I was told that Wong‘s Expo Vino was the best wine tasting event in Latin America as fact by one of the people working for the event, and to be honest I absolutely believe it.
I am getting very, very excited to head back to Europe for Christmas, and I’ve been researching all the places that I need to visit, all the new openings, all the events…..it’s been a fun few weeks!
In fact, all the research I’ve done on my home country has finally helped me to almost finish my recommendations for Cambridge, so that page should hopefully be up on the blog within the next month.
But before I head back home, I’ve got a visit from my parents and a trip to Arequipa to plan for, so I better hit the Internet again and decide on where in Lima I really want to show them. They’ve been a few times already so we’ve done a lot, but new favourites always pop up between visits!
But enough about what’s to come, here’s what has been going in during the month of September…
This has been a great month, well at least the end of it! August is my birthday and I always celebrate it with huge excitement, as I have done ever since I was about 4 years old. This year was no exception, and like most years it revolves around how much amazing food I can eat.
I spent my actual birthday in 4 different restaurants, and then the following day I made an English tea party extravaganza for all my Peruvian friends, and it was an absolute blast. Sunday was all about relaxation, cake and champagne….
Felices Fiestas Patrias!!!….or Happy Independence Day! July 28th and 29th was holiday here and almost everyone had a chance to sit back and relax for a couple of days midweek and recharge those batteries whilst celebrating one of the biggest moments in Peru’s history.
For us, July has also involved a complete upheaval in holiday plans and now we’re heading back to Europe for Christmas.
My ultimate Christmas happy place!
A family Christmas full of food, drink and fun times (and maybe snow?), followed by a whirlwind trip to the Christmas market in Bruges, a foodie trip to Paris, and I final stop full of jamón, cheese and tapas in Madrid.
I will likely arrive back in Lima the size of a house. Ho hum!
So….. let’s see what has been happening this month……
June marked 2 years since I started my blog. Admittedly I haven’t been writing for a solid 2 years, however, I have so enjoyed sharing my experiences of Lima with you all! Hopefully it has encouraged people to come and visit, and that you have had, or will have, a great experience here, whether it’s for one night or 2 weeks.
This blog has never been about reviewing everywhere to determine if it’s good or bad, but in fact finding the hidden, or not so hidden, gems that make Lima great. From an amazing ice cream store, to some fabulous ancient ruins, Lima really does have a variety of things to offer.
In the spirit of this, my June edition of Bookmarked is going to be a bit of a highlights tour of my time here in Lima. My favourite parts.
At the end I will also share a snapshot of greatness from the rest of Peru, but with my limited visits there are only a few places that I feel I’m qualified to judge! However, with some more trips under my belt in this coming year, I hope to shed some more light on the rest of this beautiful country.
So without further ado, here is my list, my top 40….
What do you do when you find yourself in the arid foothills of the Limeñan Andes?
You enter into an oasis full of tropical plants and cool water that will make you forget all about the desert (and the grey skies of Lima)!
ARO (Alojamientos y Recreo Romero) is located in Chosica, about a 45 minute drive from Lima (well, the district of Santiago de Surco) along the Carretera Central.
Even though this week has mainly been grey and cold, today has shown signs that a little summer is still here in Lima with its beautiful blue sky and fierce sunshine. I sit typing with a G&T in hand, just as any English citizen would be when the temperature passes 17 degrees! Our dogs are out on the terrace, basking in the rays and sleeping a lot, which is just what you want on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
This month I have been excitedly planning our winter holiday, which may be including a trip to the happiest place in the world (erm…thats Disney World), and therefore I have reverted to being a child at the prospect of this! I may have watched three Disney films already this week….
What else has been happening this month you ask? Well, let’s take a look at some of the awesomeness that Lima had to offer in May.
I know my last post was a good few weeks ago, but I do have a good excuse… I have been moving house. I literally feel like I’ve been moving bags, boxes and furniture for weeks and, even more exciting, cleaning for what seems like an eternity!
This month has been pretty busy, so I haven’t honestly had a lot of time for much else! However here is the rundown of what did happen in April…
Filled with food after a delicious lunch at Perupa’ti, we set off for a bit of culture.
Our next stop was a hop, skip and a jump over the border into Barranco (literally a 5 minute walk) to visit the MAC; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Modern Art Museum).
We were here to see a photography exhibition by David LaChapelle, a photographer with a career spanning the decades from the 80’s until now. He is well known for his photography of celebrities and his work in numerous magazines, such as Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ and Rolling Stone.
In the 1980’s he started showing his work in New York. Andy Warhol (pictured above) discovered him, liked his work and gave him a job at Interview magazine. The rest, as they say, is history. However, celebrities and fashion were not his only focus, because more recently he turned away from the commercial pieces and decided to only concentrate on the modern photographic art he had been producing.
This exhibition covers a wide range of his work through the years from 1984-2013.
During March, Lima has weeks dedicated to food and fashion.
Lima Food Week (well actually 2 weeks!) starts on the 16th March and ends on the 29th. During these 2 weeks around 25 well known restaurants will offer 3 course set menus for lunch and/or dinner. Lunch will set you back S/59 and dinner comes in at S/79.
The list of restaurants include Malabar (one of the top 100 restaurants in the world and 11th in Latin America), Maras, La Nacional, Osaka and Amaz but you can browse the whole list including the menus on the website here. It also gives you an option to reserve a table, which they highly recommend doing due to the expected high popularity.
Personally I’d like to go to all of them, but I’ve been wanting to try Malabar for ages so this gives me a great excuse to go!
MATE is the gallery of world renowned Peruvian photographer Mario Testino.
Mario Testino is most well known for his photography in the world of fashion, from magazines such as Vogue to superbly successful advertising campaigns for huge fashion houses. He is also famous for being commissioned to photograph the Royal Family in the UK, including Princess Diana.