Brace Yourself: I Tried to Cook

My husband turns eight-legged ocean demons into seafood. Like, amazing seafood. In a bizarre hundred-step process of washing, boiling, freezing, scrubbing, salting, and probably some weird ritual dance, Ivo takes a tough, rubbery octopus corpse and produces delicious, crispy, garlic-infused grilled tentacles, cheerful pulpo de olivo, and bright octopus ceviche with a spicy ají kick. He’s…

Osaka: Cocina Nikkei

I’ve got a love-hate relationship with my crazy job. I’m essentially the Editor in Chief of my own business, and that business provides proofreading services for second-language graduate students in particular. In short, my clients’ deadlines are my deadlines, so life can get exhausting fast. By the end of this April, I hit the floor: Why were…

Being Baby-less in Peru

Babies are like giraffes. Giraffes are really cool. I like giraffes a lot, actually. Giraffes are great when they’re in acceptable public spaces. Giraffes can even be fine at parties, as long as it’s a safe, open space where there’s room for a giraffe to do giraffe things. Giraffes are so cool that I completely…

La Panetteria

For about four years back in high school and college, I was pescatarian (no meat, but fish is ok). Giving up meat wasn’t a big deal for me. I mean, I missed bacon, but tofu is pretty fun. Carbs, on the other hand, you’ll have to rip from my cold, dead hands. Actually, let’s be real. I’m not dying…

Arlotia: Spanish Peruvian Fusion

On a quiet weekday evening, Ivo came back from the gym hungry. We did the get-ready shuffle and five minutes later were out on the streets of Barranco. Arlotia’s bright red interior drew us in. From what I could see, apart from being yellow on the outside (which isn’t especially unique for Lima), Arlotia didn’t have…

Día de la Madre

My mom loved the ocean. Every vacation, she was the vibrant ringleader of our family circus: She led us into new restaurants, into weird museums, into new stores and bizarre highway attractions. She hustled us into clothes, herded us into the car, and marched us all outward into the world and onto marvelous adventures. But at…

Guinea Pigs, Cocktails, and Fireworks

It’s my 50th blog post! And guess what?? That handsome couple we got to tour around Peru is now engaged!!! There could be no more appropriate time for cocktails and fireworks. And it’s Peru, so guinea pigs are making an appearance too. I’ve been to Cuzco twice. That was enough for Ivo and me to spend several happy lunches daydreaming…