Peruvian Gastronomy

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At Fresca, Nouveau Peruvian Cuisine, in San Francisco.

After eating at the superb Saxsay Cafe, authentic Peruvian cuisine, in South Florida, Fresca fell disappointedly short.
The ceviche was too acidic, and the pieces were awfully cut. The tiradito wasn’t trascendental but it was better than the ceviche. The plantain chips were a day or two old. I ordered the ají de gallina and had to send it back. (It was one of those nights in the kitchen…the person sitting next to me also sent her entree back—overcooked shrimp. Yacks.) Hesitantly, I ordered the pan roasted salmon over rice with squid ink and chimichurri sauce. This was the best dish of the meal minus the chimichurri sauce which lack flavor and seasoning. For dessert, I tried the Tres Leches that turned out to be another disappointment. It was so bland that it didn’t even inspire me to take a picture. The place gets pretty crowded and loud as the night progresses. So if you want to try it show up early.

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Photos Of Peru’s Ollas y Sueños (Cooking Up Dreams)

A set of pictures and images from the Peruvian documentary “Ollas y Sueños” (Cooking Up Dreams) released in August, 2009 about the 500 years of fusion (mixture) cuisine in Peru.

Peru is the birthplace of world fusion cuisine and the cultural mixture and miscegenation (marriage) of ancient native cuisines with that of several different types of cuisines of four continents. wrote - “Thanks to pre-Inca and Inca heritage and to Spanish, Basque, African, Sino-Cantonese, Japanese and finally Italian, French and British immigration (mainly throughout the 19th century), Peruvian Cuisine combines the flavors of four continents. With the eclectic variety of traditional dishes, the Peruvian culinary arts are in constant evolution, and impossible to list in their entirety. Suffice it to mention that along the Peruvian coast alone there are more than two thousand different types of soups, and that there are more than 250 traditional desserts.

The great variety in Peruvian Cuisine stems from three major influences:

  • Peru’s unique geography, 84 of the 104 possible life zones on Earth according to Holdridge 
  • Peru’s openness and blending of distinct races and cultures 
  • The incorporation of ancient cuisine into modern Peruvian Cuisine” 

Peru - A Food obsess Nation

Peruvian Cuisine is one of the main driving forces of Peru’s rapid economic development in the last 15 years, and growing national pride. Similar to France, Spain, Italy, and Japan, cuisine in Peru, and the people that make it, are respected at all levels of society. It is the most revealing aspect of Peruvian society, more so than music, art, or futbol (soccer). Guarango’s De Ollas y Sueños, (Cooking Up Dreams), is a beautiful filmed released last year which opened to much domestic and international acclaim. The film follows Peruvian Cuisine around Peru and around the world.

Peru is considered one of the most important center for the genetic diversity of the world’s crops:

  • Choclo (corn), 35 varieties 
  • Tomatoes, 15 species 
  • Potatoes, Peru is the birthplace of the potato. The Ancient Peruvians (pre-Inca civilizations) cultivated and domesticated the potato almost 10,000 years ago. Of the roughly 4,500 varieties of potatoes on Earth, 3,000 are indigenous to Peru. 
  • Sweet Potatoes, 150 varieties 
  • Peanuts are native to Peru and were taken by Spanish and Portuguese merchants to Africa. 
  • Fruit, 650 native species

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Colin Of Cocktail Kings Makes Pisco Cocktails In Lima, Peru

Colin Of Cocktail Kings Makes Pisco Cocktails In Lima, Peru.

"Cocktail Kings" star Colin Asare-Appiah visited Lima, Peru and made three new Peruvian Pisco cocktails on the spot at the very chic Bar Ingles in San Isidro, Peru. Colin discovers the best lime in the world with the highest acidic juices of all the limes on Earth, el Limon Peruano de Piura called "Limon Sutil.

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Haute Peruvian Cuisine at Morena – Surry Hills, Sydney NSW | A table for two


Haute Peruvian Cuisine at Morena – Surry Hills, Sydney NSW | A table for two.

Lomo Saltado a lo Morena - 300g grass fed charcoal beef sirloin served with lomo saltado style w/ baked Peruvian yellow potatoes and huancaina sauce - 34.00.

A Table for two wrote ~ “Lomo Saltado is a Peruvian dish with Asian influences, the Morena version is nothing like it and definitely looks more sophiscated than a stir fried beef sirloin in soy sauce and capsicums. On a black slate tile is 300g grass fed beef sirloin cooked to medium rare, the lomo saltado style here is a simple sweet and vinegar onion jam. The velvet texture of the sirloin is to die for, my knife cuts straight through effortlessly and the beef simply melts in the mouth. It is served with papa amarilla, the Peruvian yellow potatoes are imported all the way from Peru, of course.”

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The Cebiche (Ceviche) - Originally from Peru and their National Dish at Sabor Latino



The Cebiche (Ceviche) - Originally from Peru and their National Dish at Sabor Latino in Weston, Fl.

The Think Magazine wrote ~ Peru’s wild choice of fresh ingredients and the gentle blend of immigrant traditions - Spanish, African, Chinese, and Japanese, combined with the native Inca - have created one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines. Sabor Latino Peruvian Cuisine Restaurant in Weston guarantees a pleasant experience at its cozy location with a great lake view, outdoor seating, and succulent dishes that will captivate your palate. Enjoy!” 

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Hot Lobster Cebiche @ La Mar Cebicheria Peruana in Manhattan, New York City


Hot Lobster Cebiche @ La Mar Cebicheria Peruana in Manhattan, New York City.  Zagat writes about this delicious plate in their Ten 10 Off-The-Menu Dishes   

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