Tag: Peru

Food histories, philosophies and complexities

| February 15, 2011 | 7 Comments
Food histories, philosophies and complexities




Has healthy eating today become synonymous with reading Michael Pollan books, being a vegan or paying a lot for “organic” food? The answer to this is complex. There is much to be said of popular journalists like Pollan whose work has reached many in the U.S. who otherwise may not have become conscientious about the […]

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Photo of the Day: Corn cookies!

| December 16, 2010 | 2 Comments
Photo of the Day: Corn cookies!




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Oooo, Baby Baby

| December 13, 2010 | 16 Comments
Oooo, Baby Baby




Personally, I am not the biggest fan of being called “Baby” in a romantic way by a significant other. Don’t get me wrong, I’m affectionate, I can dish it out, but I’d rather be referred to as “Hey, you” or “Sport” or “Woman” (Just kidding. And a note to my significant other, don’t EVER call […]

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Tamales Here, Tamales There

| November 18, 2010 | 20 Comments
Tamales Here, Tamales There




Homogeneity is dead. When it comes to food, that is. From ancient crops to meats to the spices that make them savory, food is a timeless element of our human reality that is driven to innovate. No one wants to eat boring. So we celebrate colors, robust flavors, textures, scents and the stories that bring […]

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Guest/We found the “Gold of the Incas”!

| August 19, 2010 | 11 Comments
Guest/We found the “Gold of the Incas”!




We are excited to welcome Guest Contributor Liliana Valle, Chief Fusioneer of Mistti, the Peruvian-inspired gourmet bakery. Liliana Valle is a social entrepreneur and creative baker of Alfajores – yes, those trend-setting Alfies. Mistti does corporate affairs, weddings, showers…you name it! We hope to hear from Liliana and Mistti more often at Zomppa. More popular […]

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Photo of the Day: Alfies, The Next Big Trend

| July 14, 2010 | 12 Comments
Photo of the Day: Alfies, The Next Big Trend




Peace out, cupcakes. Peace out, macaroons. Peace out, whoopie pies. The next big trend: alfajores, traditional cookies found in Peru and other South American countries. These are made by Mistti, an up-and-coming Latino-owned and -inspired gourmet bakery, laced with dulce de leche, chocolate, pecans…amazing doesn’t begin to describe them.

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Photo of the Day: To the Women Who Plant and the Men Who Love Them

| July 12, 2010 | 6 Comments
Photo of the Day: To the Women Who Plant and the Men Who Love Them




Here’s to the strong and beautiful women farmers of the world, like this Andean grandma (one of my grandmas), who in her late 70s, still rises before the sun to cultivate her potatoes, barefoot.

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Ode to Women and to the Potato

| July 12, 2010 | 15 Comments
Ode to Women and to the Potato




Due to the efforts of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and their worldwide partners, 2008 was declared the International Year of the Potato by the UN General Assembly. (For more information, please see http://www.potato2008.org/). Included in the rationale for acknowledging the potato plant, was the understanding that the tuber is […]

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It’s Never Out of Season to Give Thanks

| May 16, 2010 | 9 Comments
It’s Never Out of Season to Give Thanks




Every winter on the dreariest, snowiest, coldest days, people and I’d also imagine late birds will decidedly say to each other, “It’s sunny somewhere else,” and then flock in droves to the airports (well, not the birds, although that would be funny—can you imagine a goose with a little suitcase?) to head to Mexico or […]

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