LAS ARTESANAS

Casita Andina is a truly independent restaurant where traditional craft and contemporary Peruvian art is celebrated through our collaborations with Andean artisits and craftspeople.

Peruvian textiles and embroidery dates back thousands of years. It has one of the richest histories of any country in the world when it comes to textiles and embroidery. At Casita Andina we want to celebrate that and give you glimpses of our stunning heritage.

To this aim I’ve brought together a very special group of women: Awamaki – a not-for-profit cooperative which works with indigenous Peruvian women weavers, Caroline Lindsell (and her husband Dylan) of A Rum Fellow) of A Rum Fellow who are based in London and create beautiful designs, and Doña Felicitas and her fellow weavers in the village of Patacancha...to continue reading this note click here 

LAS PICANTERAS

On the walls of Casita Andina hang the portraits we commissioned Shila Acosta to paint especially for Casita Andina of four mama chefs (picanteras) who have inspired us. La Lucila, La Benita, La Cau Cau and La Palomino. Some are still alive and some have sadly passed away but through these portraits we pay homage to them. Those that are alive I’ve met and have become my friends and mentors and have inspired our team. La Palomino for example, has the most exquisite restaurant in Arequipa called La Nueva Palomino. She comes from a generation of picanteras that dates back to the 1800s. I visit her when I’m in Peru and she sends me messages and recipes through Facebook all the time. She’s my auntie & I love her for it.

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A LITTLE HOUSE IN SOHO

The little house of Casita Andina has been the life and soul of Soho for over two hundred years. Previously named ‘The Little Cottage’ it served West End actors and thespians, shopkeepers, market traders and creatives. It was the after-theatre hangout for a hundred years; a place of illegal gambling and many memorable wild lock-ins and a second home for many actors working in the West End. This was chronicled on its walls as signed photos, caricatures and even bounced cheques hung there for many years. I still keep them safely alongside a till dating back to 1850 which the cheery previous restaurant owner left for me as a parting gift (grazie Omar!)...

 

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LA MAMITA NATY

My granny was a strong lady from the Peruvian Andes. She became Lord Mayoress of her village and was a farmer. She worked day and night to feed her eight children, and defied tradition by being a prominent politician, not riding side saddle and was the life and soul of any party. Hers was an open house and her kitchen was her own picanteria where she would welcome anyone. With a mud stove, and guinea pigs bred underneath it where it was always warm, she was generous and never turned anyone away. 

 

Whenever I visited her there was always someone new in her kitchen. A traveller, a local campesino having a break, a messenger, an important local politician might all drop by. When I first walked into the building at 31 Great Windmill St, it felt like Mamita Naty’s house. 

 

Find out more about the story behind Casita Andina: 

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Pictured: Mamita Naty.

 
LAS ENCOMIENDAS

Andinas have inspired so much of our restaurant. Since Inca times Andean women have held a special place in society, always strong, no nonsense and swimming against the tide. They hold their families together and many are the breadwinner too. My grandmother was one of these amazing women. At Casita Andina we pay homage to her & other Andinas with dishes and drinks that are inspired by the cuisine of Cusco, Ayacucho and several towns in the Peruvian Andes.

As a young boy living in Lima, a highlight of the month was receiving an ‘encomienda’ from my granny, Mamita Naty. An encomienda was a large basket full of native ingredients from her farm or which she prepared: cured hams, traditional cheese, bread, quinoa, amaranth, purple maize, maca, etc. The practice of sending encomiendas in Peru was something typical in days gone by and represented a token of love from afar from a relative and Mamita Naty would always send a note attached which read ‘Con mucho cariño’ – ‘With lots of love’. From its contents my family made dishes for friends and family to enjoy.

 

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BIENVENIDOS A CASITA ANDINA

With Casita Andina we want to do something different to anything we’ve done before. For many years the site for Casita Andina was a restaurant called ‘The Little Cottage’ due to its small and charming size and layout, and we’re continuing with that idea. Casita Andina is a Peruvian ‘Picanteria’, I grew up eating in picanterias with Andinas, women of the Andes, who run family, traditional restaurants in their own homes, serving the local community and travellers. Our new little restaurant in the heart of Soho is a place where you can feel the soul and love in the food, experience real care in the way you are treated and feel the thousands of years of tradition. Anyone with a love for food, fashion, textiles, style and art will enjoy Casita Andina. In the last 2 years my team and I have travelled to Peru several times to deeply research regional Andean dishes, drinks and ingredients as well as history, art and traditions

 

CASITA ANDINA OPENS 28/7

Growing up in Lima, the first restaurants I went to were Picanterias and Cevicherias. As a small child I fell in love with these fun, family run restaurants, with their exciting flavours, buzzing activity and warm welcome, and ever since I’ve dreamt of being a part of it one day. The challenge of creating a restaurant with love can sometimes feel like a complex puzzle with many parts that need to come together. Just like writing a song, these parts need to work well together, be in harmony, tell a story, have movement and rhythm and be able to touch you. So I thought I’d give you an insight into how we created our newest restaurant Casita Andina with love (con cariño) in these next few posts.

 
MALAMBO AT CEVICHE OLD ST

To celebrate Peru's National Independence Day the Afro-Peruvian & criolla music group Malambo is confirmed to perform a live set of 2 hours this 28th of July. Malambo captures the spontaneity of a familiar Peruvian ‘criollo’ party atmosphere in their music and promises an uplifting, vibrant, intense and fun evening. As we did for NYE, we want Ceviche Old St to be known for being a great Peruvian venue which puts on a great night for NYE & now also for Peru's most important day. The event is free, call us on 0203 327 9463 to find out more or to book your table

 

 

 
BIEN FRESH

I often miss the liveliness, spirit and ‘chicha’ of Lima’s Bohemian beaches in the summer. I’m passionate about sharing all things Peruvian so we have transported the spirit of Lima to London through our gorgeous new summer dishes, incredible cocktails and an exciting photography exhibition by two top Peruvian artists. 

While you enjoy the exquisite taste of Lima in our food, Adrian Portugal injects the vibe of one of the most vibrant beaches in Lima, Agualdulce. His style brings energy and the spirit of Lima’s beach life with some fun cheeky photos. As you sip a Liliko’i, our new frozen passionfruit pisco cocktail you can also enjoy the work of Zoë P. Massey who interprets Peruvian life with a more urban style, combining images from the mountains to the coast, creating her vision of the ‘perfect Peru’. Come & enjoy Bien Fresh this summer at Ceviche Soho.

 
AMANTANI WORKSHOP

After spending some time in Ayacucho I visited Cusco and met with some of the Amantani children. We are working on a project called Meet My World (MMW) - a collaboration between me as a chef, my team at Casita Andina and the children of Amantani. Together we are creating a menu that will then be eaten in London at a one-off event at The Union Chapel in September.

 

One of the purposes of my visit was to have a workshop with the children where they created the dishes that will be served at the event alongside a series of short films that the children have put together about their lives, fun and food. The films will teach us something which the kids want us to learn about them and their world. Something new and enriching for us. Get a sneak peek of this year’s project here and check out MMW 2014.

 
OUR OWN ORGANIC QUINOA

After an amazing time with our team in Lima I travelled to Ayacucho, PeruIts taken us 3 years to get to this point where we can visit our own partner farms from which we farm our organic quinoa which comes straight to London to Andina, Ceviche Soho, Ceviche Old St and soon to come Casita Andina. Sustainable and organic quinoa is crucial for us as are many of the key ingredients we work with in Peru. Our award as Best New Sustainable Restaurant of the Year 2015 was as a result of our hard work in this area. I am delighted to be paying a visit to see the full farm to table process and show you this.

 

Try some of our quinoa recipes: Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Porridge, Scotch Egg. For more recipes subscribe here

 
 
EXPLORING LIMA WITH OUR TEAM

Last week we took seven members of our lovely team to Lima, Peru, on the first-ever direct British Airways flights from London. They have earned their place on this trip as a result of their dedication and hard work and also because we really believe in them.

 

Our aim was to investigate, try new dishes, meet new chefs, work on new recipes, and be inspired by new flavours and ingredients. We visited some of the best food markets in Lima such as Surquillo market and BioFeria Miraflores (check out some videos from last year's trip below) and the best restaurants in the city. 

 

Click here to see our tour highlights 

 
 
TOO MANY CRITICS AT CEVICHE OLD ST

We're incredibly excited to welcome some of the country's top restaurant critics and chefs to Ceviche Old St for this year's Too Many Critics on Sunday 5th June. Top restaurant critics will be dropping their pens and picking up a pan, as they find out what it’s like to be on the other side of the pass preparing an exclusive Peruvian style dinner for 120 guests. This year’s critics include Lucas Hollweg, Bill Knott , Lisa Markwell, Rose Prince, Jay Rayner & Rebecca Woollard. 

All for a good cause, raising funds for Action Against Hunger, a humanitarian charity committed to ending child hunger.

 
CEVICHE IS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

I've waited for many years for this moment: a direct flight from London to Lima. I’m chuffed to announce that we have partnered with British Airways to celebrate the launch of their first-ever direct flights from London to Lima - joining two leading gastronomic cities together. We've created an exciting Peruvian menu for passengers to enjoy on board during May. 

 

Peruvian food is one of the most exciting and cutting edge cuisines in the world as a result of its wide variety of flavours, influences and ingredients so it’s fantastic that British Airways customers will now be able to enjoy this incredibly diverse cuisine whilst in the air. It is such an honour to be asked to showcase the incredible flavours of Peru. Check out this video to find out more. 

OPENING THIS SUMMER: CASITA ANDINA

We’re delighted to announce we’ll be opening Casita Andina in Soho in July 2016: a beautiful new restaurant inspired by the ‘picanterias’ of the Peruvian Andes. I grew up eating in such picanterias, gaining my love and knowledge of cooking from my Andina grandmother’s recipes. We will draw on these memories to create an intimate, charming ‘home from home’ with Castia Andina, representing the world of the Andes in the centre of London. 

 

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FIRST PERUVIAN IN MARATHON DES SABLES

Our inspirational Restaurant Manager at Ceviche Soho will be the first Peruvian to ever take part in the Marathon des Sables, ranked as 'the toughest footrace on Earth'. 

 

He'll be running the equivalent of 5.5 marathons in 6 days in the Sahara desert, in temperatures up to 50 degrees centigrade. After months training through the winter in London, he's been in Peru for the last month trying to get acclimatised

 

Angel is raising money for our partner charity Amantani, which runs children's educational homes in the Andean mountains of Peru.

 
PERUVIAN SUPERFOOD MASTERCLASS

We had a special Peruvian Superfood Masterclass for Guild of Food Writers guests. We explored some of the key superfood ingredients native to Peru, their nutritional value, ways they can use them at home and got creative making their own ultimate superfood salad. We guided them through ingredients including quinoa, chia, maca and lúcuma, with plenty of samples to try. If you want to learn how to build a perfectly-balanced dish, including the secrets of a tiger's milk dressing, check out our events page to join the next one. 

 
CEVICHE OLD ST: BEST VENUE IN THE UK

I am delighted to announce that we've just won the award for Best Venue in the UK, for Ceviche Old St, at the Retailers' Retailers Award 2016. 

 

Selected by the industry itself, we received the votes of hundreds of senior executives from the market. This award represents what the market thinks of us in terms of design, offer, operating format and service or trading performance. 

 

Many congratulations to all our team who made this stunning restaurant, bar, art gallery and shop so special and so awarded! 

IN CONVERSATION WITH MARK HIX

We continued our monthly 'Insider's guide to' events with celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix. Known for his unique take on British gastronomy, Mark is frequently lauded as one of London’s most eminent restaurateurs with an unrivalled knowledge of ingredients with provenance. We talked cooking, art, restaurants and books in an entertained and enlightened evening. The events are free but tickets are essential, with priority booking for those signed up to our monthly newsletterCheck out our future events: cevicheuk.com/events

 
 
FIRST LONDON PISCO COCKTAIL COMPETITION

We held the first ever London Pisco Cocktail Competition, at Ceviche Old St. We invited London’s top bartenders to take part and the event featured 20 competitors battling it out in front of a panel of expert judges including Simone Caporale, Simone Sasha Filimonov (Imbibe) and our Executive Bar Manager Miguel Arbe. Lots of fun, lots of creativity, lots of fabulous cocktails. All with a pisco base and then a choice from 'mystery box' ingredients. Thanks to everyone who took part and to our brilliant judges. We had a great time!

 
CASA ABIERTA

It's 'open house' Casa Abierta at Ceviche Old St as we open our doors for a communal Christmas lunch, welcoming in any solo diners or friends and their friends who want to share and be with others this Xmas. Bring your own dish; enough for four people and to be placed as part of a sharing buffet. You will be able to share others’ dishes too. Drinks available to buy from the bar (you can’t bring your own). Drinks available to buy from the bar (you won't be able to bring your own). 

 

All profits go the National Charity for Homeless People, St Mungo's. 

 

Entry fee is £5. Book here

NYE FIESTA AT CEVICHE OLD ST
We're building a reputation for throwing a great party at Ceviche Old St. NYE will be no exception. 
 
Join us for food, drinks and pisco disco.
 
SOFRITO vs. STRUT vs. TIGER'S MILK: Heavyweight Original Afro, Latin, Tropical, Soul & Disco Sounds. 
 
DJs sets by Frankie Francis (Sofrito); Duncan Brooker (Strut); Martin Morales (Tiger's Milk) + Special Guest Quantic


Let us know you're interested we'll make sure you're first in line when tickets go on sale - email us at events@cevicheuk.com

AN INSIDER GUIDE TO GIZZI ERSKINE

The brilliant chef, best-selling author and food writer Gizzi Erskine joined me at Ceviche Old St's 'Insider's Guide to...' series. We talked about life, cooking, work, media and books. 

 

Check out http://www.cevicheuk.com/events to find out more about what's going on and let us know if there's anyone you'd like to see on our 'Insider's guide to' events.

 

Get a taste with this cool video with Gilles Peterson.

 

EMBER YARD TAKEOVER

Ceviche Soho takes over Ember Yard with a special menu created by Head Chef Vitelio Reyes & I. The sharing menu includes 'King Prawns with Rocoto Tiger's Milk, Coriander Oil and candied Kumquats' and 'Marinated Grey Mullet with Uchucuta Herbs, Chimichurri and Cassava Cream'. There will even be a Pisco cocktail on offer. 

 

We are looking forward to bringing a taste of Peru to Ember Yard for one evening only. 

For more information and to book your table for this one-off event please email Melissa at info@emberyard.co.uk or call on 0207 439 8057.

EMERGENCY PLAN DETAILS

Dear Friends,

 
What if a terrorist attack affected your restaurant? After the events in Paris my team and I got to work on a simple action plan. We have restaurants in central London, care about our customers and staff so we wrote these documents attached. As the manager/owner, you will be the Control Centre. So we have created a Control Centre Plan. There is also an Emergency Action Plan for all your restaurant managers to have. 
 
I hope these documents help. No-one I know has something like this and so I hope these will help you too. If you have any thoughts on how to improve the attached, do let me know. 
 
Saludos,

 

Martin

Chef, Restaurateur, Owner

 
MY VIEW ON AVOCADOS

Many people are taking about avocados….so, I just wanted to say a few words about my dear old friend…..

 

''It was the creaminess and slightly nutty flavour which first made me fall in love with Peruvian ‘paltas’…that’s what we call avocados in Peru. In fact we even use the word ‘palta’ to describe a person who is bewildered….we say a person is ‘palteado’ meaning that that person is bewildered…probably drunk with avo love! I lived in Lima and ....''

 
RICHARD REED AT CEVICHE OLD ST

As part of our montly event 'AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO...' at Ceviche Old St, Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks and Jam Jar Investments, joined me to share experiences of starting and building a successful business. 

A joint event with Food Tech Week, from launching with a tweet to new ways of finding customers online, we explored the use of tech and innovation when building a brand.

 

To find out who is coming up next check out our events page: cevicheuk.com/events

LE COQ TAKEOVER

Ceviche Old St takes over Le Coq rotisserie, Islington, with a special 'Food and Art' menu created by Head Chef Jorge Baumhauer & I.

The sharing menu includes 'Pato a la Brasa' - orange and rocoto chilli marinated duck, served with cassava chips, quinoa salad and coriander and beer gravy; as well as the popular 'Huevo Criollo'. 

The evening also is also a chance for guests to discover more about Ceviche Old St Gallery, which launches officially on 1st October.

Tickets for this one-off evening cost £35. For more information and to book contact LeCoq on 020 7359 5055 or email info@le-coq.co.uk

MARTIN'S PERUVIAN KITCHEN LAUNCHES

I am over the moon to announce that my YouTube channel has just relaunched. Through Martin's Peruvian Kitchen, I will be sharing my passion for Peruvian food, with regular videos featuring everything from classic recipes to my very own foodie tour around Peru. 

I will be showing you that cooking Peru's national dishes from home is easy and exciting. Here's a first look at our recipe for Picarones - cheeky pumpkin doughnuts: perfect for Halloween. Watch, subscribe, let us know what else you'd like to see on the channel.

SUNDAY ROAST

We’re excited to announce that we will be offering Peruvian Sunday Roasts at Ceviche Old St. It is a heavenly journey through the coast, Andes and Amazon of Peru. 

Available every Sunday for lunch and dinner, we offer our traditional Sunday Roast dishes with a Peruvian twist that we think you’ll love, including: Rotisserie Chicken ‘Pollo a la Brasa’, whole Suckling Pig, accompaniments & bottomless cocktails. 

There are options for private dining and groups. Email us for more information and to reserve your table at oldst@cevicheuk.com

SOHO AND ITS CHANGING FACE

Letter to a journalist who asked me for a comment on Soho and its changing face…

 

''Hi (journalist)

 

I love Soho. It has my heart. I have a deep connection with it, its people, its buildings and its history....That’s why it is not only essential for me to work in Soho but its the reason why I chose Ceviche Soho on 17 Frith St, as the place for my first restaurant.... Soho has energy, zest for life and an excitement that always attracts every underground creative and artistic movement...''

 
PISCO LIBRE: FREESTYLE COCKTAIL MAKING COMPETITION

To celebrate Peruvian ’28 Julio’ Independence Day and National Pisco Day, we hosted Pisco Libre at Ceviche Old StWe specialise in Pisco mixology - it's the national Peruvian spirit. So our team know what they're doing... and we know we're in for an afternoon of tasty cocktails!

A full cocktail class, tasting and freestyle making competition with our pisco experts who gave guests tuition in making their very own cocktails. 

 

 
CEVICHE & ANDINA STAFF COCKTAIL COMPETITION

We had our Ceviche and Andina staff cocktail competition. Our awesome team of pisco mixologists competed to get their cocktail creations on our restaurant menus and we saw everything from floating cocktail shakers, watermelons refashioned and a winning creation mixed with our very own Somos Libres craft beer. We had a super fun evening!

 
THE CHEF'S CLUB BANQUET AT 'ONBLACKHEATH' FESTIVAL

I'll be serving up Ceviche Old St's Huevo Criollo (Peruvian scotch egg) and Ceviche Soho's Costillas Chifa (baby-back pork ribs) at OnBlackheath festival as part of The Chef's Club Banquet this year. It's a great day out where food, music and art all come together in a great London setting. We're looking forward to spreading the message about Peruvian food through our Chef's Banquet menu. Come down and join us!

 
The Chefs Club Banquet OnBlackheath
PERU BOOM: WHERE IT ALL STARTED

Check out this cool article about the origins of the first-ever compilation of tropical bass from Peru. I was at a rave in Lima when I first had the idea for our new album Peru Boom. I couldn't be happier with the finished result. 

 
 
COME SEE US THIS SUMMER!

We're on an international quest to spread the word about Peruvian food and drink this summer. Along with our teams I'll be running masterclasses and demos in America as well as here at home to share our love and passion for Peruvian cuisine. You can catch us at one of the following:

 

New York

28 June: Fancy Food Show

 

UK 
22 August: Kew Gardens: Spice Exchange

13 September: On Blackheath
15 September: Ceviche Old St: In conversation with Gilles Peterson

17-20 September: London in the Sky 
27 September: Fare Healthy

20 October: Ceviche Old St: In Conversation with Richard Reed 

 

LIMITED EDITION PISCO SOUR SCREEN PRINT

“Peru, Peru. My heart’s lighthouse” – Steven Patrick Morrissey.

 

Especially for National Pisco Sour Day we've teamed up with Crispin Finn to celebrate our signature cocktail as part of their series of iconic cocktail screen prints. I challenged the guys at Crispin Finn to collaborate on the Pisco Sour print after seeing all their other cocktails - but no Pisco Sour! The result is this beautiful limited edition screen print is exclusively available from Crispin Finn and our Ceviche online shop:

 

- Measures 29.7cm x 42cm (A3 size)

- Two colour hand pulled screen print on Matrisse 250gsm paper.

- First edition of 100, hand signed, dated and embossed.

 

 

 

 
PISCO SOUR DAY CELEBRATIONS AT CEVICHE SOHO

It's National Pisco Sour Week from 1-8th February & Pisco Sour Day on Saturday 7th February. We've got a whole host of activities planned at Ceviche Soho to help you celebrate our signature cocktail. We'll be serving up our Pisco Sours with our 'macerados' - Pisco infusions for you to try, there's a whole host of flavours including pineapple, coffee, cherry, ginger, aji limo & more. On top of this, I'll also be hosting a Pisco Sour masterclass with Miguel around our Pisco Bar - London's first. Let the celebrations begin!

 
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!

CEVICHE OLD ST LAUNCH PARTY

It was a Pisco Disco at Ceviche Old St as we celebrated our lovely new home with an evening of pisco cocktails, tasty nibbles from our new menu and top tunes as Natty Bo, Mr Scruff and I all took to the decks. There ain't no party like a pisco party!

Check out all the photos here



COCINA LIBRE

We're thrilled to announce Ceviche Old St will open its doors in March 2015.

There’s lots of work to be done to get our beautiful new restaurant and bar ready but before restoration started, we wanted to do something crazy so we invited our new neighbours and friends to join us and create their very own ceviche dish.
At our one-off Cocina Libre we combined food, art and music as everyone got creative with a variety of ingredients whilst our awesome friend & DJ Natty Bo played off 78s and our freestyle live drawing artist friends documented the night.

We had so much fun on the evening and cannot wait to welcome you all in March 2015.

 
CEVICHE OLD ST TO OPEN MARCH 2015

I’m chuffed to announce that we’ll be opening Ceviche Old St in March 2015. Housed on the ground floor of what was once the Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms, our new home is a two minute walk from Old Street station and was built in 1898 by Sir Thomas Lipton, of Lipton’s Tea as a place for East London’s working class to dine affordably and socialise. I’m thrilled to be able to bring a dining legacy back to life with Ceviche Old St. When I first imagined opening my own Peruvian restaurant in London, I dreamt of seeing customers enjoy fresh ceviche prepared before their eyes, experiencing the heat and thrill of barbeque meats cooked anticucho-style on an open grill, all on one floor and under one roof. Click the image to the left to see Martin's Peruvian Kitchen show that explains more. 

 
 
cooking
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.

 

 
A GREAT LITTLE PLACE I KNOW...

I was born in Lima, Peru, and know it like the back of my hand. There are several bars I love, but Bar Juanito is my favourite. It has the most iconic history. It opened over 70 years ago, in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco. It was the home of poets, writers, musicians and artists; Allen Ginsberg would visit when in town. Don Juanito, the founder, was a very cultured man. It is famed for its delicious huancaína potatoes, marinated pig’s trotters, cheap beer and great pisco sours, and was also a place to hear every style of Peruvian music. Deals were made, marriages proposed, artists met their dealers, musicians would try out their new songs … In short, it was the place to be for 60 or more years.

...AND THE MEMORIES LIVE ON

In the early days at Bar Juanito, men were not allowed to sit in the first few seats at the entrance as it was thought that it would discourage women from coming in. “The most beautiful women in Lima,” Don Juanito would say. The bar closed in 2011, when Don Juanito Casusol passed away, which broke my heart. But early this year – hallelujah! – it reopened in the building next door to the original site, with the original furniture, decor, vibe and great food. César, Don Juanito’s son, runs it with other members of the family and sitting proudly on a shelf at Ceviche is Juanito and his wife, staring down at us – and our diners – in a photo his son gave me. 

We modelled the main dining room at Ceviche on Bar Juanito, and we play the same music. Earlier this year, I visited again with some of our Ceviche team and we were thrilled to see the energy and the memories live on.

 
MASTERCLASSES AT ANDINA: HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CEVICHE

Ceviche is one of the most exciting dishes in the world and following the success of our monthly Don Ceviche masterclasses at Ceviche in Soho, we're now launching our masterclasses at Andina with new ceviche recipes. You can learn how to make Ceviche Andina perfectly with our new Andina Masterclasses. We provide all the ingredients you need, as well as a pisco sour cocktail. Please email: welcome@andinalondon.com for info on dates & to book.

 
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, CardiffPadstow, 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 show Saturday Kitchen.

 
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 ...

 
LAS ARTESANAS

Casita Andina is a truly independent restaurant where traditional craft and contemporary Peruvian art is celebrated through our collaborations with Andean artisits and craftspeople.

Peruvian textiles and embroidery dates back thousands of years. It has one of the richest histories of any country in the world when it comes to textiles and embroidery. At Casita Andina we want to celebrate that and give you glimpses of our stunning heritage.

To this aim I’ve brought together a very special group of women: Awamaki – a not-for-profit cooperative which works with indigenous Peruvian women weavers, Caroline Lindsell (and her husband Dylan) of A Rum Fellow) of A Rum Fellow who are based in London and create beautiful designs, and Doña Felicitas and her fellow weavers in the village of Patacancha...to continue reading this note click here 

LAS PICANTERAS

On the walls of Casita Andina hang the portraits we commissioned Shila Acosta to paint especially for Casita Andina of four mama chefs (picanteras) who have inspired us. La Lucila, La Benita, La Cau Cau and La Palomino. Some are still alive and some have sadly passed away but through these portraits we pay homage to them. Those that are alive I’ve met and have become my friends and mentors and have inspired our team. La Palomino for example, has the most exquisite restaurant in Arequipa called La Nueva Palomino. She comes from a generation of picanteras that dates back to the 1800s. I visit her when I’m in Peru and she sends me messages and recipes through Facebook all the time. She’s my auntie & I love her for it.

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A LITTLE HOUSE IN SOHO

The little house of Casita Andina has been the life and soul of Soho for over two hundred years. Previously named ‘The Little Cottage’ it served West End actors and thespians, shopkeepers, market traders and creatives. It was the after-theatre hangout for a hundred years; a place of illegal gambling and many memorable wild lock-ins and a second home for many actors working in the West End. This was chronicled on its walls as signed photos, caricatures and even bounced cheques hung there for many years. I still keep them safely alongside a till dating back to 1850 which the cheery previous restaurant owner left for me as a parting gift (grazie Omar!)...

 

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LA MAMITA NATY

My granny was a strong lady from the Peruvian Andes. She became Lord Mayoress of her village and was a farmer. She worked day and night to feed her eight children, and defied tradition by being a prominent politician, not riding side saddle and was the life and soul of any party. Hers was an open house and her kitchen was her own picanteria where she would welcome anyone. With a mud stove, and guinea pigs bred underneath it where it was always warm, she was generous and never turned anyone away. 

 

Whenever I visited her there was always someone new in her kitchen. A traveller, a local campesino having a break, a messenger, an important local politician might all drop by. When I first walked into the building at 31 Great Windmill St, it felt like Mamita Naty’s house. 

 

Find out more about the story behind Casita Andina: 

http://ow.ly/vqyQ302gVFp

 

Pictured: Mamita Naty.

LAS ENCOMIENDAS

Andinas have inspired so much of our restaurant. Since Inca times Andean women have held a special place in society, always strong, no nonsense and swimming against the tide. They hold their families together and many are the breadwinner too. My grandmother was one of these amazing women. At Casita Andina we pay homage to her & other Andinas with dishes and drinks that are inspired by the cuisine of Cusco, Ayacucho and several towns in the Peruvian Andes.

As a young boy living in Lima, a highlight of the month was receiving an ‘encomienda’ from my granny, Mamita Naty. An encomienda was a large basket full of native ingredients from her farm or which she prepared: cured hams, traditional cheese, bread, quinoa, amaranth, purple maize, maca, etc. The practice of sending encomiendas in Peru was something typical in days gone by and represented a token of love from afar from a relative and Mamita Naty would always send a note attached which read ‘Con mucho cariño’ – ‘With lots of love’. From its contents my family made dishes for friends and family to enjoy.

 

Click here to find out more about Casita Andina

 

 

BIENVENIDOS A CASITA ANDINA

With Casita Andina we want to do something different to anything we’ve done before. For many years the site for Casita Andina was a restaurant called ‘The Little Cottage’ due to its small and charming size and layout, and we’re continuing with that idea. Casita Andina is a Peruvian ‘Picanteria’, I grew up eating in picanterias with Andinas, women of the Andes, who run family, traditional restaurants in their own homes, serving the local community and travellers. Our new little restaurant in the heart of Soho is a place where you can feel the soul and love in the food, experience real care in the way you are treated and feel the thousands of years of tradition. Anyone with a love for food, fashion, textiles, style and art will enjoy Casita Andina. In the last 2 years my team and I have travelled to Peru several times to deeply research regional Andean dishes, drinks and ingredients as well as history, art and traditions

 

CASITA ANDINA OPENS 28/7

Growing up in Lima, the first restaurants I went to were Picanterias and Cevicherias. As a small child I fell in love with these fun, family run restaurants, with their exciting flavours, buzzing activity and warm welcome, and ever since I’ve dreamt of being a part of it one day. The challenge of creating a restaurant with love can sometimes feel like a complex puzzle with many parts that need to come together. Just like writing a song, these parts need to work well together, be in harmony, tell a story, have movement and rhythm and be able to touch you. So I thought I’d give you an insight into how we created our newest restaurant Casita Andina with love (con cariño) in these next few posts.

MALAMBO AT CEVICHE OLD ST

To celebrate Peru's National Independence Day the Afro-Peruvian & criolla music group Malambo is confirmed to perform a live set of 2 hours this 28th of July. Malambo captures the spontaneity of a familiar Peruvian ‘criollo’ party atmosphere in their music and promises an uplifting, vibrant, intense and fun evening. As we did for NYE, we want Ceviche Old St to be known for being a great Peruvian venue which puts on a great night for NYE & now also for Peru's most important day. The event is free, call us on 0203 327 9463 to find out more or to book your table

 

 

BIEN FRESH

I often miss the liveliness, spirit and ‘chicha’ of Lima’s Bohemian beaches in the summer. I’m passionate about sharing all things Peruvian so we have transported the spirit of Lima to London through our gorgeous new summer dishes, incredible cocktails and an exciting photography exhibition by two top Peruvian artists. 

While you enjoy the exquisite taste of Lima in our food, Adrian Portugal injects the vibe of one of the most vibrant beaches in Lima, Agualdulce. His style brings energy and the spirit of Lima’s beach life with some fun cheeky photos. As you sip a Liliko’i, our new frozen passionfruit pisco cocktail you can also enjoy the work of Zoë P. Massey who interprets Peruvian life with a more urban style, combining images from the mountains to the coast, creating her vision of the ‘perfect Peru’. Come & enjoy Bien Fresh this summer at Ceviche Soho.

AMANTANI WORKSHOP

After spending some time in Ayacucho I visited Cusco and met with some of the Amantani children. We are working on a project called Meet My World (MMW) - a collaboration between me as a chef, my team at Casita Andina and the children of Amantani. Together we are creating a menu that will then be eaten in London at a one-off event at The Union Chapel in September.

 

One of the purposes of my visit was to have a workshop with the children where they created the dishes that will be served at the event alongside a series of short films that the children have put together about their lives, fun and food. The films will teach us something which the kids want us to learn about them and their world. Something new and enriching for us. Get a sneak peek of this year’s project here and check out MMW 2014.

OUR OWN ORGANIC QUINOA

After an amazing time with our team in Lima I travelled to Ayacucho, PeruIts taken us 3 years to get to this point where we can visit our own partner farms from which we farm our organic quinoa which comes straight to London to Andina, Ceviche Soho, Ceviche Old St and soon to come Casita Andina. Sustainable and organic quinoa is crucial for us as are many of the key ingredients we work with in Peru. Our award as Best New Sustainable Restaurant of the Year 2015 was as a result of our hard work in this area. I am delighted to be paying a visit to see the full farm to table process and show you this.

 

Try some of our quinoa recipes: Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Porridge, Scotch Egg. For more recipes subscribe here

EXPLORING LIMA WITH OUR TEAM

Last week we took seven members of our lovely team to Lima, Peru, on the first-ever direct British Airways flights from London. They have earned their place on this trip as a result of their dedication and hard work and also because we really believe in them.

 

Our aim was to investigate, try new dishes, meet new chefs, work on new recipes, and be inspired by new flavours and ingredients. We visited some of the best food markets in Lima such as Surquillo market and BioFeria Miraflores (check out some videos from last year's trip below) and the best restaurants in the city. 

 

Click here to see our tour highlights 

TOO MANY CRITICS AT CEVICHE OLD ST

We're incredibly excited to welcome some of the country's top restaurant critics and chefs to Ceviche Old St for this year's Too Many Critics on Sunday 5th June. Top restaurant critics will be dropping their pens and picking up a pan, as they find out what it’s like to be on the other side of the pass preparing an exclusive Peruvian style dinner for 120 guests. This year’s critics include Lucas Hollweg, Bill Knott , Lisa Markwell, Rose Prince, Jay Rayner & Rebecca Woollard. 

All for a good cause, raising funds for Action Against Hunger, a humanitarian charity committed to ending child hunger.

CEVICHE IS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

I've waited for many years for this moment: a direct flight from London to Lima. I’m chuffed to announce that we have partnered with British Airways to celebrate the launch of their first-ever direct flights from London to Lima - joining two leading gastronomic cities together. We've created an exciting Peruvian menu for passengers to enjoy on board during May. 

 

Peruvian food is one of the most exciting and cutting edge cuisines in the world as a result of its wide variety of flavours, influences and ingredients so it’s fantastic that British Airways customers will now be able to enjoy this incredibly diverse cuisine whilst in the air. It is such an honour to be asked to showcase the incredible flavours of Peru. Check out this video to find out more. 

OPENING THIS SUMMER: CASITA ANDINA

We’re delighted to announce we’ll be opening Casita Andina in Soho in July 2016: a beautiful new restaurant inspired by the ‘picanterias’ of the Peruvian Andes. I grew up eating in such picanterias, gaining my love and knowledge of cooking from my Andina grandmother’s recipes. We will draw on these memories to create an intimate, charming ‘home from home’ with Castia Andina, representing the world of the Andes in the centre of London. 

 

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FIRST PERUVIAN IN MARATHON DES SABLES

Our inspirational Restaurant Manager at Ceviche Soho will be the first Peruvian to ever take part in the Marathon des Sables, ranked as 'the toughest footrace on Earth'. 

 

He'll be running the equivalent of 5.5 marathons in 6 days in the Sahara desert, in temperatures up to 50 degrees centigrade. After months training through the winter in London, he's been in Peru for the last month trying to get acclimatised

 

Angel is raising money for our partner charity Amantani, which runs children's educational homes in the Andean mountains of Peru.

PERUVIAN SUPERFOOD MASTERCLASS

We had a special Peruvian Superfood Masterclass for Guild of Food Writers guests. We explored some of the key superfood ingredients native to Peru, their nutritional value, ways they can use them at home and got creative making their own ultimate superfood salad. We guided them through ingredients including quinoa, chia, maca and lúcuma, with plenty of samples to try. If you want to learn how to build a perfectly-balanced dish, including the secrets of a tiger's milk dressing, check out our events page to join the next one. 

CEVICHE OLD ST: BEST VENUE IN THE UK

I am delighted to announce that we've just won the award for Best Venue in the UK, for Ceviche Old St, at the Retailers' Retailers Award 2016. 

 

Selected by the industry itself, we received the votes of hundreds of senior executives from the market. This award represents what the market thinks of us in terms of design, offer, operating format and service or trading performance. 

 

Many congratulations to all our team who made this stunning restaurant, bar, art gallery and shop so special and so awarded! 

IN CONVERSATION WITH MARK HIX

We continued our monthly 'Insider's guide to' events with celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix. Known for his unique take on British gastronomy, Mark is frequently lauded as one of London’s most eminent restaurateurs with an unrivalled knowledge of ingredients with provenance. We talked cooking, art, restaurants and books in an entertained and enlightened evening. The events are free but tickets are essential, with priority booking for those signed up to our monthly newsletterCheck out our future events: cevicheuk.com/events

FIRST LONDON PISCO COCKTAIL COMPETITION

We held the first ever London Pisco Cocktail Competition, at Ceviche Old St. We invited London’s top bartenders to take part and the event featured 20 competitors battling it out in front of a panel of expert judges including Simone Caporale, Simone Sasha Filimonov (Imbibe) and our Executive Bar Manager Miguel Arbe. Lots of fun, lots of creativity, lots of fabulous cocktails. All with a pisco base and then a choice from 'mystery box' ingredients. Thanks to everyone who took part and to our brilliant judges. We had a great time!

CASA ABIERTA

It's 'open house' Casa Abierta at Ceviche Old St as we open our doors for a communal Christmas lunch, welcoming in any solo diners or friends and their friends who want to share and be with others this Xmas. Bring your own dish; enough for four people and to be placed as part of a sharing buffet. You will be able to share others’ dishes too. Drinks available to buy from the bar (you can’t bring your own). Drinks available to buy from the bar (you won't be able to bring your own). 

 

All profits go the National Charity for Homeless People, St Mungo's. 

 

Entry fee is £5. Book here

NYE FIESTA AT CEVICHE OLD ST
We're building a reputation for throwing a great party at Ceviche Old St. NYE will be no exception. 
 
Join us for food, drinks and pisco disco.
 
SOFRITO vs. STRUT vs. TIGER'S MILK: Heavyweight Original Afro, Latin, Tropical, Soul & Disco Sounds. 
 
DJs sets by Frankie Francis (Sofrito); Duncan Brooker (Strut); Martin Morales (Tiger's Milk) + Special Guest Quantic


Let us know you're interested we'll make sure you're first in line when tickets go on sale - email us at events@cevicheuk.com

AN INSIDER GUIDE TO GIZZI ERSKINE

The brilliant chef, best-selling author and food writer Gizzi Erskine joined me at Ceviche Old St's 'Insider's Guide to...' series. We talked about life, cooking, work, media and books. 

 

Check out http://www.cevicheuk.com/events to find out more about what's going on and let us know if there's anyone you'd like to see on our 'Insider's guide to' events.

 

Get a taste with this cool video with Gilles Peterson.

 

EMBER YARD TAKEOVER

Ceviche Soho takes over Ember Yard with a special menu created by Head Chef Vitelio Reyes & I. The sharing menu includes 'King Prawns with Rocoto Tiger's Milk, Coriander Oil and candied Kumquats' and 'Marinated Grey Mullet with Uchucuta Herbs, Chimichurri and Cassava Cream'. There will even be a Pisco cocktail on offer. 

 

We are looking forward to bringing a taste of Peru to Ember Yard for one evening only. 

For more information and to book your table for this one-off event please email Melissa at info@emberyard.co.uk or call on 0207 439 8057.

EMERGENCY PLAN DETAILS

Dear Friends,

 
What if a terrorist attack affected your restaurant? After the events in Paris my team and I got to work on a simple action plan. We have restaurants in central London, care about our customers and staff so we wrote these documents attached. As the manager/owner, you will be the Control Centre. So we have created a Control Centre Plan. There is also an Emergency Action Plan for all your restaurant managers to have. 
 
I hope these documents help. No-one I know has something like this and so I hope these will help you too. If you have any thoughts on how to improve the attached, do let me know. 
 
Saludos,

 

Martin

Chef, Restaurateur, Owner

MY VIEW ON AVOCADOS

Many people are taking about avocados….so, I just wanted to say a few words about my dear old friend…..

 

''It was the creaminess and slightly nutty flavour which first made me fall in love with Peruvian ‘paltas’…that’s what we call avocados in Peru. In fact we even use the word ‘palta’ to describe a person who is bewildered….we say a person is ‘palteado’ meaning that that person is bewildered…probably drunk with avo love! I lived in Lima and ....''

RICHARD REED AT CEVICHE OLD ST

As part of our montly event 'AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO...' at Ceviche Old St, Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks and Jam Jar Investments, joined me to share experiences of starting and building a successful business. 

A joint event with Food Tech Week, from launching with a tweet to new ways of finding customers online, we explored the use of tech and innovation when building a brand.

 

To find out who is coming up next check out our events page: cevicheuk.com/events

LE COQ TAKEOVER

Ceviche Old St takes over Le Coq rotisserie, Islington, with a special 'Food and Art' menu created by Head Chef Jorge Baumhauer & I.

The sharing menu includes 'Pato a la Brasa' - orange and rocoto chilli marinated duck, served with cassava chips, quinoa salad and coriander and beer gravy; as well as the popular 'Huevo Criollo'. 

The evening also is also a chance for guests to discover more about Ceviche Old St Gallery, which launches officially on 1st October.

Tickets for this one-off evening cost £35. For more information and to book contact LeCoq on 020 7359 5055 or email info@le-coq.co.uk

MARTIN'S PERUVIAN KITCHEN LAUNCHES

I am over the moon to announce that my YouTube channel has just relaunched. Through Martin's Peruvian Kitchen, I will be sharing my passion for Peruvian food, with regular videos featuring everything from classic recipes to my very own foodie tour around Peru. 

I will be showing you that cooking Peru's national dishes from home is easy and exciting. Here's a first look at our recipe for Picarones - cheeky pumpkin doughnuts: perfect for Halloween. Watch, subscribe, let us know what else you'd like to see on the channel.

SUNDAY ROAST

We’re excited to announce that we will be offering Peruvian Sunday Roasts at Ceviche Old St. It is a heavenly journey through the coast, Andes and Amazon of Peru. 

Available every Sunday for lunch and dinner, we offer our traditional Sunday Roast dishes with a Peruvian twist that we think you’ll love, including: Rotisserie Chicken ‘Pollo a la Brasa’, whole Suckling Pig, accompaniments & bottomless cocktails. 

There are options for private dining and groups. Email us for more information and to reserve your table at oldst@cevicheuk.com

SOHO AND ITS CHANGING FACE

Letter to a journalist who asked me for a comment on Soho and its changing face…

 

''Hi (journalist)

 

I love Soho. It has my heart. I have a deep connection with it, its people, its buildings and its history....That’s why it is not only essential for me to work in Soho but its the reason why I chose Ceviche Soho on 17 Frith St, as the place for my first restaurant.... Soho has energy, zest for life and an excitement that always attracts every underground creative and artistic movement...''

PISCO LIBRE: FREESTYLE COCKTAIL MAKING COMPETITION

To celebrate Peruvian ’28 Julio’ Independence Day and National Pisco Day, we hosted Pisco Libre at Ceviche Old StWe specialise in Pisco mixology - it's the national Peruvian spirit. So our team know what they're doing... and we know we're in for an afternoon of tasty cocktails!

A full cocktail class, tasting and freestyle making competition with our pisco experts who gave guests tuition in making their very own cocktails. 

 

CEVICHE & ANDINA STAFF COCKTAIL COMPETITION

We had our Ceviche and Andina staff cocktail competition. Our awesome team of pisco mixologists competed to get their cocktail creations on our restaurant menus and we saw everything from floating cocktail shakers, watermelons refashioned and a winning creation mixed with our very own Somos Libres craft beer. We had a super fun evening!

THE CHEF'S CLUB BANQUET AT 'ONBLACKHEATH' FESTIVAL
The Chefs Club Banquet OnBlackheath

I'll be serving up Ceviche Old St's Huevo Criollo (Peruvian scotch egg) and Ceviche Soho's Costillas Chifa (baby-back pork ribs) at OnBlackheath festival as part of The Chef's Club Banquet this year. It's a great day out where food, music and art all come together in a great London setting. We're looking forward to spreading the message about Peruvian food through our Chef's Banquet menu. Come down and join us!

PERU BOOM: WHERE IT ALL STARTED

Check out this cool article about the origins of the first-ever compilation of tropical bass from Peru. I was at a rave in Lima when I first had the idea for our new album Peru Boom. I couldn't be happier with the finished result. 

COME SEE US THIS SUMMER!

We're on an international quest to spread the word about Peruvian food and drink this summer. Along with our teams I'll be running masterclasses and demos in America as well as here at home to share our love and passion for Peruvian cuisine. You can catch us at one of the following:

 

New York

28 June: Fancy Food Show

 

UK 
22 August: Kew Gardens: Spice Exchange

13 September: On Blackheath
15 September: Ceviche Old St: In conversation with Gilles Peterson

17-20 September: London in the Sky 
27 September: Fare Healthy

20 October: Ceviche Old St: In Conversation with Richard Reed 

 

LIMITED EDITION PISCO SOUR SCREEN PRINT

“Peru, Peru. My heart’s lighthouse” – Steven Patrick Morrissey.

 

Especially for National Pisco Sour Day we've teamed up with Crispin Finn to celebrate our signature cocktail as part of their series of iconic cocktail screen prints. I challenged the guys at Crispin Finn to collaborate on the Pisco Sour print after seeing all their other cocktails - but no Pisco Sour! The result is this beautiful limited edition screen print is exclusively available from Crispin Finn and our Ceviche online shop:

 

- Measures 29.7cm x 42cm (A3 size)

- Two colour hand pulled screen print on Matrisse 250gsm paper.

- First edition of 100, hand signed, dated and embossed.

 

 

 

PISCO SOUR DAY CELEBRATIONS AT CEVICHE SOHO

It's National Pisco Sour Week from 1-8th February & Pisco Sour Day on Saturday 7th February. We've got a whole host of activities planned at Ceviche Soho to help you celebrate our signature cocktail. We'll be serving up our Pisco Sours with our 'macerados' - Pisco infusions for you to try, there's a whole host of flavours including pineapple, coffee, cherry, ginger, aji limo & more. On top of this, I'll also be hosting a Pisco Sour masterclass with Miguel around our Pisco Bar - London's first. Let the celebrations begin!

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!

CEVICHE OLD ST LAUNCH PARTY

It was a Pisco Disco at Ceviche Old St as we celebrated our lovely new home with an evening of pisco cocktails, tasty nibbles from our new menu and top tunes as Natty Bo, Mr Scruff and I all took to the decks. There ain't no party like a pisco party!

Check out all the photos here



COCINA LIBRE

We're thrilled to announce Ceviche Old St will open its doors in March 2015.

There’s lots of work to be done to get our beautiful new restaurant and bar ready but before restoration started, we wanted to do something crazy so we invited our new neighbours and friends to join us and create their very own ceviche dish.
At our one-off Cocina Libre we combined food, art and music as everyone got creative with a variety of ingredients whilst our awesome friend & DJ Natty Bo played off 78s and our freestyle live drawing artist friends documented the night.

We had so much fun on the evening and cannot wait to welcome you all in March 2015.

CEVICHE OLD ST TO OPEN MARCH 2015

I’m chuffed to announce that we’ll be opening Ceviche Old St in March 2015. Housed on the ground floor of what was once the Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms, our new home is a two minute walk from Old Street station and was built in 1898 by Sir Thomas Lipton, of Lipton’s Tea as a place for East London’s working class to dine affordably and socialise. I’m thrilled to be able to bring a dining legacy back to life with Ceviche Old St. When I first imagined opening my own Peruvian restaurant in London, I dreamt of seeing customers enjoy fresh ceviche prepared before their eyes, experiencing the heat and thrill of barbeque meats cooked anticucho-style on an open grill, all on one floor and under one roof. Click the image to the left to see Martin's Peruvian Kitchen show that explains more. 

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.

 

A GREAT LITTLE PLACE I KNOW...

I was born in Lima, Peru, and know it like the back of my hand. There are several bars I love, but Bar Juanito is my favourite. It has the most iconic history. It opened over 70 years ago, in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco. It was the home of poets, writers, musicians and artists; Allen Ginsberg would visit when in town. Don Juanito, the founder, was a very cultured man. It is famed for its delicious huancaína potatoes, marinated pig’s trotters, cheap beer and great pisco sours, and was also a place to hear every style of Peruvian music. Deals were made, marriages proposed, artists met their dealers, musicians would try out their new songs … In short, it was the place to be for 60 or more years.

...AND THE MEMORIES LIVE ON

In the early days at Bar Juanito, men were not allowed to sit in the first few seats at the entrance as it was thought that it would discourage women from coming in. “The most beautiful women in Lima,” Don Juanito would say. The bar closed in 2011, when Don Juanito Casusol passed away, which broke my heart. But early this year – hallelujah! – it reopened in the building next door to the original site, with the original furniture, decor, vibe and great food. César, Don Juanito’s son, runs it with other members of the family and sitting proudly on a shelf at Ceviche is Juanito and his wife, staring down at us – and our diners – in a photo his son gave me. 

We modelled the main dining room at Ceviche on Bar Juanito, and we play the same music. Earlier this year, I visited again with some of our Ceviche team and we were thrilled to see the energy and the memories live on.

MASTERCLASSES AT ANDINA: HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CEVICHE

Ceviche is one of the most exciting dishes in the world and following the success of our monthly Don Ceviche masterclasses at Ceviche in Soho, we're now launching our masterclasses at Andina with new ceviche recipes. You can learn how to make Ceviche Andina perfectly with our new Andina Masterclasses. We provide all the ingredients you need, as well as a pisco sour cocktail. Please email: welcome@andinalondon.com for info on dates & to book.

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, CardiffPadstow, 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 show Saturday Kitchen.

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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