Archive for May, 2011

Papa Helada with Cheese and Salad, San Pedro Market

Papa Helada with Cheese and Salad, San Pedro Market

By David Knowlton and Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

It freezes most nights now above the city of Cuzco. The arrival of the frost marks a major change in the year and, as a result, suddenly a new food appears in Cuzco and people take pleasure in it. Not surprisingly, it is a form of the potato and today is the Day of the Potato in Peru. Read the rest of this entry

Extras or Menu. Huh?

Chalkboard Offering Menus

Chalkboard Offering Menus

By David Knowlton

Every place has its own local food culture that arose from its past and changes with its present. Though in many places the culture of fast food and chain restaurants is quickly eroding these local ways, in Cuzco the local culture remains strong. Read the rest of this entry

Eating Vegetarian in Cuzco

Pasta with Soy Protein at El Encuentro

Pasta with Soy Protein at El Encuentro


By David Knowlton with help from Walter Coraza Morveli and Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

Once upon a time, finding vegetarian food in Cuzco was as hard as keeping the Mississippi river with in its banks during a hundred year flood.  But now Cuzco has many good offerings.  Among others (see our search engine), it has restaurants, such as El Encuentro and Govinda’s, that specialize in vegetarian cuisine, as well as the up-scale Greens that focuses on organic offerings and whose menu is vegetarian friendly. Read the rest of this entry

Ponche de Habas, Cuzco

Ponche de Habas, Cuzco

By Walter Coraza Morveli, Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara, and David Knowlton

Both people and their communities pass through moments of transition. In these moments that which is of greatest importance to them stands out. One knows it is important if it appears over and over again during different transitions.

In Cuzco, one thing that reappears over and over is a drink, ponche de habas, a hot drink made from fava beans. Read the rest of this entry

Frog Soup, Food for the Mind

Frog Soup, San Pedro Market, Cuzco

Frog Soup, San Pedro Market, Cuzco

By Walter Coraza Morveli and David Knowlton

Just inside the bustling San Pedro Market, in front of the Machu Picchu Train Station, Mrs. Raida Valencia sits by a large mound of herbs, a pile of various cooked sea foods, and a plastic tub of frogs. She does not have to shout out at passersby to offer her food, they come to her and keep the seats in front of her booth occupied while spooning up her frog soup. Read the rest of this entry

Cuzco’s Traditional, Hand-Made Bread

Bread Vendor, San Pedro Market, Cuzco

Bread Vendor, San Pedro Market, Cuzco

By Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara and David Knowlton

While much of the world is caught in the pre-prepared uniformity of industrial breads (even those of the artisanal bread movement such as found in many US supermarkets and bakeries,) Cuzco has a long history of local breads deeply tied into local history and culture that has not been lost in the face of global standardization. Read the rest of this entry

The Uncucha, an Important Root Crop

Uncucha

Uncucha

By Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara

Translated by David Knowton

Peru is a land of root crops.  The potato originated here in all its rainbow of types.  But it is also a land of others, such as sweet potato, yuca, and various indigenous ones that are hardly known outside its borders.  Here, though, these tubers are part of a rich and varied diet that enabled civilization to grow and spread. Read the rest of this entry

A Study in Contrasts: Salteñas in Cuzco

Salteña in Cusco

Salteña in Cusco

By David Knowlton

A wonder, crusty and slightly sweet pastry outside and spillingly juicy and piquant inside, salteñas [salt-táyn-yuhs] are claiming ever more bellies in Cuzco. This marvelous empanada, despite its name, is from La Paz, Bolivia and, while it is worth every bite, it also is a cutting edge of a whole invasion of culture from nearby Bolivia into Cuzco. Read the rest of this entry

Lúcuma and Maracuyá Smoothie

Lúcuma and Maracuyá Smoothie

By David Knowlton

Smoothies of fresh fruit, many of them unusual tropical fruits native to Peru, in wide and tall glasses, boom among Cuzco restaurants. Once relegated to the market and odd sidewalks — where they still are found — fruits blended into a smooth delight not only claim restaurant menus in Cuzco, but have become stars in places of their own. Read the rest of this entry

Cilantro Sauce

Green Hot Sauce, Cuzco

Green Hot Sauce, Cuzco

Cuzco Eats is pleased to present a poem by poet Shawn Dallas Stradley about Peruvian food.  Not only is Stradley a poet who brings a rich poetic language and background to the task, he aids us in meeting one of our goals: opening the blog to other voices and other writers.  Thank you Shawn. Read the rest of this entry

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