THIS MONTH I HAVE BEEN…
1. Amazing gnocchi from Los Bachiche.(see post)
2. Chocolate dessert, with maybe one of the best brownies in Lima, from La Nacional (see post)
3. Freshly baked bread and kick-ass focaccia sandwiches from El Pan de la Chola (see post)
1. Maki rolls from Hanzo. I just cannot stop myself from going back! (see post)
2. Tartaleta de Fruta from the great Pasteleria San Antonio. A delightful little chocolate covered pastry case full of thick crema pastelera and beautifully glossy fruit.
3. Costillas (Ribs) from newly opened Perupa’ti, a treasure trove of Peruvian goodies! (see post)
1. Causa from La Preferida. Perfect for a hot summer’s day. (see post)
2. Sausages from one of the best butchers in Lima, Tito Carniceria. This shop is an absolute beauty of a find and is filled with sausages of all different flavour combinations from Caprese to Cognac!
3. Chicken Parmegiana from Olive Restaurant. This Italian restaurant has great service and an excellent S/25 set menu offer. I went for a main dish instead and I have to say even though it definitely needed more salt, both the chicken and pasta were perfectly cooked.
4. Croquembouche from the Sunday lunch buffet at La Vista restaurant in the JW Marriott Hotel. This buffet is exceptional and probably one of the best in Lima. We spent over 3 hours in there……oops!
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1. Lima’s very own recurring pop-up restaurant, IS Creative Kitchen, appears every few months with a new themed dinner. Sign up to the mailing list if you want to know when their next event is in the pipeline!
2. The Peruvian band Novalima is coming back to Lima to play! Twice in fact! On April 18th they appear at Primera Parada Selvámonos music festival in Chorrillos, and on the 27th May (or 28th…different sources give different info!) at the Gran Teatro Nacional. They blend Afro-Peruvian music with electronic beats and they are awesome to see live.
3. Want to get out of Lima for Semana Santa? Peru This Week offers suggestions of 5 places to see if you want to be a part of any of the activities or parades taking place across the country.
4. Dona Tu Fachada (literally translates as Donate Your Facade) is a company who want you to donate your blank walls as space for them to paint murals on. They are going against the recent action that was taken to erase some murals painted in the centre of Lima, and their work will cost you absolutely nothing. Their first mural has appeared at the Academia de Natacion & Fitness Angel Romero on Avenida Intihuatana in Surco. Check out my Instagram or Twitter for a sneak peek! Or check out this interview in La Republica with one of the artists from Dona Tu Fachada and what his motivations were for starting the company.
5. Talking of restaurants….I want to just talk about some great new happenings with Peruvian restaurants in London! Ceviche has just opened its second branch in London on Old Street, and Virgilio Martinez’s Lima Floral in Covent Garden is offering a buy 1 get 1 free offer on cocktails in their bar 5.30-7.30 Monday – Friday. You can get your Peruvian fix this week, even if you are on the other side of the world!
The Best of the Rest
1. A little fun for Easter week from the wonderful people at BuzzFeed…..17 Marvellous Ways to Eat A Creme Egg. Basically 17 recipes involving Cadbury’s Creme Eggs. Enough said.
2. This blog called ‘The Little Library Cafe‘. Kate bakes food inspired by the different ingredients or dishes that appear in literature. It’s a really lovely blog, and each post includes a quote from the book that the specific dish is taken from. One of my favourites is the ‘Pop Cakes‘ we read about in Enid Blyton’s ‘The Enchanted Wood’, one of my favourite children’s books. I also love the Turkish Delight inspired by ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. I remember listening to that extract on cassette tape many a time as a child!
3. If you missed it, you can watch Emma Watson’s HeForShe Q&A that took place on International Women’s Day on her Facebook page (just scroll down about 6 posts to 8th March). Inspiring.
4. My mum went to see an incredible exhibition of photographs by Jimmy Nelson called ‘Before They Pass Away’, which focused on some of the tribes around the world whose habitats and lives are under threat. This exhibition raised awareness of their situation and another exhibition at London’s Heist Gallery is set to do the same. ‘Origins’ includes some of Jimmy Nelson’s photographs, but it also features other photographers and sculptors too. It runs from March 5th – April 30th.
5. Love these sorts of articles….‘Fancy Dinner on a Bus? London’s Weirdest Restaurants’ from The Telegraph. Dinner on a bus? In the dark? Maybe you just want cereal? Check out 10 weird concepts for dinner and I’m sure you’ll find one to tickle your fancy!
I hope you fill yourselves with chocolate and hot cross buns and do not feel bad for a single second!