In Search Of Lima’s Best Coffee: Pt. 2

As my time in Lima draws to a close, it’s time to expand a coffee addict’s coffee shop round up. In case you missed the first take, make sure to check out part one here. As Lima begins its slow and steady expansion of its café culture, more coffee gems are bound to pop up. Until then, check out these new noteworthy addititions. [Continue reading…]

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The Sushi Grub-On at Restaurant Fuji

Following the advice of La Guía de Gastón, a restaurant directory book written by famed Peruvian chef, Gastón Acurio, we taxied off to Restaurant Fuji, a sushi bar in Miraflores. The Lima night air was tepid, and completely blanketed with its usually evening garúa. We stepped out of the taxi and onto a lush patio garden. Instantly, we were transported to a place not-so-Peruvian and undoubtably Japanese. [Continue reading…]

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Me vs. The Pastoruri Glacier

Semi-stuffed on mediocre tasting empanadas de queso and carne, the gang and I stood on the corner of Huaraz’s busy Luzuriaga street awaiting our early morning pick-up. We were on the road to Pastoruri, a tall, tropical glacier that soars 17,000 feet in the Cordillera Blanca. [Continue reading…]

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In Search of Lima’s Best Coffee: Pt.1

If there is one thing us volunteers of Karikuy have in common, it’s our love of fresh, aromatic espresso based drinks. Unfortunately, coffee in this form is hard to come by as Limeños opt instead for instant Nescafé. The reason? Peru’s best coffee is exported — In 2009, Peru exported 4.8 million bags equalling 580 million dollars worth of coffee. That, coupled with Peru’s poor coffee growing infrastructure makes it almost impossible for coffee growers to fully respect the art of coffee making. But that’s changing as landowners and industry affiliates are creating cooperatives and becoming educated about the importance of coffee quality. [Continue reading…]

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In Ica: A Wine Comeback

A new verse was added to my Peruvian adventure in Ica — a coastal desert town located 195 miles south of Lima and flanked by jutting Andes and miles of mountain-like sand dunes. Although the Ica Valley is widely known for its selection of bodegas and wine vineyards, Peru as a whole has yet to make it on the international viniculture stage. But that’s slowly changing. Since the political chaos of the 1980s, Peru has amped up its dedication to wine making, giving it the opportunity to make a run for best South American wine exporter. However, most people argue that Peruvian wine is just not that good — Maybe a tour of some of Ica’s bodegas will change your mind. [Continue reading…]

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