I know, I know, it’s like the 6th of December, and this post is very delayed…..
I’ve been super busy organising for my trip in a couple of weeks and my posts seem to have fallen further and further down the list of things to do. I promise to improve! Really, I do!
So without further ado, here is the lowdown on what happened in November…
THIS MONTH I HAVE BEEN …
It’s a long one this month, so I’ll make it brief!
1. Amazing gelato from Crem de la Crem in Barranco. Delicious chocolate, lúcuma and giandjua flavours.
2. 3 meats cooked on volcanic stone in a fantastic ‘ the Andes meets the Alps’ type restaurant called Zig Zag in Arequipa.
3. Pisco cocktails from the Museo del Pisco in Arequipa. So many different flavours of macerated pisco, but the star anise and rosemary infused ones were absolutely delicious.
4. Look at that incredible colour! Beautiful cocktails in Maido, especially this one flavoured with the fruit tuna rojo (red prickly pear).
5. & 6. Great Sunday lunch in La Casa de Don Cucho in Pachacamac. Delicious pachamanca (meat, vegetables and potatoes cooked underground, and a velvety rich suspiro de limeño flavoured with lucuma.
1. Craft beer from the Magdalena brewery and a crossover brew (Nevados Unidos) between Sierra Andina and Arequipa’s own Grateful Brewing Company. Both beers were delightful and very different, and found in Chaqchao in Arequipa.
2. A huge sharing plate of Arequipeña specialities from the wonderful La Nueva Palomino.
3. Aji de Gallina from Paseo Colon in Jockey Plaza Lima. I loved the addition of crispy potatoes instead of boiled ones mixed in with the chicken.
4. A beautiful, sumptuous tiradito of tuna from El Mercado, Lima.
5. Sarita‘s famous sandwich de chicharron (fried pork) in Punta Hermosa.
1. An amazing triple chocolate dessert, with coca flavoured créme anglaise, from Colca Lodge restaurant in the Colca Valley. A wonderful place to stay!
2. Fantastic risotto with trout and poached egg from La Trattoria del Monasterio in Arequipa. See this post for more info!
3. Another meal from Colca Lodge, but this time a parilla (BBQ or grill) with a choice of 3 meats/fish. Both the beef and chicken were absolutely perfectly cooked and so, so juicy!
4. My main dish from Maido consisted of an oriental style tacu tacu (rice and bean dish) topped with beautifully cooked pancetta.
5. & 6. Virgilio Martinez’s new restaurant NOS does not disappoint. This rice dish was scrumptious, which I followed with that amazing chocolate cake I previously tried on my birthday. This was all enjoyed whilst sipping on a citrusy gin cocktail with elderflower. Just perfect!
TOP ONLINE FINDS IN NOVEMBER
plus a little December too…..
Peruvian Top 5
1.Want a little Peru in your life on New Year’s Eve, but can’t make it all this way to celebrate? Why don’t you try Ceviche Old Street in London for their Peruvian sharing feast and then a ‘pisco disco’ afterwards! Or if you’re spending Christmas Day alone, they will also be open from 12.00 on the 25th for a communal lunch so that you don’t have to dine alone.
2. Swissotel in San Isidro is doing a Christmas tea every weekday afternoon and evening between the 14th and the 22nd December from 5pm until 9pm. Panettone, waffles, sandwiches, a chocolate fountain, and a carvery, amongst other things, and they even offer a glass of espumante to toast with!
3. Check out Traveller Australia’s Top 16 ‘What’s Hot in Food Travel in 2016’. Hint: Number 12!!
4. Netflix Latin America has just received Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode 4), so get started re-watching the originals before Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode 7) premieres on the 17th!! P.S. neither the UK, the USA or Canada have this available to stream.
5. Watch it snow over the Christmas tree in the centre of Jockey Plaza! At 7pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 13th December and then every day up until Christmas Eve. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
The Best of the Rest
1.A new species of rare butterfly found only in the Amazon has been named after David Attenborough.
2. Spending Christmas in London? Check out these fab pages of the top things to do whilst you are there. Time Out London has a whole section of the website dedicated to the most wonderful time of the year and Visit London has a list of their top 101 Things To Do in London this Christmas.
3. Have a look at Londonist’s rundown of Christmas brews from London’s top craft breweries. Think dark stouts and cranberry beers, amongst others, and also special Christmas parties in the breweries!
4. Want to see the 10 Best-Dressed Holiday Windows in the World? They are right here, all full of snow, sparkle and Christmas cheer!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year wherever you are in the world.