Selva Recap

I spent one week in Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. Here are the blog posts that provide an overview to the food in the selva plus a guide to visiting the Amazon from Iquitos: A Jaunt Through a Jungle Market (Belén Market, Iquitos, Peru) How to Eat in Iquitos and the Peruvian Amazon…

Into the Amazon: A Day Trip From Iquitos

I originally visited Iquitos as part of the research for my book, but I couldn’t be so close to the Amazon without taking a day off and venturing into the jungle. Most travelers tend to organize their itinerary based on the sights and then sample the local cuisine when they can. For me, it’s the other…

How to Eat Pollo a la Brasa (Peruvian Chicken)

Pollerías, fast food restaurants serving Peruvian roast chicken, are the go-to place for Peruvian families when they eat out. Pollo a la Brasa, the centerpiece dish at pollerías, consists of marinated whole chickens slow-cooking on rotating spits. Pollo a la Brasa used to be a delicacy for the rich, but a Swiss man named Roger…

A Weekend of Peruvian Home Cooking, Day 1

A Fun-filled Weekend of Peruvian Homecooking Vic asked me if I wanted to join his friend’s family for a weekend of cooking. Of course, I said yes. A weekend of cooking is my ideal kind of vacation (a vacation within a vacation, if you want to be technical). Vic’s friend’s family has a cute house…

How to Eat in Peru-YouTube, Book, and More

I have many exciting projects in the works to announce: First, I’ve teamed up with Daryl Wild, a  British videographer who I met on my first day in Peru to bring some of my stories about Peruvian cuisine to life. Check out our brand spanking new YouTube channel Update: New videos coming soon. We still have another five or…

Menú: An Easy Way to Eat Like A Local

  In this post, I will share the easiest and cheapest way to eat like a local in Peru. You can use this tip anywhere you go in Peru. This will help you get away from the throngs of other tourists and  can help you save a lot of money. You just need to know…

How to Eat in Arequipa: Picanterías, Chicha, and Tradition

Introducing the Food in Arequipa Arequipa has so many traditions of its own, including a rich food heritage, that locals joke that it is its own country. Don’t worry; you can still enjoy many Peruvian favorites such as Lomo Saltado and Ají de Gallina. However, there are many traditional dishes that you’ll only find in…

What makes picantería food so good? Part II

This part two of my quest to find out what makes picantería food so good. Check out part I and read the background if you haven’t already. Elena Espinoza likes Soltero de queso as her favorite because it uses very traditional cheeses. Mario Urquizo Tapia likes cuy chactado. He likes the version at La Capitana because they cook…

Picantería food : What makes it so good? Part I

One of the questions that always in the back of my mind as I travel to learn about food is what makes a dish “good”. To find the answers that I was looking for, I decided to be an extrovert for a day and ask the customers at La Capitana, a popular picantería in Arequipa, who had eaten…

La Capitana, A Powerful Sense of Place and Community

Introducing La Capitana When you ask locals about their favorite picantería, La Capitana inevitably comes up. Coincidentally, it was the first picantería that I tried during my first three day visit to Arequipa about a year ago. Honestly, back then, I had no idea what I was eating. I hope that these posts help you better understand and enjoy…

La Benita de Los Claustros, A Taste of Arequipa’s Culinary Tradition

Introducing Arequipa’s Culinary Traditions You can enjoy ceviche, lomo saltado, and other Peruvian favorites in Arequipa. However, Arequipa has its own rich food traditions waiting to be discovered. The long-running joke is that Arequipa has so many of its own traditions that locals consider it its own country. Nestled among the cloisters of a 16th century church, La…

Humans of Mistura: What Makes Peruvian Food Good, Part I

My Quest to Learn What Makes Peruvian Food Good I spent five days on a quest, trying to figure out what makes Peruvian food so good. There is probably no better to place to find people who are interested in Peruvian food than Mistura. I talked to dozens of people, asking them about their favorite foods. While it was interesting just hearing…