If you’ve never heard of Mistura, you should Google it. Mistura is an enormous food festival in Lima, Peru, in its 6th year. This year about 350,000 people attended, setting a new record. My favorite part of the fair is being able to try food that’s not from Lima. At Gonzalette the Arequipeños were cooking up alpaca and beef.
Back in June Oscar and I published this video on Bread for the World’s website about a Partners in Health program that fights malnutrition in Lima. The program trains mothers to teach other mothers in their own community how to take better care of their children.
I snapped this picture while working on a video story for Storyhunter. The video went on to be a Vimeo staff pick and now has 50,000 views and counting! I am honored and so glad that others are enjoying Alejandro’s story. He’s definitely inspiring.
Last week we went to Lurigancho Prison to interview an inmate for a story Oscar and I are working on. Ever since I moved to Peru I’ve heard of the Lurigancho Prison, known as one of the toughest in South America. While it looks like a prison on the outside, inside the prisoners have established their own society, with social classes, commerce and any kind of food you can find on the street in Peru. In the arid desert landscape the bright green heads of lettuce were hard to miss and, while it has nothing to do with our story, I stopped to make a few frames of the inmates gardening. Not exactly what I expected to find at the infamous Lurigancho!
A few photographs from a recent food assignment for Peruvian business magazine G de Gestión. Care for a little caviar on top of your sushi?
Yet another stop I made on my way through Barranco was at Artesanos Don Bosco. An Italian priest started the non-profit that trains impoverished communities in the Andes in woodworking and other arts, such as painting and textiles. The Lima shop sells the beautiful products and the profits go back to the communities. The quality is stunning.
Some places look better at night. A few more outtakes from The Neighborhood assignment.
Back in October I photographed several hot spots of the Barranco neighborhood of Lima for National Geographic Traveler. In the next few posts I look forward to sharing some of the outtakes from the assignment.
These pictures are from Museo Pedro de Osma. If you like historic buildings and architecture, I found the space as stunning as the artwork inside. It was built by the Osma family in the early 1900s and was a private residence until it became a museum in 1987. Behind the main building are additional gallery spaces and beautiful gardens. The art includes textiles, sculptures, furniture, silver and paintings, some dating back as far as the 16th century.
As I work on editing photographs from El Ayllu, I thought I’d share a few. Both the church and the historic home in the last frame were torn down weeks ago. The land is slowly being turned over to Jorge Chavez International Airport for its expansion. Ol’ François had it right when he said the only thing constant in life is change.
Yesterday Anita opened the doors of her restaurant Mi Terruño in Callao. This month the Peruvian Ministry of Transportation and Communications is expected to turn over 1730 acres of land to Lima Airport Partners for its US$800 million expansion plan for Jorge Chavez International Airport. Anita used to live on this land; she is one of about 700 families that were relocated to make way for the expansion. Plans are underway for the construction of a new runway and eventually the creation of an entirely new main terminal, control tower, shopping area and other commercial infrastructure.
Anita ran a restaurant and store in her former neighborhood, known as El Ayllu, for decades. Now she carries on the tradition, alongside three of her sisters, at this new property. Her carapulcra chinchana – a Peruvian stew of dried yellow potatoes, peanut, ají panca, pork and lots of other flavorful things – was the first I tasted. I don’t expect to find better. Hoping Anita finds lots of luck and customers in her new place.