Archive for October, 2012

Tick or Treat Today in Cuzco

A Pumpkin to Hold All Your Candy

A Pumpkin to Hold All Your Candy

By Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara (translated by David Knowlton)

The 31st of October is a day filled with color, fun, and party for all of Cuzco. Today we celebrate both the Day ofCreole Song and Halloween. All the streets fill with bright color. It is indeed festive to feel and see all the people in the street today. Read the rest of this entry

Day of Canción Criolla Bounds in Cuzco

Day of Creole Music Celebrated in the Schools (http://www.tudocente.com/ 31-de-octubre-dia-de-la-cancion-criolla)

Day of Creole Music Celebrated in the Schools (http://www.tudocente.com/ 31-de-octubre-dia-de-la-cancion-criolla)Day of Creole Music Celebrated in the Schools

By Brayan Coraza Morveli (translated by David Knowlton)

Peru has a rich musical heritage.  Just as its culinary traditions carry in them the history of this diverse land and the many currents of people who come to it, so too the music  has the nuances of its coast, mountains, valleys, and jungle as well as centuries of immigration.  Today, the 31st of October, it makes its annual celebration of Creole song, música criolla, one of its major musical styles.  Throughout the country the voices, guitars and cajón (the wood box drum) of this style will be remembered and performed today.   Read the rest of this entry

Aguadito de Pollo

Aguadito de Pollo

By Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara (translated by David Knowlton)

On weekends Cuzco fills with parties and celebrations. The city has a vibrant nightlife. But the day after, to bring back energy and comfort yourself after a night of life nothing is better than a delicious bowl of aguadito de pollo, a special kind of chicken soup. Read the rest of this entry

Nieto’s “The Romance of the Charangos”

Life and Death Carved in a Cuzco Wall

Life and Death Carved in a Cuzco Wall

A knife fight between young men who hope to attract the attention of an attractive young woman is at the heart of Nieto´s three part poem, The Romance of the Charango which Cuzco Eats publishes today in translation.

Nieto’s poem does not simply describe a battle between two youths, handsome and lean. Rather it becomes a duel between charangos fought in song, though the wounds and death are real and vivid. Read the rest of this entry

Irma Aquise Bocángel de Muñiz (Detail of 1991 Book Cover)

Irma Aquise Bocángel de Muñiz (Detail of 1991 Book Cover)

By David Knowlton

What do mayonnaise, guinea pig pipián, stuffed pot roast in a Coca Cola sauce, spinach filled raviolis, and chiffon cake have in common? They are all found in a classic cook book from Cuzco, Cocinando con Irma or Cooking with Irma. Written by Mrs. Irma Aquise Bocángel de Muñiz it has gone through various editions and remains a classic in the Peruvian repertoire and especially in its Cuzco variant. Read the rest of this entry

Breakdance Spins and Hops in Cuzco

Bboy in Cuzco

Bboy in Cuzco

By Brayan Coraza Morveli and David Knowlton

In the Plaza and parks of Cuzco bboys toprock to the rhythmic sound of HipHop before dropping to downrock, a windmill, and head spin. These could be young men from Cuzco practicing streetdance moves like in cities of Europe or the United States or they could be tourists showing their stuff in the Inca City. Read the rest of this entry

A Walk in Cuzco’s Monumental Core

Walking through Cuzco

Walking through Cuzco

Any day you stroll down Cuzco’s streets, life presents itself before you. Here you do not have to go to the mall or turn on the TV to see people. You see them everywhere with all the emotions, struggles, loves, and delights people have. Today Cuzco Eats presents some photos of one slow jaunt through the streets of its Monumental Core. Read the rest of this entry

The Meaning of Food in Cuzco

Sunrise in Cuzco

Sunrise in Cuzco

By David Knowlton

Potatoes are beginning to sprout on the hill sides around Cuzco. It is spring. The rains have started. Soon the hillsides will turn green with rich vegetation and beautiful, purple flowers while underground tubers turn from almost nothing to become large and fleshy. The growth of potatoes underground not only makes the hills verdant, it makes life in Cuzco make sense. Read the rest of this entry

Apple Pie on the Streets on Cuzco

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

By Hebert Edgardo Huamani Jara (translated by David Knowlton)

While walking down Marques Street I saw a curly haired woman offering tempting slices of apple pie to passersby. She urged me to buy a piece with a happy smile and her product in hand. I could not resist and had to buy a piece. Read the rest of this entry

Cuzco’s Chicken Soup Picks You Up

Cuzco's Chicken Soup

Cuzco’s Chicken Soup

By Walter Coraza Morveli (translated by David Knowlton)

Chicken soup, called caldo de gallina, is one of the absolute favorite dishes of the people of Cuzco. They like it because of its irresistible flavor and because it lifts you up and gives you energy. Read the rest of this entry

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