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by ariel
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?
Replies: 44
Views: 9875

Re: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?

La Bistecca for their excellent lomo saltado and chirimoya dessert
by ariel
Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 3215

Re: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru

Info much appreciated, victmanu. Please keep your very informative posts coming.
by ariel
Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Arequipa Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 3153

Re: Arequipa Questions

levinson wrote:Are the movies subtitled in English?


Yes, except for the animated ones. Even English closed-captioned DVDs /Blurays are rare.
by ariel
Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lucuma -- what do you think about this flavour ?
Replies: 27
Views: 5857

Re: Lucuma -- what do you think about this flavour ?

Too tangy for my taste, but that's just me. Sorry. :wink: 1 Lucuma, "too tangy" Are you not getting confused with Maracuya? or just using the wrong word. PS. Maracuya, in my opinion worthy of another 11 points. Oh sorry. Yes, it was maracuya that I was referring to. Apologies, esp. to the...
by ariel
Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BUSINESS CHECKING ACCOUNT...
Replies: 4
Views: 1816

Re: BUSINESS CHECKING ACCOUNT...

by ariel
Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peace: in the real world and in ExpatPeru's forum..
Replies: 25
Views: 4117

Re: Peace: in the real world and in ExpatPeru's forum..

The dichotomy of the posts is almost interesting, so why move to shut it down and deprive the spectators of reading pleasure? :lol:
by ariel
Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lucuma -- what do you think about this flavour ?
Replies: 27
Views: 5857

Re: Lucuma -- what do you think about this flavour ?

Too tangy for my taste, but that's just me. Sorry. :wink:

1
by ariel
Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Coffee thread!
Replies: 11
Views: 2105

Re: The Coffee thread!

Apparently there's a Peruvian version of Kopi Luwak (AKA the most expensive crap in the world):

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/archive/peru-coffee-growers-profit-from-homegrown-kopi-luwak/

Will do more research on this. Dung-based coffee must smell and taste...different. :D
by ariel
Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best place to see pink dolphins
Replies: 4
Views: 1672

Re: Best place to see pink dolphins

Not sure if you've heard about this: http://www.dawnontheamazon.com/amazon-cruise.html Photosets: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawnontheamazon/sets/ Thanks Ariel, that was just the kind of thing I was looking for. My only other thought was is it better to go to Iquitos or another place in the jungl...
by ariel
Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: lawyers' fees for assistance with opening a business?
Replies: 7
Views: 2851

Re: lawyers' fees for assistance with opening a business?

my business partner and i will be arriving in peru soon to open a tourism-related business and recently consulted with a lawyer who was recommended to us by trustworthy people. he was extremely professional and knowledgeable and we felt very comfortable with him personally. i would however like som...
by ariel
Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Breakfast places in Lima
Replies: 16
Views: 5253

Re: Breakfast places in Lima

There's one with blue cheese and strawberries (among other things), it is reallyyyyy nice. I think that one doesn't need a dressing, or maybe a Little bit of olive oil would help. But since it has blue cheese, make sure you drink plenty of water and not have too much salt or anything high in sodium...
by ariel
Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Breakfast places in Lima
Replies: 16
Views: 5253

Re: Breakfast places in Lima

Have you tried their salads Ariel? They have great funky combinations. Their dressings (I suspect) are made with mayo, but if you don't exceed on them you should be fine :lol: No, I haven't but I will. I'll take your word for it but will probably lay off the mayo. :D I've exceeded the dreaded BMI a...
by ariel
Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Business on the 3rd floor
Replies: 7
Views: 2017

Re: Business on the 3rd floor

marlia , not to fear-monger or downplay the enthusiasm here but just be careful about the possible extra loads to the building. Commercial occupancy will impose more loading to the structure than residential and could trigger failure unless anticipated in the design. That said, an office will add m...
by ariel
Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:53 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Breakfast places in Lima
Replies: 16
Views: 5253

Re: Breakfast places in Lima

argidd wrote:Hi Kate

..try Mamino..


I second that. Try also their empanada.

That place is responsible for the last 5 lbs of excess weight I've recently gained. :D
by ariel
Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:49 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peace: in the real world and in ExpatPeru's forum..
Replies: 25
Views: 4117

Re: Peace: in the real world and in ExpatPeru's forum..

One can cut the tension here with a knife. So much for peace.
by ariel
Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 3215

Re: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru

Any recommendation for restaurants other than those in the video clip that serves good paiche? Thanks! i have only tasted it while traveling in the rainforest. The only opportunity that I had to taste it was in Pucallpa. It was about 11 years ago at a restaurant besides Yarinacocha Lagoon.. At that...
by ariel
Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru Coffee Days, august 23th to 25th - Barranco Lima
Replies: 10
Views: 1883

Re: Peru Coffee Days, august 23th to 25th - Barranco Lima

Thanks for the info. My initial gut was to go and check it out but backtracked when I learned it was Villa Rica, of which I'm not a big fan. But I'm not a connoisseur either so this is just my own subjective opinion. Tunki is very good but I just recently discovered Caliguy's delightful roast and I ...
by ariel
Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 3215

Re: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru

Yes the Paiche has been edible since a long time ago.. For tha reason, was put on the list on the "endangered species" I think that actually is not on that list, but it is been due to "business activities" instead of preservation "per se" Provecho ! Bon appetit ! Enjoy...
by ariel
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 3215

Re: Paiche, another non-traditional exportation in Peru

It's amazing. I'd always known this fish as the giant arapaima and wanted to have one for my aquarium back home, but instead settled for the silver arowana due the latter's enormous price and high maintenance costs. I didn't know and was too naive to realize that people consumed it as food. :shock: ...
by ariel
Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru is market that is growing the fastest w/ luxury brands
Replies: 8
Views: 1697

Re: Peru is market that is growing the fastest w/ luxury brands

I think it will level off unless there is a stimulus for domestic expenditure by the nouveau riche and European expats who brought with them their taste for luxury brands. But sales can be offset by the higher tag prices due to the depreciation of sol, which is on a slippery slope and seems to be he...
by ariel
Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Curtains for bedroom
Replies: 3
Views: 1111

Re: Curtains for bedroom

Have you tried SODIMAC at Javier Prado?
by ariel
Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Strange inca technology. Is there a plausible explanation?
Replies: 7
Views: 1343

Re: Strange inca technology. Is there a plausible explanation?

Maybe the Incans had their Shawshank Redemption moments. :D Just wait little longer while the forum know-it-alls scan their brains for explanations. In the meantime we, mere mortals, just have to enjoy this mind-boggling discovery in childlike awe. I have a child like awe of explanations of how thi...
by ariel
Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Driving in Lima
Replies: 41
Views: 7287

Re: Driving in Lima

I mean I can't, for the life of me, believe that on an hourly basis there is someone in desperate need of medical attention around San Isidro, which could justify such an operatic performance. Living in Lima for about 26 years, having lived and worked in 3 different districts, I can tell you that S...
by ariel
Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Driving in Lima
Replies: 41
Views: 7287

Re: Driving in Lima

... horn-trigger-happy drivers are frustrated musicians who never ..... :D A new regulation for noise pollution http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-honk-your-horn-get-50-fine-in-lima-100692 Glad to know. :) But enforcement is a different story and costs S/. S/. S/. S/. Not to be too cynical, but I thi...
by ariel
Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Driving in Lima
Replies: 41
Views: 7287

Re: Driving in Lima

The expats who lives in Lima realize the differences between fact and fiction in this TV show.. I am wondering if someone who has never been in Lima could make a real difference ? A more real approach of what the daily traffic in Lima really is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMbl_flPRno http://www...
by ariel
Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Strange inca technology. Is there a plausible explanation?
Replies: 7
Views: 1343

Re: Strange inca technology. Is there a plausible explanation?

Maybe the Incans had their Shawshank Redemption moments. :D

Just wait a little longer while the forum know-it-alls scan their brains for explanations. In the meantime we, mere mortals, just have to enjoy this mind-boggling discovery in childlike awe.
by ariel
Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 38735

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

What does your nationality have to do with travelling with your kids overseas? As far as I know, one will just need his/her spouse's notarized permission to take his/her kid(s) abroad regardless of the passport one holds. Am I wrong here? Hi mammamia, you're right about the notarized permission. I ...
by ariel
Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Huancavelica - the unkown place in Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 2415

Re: Huancavelica - the unkown place in Peru

Wife tells me "Tren Macho" derives from the fact the it arrives and leaves whenever it wants. Is this so? :lol:
by ariel
Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peace: in the real world and in ExpatPeru's forum..
Replies: 25
Views: 4117

Re: Peace: in the real world and in ExpatPeru's forum..

Peace at a forum is very fragile, It can be broken at any time. Peace is more vulnerable here than in the real world. It is very easy that one or more comments could be taken as personal attacks and derivate in a "fight of words". Tolerance has different levels, depending on who is the ow...
by ariel
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Book on Peruvian Slang. Free kindle download.
Replies: 9
Views: 1841

Re: Book on Peruvian Slang. Free kindle download.

This free offer is great, but is it available in other formats (epub, etc.)? Not everyone has a Kindle and I for one prefer reading books on my smartphone. You can download a Kindle app on your smartphone, and read the book on that app. Thanks for the tip. I realized I could do that, but Kindle isn...
by ariel
Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Book on Peruvian Slang. Free kindle download.
Replies: 9
Views: 1841

Re: Book on Peruvian Slang. Free kindle download.

This free offer is great, but is it available in other formats (epub, etc.)? Not everyone has a Kindle and I for one prefer reading books on my smartphone.
by ariel
Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: President Humala confessed that the economic crisis is here
Replies: 7
Views: 1116

Re: President Humala confessed that the economic crisis is here

It seems the bloom is off the rose. No one should really expect any kind of upturn to be unidirectional, but I'd say it's a bit too soon ('though not that surprising). Pity too since Peruvians seem to have only begun to reap the benefits. Oh well.
by ariel
Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Advice regarding a CE and changing your Passport
Replies: 9
Views: 1476

Re: Advice regarding a CE and changing your Passport

mammamia wrote: Though in DIGEMIN they keep saying that most probably a lot of things will change in 2014.


Did they say what sort of changes we should be expecting? Not that it matters much since they keep changing the rules as they see fit whenever one does a tramite anyway. :) Just curious.
by ariel
Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: COMMERCIAL COFFEE ROASTERS
Replies: 5
Views: 1552

Re: COMMERCIAL COFFEE ROASTERS

caliguy , I sent you a couple of PMs this morning. Wife's waiting for delivery. :) Thanks. Alpineprince , I heard there's a huge demand for organic coffee in Southeast Asia. I lived in Japan and noticed that Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee was popular there. But if you could overcome the encumbrances...
by ariel
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Music!
Replies: 458
Views: 76708

Re: Music!

victmanu , do you have any recommendations for rumba flamenca and Spanish flamenco from local artists? I am sorry but I don;t know any peruvian guitarist who play flamenco. I know there are flamenco shows once a month in Lima so I suppose there are guitar players who play flamenco but I will recomm...
by ariel
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Seeking information from the recently deleted coffee thread
Replies: 11
Views: 1681

Re: Seeking information from the recently deleted coffee thread

Really? That's quite alarming. I hope the farmers have some sort of fallback. That could also explain the lack of tunki right now. But this is when ingenuity kicks in and those who have the right brewing/blending skills may be able to achieve good quality of coffee even from low-quality beans. But t...
by ariel
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Music!
Replies: 458
Views: 76708

Re: Music!

Mediterranean Sundance by Al di Meola/Paco de Lucia/John Mclaughlin is a masterpiece (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cadbYIzhqQ). That level of musicianship and guitar-playing is difficult to match but I know there are lesser known artists out there for whom mere mortals like me are always on the ...
by ariel
Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Seeking information from the recently deleted coffee thread
Replies: 11
Views: 1681

Re: Seeking information from the recently deleted coffee thread

windsportinperu wrote:
ariel wrote: I ran out of tunki


Where did you buy tunki - Peru or abroad ?

How much grams was the bag and how much did you pay for it ?


S/.27 for 250g at Metro de Canaval y Moreyra. But it's highly sought after so I don't get lucky all the time. That's why I'm looking for an alternative.
by ariel
Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Seeking information from the recently deleted coffee thread
Replies: 11
Views: 1681

Re: Seeking information from the recently deleted coffee thread

Hope this helps: According to SCAA, Cafe Tunki is the best in Peru, followed by Cafe Quechua and Sol & Cafe. Cafe Tunki ranked #2 in the WORLD by SCAA. above quote taken from archive on SCCA website. Caliguy, this might get bumped to the Buy & Sell section but I thought the information migh...
by ariel
Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No more schengen tourist visa for peruvians ?
Replies: 50
Views: 10789

Re: No more schengen tourist visa for peruvians ?

I've had my share of Ocean's 11 experience which confirms TShadow 's comment about some Peruvian women in Europe, 'though I wasn't the victim. Back in 2009 I was in Barcelona with my wife when we saw a couple of Peruvian women (betrayed by their accent) on the train carrying empty plastic bags and l...
by ariel
Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN
Replies: 70
Views: 38735

Re: Naturalization Exam in DIGEMIN

why you guys want to become citizen I don't get it. A few benefits I can think of: 1. It will put you on an equal footing with your Peruvian spouse when dealing with your kids, especially with regards to traveling with them overseas and/or custody dispute. 2. I can't confirm this one about the natu...
by ariel
Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: O/W into Lima with Carnet de Extranjeria?
Replies: 12
Views: 2968

Re: O/W into Lima with Carnet de Extranjeria?

Question... when/where were you told you might need a CG? We had an attorney's help to get the CE after we were married. He only warned us not to travel during this process; never did he mention the CG. After husband got his CE we've travelled abroad 3 times, and in Peru 1 time. Never has he been a...
by ariel
Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Brevetes A1
Replies: 14
Views: 3059

Re: Brevetes A1

Thank you Ariel for your information :) On Monday, after I got my Brevete A1 , I need to apply Permiso Lunar Polarizada too No problem. :) I see you got a dark tint on your car, thus the Permiso Lunar Polarizada, but please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm sure your reason for that is valid but just be...
by ariel
Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Brevetes A1
Replies: 14
Views: 3059

Re: Brevetes A1

Final update, I went for driving test this morning in Conchan. For practicing outside Touring cost S/.30 for renting a car, tutor and practicing the routes (Ruta A and Ruta B). Inside Touring, for renting car also cost S/. 30. You may get Ruta A or Ruta, depends on the staff there. And hurray....I ...
by ariel
Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: O/W into Lima with Carnet de Extranjeria?
Replies: 12
Views: 2968

Re: O/W into Lima with Carnet de Extranjeria?

Here's my experience. The first time I used my CE was when I flew to Miami last February. The Immigration Officer stamped the TAM form and told me to show it together with my CE on my way back so I didn't have to get an onward ticket. After all, that's what CE entitles you to when traveling oversea...
by ariel
Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Music!
Replies: 458
Views: 76708

Re: Music!

MarcoPE, you may not dig some of them but here's what I listen to nowadays (mostly rock) for what it's worth or if you want to check out new/ish stuff: ARTIST//GENRE//ALBUM//YEAR//RECOMMENDED TRACKS//REMARKS Black Sabbath //rock,heavy metal//2013//God is Dead?//Ozzy still has it! Megadeth //thrash m...
by ariel
Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New forum look?
Replies: 13
Views: 1942

Re: New forum look?

Awesome. Thanks, Allan!
by ariel
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New forum look?
Replies: 13
Views: 1942

Re: New forum look?

....aaannd it's back.
by ariel
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New forum look?
Replies: 13
Views: 1942

Re: New forum look?

Thanks for the info, sbaustin. Hope it's easily fixable and isn't a security issue.

I'm a Firefox user and my browser still shows the avatars (even gifs) just fine, except when replying to a post. Not sure how browser-dependent the issue is and how it looks on Chrome and others.

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