Peru Homemade: Ají de Gallina

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Although going out and experiencing new restaurants in Lima has been extraordinary, there is something to be said about a good old fashion homemade meal. We’ve been blessed with the option if we ever we are in need of food we are always welcome to take a 15-minute walk over to Bae’s aunts’ house, and we will be met with food abundant. One such day we walked over to have a family lunch, and I was introduced to one of Peru’s classic meals, Ají de Gallina.

Eclectic Montreal Jazz Festival strikes again

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Another characteristic of the festival is how international it is. It brings in artists from all over the world: Australia, Austria, Spain, Cap Verde, France, Japan, Belgium, Israel and Congo…and the list continues. And unlike the Newport or the Detroit Jazz Festivals, Montreal features non-jazz acts. This year, rock artists such as Jethro Tull or pop singers such as Charlotte Gainsbourg and Finley Quaye were invited. Finally, on top of featuring the world’s most famous musicians, the eclectic Montreal Jazz festival is also a place where one can discover new artists, who, in turn, are given a chance to present their work in front of a rather large audience. Colombian vocalist Lido Pimienta is one of these breathtaking talents the festival scheduled this year. She performed at the Club l’Astral. In spite of being 8-months pregnant, she brought tremendous energy on stage. She also spoke very openly about having been abused in past relationships, because she believes women have to tell their stories.

Porteñas – Empowered Immigrant Women Open Restaurant in Williamsburg

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Chef Fernanda has been making empanadas and other Argentine treats for over 20 years – and after decades of experience, she has been running her own restaurant, Raíces, in Buenos Aires. 

Her partner, Carmen, is a true entrepreneur - she runs her own non-profit organization, Curatorial Program for Research, where they “create a socially-conscious network of emerging curators from around the world.”

Ferran Adrià on Creativity

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Adria’s “Notes on Creativity” is the first major exhibition dedicated to the visualization and drawing practices of this culinary master. The exhibition presents drawings, notes, notebooks, diagrams, pictograms and prototypes by Adrià and his collaborators. We caught up with Adrià at the exhibit, which is currently running at the Drawing Center in New York City.

A Matter of Dust: Cecilia Collantes

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Cecilia Collantes is an artist in touch with the mysticism of creation. Her abstract works invoke a universal mantra, one that connects the viewer to the energy movement and the volatility of form. Cecilia hopes to continue her artistic journey in New York, and the big city is lucky to have an artist with such a sense of depth.  A Matter of Dust presented a great success in capturing the audience; engaging a fluidity of motion through dancing, a cosmic atmosphere, and a universal soul.   

Friends of Peru: Nobu

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The Trade Commission of Peru in New York organized a 'friends of Peru' lunch to honor one of Peru's best friends, Nobu Matsuhisa. Nobu has over 30 restaurants worldwide under the same name, that honor Japanese and Peruvian fusion cuisine. Some even say he invented the tiradito back in the day...

Pair successfully directs "Chavela," the story of an idiosyncratic star

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How does one pay a cinematographic tribute to an icon such as Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, who embodies utter simplicity and utmost complexity at the same time?  This is what filmmakers Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi achieved with their documentary Chavela, a moving and thought-provoking portrait of the enigmatic singer who helped change the way we see ranchera music and who redefined what it means to be a female singer in the macho world of Mexico. As one of Chavela’s friends explains in the film, in order to survive, Chavela had to be more macha than the most machos. Photo © Excelsior / Imagen Digital

Johnny Schuler at The Waylands

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The great Johnny Schuler from Pisco Portón chatted with LatinLover Magazine about his most recent trip to NYC. Thanks, Johnny! 
"Regarded as the foremost pisco authority, Johnny Schuler has dedicated his life to excellence in the pisco industry. As a pisco ambassador, he has travelled the world to educate spirit industry professionals and the public alike about the culture, heritage, and craftsmanship of pisco. In 2011, Pisco Portón founders Bill and Brent Kallop approached Johnny to develop the finest handcrafted pisco. From here, Pisco Portón was born. "

Pairing Sessions #1

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Pairing #1: Having fun is key to every creative process, we've made a series of short—videos on which our friends Jared and Miguel explore their passions on music, cocktails, and food. You can meet them tomorrow Tuesday 17 and enjoy a special pairing tasting celebrating Chilcano Week @ Surfish Bistro

Chivitos in NYC

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“The first thing I need to talk about is the chivito, because it’s the best sandwich I’ve tasted in my life, including the venerated & thousand times described pastrami sandwich of New York and the mortadella and cheese sandwich from the market of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Really, the chivito is too good to be true…”—Anthony Bourdain

Jared Does Pisco

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Jared Sasso from Pisco Portón told us a little bit about his adventures during his first trip to the oldest working distillery in the Americas: Hacienda La Caravedo, which is nestled in the Ica Valley of Peru. He promised to go back to Peru soon and encouraged us to get to know more about this amazing culture and to try pisco, the spirit of Peru. Salud Jared!

Postcard from Rio

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In the air above the beach at Ipanema, there was a mist. The sun—low and setting—illuminated it. People glided past one another. Into slow starring reverie I sank, a stream that warmed and carried me along. For the first time, I felt part of Rio. At last I understood. Months after arriving from New York, I had arrived in the inward city inhabited by the native carioca.

Visiones de ayahuasca

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Entrevista a Oscar Naters

Durante 30 años, el grupo Integro, dirigido por Oscar Naters, ha extendido los límites de disciplinas como el teatro, la danza y la performance. Y en esta búsqueda ha ganado reconocimiento en el Perú y en el extranjero. En setiembre, Naters estuvo en Manhattan invitado por la Universidad de Nueva York (NYU) para ofrecer una conferencia acerca de Ino Moxo, montaje que nació de experiencias espirituales mediadas por el ayahuasca, la planta de los chamanes de la Amazonia.

The Road to Panca

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One day I met with chef Ezequiel Valencia to find out the secret, but when he told me where he was from in Peru, I got caught up in the path that brought him to Panca and momentarily forgot my mission. He was born at the foot of the Huascaran, Peru's tallest mountain, in the town of Yungay, where terrible tragedy struck in 1970.  An earthquake caused a debris avalanche, full of snow, mud and rocks, which buried Yungay and killed all but around 100 of its 20,000 residents. At the time, Ezequiel's family lived outside of the town and were unharmed. The town was rebuilt as Yungay Nuevo and his family moved there. When he was born in 1974, his father ran off with another woman. He grew up working on the family's chacra, a small farm, and helping his mother in the kitchen.