse - whose 10,000m2 ceramic mural has adorned the Via Expresa since the 1990s - can be seen all around town. The latest works of graphic, street and graffiti artists can also be found in galleries such as Galeria Delbarrio in Chorrillos, as they gain increasing attention from international buyers. In 2012 the first ever graffiti festival (Latir Latino) took place, and this year Lima hosted the Urban Art Festival in Miraflores, with muralists, installation and mixed media artists. The populist, vibrant and fun Peruvian poster art and culture called Chicha is headed up by Elliot Tupac, who recently appeared on the front cover of Creative Review.

BARRANCO I LOVE YOU

The colourful neighborhood I find most inspirational is Barranco. Located right by the beach, it’s been the home of poets, musicians, artists and bohemians for more than 100 years so it’s no surprise that Barranco is where the city chose to open its Museum of Contemporary Art in June 2013. It is also where you can find Testino’s MATE, leading independent galleries such as WU and the eponymous space of the influential gallerist Lucia de la Puente. Peruvian art is now so prominent that Lima hosts three contemporary art fairs a year and as Gabriela Tineo from Galleria Delbarrio very neatly summerises - these have “connected us with the world”. Viva Peru!

EXPLORE THE ART IN LIMA

Galeria Lucia de la Puente

Located in a beautifully restored mansion, this gallery has an international reputation.

Galeria Revolver

One of Mario Testino’s favourite galleries, Revolver champions young talent with an edge.

MATE

MATE houses the world’s largest collection of Mario Testino images as well as local artists.

Galeria Forum

A stalwart of the local art scene, Forum celebrates its 35th year.

Hotel B

Lima’s first art hotel, the collection has been curated by Lucia de la Puente. Regular private viewings and events with local artists.

ARTISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Jose Carlos Martinat: is one of the most diverse media artists in Peru. He is inspired by urban environments and architectural sculptures.
 
Fernando Gutierrez "Huanchaco": cheekily twists contemporary Peruvian cultural and popular characters such as super heroes using comic magazine elements alongside painting, photography and video.

Eliana Otta: her works document moments in time as well as contemporary issues using books, paintings or installations. 

Valentino Sibadon: aka Radio, is an abstract muralist in Lima who paints the town to the delight of its citizens. His works are refreshing and uplifting. Bright primary colours pervail much of the time to contrast grey urban textures.  
ANDINA'S MAGIC MUSHROOM

No, not the hallucinogenic sort from way back but something even trippier. A few weeks ago, one sunny May morning we awoke to find a giant fluorescent tuber on our roof. I loved our new healthy eating mascot and wanted to keep it watching over us. It’s a Cristiaan Nagel polyurethane mushroom, and a highly prized commodity amongst east London art foragers.

Sadly our new found fungi friend was only temporary as our building’s landlord had it removed. Ah well, we loved it whilst it lasted.

ANDINA AND AMANTANI PRESENT MEET MY WORLD

Andina and Amantani’s Meet My World edible film nights were a huge success. We sold out 3 weeks in advance and served small, beautiful bites lovingly packaged in our Andina Lunch Boxes to over 600 people. Each bite accompanied a Meet My World Film produced by the brilliant Peruvian director Cristina Patiño Sheen and written by a different child in Amantani’s care. These films document the rich aspects of our Peruvian, Andean heritage and food. Click the picture to the right to watch a fun video showing our involvement. We now need you help to say Thank You to the children, click here to see how.

ANDINA'S QUINOA BURGER ON BBC1 SATURDAY KITCHEN

Before opening Andina I was very keen to create a dish that was delicious and that made quinoa taste like never before. People always mock quinoa, but rice and cous cous are not even close to quinoa in nutritional value.

Quinoa is gluten and lactose free and a complete protein. It is rich with vitamins C, B, E and it’s great for your blood-sugar regulation and brain. It’s also super versatile for cooking, at Andina we have porridge with quinoa, quinotto (instead of rice) and our most popular dessert is our chocolate and quinoa brownie. Our Quinoa Burger is one of our favourite recipes.

ANDINA IS HERE

I am over the moon to announce that we opened Andina on the 5th December 2012.

It’s in Shoreditch on Redchurch Street where I used to work and where many of our chef and restaurant friends are, as well as friends in the digital, art, fashion and music worlds. Andina is inspired by family-run Picantarias found in the heart of the Andes. These are restaurants that are open all day long. I love them and above all the food that is served there. At Andina we serve healthy soul-food inspired by Peruvian Andean dishes, many of which are made with superfoods and are high in nutrients.

 

THE MUSIC ROOM

We have a very special room at Andina called The Music Room. It’s got a skylight allowing daylight to come in and can be used for private hire or as a over-spill room from the main room. It’s called The Music Room as it has a installation of over 2000 vinyl records. They are mostly 7 inches and are all Peruvian funk, punk, chichi, cumbia and criolla music. We will also do our masterclasses here in future as well as all kinds of fun events. At night it looks stunning with candles and soft lighting, in the day its great to work in, have lunch, or hang out with your family in. It seats 20, and you can have your own music, temperature, power, lighting, etc.

BRITAIN'S FIRST EVER POP UP TOUR

In July 2013, Ceviche hit the road on Britain's first ever pop-up restaurant tour, visiting Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Padstow, North Shields, Manchester,Ludlow, Loch Fyne and Edinburgh. In each location, 50 food lovers ate a selection of wonderful dishes from our bestselling cookbook, all for one night only. At each stop we ran our signiture Don Ceviche masterclass. For a sneak peak of how to make your own Don Ceviche see our link below.

 
CEVICHE PERUVIAN KITCHEN ON TOUR
video
Hitting the road on a 10 date pop-up tour  this July, my team and I will be bringing Ceviche to some wonderful restaurants around Britain in the first pop-up tour of its kind. 10 dates, 10 restaurants and 3 countries. The tour will give people from across the country the chance to try our traditional and creative Peruvian cuisine, sampling dishes from my new cookbook Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Tickets will also include a place at one of my hands-on master classes, giving guests the opportunity to make our much loved sea bass dish ‘Don Ceviche’ themselves.

 

PERU: RESTAURANT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

Many people ask me what makes Peruvian food so exciting? Well continuing my posts regarding this question, this week I'd like to answer by talking about Peru's dynamic and just incredible restaurant scene.

THE GREAT GEOGRAPHY HELPING PERU'S FOOD

One of the first things I was taught in school about Peru's geography was the beauty of its three main geographical areas; the coast, the mountains and the jungle; la costa, la sierra y la selva. Here you can find many treasures that are blessed with a wide variety of climates and soils to grow many ingredients. Peru is known as more than just a bio-diverse country; it's considered a mega-diverse country and is in fact one of the ten most bio-diverse countries in the world.

PERU'S RICHEST NATURAL RESOURCE

Whilst in Cusco a few weeks ago I witnessed several potato and choclo corn harvests. Some were ritualized and the customs surrounding them date back 2,000 years. The smell of the soil was powerful, the elements vibrant with life and the closeness of the people to the land which they continue to worship is apparent in the return they get. Mother Nature loves them back. Peru's richest natural resource is its produce.

HISTORY MAKES PERUVIAN FOOD A WORLD CLASS CUISINE

Many people ask me what makes Peruvian food so exciting? My answer is always different as there is so much to draw on and it depends on who you are as to what will tickle your fancy and make you agree with me that Peruvian food is the best in the world.

I have many weapons to use when answering this question but they can be condensed into six key areas, which i intend to talk about in my column over the next few weeks....

 

PERU'S LOMO SALTADO ON BBC TV: A HOMAGE TO OUR JUMPING PERUVIAN BEEF STIR FRY
BBC TV

Lomo Saltado is one of Peru's most loved dishes. Every household in Peru makes it and so do many restaurants. Every mum and aunt in Peru has their own recipe which differs from each other. Some make it with red wine instead of vinegar, others add beer, but like all our dishes, its all about great ingredients and flavours.

 

Oh, and I mustn't forget, its also about fire. A few days ago I was invited as a special guest on BBC1's live showSaturday Kitchen.

MOTHERS WHO INSPIRED OUR COOKING
cooking

Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year. In Peru and for me this takes on many meanings. I have a great respect and appreciation bought about by my ancestral indigenous heritage which worshipped Mother Earth: Pacha Mama. As a cook and restaurateur, Mother Earth is tied to my life like the most fulfilling umbilical cord, supplying me with the most beautiful produce and ingredients which help me live, work and feed others. I respect her wholeheartedly and do my very best to make sure she is happy and proud of my achievements.

 

THE MOST PERFECT COCKTAIL: HAPPY PISCO SOUR DAY!
pisco sour

After a month of only hearing about sobriety and non-alcoholic cocktails, there is no better way to start February than celebrating Pisco Sour Day on 2 February. The Pisco Sour is Peru's national cocktail and Ceviche's favourite. It's a cocktail of Pisco Quebranta, lime, sugar syrup, egg white and Amargo Chuncho bitters. Created in Lima in the early 1900s, it is the perfect aperitif and also goes brilliantly with our delicious ceviches and anticuchos. Here you can watch a video of how to make it...

SHRIMP BAN IN PERU

12 January 2013

 

It’s a hard time for Peruvians, as last week and for the next three months they won’t be eating any shrimp. None. The baby shrimps are merrily on their way to greater growth, so they must not be disturbed. This period, known as ‘Veda de Camarón’ or ‘Ban on Shrimp, is placed in order protect against the over fishing and possible extinction. It takes place each year during the breeding season, in the months of January, February and March. For every single shrimp someone dares to eat during this ban, 2,500 shrimp’s eggs are lost. This breaks the vital cycle of life for this species.
The biggest quantities of Peruvian river shrimp are found in the rivers in Castilla, Camana and Islay in Arequipa. From there they are transported to the city where there is high demand for shrimp ...

HAPPY QUINOA YEAR!

5 January 2013


The holiday season has left everyone with a lack of energy. Happy, but tired. Too much partying or just too much emotion? The good news is that this year has been declared the international year of quinoa by the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations). This famous superfood has the power to nurture us well into the new year.


2012 was a good year for Peruvian cuisine, it’s starting to get the recognition it deserves. You see, we eat dishes that not only fill our bellies but also our soul. Like superheroes, these ingredients have special powers. Maca, the Andean root, gives you a boost of energy. ‘Kausac’, a potato dish, literally means ‘life’ - and that’s what it gives us. Kiwicha’s grain flies through space as part of NASA’s astronaut menu ...

 
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