Monthly Archives: May 2016

When you eat at a restaurant, your culinary experience lasts for the evening. You can enjoy the ambiance and appreciate the good food. What you fail to appreciate, however, is that for the people running the restaurant, the effort extends … Continue reading

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Place names are often associated with unusual origination legends. The origin of the name “Peru” is no exception. When the Spanish arrived in South America in the 1500s, the native populations of the Andes and Peruvian Amazon spoke nearly 700 … Continue reading

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Cusco, Peru, is a thriving modern city situated in the heart of the Andes Mountains at 11,200 feet above sea level. The city offers spectacular scenery, ancient historic sites, great food, lively nightlife and a bustling commercial sector. The most-visited city … Continue reading

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Inti Raymi, the Inca Festival of the sun, is a celebration that honors the blend of Andean and Catholic traditions. Each June, thousands of Peruvians gather in the streets for a fun time filled with dancing, singing, and cultural reenactments. Through the … Continue reading

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The flavors of Peru fuse perfectly with coastal California cuisine to create an elegant, healthy and award winning menu at La Costanera restaurant. La Costanera’s Chef Carlos Altamirano shares the Peruvian flavors of his homeland with fresh organic ingredients, creative arrangements and … Continue reading

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If you think meat on a stick is only good at state fairs, then you have never been to Peru. In fact, one of the best choices for Peruvian food is always served on sticks, making it easy to eat … Continue reading

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When it comes to eating out, there is no rating system more definitive than the Michelin Stars. Those coveted stars can make or break a restaurant’s future, and chefs strive hard to develop a menu that receives as many stars … Continue reading

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More than 1,000 years ago, Mochica artists portrayed men riding on reed fishing boats called caballitos de totora. The boats, made from a locally available reed called totora, are still used today for ocean fishing. The technique for building the boats … Continue reading

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Inca mythology has been passed down through numerous generations of indigenous people to preserve the history of the culture. It plays an important role in Inca religion as well. According to the three pacha realms, the cosmos is divided into thirds, … Continue reading

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In Spanish-speaking cultures, “mucho gusto” is the term you hear after meeting someone for the first time. The words translate into English as “pleasure,” indicating that the speaker is pleased to make the acquaintance of someone new. With this understanding, … Continue reading

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