Creamy Spiced Chicken – Peruvian Aji Gallina

Peruvian Aji Gallina

Aji Gallina is a classic Peruvian dish with French influence. The name translates roughly to Chili Pepper Chicken, although the flavors in this dish are more creamy and milder than the name implies. French chefs came to South America during the French Revolution in the 18th Century in order to work for wealthy Peruvian families. … Read more

Peruvian Classic Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour

After we arrived in Lima, we were very quickly on the hunt for a Pisco Sour. This is Peru’s national drink, made using Pisco – a white brandy made from distilled wine made from muscat grapes. The cocktail also features the limes that have made both the drink and the ceviche in Peru legendary.   The … Read more

Downtown Lima from Balconies to Bones

Downtown Lima Peru

When we told people that we planned to spend a month in Lima, Peru, we got more than a few raised eyebrows. The same was true when we first arrived and mentioned to some locals that we planned to visit for a month. A month? Many people look at Lima as a place to stay on … Read more

Up, Down and Around Lima Peru

Lima Peru Bike Tour

Our guide Ytalo stretched out his arms, gesturing at the view for the small group of us. “They call it Lima the gray, or Lima the ugly. It’s always overcast here, but it never rains.” This statement was an introduction to a guided tour we were about to take along the coast Lima, Peru. The sights … Read more

Peruvian Lomo Saltado

Loma Saltado Recipe

When we first arrived in Peru we asked the cab driver who was taking us from the airport toward the center of Lima, “What we should eat while we are here?” His English was pretty non-existent, and our Spanish could use (a lot) of improvement. But despite that we were able to understand a lot of … Read more

Salad Dressing With Citrus and Fresh Ginger

Citrus Salad Dressing

I’m probably like most of you. The idea of making my own salad dressing, when there are so many in easy reach on the grocers shelf, seems like a waste of precious time. But here’s an idea that will elevate your salad to a new level – by using the ingredients that you were going to use … Read more

Hiking Up And Tumbling Down Gellért Hill

Hike to Freedom Hill

The two riverside cities of “Buda” and “Pest” were joined to make one large capital city in 1873. Despite that, most locals still refer to each side by its former name – the areas are, after all, very different. Most travelers who venture to Budapest find accommodations on the Pest side of the Danube River, the … Read more

A Blissful Day in Budapest – Spa Capital of the World

Budapest Spa

If the wonderful food, amazing historical sites and inexpensive prices aren’t enough to make you consider a trip to Budapest, this important fact will. Budapest has long been considered the spa capital of the world. There are 123 natural hot springs and drilled wells here. They deliver 18 million gallons of 70 – 172 degree F of … Read more

Getting A Taste For Budapest

Danube River, Budapest, Hungary

Have you ever eaten chocolate spiked with tarragon? Or gone to a restaurant where you get a canister of carbonated water that you are supposed to use to mix with your wine? Or eaten cottage cheese covered with chocolate? Then you haven’t been to Budapest. And until recently, neither had I. A Walking Food Tour of Budapest … Read more

Hungry in Hungary? Traditional Cooking in Budapest

Chef Parade Budapest

Before heading to Budapest for the first time, I decided to track down a cooking class. This wasn’t unusual in itself. It’s always a good way to learn about the culture and the food in a new place (and get great restaurant recommendations from the chef – they always know where to eat). But in … Read more