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International foodies turn their attention to Peru’s Mistura

By Rachel Chase
Peru This Week

Multiple international media outlets have reported recently about the wonder that is Peru’s Mistura food festival.

The popular food hub Eater, which reviews and catalogs restaurants all over the United States as well as reporting on international gastronomic news, published an enjoyable and irreverent piece on the festival. The article, part of their popular “Hangover Observations” feature, listed the highlights of the festival. Writer Allie Lazar placed special emphasis on this year’s first-ever Encuentro Gastronómico, the international chef meetup and demonstration bonanza hosted by Apega.

“Damn,” she observed,”does Lima know how to throw a good party.” Lazar, an American expat currently living in Buenos Aires, rightfully blamed Peruvian pisco for the titular hangover. For more of Lazar’s witty banter and some delightful photos from the Encuentro Gastronómico, head over to Eater.

UK newspaper The Daily Mail also published a photo-rich piece on Latin America’s largest food festival. The Daily Mail praised the pork sandwiches served by El Chinito sandwich shop at Mistura. Though writer Anthea Gerrie seemed a bit puzzled by Peruvians’ affinity for ceviche after a long night of partying, she was generally impressed by the scale of the fair and the huge variety of treats available. Her sumptuous photos are good enough to eat.

Peru has had something of a banner year for food— Lima’s gourmet hotspot Astrid & Gastón was named the best restaurant in Latin America, and Food and Travel Magazine called Perú the “destination of the year.”

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    September 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Security in the city of Lima, Peru comparable to a war zone in Iraq or Syria. You have to be on the lookout for thieves everywhere. Furthermore, you will find dog feces on most sidewalks and streets.
    The quality of ingredients used in Peruvian food inside Peru is abysmal. Chicken and eggs tastes like fish because they feed their chickens cheap fish meal instead of grains like corn. The vegetables and fruits are full of pesticides, insects and are discoloured, dwarfed in size and look like something that you might think had been grown in the ground near Chernobyl. Anything that is of good quality is exported or sold chefs like Gaston Acurio so they can use in their special restaurants, meanwhile everyone else has to eat garbage. Peruvian food is nothing but a cheap imitation of Spanish, Chinese, Italian and Japanese food with the lowest quality ingredients possible. The fact that cheap ingredients are substituted for the original expensive ingredients somehow makes it Peruvian I guess. That and a good dose of MSG.

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    September 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Peruvian food, the best food. 😀 😀 😀
    You would try those amazing dishes….

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