Bookmarked // May

Even though this week has mainly been grey and cold, today has shown signs that a little summer is still here in Lima with its beautiful blue sky and fierce sunshine. I sit typing with a G&T in hand, just as any English citizen would be when the temperature passes 17 degrees! Our dogs are out on the terrace, basking in the rays and sleeping a lot, which is just what you want on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

This month I have been excitedly planning our winter holiday, which may be including a trip to the happiest place in the world (erm…thats Disney World), and therefore I have reverted to being a child at the prospect of this! I may have watched three Disney films already this week….

What else has been happening this month you ask? Well, let’s take a look at some of the awesomeness that Lima had to offer in May. may 2015

THIS MONTH I HAVE BEEN…….

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Bookmarked // April

I know my last post was a good few weeks ago, but I do have a good excuse… I have been moving house. I literally feel like I’ve been moving bags, boxes and furniture for weeks and, even more exciting, cleaning for what seems like an eternity!

This month has been pretty busy, so I haven’t honestly had a lot of time for much else! However here is the rundown of what did happen  in April…April

THIS MONTH I HAVE BEEN…..

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Bookmarked // January

After an age long hiatus, Bookmarked is back with a brand new look! It has been reduced to a once monthly edition, but it’s still here to keep you updated on what has been going on here in Lima.

So without any further ado, here is the first edition for 2015!

january w:tapeTHIS MONTH I HAVE BEEN………

Nuevo Mundo Facebook // The Complete Sherlock Holmes on Amazon UK

watching

Dexter // Merlin // Elementary

eating /  jan(from the left going clockwise)

1// Mint Choc Chip and Amaretto sundae at Laritza D’. Summer = ice cream!!

2// Salchipapas (sausage & chips) w/ egg at Tanta. I love salchipapas. Great for soaking up those pisco sours!

3// Amazing queso mantecoso (creamy, mild, salty cheese) from the area of Cajamarca in the north-east of Peru. I am afraid I have no location of where to buy this cheese, because it was a gift, but check out the label and have a search for it if you are travelling up that way!

4// The buffet at Mangos at Larcomar in Miraflores. Super tasty food and a great place to eat in the summer, because their location is right on the clifftop overlooking the sea. Amazeballs. (S/.55 for the lunch buffet)

5// Papa rellena (mashed potato shaped around a filling, normally beef, and fried) at Panchita one of Gaston Acurio’s restaurants specialising in traditional Peruvian food. It was by far the best papa rellena I have ever eaten. Continue reading

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OK, so I know I promised posts last week, but life and work has seemingly got in the way, so I haven’t got around to writing my posts up I am afraid. Although I feel that is how it should be; life should be taking over! But yeah, I have had a lot to get done  before my trip back UK side, but hopefully all will be published before I leave Lima!

This week I have been:

READING // I am saving all my books for my flights, no one likes to be sat in an airport with nothing to do. No one.

WATCHING // The Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel, conducted by Zubin Mehta, which is seen to be one of the best orchestras in the world. We saw them perform pieces by Mozart and Maher at the Gran Teatro Nacional del Perú in Lima this week and it was absolutely incredible.

EATING // We decided to go out for breakfast this week and headed to La Tiendecita Blanca just north of Kennedy Park in Miraflores. They do some good value set menus for tourists to try Peruvian food and some beautiful desserts (fyi my dad says the cheesecake is excellent). We tried their all inclusive tea menu, which includes coffee (or tea), a sandwich, juice (or pisco sour!) and a muffin (or strudel) for S/. 40. Could be seen as a little pricey, but try getting all those individual items for the same price! A lovely atmosphere, nice food and good service.

VISITING // The Inca Market in Miraflores on Petit Thouars (if you are coming up from Ricardo Palma, head straight for a couple of blocks, over Gonzales Prada and it is on your right hand side, opposite CompuPalace). This place is great for souvenirs, alpaca blankets, ceramics, paintings etc. I raided this place this week for stuff to take home for birthdays etc, it’s fun, and don’t forget to haggle a little!

My top online finds of the week (in no particular order):

  1. Birthday Cake Time! Only for another week more I promise! So, how about this pair of lovelies (I feel the giant candles are a bit much, oh and you may need google translate for the page!), or perhaps we just need an easy-peasy 2 ingredient white chocolate frosting?
  2. I am loving the look of this ice-cream….burnt sugar.…chocolate pieces
  3. 5 places to get rocoto relleno (stuffed chilli peppers) in Arequipa in a celebration of the city’s 473rd anniversary.
  4. In celebration of El Día del Niño (Children’s Day) this Sunday coming, here are a selection of children friendly recipes from Peru!
  5. Haha! DIY this!

 

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This week has been a very successful week. I have got my residency in Peru, and a super cool Carné de Extranjería (Foreign Person Card), with an OK-ish photo. I’m pretty sure it is the law of life that no one has an amazing photo on their passport, their drivers licence or any other kind of card. Yep definitely the law.

I probably could have had this a lot sooner, but due to lack of information available before I came to Peru and out there on the net, I went a pretty roundabout way of getting it! There were things I could have done in the UK first, documents I could have collected sooner, and to top it all off most of this takes place in downtown, so finding time to get down there can be a squeeze. Public holidays were also not timed well!! But anyway, the process is finished, and I can now impart my wisdom of things not to do when applying for your residency! I’ll get this posted as soon as I can.

Another success this week was our long weekend away in Canta! Well actually in a little town called Obrajillo just down the mountain from Canta. So much fun, and as I said before a post about this will be up this week. I took about a gazillion photos, so I have to go through them all! It’s a great excursion to take from Lima, especially in winter when you want to escape the grey clouds and misty rain for a few days to remember what the sky actually looks like!

However, I am back in Lima land now, and yesterday I was catching up on what has been happening in the world outside of our tent. I have to say though, I would like to be in that little bubble of no internet and TV etc more often. The world is a truly beautiful place to experience first hand and not via a screen.

So……this week I have been:

WATCHING // I have been releasing my inner geek and watching Star Trek: Next Generation! Haha! I know, but you have got to love Patrick Stewart. Also, along the same sci fi routes, Warehouse 13 is super fun to watch. I suggest you release your inner sci fi geek too!

EATING // Milanesa de trucha (breaded trout) in El Porteñito 1, Obrajillo. The trout in this little restaurant was amazing. Perfectly seasoned and so fresh. I also bought some locally made honey and manjar blanco, so I am in for a treat this week!

VISITING // Obrajillo, nr Canta, and the surrounding mountains. A truly beautiful place! Just check out the picture above. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

My top online finds for the week are (in no particular order):

  1. An interesting article about a budding journalist who travelled in South America on a very tight budget.
  2. Again, travelling on a budget? Take a look at the list of coolest hostels around the world.
  3. Birthday cake of the week….I’ve gone back to ice cream!
  4. Not for me, but how amazing is this cake of the world… (scroll down past Jupiter!)
  5. Awesome recipe for pork belly! Hello dinner time.

 

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Ok, let’s talk about ice cream.

It may be winter here, but to be honest at 18C I’m still thinking about ice cream, even though its cloudy, rainy and there is not a hope of sun. I have been eating a lot of it recently, I can’t help myself, because Lima has some great ice cream. Even Wong supermarket has awesome ice cream. And it’s not the regular ice cream tubs I mean, they have their own ice cream counter in their stores, so you can just casually do your shopping with an ice cream cone in hand. Freakin’ genius.

I’m going to have to start updating you with the best places and flavours, maybe one a week to keep my addiction going. I’ll tell myself I’m only eating the ice cream for research purposes and then it’s fine.

This week I have been:

READING // Alongside last week’s purchase of Citadel, I have also bought a short story by Kathy Reichs called Bones In Her Pocket. It’s still a Temperance Brennan story, but miniaturised!

WATCHING // Alongside watching the Emmy nominated House of Cards (1. Kevin Spacey is excellent, and 2. I never realised it was a British mini TV series in the 90’s first!), we are having an Alien movie marathon. After watching Prometheus, we decided to re watch them from the start. So good.

EATING // Hmmm, what have I eaten except ice cream? Maybe I should give you the name of my latest ice cream haunt Laritza D’. Good flavours, great sundaes, and FUDGE SAUCE. (I can’t find a website for these guys, if anyone knows of one, let me know)

My top online finds this week are (in no particular order):

  1. Trekking Peru’s Santa Cruz trail.
  2. Strange hotel jobs. My favourite is the guacamologist….say what?
  3. What makes a terrible airport….and a wishlist for a great one!
  4. OK Mum it’s Birthday Cake O’Clock! This week there is a chocolate theme…. This one with marshmallow frosting, or this salted caramel six layer one (both Martha Stewart), or perhaps even this one with dark chocolate ganache and raspberries (Call Me Cupcake). And just in case these aren’t enough, let’s see What Katie Ate
  5. Get cravings? Sweet or salty? This article will tell you what your body is really craving.
  6. And just because ice cream is my ‘thang’ right now, check these koalas out. Ge-ni-us haha.

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Food, floats and fireworks! We spent yesterday afternoon celebrating the start of Fiestas Patrias by attending Corso Wong, a huge parade organised by Wong supermarket. Some of the main streets of Miraflores were closed to host the journey of sponsored floats, marching bands and dancers. There were food sellers galore (think toffee apples, candyfloss, popcorn, picarones and emoliente) and it ended with brightly coloured fireworks that lit up the sky over Kennedy Park and the rest of Miraflores. So much fun!!

And to top it off I ended my night with a pork sandwich from La Lucha. Chicharron (fried pork), camote (sweet potato) and mayonnaise, all tucked into a warm bread roll. You must come here if you are in Lima, the sandwiches are fantastic, and they even serve thick cut chips made from purple potatoes! A great end to the weekend!

This week I have been:

WATCHING // Guerra Mundial Z (or World War Z in English). Scared the pants off me, but then I’m a bit of a wuss. It also echoed some of the subjects I was reading about in Inferno last week, which made it quite topical for me! Worth a watch!

EATING // Fantastic Italian food at Il Piccolo Pomodoro in Surco. Amazing garlic bread, pizzas, pastas (including a saffron risotto served next to melt in the mouth ossobuco) and tiramisu. It is one of my favourite restaurants in Lima, and they have live music every Wednesday night in the form of a tenor singing some Italian classical pieces. He has a phenomenal voice and so the tables book up every week; my advice is book early!

VISITING // Corso Wong in Miraflores! Put it in your diaries for next year!

My top 5 online internet finds (in no particular order):

  1. I found this on Pinterest. Camping in tiny luxury!
  2. Friends getting married this year? Me too! Give the bride, or her bridesmaids, one of these for the big day!!
  3. Want to funk up your guacamole? Apparently pomegranate and mango are the answer!
  4. School is out! Need some activities for the kids at home? Check these out…..maybe do cress, then you can eat it too!
  5. Rediscovered this weekend on search for this years birthday cake! Hi Mum!

 

P.S. The Royal baby….It’s a boy!!!

P.P.S. More quinoa recipes to be posted this week! Sorry for the delay!

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‘Leaving on a jet plane…’, but unlike the song, I do know when I’m coming back to Lima! Yes that’s right folks, I have booked myself a 2 week jolly back to the UK in August, but I’m really going to miss my new home.

Sad face.

Now obviously I’m really excited to see my friends, family, eat Mars bars and English cheddar, and have myself a glass of Pimms, but being nearly 6 months here in Lima, I think it’s going to be pretty hard. Although I have to admit I am already starting to plan what I need to do whilst I’m there (excited for the new Argentinian restaurant that has opened in Cambridge), and what I need to buy to bring home to Lima with me (think Cadburys).

But enough about the UK, because Peru is where it’s at right now. Everyone is getting all fiesta-ry (I’m pretty sure I made that word up…) ready for the big celebrations around the 28th. The buildings are decorated with red and white rosettes, the district of Surco have repainted their signs patriotically, and Peruvian flags are going up just about everywhere. Fun times!

This week I have been:

READING // OMG, I’m nearly finished with Dan Brown’s Inferno, and it is so damn exciting. So many twists, it’s like being on a helter skelter.

WATCHING // Pretty Little Liars. Death, intrigue, mystery and high school drama. I love it.

EATING // Tacu-tacu in La Isla Escondida, a seafood restaurant on the border of Surco and Surquillo. Tacu-tacu (a dish of mashed beans and rice molded together and sautéed) is one of my favourite comfort foods, and they are having a festival of it this month! Mine came served with fried fish and vegetables in an oyster sauce. So. Very. Good.

VISITING // Jockey Plaza, one of Lima’s best malls, for some retail therapy. And maybe a margarita. A large one.

I have been slightly preoccupied with quinoa this week, therefore my top 10 online finds are all awesome quinoa recipes.

  1. Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Cherries and Seeds // The Design Files
  2. Grilled Corn, Black Beans and Quinoa with a Cilantro Lime Dressing // Flourishing Foodie
  3. Crunchy Quinoa, Toasted Almond and Dark Chocolate Brown Butter Granola // How Sweet It Is
  4. Quinoa with Corn and Spring Onions // Just a Taste
  5. Quinoa, Avocado Vanilla Pudding, and Berry Breakfast Parfait // Choosing Raw
  6. Strawberry, Quinoa and Spinach Caprese Salad // Closet Cooking
  7. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing // Two Peas and Their Pod
  8. Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait // Epicurean Mom
  9. Quinoa Banana Bread // La Tartine Gourmande
  10. Spicy Vegetable and Quinoa Laksa // BBC Good Food

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I get cravings for different sorts of food all the time. I remember once having this desire for cucumber for about a week. This week I seem to have been eating a lot of coconut. Coconut biscuits, coconut doughnuts, coconut pancakes (above), and even homemade coconut curry….I’ve gone coconut crazy. We’ve actually been doing a lot of home cooking at the moment whilst awaiting final confirmation of my migratory status. This has actually helped to take my mind off of the wait, and it has been a pretty long process with a lot of back and forth to different government buildings, but it’ll be worth it all once I have it!

This week I have been:

READING // Inferno by Dan Brown. The new episode in the Robert Langdon series is kicking off with a bang and a mystery as always. I can’t wait to see how this one pans out.

WATCHING // Wimbledon!! Obviously!

EATING // Homemade cooking. My personal favourite has been the chicken, peach and coconut curry. So, so good.

VISITING // Nowhere exciting unfortunately, only a number of government buildings! It’s all about the visa this week.

My top 10 online finds of the weekend:

  1. What’s your food of choice after a few drinks? In Lima I love Alf’s. They sell big fat sandwiches of meat, cheese, egg and crisps….epic! Check this list out of other countries food offerings, the one for England is dead on!
  2. Multicoloured ice cream holders…..with scoop.
  3. Check out these incredible eclairs. I need to go to Paris.
  4. I may pretend it’s summer because I want these.
  5. These will feed my coconut addiction….and there is peach too. Amazing.
  6. I want to stay in one of these incredible eco-lodges. Check out Peru’s Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica.
  7. Amazing photos of landscapes with tips on how to take your own
  8. Blur is coming to Lima! (link in Spanish)
  9. Breakfast to again feed my coconut addiction…..
  10. Happiness in a glass

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Someone help me. I am addicted to Pinterest. I live it, I’m pretty sure I dream about it, and yes I have caught myself looking far to longingly at some of the food pictures.

Anyway, you can follow me or just take a peek at my boards by clicking the little red link on the right hand side that helpfully says ‘Follow me on Pinterest’. Amongst my boards there is obviously an amazing collage of photos about Peru, but also some damn tasty food, some beautiful places to visit in the world, little gold animals, things you never knew you needed or wanted but as soon as you saw them you had to have them, and generally some pretty nice pictures.

Check. It. Out.

This week I have been:

READING // The BBC sport website for up to the second updates from Andy Murray’s matches. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Although actually I’m pretty sure it updates itself. I fancy a Pimms now.

WATCHING // Luther. Just discovering this on Netflix. It is ace.

EATING // At bakeries/ cafés. San Antonio has fantastic desserts and salads, and Delicass has a great array of sandwiches and ice creams (see picture above). I recommend the bright green mint choc chip, if not for its amazing hue then for its fantastic minty flavour. 1 scoop for S/. 6.50 and you get waaaaay more than a scoop.

VISITING // The parks of Surco in the Sunday sunshine. Little, clean areas of green, green grass, bright flowers and big trees. We cracked out the sunnies and the flip flops, grabbed the dogs, and took advantage of the weather!

My top 10 online finds of the weekend (in no particular order):

  1. Totes need this new-school Polaroid camera. A-ma-zing.
  2. I need these in my belly.
  3. Buy red jeans. That is how they’re doing it in Lima. Coloured jeans galore and they are brightening up winter!
  4. Check out these aerial view photos. A different perspective.
  5. Super useful for cooking.
  6. We eat a lot of watermelon in Lima, and this knife is perfect for chopping it up.
  7. Really useful Peruvian cooking website, with recipes and information on Peruvian ingredients. In English and Español.
  8. This glass from Ikea.
  9. Learning Spanish? I’ve found the grammar section of this website very helpful.
  10. Really want to go to Huaraz and see beautiful lakes and lagoons as blue as this one.

 

Have a great week!

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It’s officially winter. Mostly grey skies and a little bit of drizzle. But where is Christmas? I am used to the fact that when the weather turns wintery, you know that its all going to be OK because the joyousness and sparkle of Christmas will cheer you up.

Oh no. Not in the southern hemisphere. You have all the good things in one go. Sunshine and Christmas come hand in hand.

So now I’m feeling a little bit melancholy. However, the internet has provided me with pretty pictures, fun slideshows and television to keep me amused! Marvellous. At least when the weather is like this you don’t feel like you should be enjoying the outdoors, and you feel its OK to stay under the duvet a bit longer and read books and watch crime dramas whilst eating Oreos. Standard.

So here is my weekend round up.

This weekend I have been:

READING // Still Kathy Reichs, however I am really fond of reading this blog by Joy The Baker, she is ace!

WATCHING // As Made In Chelsea draws to a close (I love it, I can’t help myself, it’s so English), I am starting anew and  have been catching up on the beginning of season 7 of Dexter. I’ve been dying to since the end of season 6.

Such. A. Cliffhanger. OMG.

EATING // In a chifa (Chinese restaurant) in Chinatown. Salon China does a kick ass lunch buffet for S/. 30 with mountains of wontons, spring rolls, duck, dumplings,  fresh veggies, cakes and pastries (see main picture- loving the sprinkles). So damn good.

VISITING // Downton Lima. I seem to have been here a lot in the last couple of weeks and have become quite familiar with the central streets. It may seem slightly scary to start with, but some of the buildings are beautiful, there are amazing market stalls, and there are many hidden treasures to discover, such as sandwich shops and art exhibitions.

My top 10 online finds of the weekend (in no particular order):

  1. A lot of restaurants in Lima that specialise in grilled meats have options that involve having your meal served to you on your own personal grill to keep the meat warm. Genius. And I have found where you can get one for your own personal use!
  2. Just quickly for all my UK homies out there, Zoo Lates at London Zoo is back!!! Go, wear an animal hat and drink Pimms.
  3. Peanut butter is expensive out here, which sucks seeing as it is one of my food obsessions. That is why I am so happy to have found this recipe.
  4. I love this dinner table set up for a family dinner, but I don’t think the paints should just be for kids though.
  5. This is the next step in my breakfast infatuation!
  6. For some reason, I seem to be loving this whole gold painted animal thing. This artwork is so fun, but you can use the animals for fridge magnets, haha!
  7. Have you ever wanted to make coconut whipped cream. Sounds amazing. Here is how!
  8. This sticky tape is so great for sending messages and sealing envelopes!
  9. Hate kneading dough for making pizzas? Here is a no knead recipe, but beware, you have to know that you want pizza the night before you actually eat it to prepare the dough.
  10. And lastly, check out these tree house hotels. Feed your inner child and stay in one!

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Ever since I heard that my hometown in the UK now provides Krispy Kreme doughnuts, I can’t get them out of my head, especially because I can’t get them in Lima. I think maybe a trip to Dunkin’ this week will have to suffice. I. Need. Sugar. And. Sprinkles.

I love to scour the web for new stuff; recipes, photos, information, stuff to buy….the list goes on. If I find something good, I bookmark it on my mac to share and delete, or keep for a later date. This mostly happens on a weekend when I have more time; lets think of it as my alternative to the Sunday papers!

This weekend I have been:

READING // Kathy Reichs- Bones Are Forever. I have read every book in the Temperence Brennan series and I can’t put this one down either!

WATCHING // The Killing (US Version). My mum recommended the original Danish version, but this version, set in Seattle, was on Netflix. Who killed Rosie Larsen?

EATING // In La Huerta in Pachacamac, just south of Lima. A huge outdoor space full of trees and tables, and the occasional colourful bull! It specialises in food from the grill, so we had chancho (pork) with frijoles (beans) and arroz (rice). Very good, but very expensive for the amount of food given.

VISITING // Festival Puro Picaron. A small weekend festival in San Borja celebrating the picarone (a kind of fried doughnut made from squash, covered in a syrup) and other local desserts. Very tasty indeed!

These are my top 10 finds of the weekend (in no particular order)

  1. I think I may buy this book for everyone at Christmas so they can learn how to cook Peruvian food!
  2. This is hilarious if you are British. I cried with laughter!
  3. I love that Urban Outfitters ships to Peru, but for a £26 shipping fee I think I’ll have to buy a lot! Their homeware is super fun, I may have to by these, this, or maybe even this!
  4. I have wanted one of these for a while now; I love that you can design your own.
  5. 2 awesome ingredients. Thank you Joy the Baker for suggesting this combination!
  6. Who knew these came in pink?
  7. With vodka? Without vodka? Either looks good to me!
  8. And I can drink no7 through these gorgeous straws. For the UK you can get them here too!
  9. I will be eating this oatmeal for my breakfast tomorrow. It sure is chilly at the moment, so perfect way to warm up after leaving the duvet!
  10. I really want to see this film; read Vogue UK‘s review here.

Oh and I wanted to put this on for Father’s Day but it’s a bit late. Check out this Father’s Day tribute from Lego!

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