Food Culture Archives

Noodles Delight and Inspire Creativity in Cuzco

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Enticing Tallarin Saltado from Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Enticing Tallarin Saltado from Cuzco (Walter Coraza Morveli)

We have a wide range of dishes in Cuzco, both typical and not typical, that are prepared daily by our chefs. Thanks to the great variety of foods that is grown nearby, our cooks are constantly innovating new offerings. They constantly give us new delights.

We have dishes for special moments, such as when, for example, you celebrate a birthday. On those days it is common to have a roast chicken (pollo al horno) along with a Russian salad (ensalada rusa) and out hot sauce (uchukuta) that can never be missing from a table. Read the rest of this entry

Sharing Cuzco with Trevor

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Trevor in Tres Cruces, Paucartambo, Cusco (Arnold Fernandez)

Trevor in Tres Cruces, Paucartambo, Cusco (Arnold Fernandez)

Two months ago I had the opportunity to meet Trevor. He was a very friendly guy who had come to Cuzco from the United States, the state of Ohio. We met in Maximo Nivel, a language school, through their Tandem program. That is one of the benefits of studying there. In it a student of English can practice their English with a native speaking foreigner while they get to practice the Spanish they are learning with you.

We worked together in Tandem for almost a month. Every day we would practice for an hour. Sometimes, though, we would stay much longer, learning things from one another and drinking cups of coffee. Read the rest of this entry

The Reason for Eating

By Shawn Dallas Stradley

Uchukuta, Cuzco's Hot Sauce (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Uchukuta, Cuzco’s Hot Sauce (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Walk into a restaurant. Sit down. Review the menu. Order food in Spanish or in English, or a tourist mix of both. Wait.

This sequence is similar to everywhere else in the world. The ordered food will begin to arrive, along with a small dish or two not ordered the condiment.  It  is the reason for the rest of the food. Aji. Read the rest of this entry

“It Was the Custom. You Had to Follow It.”

Cheers, Beer and a Glass (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Cheers, Beer and a Glass (Walter Coraza Morveli)

By David Knowlton

“Something I just do not like is people sharing the same glass,” insisted an intense woman and nurse who had just returned from the annual fiesta in her native town of Coya and would soon be returning to Lima.

We sat around the table at a family Sunday lunch high on the slopes above Cuzco in a new neighborhood. Many homes were simple squares of wood or piles of bricks with no cement yet. From a bit away we could hear the bouncing music of a parrillada, a grill set up to celebrate the community’s anniversary, I think it was the second one. Proceeds, if I remember correctly, were to go toward bringing electricity and running water to the people. Read the rest of this entry

The Legend of Urcos’ Lake

Urcos' Lake (Wayra)

Urcos’ Lake (Wayra)

By Brayan Coraza Morveli

A couple of young people decided to flee their homes because their parents would not accept their relationship. They decided to go to a nearby town. Their decision was premature, however, since they did not have the resources to support their flight. When they began their escape, the young man remembered that his father kept some savings hidden in the house for emergencies. They looked for a hiding place close to the house and he told the girl to stay there and wait for him while he returned to his parents house to get the money they kept. Read the rest of this entry

Pisac’s Market World Enchants Tourists

The Pisac Valley Seen From Pisac Road

The Pisac Valley Seen From Pisac Road

By David Knowlton

A vast and yet intimate space, covered in oscillating white, opens like a world waiting to be discovered. This is the tourist market which on two days a week is joined by a rural food market, seems to have taken over the center of the ancient town of Pisac. Above it the terraces rise like giant steps into the tops of the mountains where a majestic archeological site, also called Pisac, claims the mountain’s top, with higher peaks rising above it.

If you look from above at the town, as you drop down into the sacred valley from Cusco, its heart is clothed in competing planes of white which cover the streets and pathways. Read the rest of this entry

Birthdays Are a Fun Time for All in Cuzco

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

Celebrating a happy Birthday in Cuzco (Arnold Fernandez Coraza)

Celebrating a happy Birthday in Cuzco (Arnold Fernandez Coraza)

There is a saying in Cusco that goes, “cada quien con su santo”, “to each their saint.” Every person has their own faith in different saints and crosses within the city. That is why each year all the saints, crosses, and virgins are well feted by those who are devoted to them and have a solid economy.

People also celebrate their own santos as we call them, their birthdays. We call this day their santo because people used to draw names from the saints calendar and so the saint’s day was the same as your birthday. Read the rest of this entry

Street Food and Fiestas

Lechon, Roast Pork, on the Street (Wayra)

Lechon, Roast Pork, on the Street (Arnold Ferandez Coraza)

By Arnold Fernandez Coraza

To go to  fiesta is not only to enjoy the dance troupes and other performances, it is to eat.  Food is an important part, both where the cargos, the people who sponsor the troupes, serve those who dance and guests, as well as in the streets.  To make sense of this is is useful to observe street food in the recent fiesta in Paucartambo.

As every year the fiesta in Pucartambo is amazing.  Large numbers of people arrive from all over Peru.  They come to celebrate the three days of feasting that are lived in this welcoming town. Read the rest of this entry

By David Knowlton

Dance and Representing the Holy and History in Paucartambo (Wayra)

Dance and Representing the Holy and History in Paucartambo (Wayra)

English and Spanish are like to sisters who have lived their adult life in different places and after decades sit down to talk. They may have the same word, but they have developed different nuances and meanings from the experiences of the sisters with other people over all those years.

Sometimes the differences really do not matter as the sisters take pleasure in sharing and being together. Other times they make understanding difficult and can even raise ire,

A case in point is the word fiesta in Spanish and feast in English. Read the rest of this entry

Spits and Rollos Claim Cuzco

By David Knowlton

A Rolled Kebab Cut in Half (Wayra)

A Rolled Kebab Cut in Half (Wayra)

The streets of Cuzco’s colonial core are different every time you walk down them. Sure, the buildings stay much the same, whether you are looking at old pictures or remembering them from when you last visited them. They do vary over stretches of time, however: a new detail here, a different color there.

You need to only go into the museum of Casa Concha which houses the Yale Machu PIcchu collection and was an important place in its own right. It shows you some of the differences of that building in different times. Read the rest of this entry

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