Paris in the Winter

Last week I was sharing on Instagram some of my favourite photos from my little trip to Europe in January. It was basically a show of support for Europe and the EU in light of the referendum. I’m not going to discuss that awful outcome right now, because it makes me equally sad and angry, but I just wanted to share a little more Europe love with you all!!

I’ve been to Paris before so I’d already seen and been to some places, so this 24 hours was a mix of revisiting a few locations and finding some new favourites.

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Panchita // Traditional Peruvian Flavours with a Modern Edge

Another offering from acclaimed chef Gastón Acurio, Panchita centres around traditional Peruvian dishes, or, to use the Peruvian term, ‘criollo’ cooking.

panchita

Panchita is a stunningly decorated restaurant, utilising many traditional Peruvian design elements but with such a stylish and modern twist. Think colourful striped fabrics, fluorescent poster style graffiti signage, and traditional hand painted bulls on display.

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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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Sunday Lunch // La Vista at JW Marriott

Sunday lunches are my kind of lunches. Long, lazy and with a lot of food.

And at The Marriott, ‘a lot of food’ is just what they’re offering.

The Marriott Hotel is situated just behind the Malecon (the path that follows the clifftop) and Larcomar shopping centre in Miraflores, and their restaurant ‘La Vista’ has beautiful views of the ocean in front of it.

sparkles and the view

La Vista has 4 types of buffet throughout the week; breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea (amazing) and a Sunday lunch buffet.

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Easter Eats Part 2 // COSME

And so we continue to the next stop on our journey.

Day 3 (Saturday) – COSME

I love visiting San Isidro on holidays because there is little to no traffic in your way, which never happens on a regular day of the week. I had been wanting to try COSME ever since it opened and the Easter break was a perfect excuse to head to San Isidro and try it out! I also really wanted to see the incredible recycled, multicoloured ceiling that they had!

ceiling

I mean take a look! It’s mesmerising, no?

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Lima Food Week // La Nacional

As I mentioned in this post, we have two weeks here in Lima called Lima Food Week. This is when around 25 restaurants offer a set menu of 3 courses for lunch (S/59) or dinner (S/79) to showcase what their restaurant has to offer to the people of Lima.

On of these restaurants is La Nacional.

La Nacional

Don’t you just love their logo!

Established as a deli in 1821, La Nacional has become a fully fledged restaurant. Located on La Mar, it has a prime location to attract foodies which head down the famous avenue looking for good food. And good food…no, wait,… fantastic food is what I found,

I went into La Nacional with no expectations and they absolutely wowed me.

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El Pan de la Chola

El Pan de la Chola is a bakery and café all-in-one and it is one of my favourites.

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I first visited about 6 months ago, but my friend Vanessa had never been, so I took this opportunity to introduce her to the wonders of the freshly baked bread here.

Jonathan Day, the owner, honed his baking skills whilst living in London after finding breads there that were not like those to be found in Lima. He brought his knowledge back with him to Peru, eventually opening El Pan de la Chola, home to amazing bread, coffee, extracts and sweet treats.

His bread is made just using flour (ground on site), water and a starter. No yeast, just the natural starter to help it rise and it is left to do so for 24 hours.

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Biking to the Border (Part 1) // Perupa’ti

The title makes it sound much more epic than it was.

The border I refer to is the one between the districts of Miraflores and Barranco.

See. Not as epic.

However, the places we were heading to for a sunny Saturday afternoon happened to be on either side of this border.

The weather was sunny, but not too hot, so we had decided to bike.

bikes

^My bike is the red one at the front. How Cambridge is that?! Love!

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24 hours in Asia

bougainvillea When I say Asia I’m referring to the beach, not the continent. That would be a lot of travel for only 24 hours! Seeing as it’s getting towards the end of the hottest part of summer, we decided to whisk ourselves off for 24 hours to enjoy some sun, sea, sand, food and drink in the vibrant coastal area of Asia. Driving down the Panamericana Sur on a Saturday lunchtime meant I had to make a couple of stops on the way to our destination. Food is necessary for a good road trip! Continue reading