Twenty years since it first opened, the world-renowned Astrid & Gastón restaurant is set to move from its traditional Miraflores home to a historic mansion in Lima’s San Isidro neighborhood. The restaurant is the “jewel in the crown” of Gastón Acurio, widely acclaimed as the international face of Peruvian gourmet…

Marcelo Batata Cusco Cooking Class

Cusco Cooking Class

When you’ve had your fill of Inca sights in and around Cusco, there is no better way to relax and enjoy Peruvian culture than taking Marcelo Batata’s interactive Peruvian Cusco Cooking Class. This culinary experience proved to be much more than just a cooking class: it was a real window…

It was on a Thursday evening that my colleagues Mark, Maria Julia and I found ourselves walking along the Jirón de la Unión in the center of Lima, looking for Casa Aliaga: the Aracari team had been invited to this historic landmark by Jerónimo de Aliaga, a chef who has recently…

Happy National Ceviche Day!

ceviche

National Ceviche Day The first dish that comes to mind when most people think of Peruvian cuisine is ceviche…and for good reason.  A source of pride and national identity here in Peru, the tasty dish, which in its simplest form consists of fresh raw fish marinated in lime juice, has…

Spizza Lima Restaurant Review Despite the ridiculously fresh seafood and a variety of tasty food options here in Lima, I’ve had a hard time finding substitutes for some of the things I love from back home, and oftentimes in the past year, I have found myself craving a taste of…

Celebrating Pisco Sour Day

As if we needed another reason to indulge in this wonderfully tangy and frothy cocktail – each year on the first Saturday of February, Peru celebrates its National Drink, the iconic Pisco Sour.  The cocktail has become such an institution and part of the national identity here that Peruvians demanded…