Archive for May, 2012

Struggle over Espinar

Demonstration against State of Siege in Espinar

Demonstration against State of Siege in Espinar

By David Knowlton

A couple of hundred people, mostly of university age, marched around Cuzco’s plaza yesterday with banners and signs held high. The plaza is Cuzco’s central ceremonial place and often is the site of ritual, including the troupes of dancers that captivate the tourists and locals. While many of these young people may once have danced around the plaza, today they are marching in another important ceremony, this time political, of concern for happenings within the region (state) of Cuzco. Read the rest of this entry

Slices of Cuzco's Varied Potatoes

Slices of Cuzco's Varied Potatoes

The 30th of May Peru celebrates the National Day of the Potato in recognition of this tuber that originated in Peru, has had an enormous influence on the rest of the world, and continues to be a pillar of Peruvian agriculture and the Peruvian diet. Read the rest of this entry

Trout with Potatoes

Trout with Potatoes

By David Knowlton

“What is most important to me is that diners come away happy from eating tasty food,” explained Mr. Eudocio Velasquez, the proprietor of the Sabores Cusqueños Restaurant, whose name means “flavors of Cuzco.” Many places hope to serve good food, but Sabores Cusqueños is more than good food, it is also a traditional yet innovative and charming place. Read the rest of this entry

Total Art Festival at the Plaza de Armas

Total Art Festival at the Plaza de Armas

By Walter Coraza Morveli and Hebert Huamani Jara (translated by David Knowlton) Photos by Walter Coraza Morveli

Today, the 26th of May, in the beautiful main square of Cuzco under full sunshine is being carried out the Total Art Festival.   Presented by the Municipality of Cuzco, the event presents a range of arts to the public. Read the rest of this entry

The Papa Helada Enters Cuzco with the Cold

Papa Helada with Cheese

Papa Helada with Cheese

By Brayan Coraza Morveli (translated by David Knowlton)

With the help of the cold that in winter races across the flat grasslands of the highlands and pours down the river valleys, our ancestors preserved potatoes. It was a great idea, since the harvest was generally large enough that some of it would rot before it could be consumed if they had not figured out how to freeze and dry potatoes with the Andean cold. As a result, right now, papa helada (frozen potatoes) is appearing in the markets and on plates throughout Cuzco. Read the rest of this entry

Nevada Pasteleria.

Peach Cheesecake

Peach Cheesecake

By David Knowlton

“Detour Lucre”, shouts the green and white sign in a photo on a blue door under the stone arches of the Portal de Comercio. The arrow leads inside, down a short hall where you are first met with an ice cream cooler and then the space opens up with love seats and leather chairs, then tables, and finally a display of home made pastries. This is a pastelería (pastry shop) called Nevada. Read the rest of this entry

Aguaymanto, an Exotic Fruit in Cuzco

Aguaymanto Fruit

Aguaymanto Fruit

By Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara (translated by David Knowlton)

An explosion of taste, sweet and sour at the same time, along with lots of tiny, edible seeds, comes from this golden fruit.  If not for its papery husk it would look like a cross between a cherry and a tomato. Called aguaymanto, it is an ancient, Inca fruit with relatives all over the world that grows in Cuzco’s neighborhoods to the delight of children and is more and more appearing in preserves and other concoctions. Read the rest of this entry

The Ongoing Glory of Túpac Amaru

Wreaths for Tupac Amaru on the Plaza de Armas

Wreaths for Tupac Amaru on the Plaza de Armas

By David Knowlton

The name Tupac Amaru resonates strongly in Cuzco. Yesterday the city recognized the bearer of this name in a celebration which emphasizes that, though centuries have gone by, he is a figure little forgotten. For the two days prior his heritage has been the subject of lectures in the Paraninfo Universitario. Read the rest of this entry

A Different and Subtle Cuzco Hot Sauce

Sach'a Tomate (Tamarillo)

Sach'a Tomate (Tamarillo)

By David Knowlton

On Mothers Day, while the men in the garden struggled to get the heat right to grill large, thin pork chops, I walked into the kitchen to see how Doña Mercedes was. She was busy charring sach’a tomates (also called tree tomato, tomato with a tail, tamarillo, or solanum betaceum). After we chuckled that it was Mothers Day and still she was cooking even though the men thought they were making the meal, I asked her what she was making and she said she was making an ají a hot sauce for the meal.
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Rich Culture of Graffiti in Cuzco

Graffiti of Pacahamama

Graffiti of Pacahamama

By David Knowlton, Walter Coraza Morveli, Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara, Yimpol Coraza Morveli, Brayan Coraza Morveli, y Erick Coraza Taco

The walls of Cuzco form a tempting target. White or beige, occasionally marked by sky blue balconies or doors, its walls extend as if a vast, colonial canvas waiting to be tagged. Though the city fathers love the pristine image of a town right out of Seville, although with Inca foundations instead of Arab, nonetheless from time immemorial these Spanish walls have been a public bulletin board for conflict, politics, and just self announcement. Read the rest of this entry

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