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A Postcard from Lima, Peru

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The view as we flew over the Andes into Lima, Peru

I am coming to the end of a brief trip to Peru. Deeply sleepy, quite full, and getting ready to go back to London, I am reflecting on a most inspiring 4 days. I have had 4 tasting menus in 4 of Latin America’s best restaurants in Lima, eaten at a superb home restaurant, eaten at an Amazonian restaurant, had lots of wonderful ceviche and acquainted myself with the magic of the Peruvian potato (so varied and incredibly delicious). I attended Latin America’s 50 best restaurants, met some really inspiring chefs and food writers, attended the Chowzter Latin America’s Tastiest Fast Feasts and ate my way around Mistura. I ate guinea pig (twice) and alpaca – both traditional Peruvian meats.

I am ready to come home and I feel so inspired to cook. The food is so vibrant and characterful, full of colour and flavour. I will definitely be back for longer and to explore more of Peru – particularly the Andes.

I have so much to write about. But lets start with a postcard, as I like to do :)

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Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants

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Astrid y Gaston receiving the best restaurant in Latin America award

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Javier Wong, at Chez Wong, making ceviche from flounder

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I met Rick Bayless at Mistura!

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Fantastic chicharron sandwich at El Chinito

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A wall of pork and pork crackling cooking over a fire at Mistura, Peru

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Tasting Menu at Central, Lima

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Virgilio Martinez at the pass in Central, with his head chef (and wife) Pia in the background

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Gaston Acuria at Astrid y Gaston

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Alain Ducasse and Diego from Astrid y Gaston

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Diego, head chef at Astrid y Gaston, presenting the elaborate (and delicious) desserts at the end of the 18 course tasting menu

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The winning dish at the Chowzter Tastiest Fast Feast of Latin America Awards

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Confit cuy (guinea pig) at Maido (part of the tasting menu)

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Terrific octopus dish at Maido, the potatoes were magical, as though a potato had been crafted from butter

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Squid ink pasta at La Mar

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A producer at the market in Mistura

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Potatoes! Lots of wonderful potatoes

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More potatoes at Mistura

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…. still more potatoes

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… and a potato rainbow (at the end of this rainbow is pure joy)

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One of the producers at Mistura

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Dancers at Mistura

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Tamale seller at the mercado (and they were delicious)

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Corn at the market

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Cocoa pods at the mercado (in the center)

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Lace maker at the market

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I like food. I like to make food. Eat food. Photograph food. Write about food. Mainly in London but when I am lucky or organised further afield.

17 Comments

  1. A wall of pork and crackling?? … I’m surprised you can bear to tear yourself away! Have emailed you in the hope of being one of the ‘early birds’ on your Bacon Masterclass, by the way, so look forward to hearing in due course once you’re back. Safe journey

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  2. I’ve seen some of these pics on IG but put together in that postcard the impact is even bigger. OMG, I want to go too. Now!!

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  3. Although I am mainly veggie, and would probably find being around a wall of pork rather intense (!), I LOVE the market photos. I had the opportunity to go to a wedding in Peru years ago, but sadly had to miss out. Thanks for sharing this adventure with us. Also, a bit late to be saying this, but I really valued your humourous and insightful contributions to FBC5.

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  4. I’m sure I saw “Peru-Postcard-23

    One of the producers at Mistura” at the Tallow horse fair ;)

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  5. The Crackling Wall, amazing,
    I must try guinea pig, I wonder how much they cost? Killing it would be a tough one. I have no problems with this normally.
    I rescued a guinea pig and took it in for a year, they are even more cute than big pigs.
    It all looks amazing, another great post.

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