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by panc.jefe
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru named world's leading culinary destination for 2nd time
Replies: 66
Views: 15067

Re: Peru named world's leading culinary destination for 2nd time

I have just returned to Peru from two months in Barcelona, and I can firmly attest that prices in Spain are much higher than in Peru. Perhaps the clearest example of that were the prices at a very mundane Peruvian restaurant in Barcelona where two corn tamales were 8 euros about 28-29 soles by today...
by panc.jefe
Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Maps
Replies: 6
Views: 943

Re: Maps

Thank you both for your suggestions. I will try South American Explorers.
by panc.jefe
Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bolivian reciprocity fee
Replies: 0
Views: 960

Bolivian reciprocity fee

Anyone had any experience paying the Bolivian reciprocity fee through the internet? They say that if you pay it ahead of time, it is $100, but if you pay it at the border it is $135. We'd like to save the $70.
by panc.jefe
Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Maps
Replies: 6
Views: 943

Re: Maps

Thanks, danjanker. I'm staying near LarcoMar, so I'll try the bookstores there first if I don't get other more specific suggestions.
by panc.jefe
Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Maps of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia
Replies: 2
Views: 1201

Re: Maps of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia

Sorry, I should have clarified. I am looking for a map store in Lima.
by panc.jefe
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Maps of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia
Replies: 2
Views: 1201

Maps of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia

Can anyone point me to a store where I can find good maps of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia? My wife and I are planning a two month road trip and have it all mapped out in Google Earth, but need the physical maps as well. Any advice on where to find the maps would be appreciated.
Jonathan
by panc.jefe
Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Maps
Replies: 6
Views: 943

Maps

Anyone have a good recommendation on where to buy good maps of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina? We are planning a trip down to Tierra Del Fuego and need maps to augment the GPS.
Thanks,
JH
by panc.jefe
Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best place to spend six months in Peru ?
Replies: 26
Views: 3655

Re: Best place to spend six months in Peru ?

I've been living on-and-off in Peru now for 15 years, living in Barranca. I love it, my family loves it. The beach and swimming are fantastic and it's one of the best surfing beaches in Peru. The market is a treasure. It is close enough to Lima to get there in 3 hours, but also near the main highway...
by panc.jefe
Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: lettuce seeds
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: lettuce seeds

I wound up answering my own question. I found several venders outside the Surquillo Market who sell a variety of seeds, including vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Similar variety at the Maestro (at least the one in San Miguel). Thanks for all the good suggestions.

JH
by panc.jefe
Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why can I not find Durian, Mangosteen or Jackfruit in Peru
Replies: 23
Views: 5335

Re: Why can I not find Durian, Mangosteen or Jackfruit in Peru

You can also find most of these and others at the Surquillo Market, one of the best covered markets in Peru/South America.
JH
by panc.jefe
Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: lettuce seeds
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: lettuce seeds

I checked with Universidad Agraria and no luck, unfortunately. They only sell the actual products from what I can tell. Thanks very much for the suggestion. Anyone have any other ideas?
JH
by panc.jefe
Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: lettuce seeds
Replies: 7
Views: 824

lettuce seeds

Anyone know where to find lettuce seeds and possibly seeds for herbs anywhere in Lima? I have my own garden where I can control the water (and pesticides).
Thanks,

JH
by panc.jefe
Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Spice List English/Spanish
Replies: 36
Views: 12607

Re: Spice List English/Spanish

I have never seen cardamom pods in Lima, even at the Surquillo Market. I bring mine from the US.
by panc.jefe
Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Spice List English/Spanish
Replies: 36
Views: 12607

Re: Spice List English/Spanish

A couple of additions: Tumeric = cúrcuma Sesame = anjonjolí Ginger is frequently seen as Kion instead of Jengibre (though I grew up calling it jengibre) Clove can be Clavo or Clavo de Oro (to distinguish it from a nail) Pink/red peppercorns - Molle. Molle trees are very common on the coast, but the ...
by panc.jefe
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ham
Replies: 12
Views: 2356

Re: Ham

Thanks for all the suggestions. I will ask around at Vivanda and Wong this weekend and see what I can find. If I turn up anything, I will post it in the forum.
best,
by panc.jefe
Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ham
Replies: 12
Views: 2356

Re: Ham

I am familiar with the Braedt brand, but have never seen a whole ham in any of the markets. One of the reasons I want it bone in is because I want that darned bone to make soup! The idea of a pig farm in Peru is something I have thought about for years. Imagine having a farm up in one of the mid-val...
by panc.jefe
Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Ham
Replies: 12
Views: 2356

Ham

Anyone know where to get a decent whole/half bone-in ham in Lima? (Not the pressed hams you get in the various supermarkets.)
by panc.jefe
Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What do you expect from a hostal.
Replies: 13
Views: 2102

Re: What do you expect from a hostal.

Just one thing to keep in mind is that there are very detailed guidelines for the star rating on hotels/hostals in Peru. This includes wiring, lamps, product in the bathroom, beds, pillows, etc. Somethign like the Department of Tourism would have the specifications.
by panc.jefe
Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Will pay for Fig tree cuttings from Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 757

Re: Will pay for Fig tree cuttings from Peru

Hello: I have three kinds of figs in my garden in Barranca (not Barranco), 200 km north of Lima. If you would like to see them, you are more than welcome and more than welcome to take cuttings. I will be in Peru in February/March. Whether they are Pizzaro figs, I have not idea how to tell that. Jona...
by panc.jefe
Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Where to buy chocolate
Replies: 7
Views: 2025

Re: Where to buy chocolate

Peru is one of those countries that produces cacao for the export market,, but has comparatively little local consumption. It is like peanuts.. There is only one local brand of Peanut butter (La Union), but all the other peanut butter is imported. Coffee.. the same.. Cacao.. the same. It is grown fo...
by panc.jefe
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lima's real estate. What's really going on?
Replies: 12
Views: 4610

Re: Lima's real estate. What's really going on?

The market in Lima is not localized. Real estate is exploding in many parts of Peru. The dollar is low, and Peru is doing well economically. The central government has been investing in infrastructure - highways, water, electricity, sewers. Yes, there is still lots of corruption and political negoti...
by panc.jefe
Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do You Have a Peruvian Specialty?
Replies: 12
Views: 4063

Re: Do You Have a Peruvian Specialty?

I make a causa that substitutes left over cooked fish for the more traditional tuna. The more flavorful the fish, the better. I find a sudado of lenguado, chita, cherlo, is particularly good. Mix mashed yellow tomatoes with a salsa of aji amarillo (available in most groceries), a little salt and eva...
by panc.jefe
Sat May 05, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Well boys the party’s over.
Replies: 30
Views: 6117

Re: Well boys the party’s over.

Faucett has had the speeding cameras now for over a year. I was driving with a friend who got stopped and had to pay a hefty fine. While used to paying the coima , there was no option for that in this case. We are now religious about staying under the speed limit on all trips to the airport. Althoug...
by panc.jefe
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Private detective
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Re: Private detective

Kroll's is a big international agency, but waaay outside my price range. I think I need someone local.
by panc.jefe
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: funny / embarrassing language learning mistakes.
Replies: 32
Views: 6897

Re: funny / embarrassing language learning mistakes.

A couple of good ones from my earlier years in Peru. I am an archaeologist and my best bloopers seem to come in very public settings. When I first arrived I was invited to talk to a news conferences about the archaeology in the area. The town mayor was there, various press, and an audience of local ...
by panc.jefe
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Private detective
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Private detective

Does anyone know of a good private detective in Lima? Someone is running a fraudulent claim against me and I need someone to investigate the matter for me.
by panc.jefe
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cardboard boxes
Replies: 7
Views: 1641

Re: Cardboard boxes

Thank you all for your suggestions. I did try Parque Universitario and the area around the bus terminals, but could not find the quality, quantity and same size that I needed. I wound up going to Maestro and buying new ones that weren't quite right, but could be modified to work. I am shipping a bun...
by panc.jefe
Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cardboard boxes
Replies: 7
Views: 1641

Re: Cardboard boxes

Thanks Lloyd!
The challenge is that I need about 20 boxes all about the same size and all "doble corrugado". The ones at bodegas or Wongs tend to be variable in size and only "simple". I've heard of stores that handle used cardboard boxes, but can't figure out how to locate them.
by panc.jefe
Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cardboard boxes
Replies: 7
Views: 1641

Cardboard boxes

Does anyone know where to find good quality used cardboard boxes in Lima?
by panc.jefe
Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Carne de Cangrejo ...
Replies: 3
Views: 1553

Re: Carne de Cangrejo ...

You can find it in the fish section of most Wong supermarkets.
by panc.jefe
Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has anyone tried making Ceviche at home ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2170

Re: Has anyone tried making Ceviche at home ?

I occasionally help out at the cevicheria next door to my house and have learned how to make it easily at home. The Fish: Cabrilla, lenguado, cojinova, mero, cherlo, all make good ceviche. I find chita to be a bit tough, though some people like it. I would not use bonito, perico (dorado) or any of t...
by panc.jefe
Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: grounded outlets
Replies: 3
Views: 832

Re: grounded outlets

Fanning: Thanks very much. I have looked at RCD outlets, but your way is better in the long run, I believe. Thank you for taking the time to answer.
by panc.jefe
Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: grounded outlets
Replies: 3
Views: 832

grounded outlets

We own a house with all two-pronged, ungrounded outlets. Light shocks are common when plugging in an appliance or turning on a light. I would like to address the problem without having to completely rewire the house with grounded -wiring. I have looked into GFI outlets, but they are all 120-125 volt...
by panc.jefe
Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru and chile - origin of potato...
Replies: 7
Views: 3023

Re: Peru and chile - origin of potato...

"In contrast to all prior hypotheses, our data support a monophyletic origin of the landrace cultivars from the northern component of this complex in [central] Peru, rather than from multiple independent origins from various northern and southern members." From: "A single domesticatio...
by panc.jefe
Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying land and building a house there
Replies: 4
Views: 1190

Re: Buying land and building a house there

Not wanting to step on architects' toes, I did design and have built with local labor a simple, small 2 story house (downstairs apartment, upstairs a workspace) on land I own. I found out later that we did need to get a permit from the city, and wound up paying a fine of about S/200. I certainly wou...
by panc.jefe
Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where do people starve in Peru - who helps?
Replies: 9
Views: 2325

Re: Where do people starve in Peru - who helps?

I am not saying to just give to the World Food Program; rather I am saying that potential donors should try to coordinate their work with people on the ground who have decades of experience working with health, nutrition, infant mortality, vision, dentistry, agricultural productivity, etc. In terms ...
by panc.jefe
Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where do people starve in Peru - who helps?
Replies: 9
Views: 2325

Re: Where do people starve in Peru - who helps?

There is a fundamental problem with this request. There is someone - the donor - who wants to do something positive - help hungry people; however, rather than figure out the most effective way to do that, they have taken their own initiative. They are committed to bringing down food packets, without...

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