During my trip I had the chance to participate to the cooking for 50 people in a familly restuarant in the jungle, in Laguna Azul, close to Tarapoto… The cook, Deborah is passionate about her amazonian food and would not include any porduct from other parts of Peru… she likes to keep the plates healthy. On top of this, her resort looks like paradise…
Peruvian markets are definitely a must… they are so diverse accross the country that you’ll never get bored. I went to so many markets during that trip that I could writte a book only about them… The award of the most disgusting being Bélen market at Iquitos after 10am and the nicest Arequipa for its light and porduct diversity.
But the most important in these markets are the people I met. I couldn’t make the list here nor give the photo of each of them but they all have been a great source of inspiration and knowledge for me. I got numerous recipes and advices in the market just asking what could I do with such and such product… For exemple I exactly know which fruits I should buy if I have a serious stomach problem… because everybody knows about it in Peru! and they all love giving recipes…
Thanks to all of them!
I think one of my best moment of this travel is when I allowed myself the time to go trekking… which I didn’t do before to fully focus on the cooking. And it really felt so good to be in altitude, in the mountains in front of a spectacular scenery…
This charming couple is the head of a series of cofee shops focusing on the cofee grains quality and the best means to produce cofee… this search for excellence probably comes from their background: she is an anthropologist and he his a philosoph… They nicely accepted to meet me to talk about their adventure from the intellectual world to starting a cofee shop!
Visit their cofee shop Bisetti at Barranco or Arabica in Miraflores and LarcoMar, you can’t find a better expresso in town!
FR – Le chef d'”Isolina” à Barranco prend le parti de revenir aux racines de la cuisine péruvienne, de revenir aux valeurs simples et aux recettes de grand mère… José est un homme simple et abordable qui est désormais devenu le centre d’attention de tous… C’est d’ailleurs chez Isolina que j’ai passé ma dernière soirée… Merci José pour ce travail d’antiquaire!
EN – The chef of “Isolina”, Barranco, Lima chose to come back to grandmother’s recipes. José is a very nice man proposing its clients to taste the ancient plates of Peru’s… and now many chef have their attention drawn to him.
ESP – El Chef de “Isolina” en Barranco, Lima eligio a recetas de abuela para su restante.. regressar a las raices de la comida peruna con productos olvidados… Es una persona muy simpatica a quien le gusta hablar de su trabajo en cocina.
Peru has a huge diveristy of landscapes, therefore of cultures and foods… this is what we can see in these sauces for french fries at Papachos… this is what the cooks made for people to dip their fries… a wide range of all influences in peruvian cooking…. More to come n this topic!