Friday, September 4, 2015

Mistura... Foodlovers Heaven!

Mistura, the biggest food festival in Latin America, starts today! So if you’re in Lima, you should definitely stop by! It’s an outdoor fair, that offers food from every part of Peru and beyond. From Amazonian “chaufa” to coastal “ceviche”, from Creole cuisine to traditional Inca dishes, from Chinese “lomo saltado” to italian style “gnocchi”, from fast-food to superfoods, from pisco cocktails to “marine viagra”…. It’s all there.

Healthfood junkies wil love the superfoods section, where they will find chia seeds, quinoa in any form imaginable, tropical fruits and vegetables, sugar cane juice, green detox smoothies and more. For vegetarians there is little choice I have to say, but the wonderful atmosphere and delicious drinks make up for it.

Make sure that you bring your walking shoes and a big appetite, because the fairgrounds are huge! Last year I was there and I was impressed by the big variety of dishes. But I’m not a big eater, so after having tried a couple of things, we headed over to the cocktail department, which wasn’t too bad either…

While in some countries food festivals consist mainly of street or junk food, at Mistura you will be able to find famous, award-winning chefs, such as Gastón Acurio (Astrid e Gastón), Virgilio Martínez  (Central), Mitsuharu Tsumura  (Maido) and Jaime Pesaque (Mayta). But that shouldn’t come as a surprise to foodlovers, as these Peruvian chefs are among the most influential in the world. Infact, in 2014 Virgilio Martínez’ Central was voted No. 1 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list!

Peruvians are serious about their food. And as you can see in the photos, they’re serious about hygiene as well! Practically every chef, cook and bartender wore a disposable face mask. (Not very photogenic, but hey, what can you do?)

It was great to see how the locals had fun eating together with family and friends. Kids running around, young couples enjoying the food and each other’s company. Mistura lasts 10 days (4-13 september 2015), so there’s still plenty of time to book a plane ticket and go!

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Special thanks to PromPeru and USP Marketing PR!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

5 Year Anniversary!


Today marks the five year anniversary of my blog! Yes, you heard it right... Tara's Dolce Vita has been around for five years! That was of course worth a big celebration, including a delicious chocolate cake and a dessert wine called "Asti Spumante".

Like a real birthday girl I blew out 5 candles and made a wish.... Hopefully I will be able to continue doing what I love for many years to come. Thank you all for following and supporting me!

Chocolate cake by De Bijenkorf.
White broderie top by Zara.
White jeans by 7 for all mankind.
Shoes by Michael Kors.
Sunglasses by Ray-Ban.
Earrings by Gas Bijoux.

Outdoor picture taken by Philip Gentis.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I Looove... White Pants

I Looove white pants! They're so versatile and so chic (at least I think so). No matter what you put on top, stripes, a leopard print, a simple white t-shirt... I always feel good in them. There is of course always that nagging feeling that you might spoil something on them... but hey, (she) who doesn't risk... doesn't win!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

La Dolce Vita is... Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

La Dolce Vita is sitting on the dock of the bay and watching the ships pass by! Just sitting there is so relaxing! Of course I don't mind having a glass of wine with it... and some good food.

Seafood salad by Restaurant Catch by Simonis.
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Coral print blouse by Antica Sartoria Positano:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado, Peru

Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa is one of those places, the minute you lay eyes on it.... you fall in love with it! The architecture, the surroundings, the warm and elegant interiors... it's all stunning! Oh and don't even get me started on the swimming pool, the spa and all the other wonderful amenities. They have thought of absolutely everything.

The beautiful lobby has a big fireplace, with lots of couches on both sides, where you can enjoy your afternoon (coca) tea or late night drinks. The restaurant is huge, but still manages to be cozy. We had dinner close to the fireplace (yet another one), accompanied by lovely Peruvian live music.... so romantic!

Tambo del Inka offers organic food and even grows their own vegetables in the garden. At breakfast there's a wide range of homemade jams, bread, cereals, fruit, fruit juices and there's also a gluten free section. And of course you can order eggs and other dishes à la carte.

The rooms exude pure luxury. Tambo del Inka actually reminded me of a decadent hotel in the italian Alps, warm, cozy and chic. Although I usually prefer historical buildings,Tambo del Inka took that prejudice away completely. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in the Sacred Valley! In fact when it was time to leave, I didn't want to go.

This hotel is just too comfortable! It's located perfectly to go sightseeing; they even have their own train station to Machu Picchu.... but they make it really hard to leave the premises. Swimming, relaxing in the spa or garden, having lunch or dinner in the wonderful restaurant, or just hanging out in your room... it's as good as it gets.

The cherry on the cake is the small giftshop, that sells beautiful inca inspired jewelry... Be sure to take it home as a souvenir... it will last a lifetime (and will remind you every day of your wonderful trip)!

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Special thanks to PromPeru and USP Marketing PR.