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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