Cultural and Travel News Peru

Eat Ceviche before you die!

Monday February 29, 2016

The U.S website PureWow about lifestyle, with 4 million readers, included the Peruvian dish ceviche in their “21 things all foodies need to eat before they die”.

The Peruvian ceviche was placed on number 3 on the list on the PureWow website. The dishes included in the list are recommended to be eaten in the country of origin.

The article recommends people to combine the ceviche with the Peru’s National Drink: Pisco sour. (more…)

I scream, you scream, Peru screams for ice cream!

Thursday February 25, 2016

As this is an El Niño year, the climate in Peru is much hotter. In northern Peru, temperatures are predicted to be historically high this summer. This means that with higher temperatures, the demand and desire for ice cream will most likely increase.

Peru’s ice cream brand D’Onofrio has predicted this increase in demand and, therefore, responds with an increase in its supply. D’Onofrio plans to launch 14 new products and also will distribute 20% more products in the northern regions. (more…)

Peru´s economic growth surprises analysts

Tuesday February 16, 2016

Peru´s economic growth is clearly improving, as seen by the statistics in 2015.

Not only are do the facts support this, but Pulso Peru survey reported that Peruvians themselves are more likely to hope for a better economic situation.

The National Institute of Statistics and Information reported a growth of 6.39% in December of 2015, and finished the year with an average growth of 3.26%. This exceeded economists´ expectations. Analysts only expected a growth of 5.4% in December, but were pleasantly surprised with a growth that was 1% higher than their prediction. (more…)

Peruvian food is on its way to Paris

Tuesday February 16, 2016

Peruvian´s most famous chef, Gaston Acurio, is heading to Paris to open a new restaurant. The restauarant is called Manko and is located on Montaigne Avenue, just beside a theater. Customers will experience Peru´s famous gastronomy in an auction hall that boasts a rugged atmosphere.

Acurio declared it a ´´space devoted to leisure that will bring Peruvian rejoicing, fun and sensuality to Paris.´´ Acurio owns 45 restaurants that are located in 11 different countries. As he is considered one of the top-notch chefs in Latin America, it is exciting that he will be taking his famous cuisine to Paris. (more…)

Peru participates in the cooking world cup in Mexico

Tuesday February 16, 2016

Peru is participating in a high level cooking competition in Mexico City. The competition, Bocuse d´Or will take place at Sirha Fair.

There are a total of ten countries involved, and all have chefs competing for a ticket in the Grande Finale in Lyon in 2017. The competition requires preparing two dishes in a period of 5 hours and 30 minutes. The chefs representing Peru are Palmiro Ocampo and Anthony Castro.

These Peruvian chefs plan to prepare a dish that features a type of fish and that symbolizes the joining together of two cultures: Japan and Peru. (more…)

Lima shines on Valentine´s Day

Tuesday February 16, 2016

Last Sunday, Valentine´s Day, or Love and Friendship Day was celebrated in many parks around Lima.

Starting early in the morning, 50 couples were entered ´´Parque de las Leyendas´´ Zoo for free. The only payment they were required to give was the confirmation of their love with a kiss. The afternoon involved a photo booth, a puppet show in the auditorium, and Cumbia serenades by Lucia de la Cruz.

Later in the afternoon, couples had the opportunity to go out on the lake for a lovely boat ride. (more…)

Peruvian Teachers head to Colombia and the US for specialized training

Tuesday February 16, 2016

A total of 270 Peruvian teachers received teaching scholarships to travel to Colombia and the United States to conduct specialized studies. Peru´s National Program for Scholarships and Educational Credit made this possible by granting visas to these teachers.

Colombia´s Pontifical Xavierian University will give courses to 98 of the 270 teachers. They will be trained in Intercultural Bilingual Education. The other 172 teachers will be trained in Regular Basic Education and will study in the United States at Arizona University. (more…)

Peru is not a Zika risk country

Friday February 12, 2016

The World Health Organizaion (WHO) has created a list of countries with a high Zika risk. Peru has not been included in this list. Magali Silva, Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister stated that the Zika virus should not have a negative effect on the tourism sector.

Even though Peru is not stated to be a high-risk country, the minister promised to continue launching prevention and collaboration campaigns.

The mosquito which carries and transfers diseases like Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya is called the Aedes aegypti mosquito. (more…)

Pisco sour festival

Wednesday February 10, 2016

Every first Saturday of February Peru celebrates the official Pisco Sour Day. And on this occasion the ‘Pisco Sour Fest Costa Verde’ took place in Lima at Marbella beach. During this festival over 3000 people participated.

This festival is all about the possible different mixes of the popular Peruvian drink Pisco Sour. Barmen from the best discos and the best bars in Peru come to the festival to show their varied mixes.

Spicy Sour, Sami Sour, Green Tea Sour and Limo Sour were the most popular fusions; those drinks stood out because of their uniqueness and originality. (more…)

A Quinoa Explosion

Tuesday February 09, 2016

At Coya restaurant in London, officials of the Peruvian Trade Office organized a quinoa tasting for renowned food critics.
Claudio De la Puente, Peruvian ambassador to the United Kingdom, asserted quinoa´s nutritional benefits and explained the economic impact it is having all across the world.

A British importer of quinoa, James Livingstone, admitted that Andean communities in Peru showed much dedication to the growth of quinoa and have contributed to its different varieties of production. (more…)

Careful with Carnaval!

Tuesday February 09, 2016

Carnaval is probably the only festival on earth where it is acceptable to launch water balloons at random strangers and spray them mercilessly with shaving cream.

This type of behavior can be found in numerous places around Peru, such as Cajamarca, Huaraz, Iquitos, Cusco and Puno during the month of February as Peruvians celebrate Carnaval with all sorts of festivities.

In the past, water balloons have been prohibited by authorities during Carnaval. However, people seem to ignore such prohibitions and continue to use the water bombs as ammunition. (more…)

Peruvian Chocolate tempts tasters in Lisbon

Tuesday February 09, 2016

Every year the ´Chocolate em Lisboa´ festival occurs at the beginning of February in Lisbon, Portugal. Peru´s Foreign Affairs Ministry asserted that Peru´s chocolate stands out among other foreign chocolates.

The festival allows participants to enjoy various cacao from all across the world. In addition to Peru, other countries that contribute cacao include Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, England, and Portugal.

Peru boasts a cacao produced during both the Inca and pre-Inca times. Peru plans to sculpt a chocolate Inca that is 1.7 meters tall and also make a chocolate replica of Machu Picchu. (more…)

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