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Watch Astrid y Gastón Delight Russia With Peruvian Flavors (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Astrid y Gastón]

[Astrid y Gastón]

If you had to guess which countries are going crazy for Latin food right now, you might be surprised to find that Russia and Dubai top the lists. Dubai has recently had a string of new Latin (mainly Peruvian) restaurants open in the last couple of years. In the past few months, Russian chefs and restaurants have been going to great lengths to bring chefs from throughout Latin America over for a taste of heat and exotic flavors in an otherwise chilly landscape. Jorge Vallejo, from Mexico’s Quintonil, was in Moscow late last year. Back in December, Diego Muñoz, executive chef for Astrid y Gastón in Lima, Peru, went to wow diners with his wildly modern take on Peruvian classics.

For National Pisco Sour Day, A History Lesson and Debate

By Maribel Rivero

Pisco_sour_(buffet)

[Wikimedia Commons]

Each year, the first Saturday in February, Peruvians celebrate their national cocktail, the Pisco Sour.  This cocktail only gets one day of celebration unlike the “Semana de Chilcano,” a weeklong celebration of the other famous Peruvian cocktail, which happens in January. After asking local gastronomes why the more well-known cocktail gets less of a celebration, answers were inconclusive.  However, they did offer up quite a bit of feedback on the subject of what makes a good Pisco Sour.  The Union of Peruvian Sommeliers provided a lecture session presenting the history of Pisco and the Pisco Sour, the varietals of Pisco, and the art of making the perfect Pisco Sour.  Suffice it to say that with a room full of Peruvians there is as much pride that goes into the components of making a Pisco Sour as there is associated with creating Peru’s traditional dishes.

Get Your Visa With A Side Of Arepa In Lima (ES)

By Anna Virkama de Cabrejos

[Anna Virkama de Cabrejos]

[Anna Virkama de Cabrejos]

If you are applying for a residence permit, nationality, work visa or just getting an extention to your tourist visa, you are most likely familiar with the national office of migrations, Migraciones in Avenida Espana 734. Even if you are not, it might be interesting to pass by this office. Why? Because the steady economic growth of Peru in the past year has brought an influx of migrants from other Latin American countries, especially from the less stable ones. And where you’ll find other cultures, you’ll find their favorite national foods!

In front of the Migraciones in Lima you can find vendors selling snacks from their countries of origin. The offer varies: on some days you may find Ecuadorian patacones, fried plantain slices, and on some other day Colombian tamales, corn dough filling in a plantain leaf wrap.

Domino’s Has Temporarily Closed All Of Its Peruvian Locations (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Facebook / Domino's]

[Facebook / Domino’s]

After scandals involving rodent feces, cockroaches cooked into pizzas, and other claims of squalor and horrible working conditions from employees, Domino’s Pizza has temporarily closed all of its locations throughout Peru. This comes after several locations had already been closed by local municipalities in Lima, while authorities investigate the deplorable working conditions. According to Domino’s HQ in the United states, the reputation they’ve received in Peru “doesn’t correspond to the values our company represents throughout the world.” 

Watch This Documentary About Virgilio Martínez, Peru, and Red Bull’s Hangar 7 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Servus]

[Servus]

It seems as though we’ve unintentionally turned this into “Documentaries About Virgilio Martínez Week,” though with good reason. After getting an exquisite look at his latest Alturas menu from the same team that filmed Finding Gastón, now out of Austria we get a more in-depth look at Martinez, his past, his country, and the international work he’s doing to promote his native cuisine. Earlier this month Martínez was the invited chef at the mythic Ikarus restaurant at Red Bull’s Hangar 7 in Salzburg. Part museum housing some of the greatest planes that have ever hit the air, the facility also houses a world-class restaurant headed by chef Martin Klein, where they invite the world’s leading chefs to come collaborate and promote the incredible diversity of world cuisines.

Watch Marcus Samuelsson Freak Out About ‘Polo A La Brasa’ (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Eater]

[Eater]

Apparently as some sort of promotional stunt for the U.S. television culinary competition The Taste, Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson took to the streets of Los Angeles to show viewers his favorite meal in “all of Los Angeles,” what he refers to as ‘polo a a la brasa,’ Peru’s beloved rotisserie chicken. Clad in a shiny shirt that could only fly in Los Angeles, before heading inside to get a taste of the roasted white gold and a big side of rice, he heads behind the restaurant to sing the praises of the wood used to fuel the rotisserie. “It’s old school but it’s always delicious.” In the United States they call it old school. In Peru they call it cooking.

Yesterday Bartenders Competed In Round 2 Of World Class Peru (ES)

By Maribel Rivero

[Maribel Rivero]

[Maribel Rivero]

The World Class Peru 2015 bartender competition continued this past Tuesday in Lima.  This is the second out of four challenges to compete for the final title of World Class Peru 2015, the regional competition for the prestigious Diageo World Class 2015 title, in which bartenders from around the world will compete.  Peru’s cocktail culture is striving to be a world leader alongside its world-famous chefs.  “World Class Peru offers a chance to improve on personal skills and the chance to travel and learn from the best around the world,” says Raiza Carerra of MadBar.  Raiza is the only female bartender currently competing in the competition, taking the craft of cocktails more seriously than ever thanks to World Class.  

Watch This Peruvian Chef Go Ninja On Some Limes (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[YouTube / Jose Miguel Silva Merino]

[YouTube / Jose Miguel Silva Merino]

Just as the internet would have it, a YouTube video that’s more than a year old has come back around and gone viral, thanks to a radio station in Austin, Texas. The video features Julio César Távara Siancas, a young cook who works at his uncle’s cevichería in Sullana, Peru, who has some very impressive knife skills. In the video below, watch as Siancas blazes through a basket of limes with enough aplomb to make the most skilled of French chefs weep.  With nary a cut on his finger, he gets through his prep work in record time.