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Saturday, September 20, 2014

KUA Mexican Kitchen, The Hague, The Netherlands











 

 




Mexican food has been undervalued for a long time if you ask me. Maybe some Mexican restaurants are to blame for their own sloppy image. Not KUA Mexican Kitchen though! This relatively new hotspot in The Hague is the cream of the crop. Pure, authentic, delicious food, nice interior decoration, good service and a great atmosphere is what sets them apart from other (Mexican) eateries.

The extensive menu offers something for everyone, fish or meat lovers and vegetarians alike. I love their simple green salad, but the tacos, chicken in homemade "mole" sauce and the black Angus steak, "Corte de Arrachera Monterrey", are also very good!

Chef and owner Daniel Muñoz Sheridan is a very good host! Always smiling, always making time for his customers. There's actually only one downside to KUA Mexican Kitchen.... and that is that it's so popular, you have to book (way) in advance.

For more information please visit:
http://www.kuarestaurant.nl

Friday, September 19, 2014

Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants Party

 










 









  



On September 3rd I went to Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony & party in Lima, Peru. The venue of the festivities was the marvelous Country Club Hotel, a colonial style villa with the grandeur of bygone times.

The party was sponsored by San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and Veuve Cliquot. Champagne was obviously richly flowing, but since we were in Peru... there was also an abundance of Pisco Sour (and a ceviche buffet).

It turned out to be a great party, especially when no less than 8 Peruvian restaurants made it to the list... and the number one was revealed... a restaurant from Lima....Central! Chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz was over the moon with joy.

Later that night I was so lucky to get a picture with him. Other winners shown here: Gastón Acurio from Astrid y Gastón (No. 2) and Carolina Bazán from Ambrosía (No. 37). I also met the Peruvian minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Mrs. Magali Silva Velarde - Álvarez, who had big plans for both the restaurant world and the tourism sector.

The afterparty was held at restaurant La Picantería (No. 31), which was turned into a hot salsa club! Chilcanos were made by the gallon... needless to say everybody had a hangover the next morning. But who cares? We danced the night away with Peruvians, Americans, Chileans, Italians, etc. The United Nations of the restaurant scene!

For more information, please visit:
http://www.theworlds50best.com/latinamerica/en/

Many thanks to the organisation of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants; PromPerú and USP Marketing PR!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

In Love with Peru!























Last week I went on a trip to Peru. My first time there... and it was absolutely stunning! The people are super friendly, the food and cocktails were delicious, the hotels I stayed in superb, the various landscapes breathtakingly beautiful!

I went to Machu Picchu, surfing (oh well... I tried) in the Pacific Ocean, sightseeing in Lima and Cusco, relaxing in the Sacred Valley, salsa dancing, shopping (of course), to a food festival (Mistura), on several excursions in the jungle and more and more!

One of the highlights, besides Machu Picchu, was my visit to the Mario Testino Museum in Lima, MATE. He's one of my favourite photographers and it was a dream come true to see his photos in "Gargantuan" size.

The following weeks I will publish several articles about Peru, so stay tuned!

Ps. Thanks to Jeannette and Manon for taking my picture.