Lima, Peru

The Capital city of Peru is a bustling coastal metropolis hugging the coastline for miles and miles.  The surf was perfect the entire week we were there and as you can see from the pictures the surfers are definitely spoiled rotten in Lima!  On this trip we visited mainly Miraflores, The City’s Historical Center, and San Isidro.  We also visited the cliffside boardwalks along the beach and stayed at the wonderful Peru Apart II apartments with an incredible ocean view of the entire coastline in the Miraflores district. The surf was perfect the entire week we were there and as you can see from the pictures the surfers are definitely spoiled rotten in Lima!

Peruvian Ceviche

Ceviche is a staple of coastal Peru. With its Japanese and Spanish heritage the Peruvians put a unique spin on their ceviche and they have mastered the art of raw fish in all forms. The ceviches we tried in Peru were all unique from Cusco to Lima. They like to use soy and lemon and build the dishes using signature staples like corn, chilis, and sweet potatoes in an incredible expression of Asian Peruvian fusion. Peruvians say to never eat ceviche past 2 PM or it’s not fresh.

Cusco’s Mercado San Pedro

One of the best places to be on just about any day of the week in Cusco is the Mercado San Pedro.  Here they offer every type of food you can imagine from Amazonian fruits and veggies to fresh meats and seafoods to baked goods and everything in between.  The market was design by none…

Machu Picchu, Peru

One of the seven wonders of the world Lies atop the Andes Mountain in the Inca Sacred Valley in Peru. Ancient Incan civilizations sat atop this incredible site once and used it for parties, rituals and ceremonies for over 100 days a year.  The Inca devised irrigation systems and crop alterations that are mind blowing…

Langoustine Bisque – Recipe

This is a great recipe for Bisque. Great way to cook shellfish shells and use heads and tails of shrimp and lobsters and langoustines.

Seafood Stock – Recipe

This is a basic seafood stock to be used in recipes like bisque and seafood soups, rice and pasta dishes, as needed.  Take your scrap fish and shellfish heads, tails, and shells and make stock.  Freeze and use some for later when you need a hearty stock while you are making the effort.  I use…

Creamy Pecan Pesto – Recipe

Pesto is a wonderful fresh herb sauce from the coast of Italy in Genoa in Liguria.  There the Genoans live on steep Pine hillsides with lots of herbs growing but little else historically.  The fishermen sold most of their catch to nearby towns for a living and were left with little else. Using the best…

Diamond Beach, Iceland

Crystal clear hunks of glacial debris washing up on the jet black sands of Diamond Beach is undoubtedly one of the world’s most stunning sights.  Driving up from Vik and past the Skaftafell glacier you pass the Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon, and Ice Bay where you come upon a steel bridge with a large parking area to…

Gullfoss, Iceland

Powerful and massive, Gullfoss roars as the waters crash down on the canyons rocks in the heart of the Golden Circle.  The impressive volume of flowing water creates mist and momentum forcing a cold, windy vacuum that blows down the valley chilling me to the bone as we hike along the top of the valley. …