Our Favorite Restaurants of 2010

In 2010 the Karikuy volunteers and myself made it a habit of trying to find the tastiest food in Lima, Peru and around the country. We would check out recommendations by taxi drivers, chefs and people from all walks of life to find the gems of South America’s culinary capital and beyond. The following list is made up of our favorite places to eat, these are the restaurants we constantly came back to, as well as some that we found during our travels around the country. [Continue reading…]

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Lose Yourself in Paucartambo

I was completely lost. Not directionally lost (it would be an accomplishment for even me to lose my bearings in a three-street town), I was lost in the chaos, the madness, the anything-goes that is the Virgen del Carmen Festival. I dug into my homework research to make some sense out of it all, but nope, textbook knowledge doesn’t apply today in Paucartambo. [Continue reading…]

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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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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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