Street Art in Barranco (Edition 2)

A while back I shared some photos of the local street art in Barranco. And when I say “some,” I really mean it: Barranco is a painted city. Whelp, I’ve collected another batch of graffiti / murals and done my best to find their stories. Again though, I’d love to learn more! If you can share…

Trattoria Don Vito

Ivo has a real talent for date night, especially when it comes to dinner out. Trattoria Don Vito is on his list of “consider this wife impressed” romantic evenings. The restaurant is in Miraflores on Martin Dulanto, and its interior design reflects its history: The place was established in 1982. The food, service, and experience…

Cuba: Tourism 101

I still don’t exactly blend into Lima, Peru. I’m painfully white, my Spanish is broken, and I cross even the tamest city streets like a panicked deer. But despite all that, I’m finally falling into comfortable patterns of life. I know where things are (sort of), and I’m capable of giving just about as many…

Massala

There’s a lot of cuisine, Americanized and traditional, that I enormously miss: Mexican, Korean, Thai, Chinese, and (of course) Indian. But Peru’s cuisine is truly some of the best in the world, and maybe as a result, the chefs in Lima love putting their own fingerprints on other culture’s foods. When you’ve got the food…

Antioquia: The Painted Town

For about an hour of grueling Lima traffic, Pulga the dog, my husband Ivo, and gringa me hunkered in a back seat and entrusted the friend driving the car with our lives. Pulga got carsick and puked. Ivo started advising me on how to stop Pulga from puking. I tried to sooth our sad, goobering…

Bao?

What’s a restaurant where you can’t bring your dog? Just a regular restaurant, I guess. But a restaurant where you CAN bring your dog? That’s definitely better. Bao are, very roughly speaking, the Chinese version of pasties: While pasties have crust, bao have fluffy, airy, white bread that has been steamed, not baked. Each heavenly…

Cuba and Miami: Reflecting on Hurricanes

This April, Ivo and I celebrated our 5-year anniversary. We did a whirlwind tour of Cuba and stayed in Miami for a week afterwards. Then hurricanes followed on our heels. Soon I’ll post vacation blogs about Cuba, maybe cheesy photos of us being nostalgic for our home in Miami Beach. But the hurricane images in my…