Bookmarked // November

I know, I know, it’s like the 6th of December, and this post is very delayed…..

I’ve been super busy organising for my trip in a couple of weeks and my posts seem to have fallen further and further down the list of things to do. I promise to improve! Really, I do!

So without further ado, here is the lowdown on what happened in November…

November

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Bookmarked // October

Happy Halloween everybody!

Well, it’s a little late, but never mind!

How did you celebrate? Did you dress up as a skeleton or the walking dead, or did you stay in and watch scary movies? Did you eat all of the Halloween sweets you bought for the trick or treaters, like I did (oops!)? Whatever you did, I hope you had a ton of fun!

This month has been pretty quiet on the eating and outings front, as I’m saving both money and my appetite for when my parents come and visit in November. So excited! It’s been nearly a year since I’ve seen them, so I can’t wait!

So, because of this, you’ll notice the ‘Eating’ section is missing for October, and that the ‘Watching’ section has more than doubled in size!! I had to keep myself occupied somehow…..

 

October

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Bookmarked // August

This has been a great month, well at least the end of it! August is my birthday and I always celebrate it with huge excitement, as I have done ever since I was about 4 years old. This year was no exception, and like most years it revolves around how much amazing food I can eat.

I spent my actual birthday in 4 different restaurants, and then the following day I made an English tea party extravaganza for all my Peruvian friends, and it was an absolute blast. Sunday was all about relaxation, cake and champagne….

 

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Bookmarked // July

Felices Fiestas Patrias!!!….or Happy Independence Day! July 28th and 29th was holiday here and almost everyone had a chance to sit back and relax for a couple of days midweek and recharge those batteries whilst celebrating one of the biggest moments in Peru’s history.

For us, July has also involved a complete upheaval in holiday plans and now we’re heading back to Europe for Christmas.

My ultimate Christmas happy place!

A family Christmas full of food, drink and fun times (and maybe snow?), followed by a whirlwind trip to the Christmas market in Bruges, a foodie trip to Paris, and I final stop full of jamón, cheese and tapas in Madrid.

I will likely arrive back in Lima the size of a house. Ho hum!

So….. let’s see what has been happening this month……

July

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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

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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

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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

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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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