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My Morning and Afternoon Mantra

This is for everyone who needs a little Friday afternoon nap/siesta…

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I love mushrooms, must try this this weekend!

Peruvian style ceviche choclo cancha

Just about everyone I know loves Peruvian Ceviche!  The fresh fish cooked by marinated lemon (or here in Peru, by Key Limes) mixed with the Peruvian giant corn (choclo) and that delicious sweet potato (camote) that helps smooth out the tang/tartness…delicious!  But for those of you that don’t eat meat, it can be difficult to understand just what the allure and draw to this dish is all about.  Fear not!  I have procured a fantastic vegetarian equivalent using mushrooms to replace the fish.

Mushrooms are a great substitute because they are light and delicate, just like fish.  Plus, sprinkling a little lemon or lime juice over your vegetables is a great way to zest them up, without adding calories and fat to the dish.  Try this recipe out and let us know what you think!

vegetarian ceviche

Vegetarian Mushroom Ceviche


280 grams / 10 oz fresh mushrooms…

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This is fantasitc!

shark attack cup

It’s Monday, and you’re not quite awake and ready to start the week?  How about this little surprise waiting for you in the morning?  This was hilarious and I totally want it.  But I think my dry cleaning bill will be going up due to the countless coffee spills I foresee happening due to my “delightful” morning surprise.

Available on Amazon for under $10!

Good morning everyone!!!!

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Quinoa Oatmeal with Nutella!

nutella chocolate spread

I found this on a new blog, College Grubin’, courtesy of comment stalking Rischmöller Real Estate blog. 🙂  I am always looking for ways to jazz up my oatmeal, as it gets a little monotonous after a while of just having it with honey or some sliced fruit.  I really can’t believe I had never thought to try this, as I just can’t get enough of nutella.  But honestly, if you love the Ferrero Rocher candies, how could you not love an entire jar filled with that creamy, chocolaty, hazlenutty center?!

ferrero roceher choclates

Not going to lie - I could totally eat ALL of those in like 20 minutes. Sorry, no sharing here!

And who knows if this deliciousness would have been created were it not for WWII!  According to, Nutella was created in the 1940s by Mr. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker and founder of the Ferrero company.  At the time, there was very little chocolate because cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing.  In order to make the chocolate last, he started using hazelnuts, which are plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy (northwest), to extend the chocolate supply.  Ingenious!

nutella breakfast oatmeal

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Now that you know a little bit more about one of my favorite spreads, lets get down to business on this recipe, if you can call it that.  All you need to do is make your oatmeal as you normally would, and once it has cooked, grab your jar of Nutella, and dig out a spoonful and mix it into your oatmeal.  Voila!

Try this!  You will love me even more than you already do.

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restaurants in Miraflores This review is via Living in Peru and is a fantastic review by Sheila Jeanneau of a great new restaurant that opened up in Miraflores in 2012! Photos by Marco Simola

If you are searching for a neighborhood cafe in Miraflores that serves great sandwiches, coffee, tasty desserts and various other dishes, Aurelia may be a destination for you. Aurelia’s menu is simple and ideal for relaxing with friends or for grabbing a quick bite for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. Many readers may recall Aurelia’s previous location for many years on Av. Petit Thours. Aurelia has new owners, new management and a new address and recently opened their doors in November 2011.

new restaurant in miraflores

We began our dining experience at Aurelia with a unique snack of deep fried pasta. We also sampled three of their five juices they offer. The passion fruit, strawberry and mango were delicious and served in…

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Peru’s Inca Trail To Close for Maintenance in February

Inca Trail Hike Path

For all of you thinking of traveling to Peru to do your hike up the Inca Trail, just an FYI!  If you already booked ahead, they you are already aware of this.  However, for those of you just doing things as you get there, this is something that could throw a wrench in your plans!

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Yeah! In the top 10 is pretty good. We are going head to head with Mexico on taste and variety. Honestly, I don’t know who would get my vote if I was put in that position. It would be my Sophie’s (food) Choice.

Consumer web site The Food Channel has included Peruvian gastronomy in its 2012 Trends Forecast, the top ten food trends for next year.

According to The Food Channel, Peruvian cuisine seems to be ‘the next Big Thing on the ethnic culinary scene.’

The Mistura Food Festival, held annually in Peru’s capital of Lima, has become one of the biggest food events in the world, attended by a half-million foodies, including many internationally-known chefs.

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Spain’s Ferran Adria, among the globe’s leading authorities on haute cuisine, is currently working on a documentary film about the food scene in Peru, reported.

Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the most varied and rich of the world.

Thanks to the inheritance Incan, Pre-Incan and to the Spanish, African, Chinese-Cantonese, Japanese and Italian immigration, it gathers, it mixes and creates a gastronomy and exquisite flavors of four continents, offering an unrivaled variety.

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Peru: 3rd Most Globalized Country in Latin America

Larcomar Peru Economy Booming Miraflores

How do you like us now, Argentina?!

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$12k Scholarship to Live/Volunteer in South America


Scholarships live abroad volunteer

Anyone looking for a way to help fund their trip/study/volunteer experience in South America?  Livfund is offering $12,000 in scholarships ($500 increments) in 2012 for volunteers in South America. You can find out more about the organization and the scholarship on their website:

I wish I could do this, but I suspect the fact that I have a job here would discount it.  But from reading the rules, it doesn’t sound like there are too many restrictions and you don’t necessarily have to be “young” to qualify.  So there might be hope for most you :p


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10th Annual National Mime Festival in Lima, Peru

Mime festival in Lima, PeruThey have been doing this for 1o years?!  I didn’t know these guys were that popular.  Does France know about this?  Maybe they are a silent investor? 🙂  Apparently there will be workshops and a few plays/performances.  They say all in Spanish, but they are mimes – how much “talking” will they be doing?  Is miming in Spanish any different than in English or French?

You will only find this in Lima…I don’t see people in Cusco or Iquitos really being into this.  Peru – never at a loss for surprising finds!

Why have I never seen this on the streets before?  Oh, right…probably because I live in Miraflores, which is “too good” for this sort of theater.  Or should I say “theatre”?  Must…get…there…but…trapped…in…a…box…HELP!


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