Saturday November 30, 2013
The Chinese influence on Peruvian food is fairly easy to see. You can find chifa -- or Peruvian-Chinese -- restaurants almost everywhere, while other classically Peruvian dishes, such as lomo saltado, were heavily influenced by Chinese cuisine.
But if you mention Peruvian Nikkei cuisine to your average passerby, you might well receive a blank stare. Nikkei, basically, is the fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food. Like chifa, it came about when Japanese immigrants tried to recreate their traditional dishes using ingredients available in Peru.
According to Nikkei es Perú, a new book by chef Mitsuhara Tsumura and author Josefina Barrón, "Japanese cuisine is sober, while its Peruvian counterpart goes heavy on the seasoning. Finding a middle ground signified the birth of Nikkei cuisine."
Sounds interesting? Well, you can learn a whole lot more about Nikkei cuisine -- and find plenty of recipes -- by reading Nikkei es Perú. Even better, you can download the entire book, which is written in Spanish and English, from the official website, www.nikkeiesperu.com.
Monday November 25, 2013
Ica began its tourist week on Saturday, November 23, with activities taking place every day until December 1.
The XXXIV Semana Turística de Ica 2013 will showcase all that the city (and wider region) of Ica has to offer, including wine and pisco, sandboarding contests, dune buggy rides and Peruvian Paso horses. Oh, and don't forget the obligatory beauty contest.
You can find more information at the official Semana Turistica de Ica 2013 website (Spanish only), including a full day-by-day schedule of events.
Image © www.semanaturisticaica2013.com
Thursday November 21, 2013
If you haven't heard of him already, Mario Testino is a world-renowned fashion photographer and one of the most famous people from Peru.
Testino's work regularly features in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, while his list of celebrity shoots is impressive to say the least. He often takes official photos of European royalty, most notably Diana Princess of Wales, while other celebrity subjects have included Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Kate Moss, Madonna and Lady Gaga.
In a recent interview with Style.com, Testino explains why he returned to his roots to shoot his Alta Moda collection, 27 images that represent the culmination of five years' work photographing traditional costumes worn by the people of Cusco.
If you happen to be in New York, you can see Testino's Alta Moda collection on display at Manhattan's Queen Sofia Spanish Institute from November 20, 2013 to March 29, 2014.
Image: Traditional women's dress. Province of Espinar, Cusco, Peru 2007, © Mario Testino
Wednesday November 20, 2013
Here's an interesting project: tourism and hospitality students from the National University of San Agustin -- with help from the local municipality -- are offering free walking tours of downtown Arequipa.
The tours are designed to show tourists the cultural and historical highlights of Arequipa, as well as the modern side of the city. The walks begin from the Tourist Information Office on Arequipa's main square (Portales de la Municipalidad 112), with departures at 9:50 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
That's about the extent of the information currently available online, but there is an associated Facebook page with a contact email and some black and white photos and sketches of Arequipa. If you're in Arequipa, look for the sign above for more information.