Adentro el Mercado

The juice ladies aim to seduce you. They wave their hands, urging you closer. ¡Señorita, señorita! ¡Venga, venga! Their elevated stands with blenders and fruit piles dominate the first two rows of the central market. And they all offer the same menu: mango, passion fruit, carrot, coconut, orange, pineapple, papaya, strawberry, and batidos in every flavor. Peru’s mercados centrales are the cheapest place to get…… Continue reading Adentro el Mercado

This Bread is Nuts

I’m about to leave the country to backpack through Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia, relying on an aluminum pot, a vegetable scrub brush, and a pairing knife to cook some meals. But until then, I’ve been enjoying full-kitchen access, and all the baked goods that can come out of it. There’s nothing quite as estadounidense as banana bread. We take…… Continue reading This Bread is Nuts

Ba Ba Ba Baba Ghanouj

Don’t buy hummus, please. Just don’t do it. The homemade garlicky version is too easy, I swear! But if you’re turning into that party guest who always shows up with some basic hummus and raw veggies to counteract all the competing cheese plates, I get it. You’re earning a boring reputation, and no one likes to be…… Continue reading Ba Ba Ba Baba Ghanouj