In 2009, after expanding his restaurant empire around the world, Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio opened two new restaurants in the provinces of Peru, his first outside of the confines of the capital of Lima. The two restaurants, both named Chi Cha, bring Acurio’s signature style to two of Peru’s largest cities: Arequipa & Cuzco. Each skews toward regional dishes and ingredients, though also serves a wider national cuisine and Acurio originals. The dining rooms are elegant, yet they’re not stuffy nor is the food over priced. As with most of Acurio’s restaurants, the bar menu is creative with a dozen or so Pisco based cocktails that go beyond a traditional Pisco Sour.
Arequipa’s dining scene is one of the best in Peru. It lacks the high priced touristy restaurants that plague Lima and Cuzco, but has many good valued international restaurants (particularly on San Francisco) and local eateries with many of the regions typical flavors scattered throughout the city.
Peru and the world’s center of the wool industry is in Arequipa. The high altitude plains outside of the city are home to massive herds of alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas and every major alpaca clothing manufacture is based here. You’ll find alpaca and vicuña wool woven into brightly patterned sweaters,… Read More →
Peru’s capital of the south of Arequipa, the country’s second largest city and an agricultural powerhouse, is part of an extremely gastronomically unique region. Arequpeñan cuisine is renowned the country over for its high quality prawns, rocoto peppers, cheeses, piscos, oilves and olive oils, beans, grains, and alpaca meat. The city is full of great restaurants and talented chefs, but it’s the San Camillo market that really grabs the pulse of the city. The sprawling market that sits just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas is one of Peru’s most lively.
In Mollendo, a beach town on the coast near Peru’s southern city of Arequipa, there’s a place called Fory Fay. While the history of the name varies depending on whom you speak with, it is interesting nevertheless. The most common tale is that a man sold 45-cent beer to English speaking sailors that would dock in Mollendo.