The word is getting out ! Peru is a wonderful place for shopping. I travel there as often as possible and once I return home I love going through my finds. Whether I bought it in the capital, high up in the Andes or from an artisan along the beach they are all like exciting memories of a treasure hunt.
One Kings Lane did a great post called Insiders guide to Peru as part of their far-flung shopping escapade series where decorator Nate Berkus jets to Peru to scour the city streets and mountain top villages for handmade treasures. Above are a few of his finds in the capital, Lima Peru. Click on the Insider guide to see a few of his suggestions of shops, places to eat and sleep in the City of Kings. Watch Nate's travelogue below for your passport to Peru.
In a previous post I shared a recipe forMazamorra Morada, a traditional Peruvian purple corn dessert and mentioned the beneficial properties of purple corn. Recently I have come across a delightful video byTastemade, with vintage latin music in the background, visually appealing setting and easy to follow instructions it's a sure recipe for fun in the kitchen !
* for more info on Mazamorra Morada or Tastemade just click on the colored links
I have written before about my love for vintage sterling silver jewelry but
now I have opened my shop on Etsy dedicated to this obsession. A large quantity of my collection is from Mexico and I'm always searching for vintage Peruvian silver. So today I thought I would feature this great vintage sterling silver ring from Mexico. It has a wonderful bohemian rustic feel with a beautiful stone in an organic shape. With it's scroll work, cluster of spheres and blackened background it evokes the style of Frida Kahlo. This statement ring would be the perfect edition to any ones vintage collection !
This post combines two things I love creativity and travel ! Jillian of "The Noisy Plume" is a wonderful jewelry artist who now has a wonderful work studio thats mobile. A labor of love for Jillian and her husband. They aquired the 1964 Sovreign Landyacht Airstream trailer from a farm in Idaho. Much work went in to the restoration of this retro dream like the more than 2500 rivets that were buck-riveted in to the interior walls. A skylight was put in along with light blue flooring and the inside of the door painted tangerine orange.
Julian's husband is a smokejumper or wildland fire fighter which requires him to be away from home for part of the year. Now that they have Miss Maple, which is what the Airstream has been fondly named, Jillian can travel along with her husband and have her studio too. There is still work to be done on Miss Maple like installing a custom work bench with lots of little drawers and shelves and of course a kitchen galley, shower, bed all you need for on the road living. How does she feel about her new studio ? " I love the space. It glows. I can’t explain it fully, but the light is serene and divine, no matter the time of day, and it feels really good."
Casa De Chocolates is a wonderful little artisan shop in North Berkeley. This unique culinary gem is part of a ethnic foodie community in the northern part of California. As you walk down the street curiosity draws you in to the house of chocolates. Once you enter you are not disappointed, exotic chocolates inspired by the ingredients of Latin America excite the senses. Aztec and Inca cultures are represented in
ingredients like cinnamon, chili pepper and quinoa. Casa De Chocolates is the creation of two Latin American women, Arcelia Gallardo and Amelia Gonzalez. If you are not in the Bay Area you can still visit the little shop and take home some chocolate by clicking HERE.
I love this print of Frida Kahlo by renowned Bay Area artist Rupert Garcia. This Mexican American California artist had a recent exhibit at the de Young museum in San Francisco, Rupert Garcia: The Magnolia Editions Projects 1991-2011. To see more of his work, learn more about the artist and see a video interview click here.
This poster has great colors and graphics and I love the idea behind it ! Bici is short for the Spanish word for bicycle - bicicleta and chalina is the word for scarf. The poster is from the bicycle riding club Actibícimoin Miraflores, Peru announcing their fall evening bike rides through the city. I think it's great how this bicycle riding movement is spreading all over. To see a short video of one of their evening rides watch " Noche de Bici en Lima ".
This beautiful knitwear is from Andy Ve Eirn, a shop I found on Etsy. Yael Scharaby is a designer with a collection of elegant, simple and minimalistic knits. Above are a few of my favorites from her shop. Click on the colored links to see more designs or to visit the designers about page.
A wonderful Mediterranean get away on the island of Formentera near Spain. I love this type of rustic elegance. The white walls give it a fresh modern feel then the rustic wood makes it warm and cozy. What a great place to just relax and recharge, problem is you wont want to leave : )
A wonderful recipe from the blog " une deux senses " for soft chewy cookies with matcha green tea chips. This is the second time I've shared a recipe from Michelle's blog, last time it was " Green Tea & Strawberry cupcakes ". Notice a theme ? Une deux senses has so many delicious recipes and beautiful pictures, I look forward to sharing more. To see the full post for any of these recipes or to visit Michelle's blog just click on any of the colored links.
Chewy Matcha Chip Cookies
Yields: 24 - 30 cookies
For the cookies
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 tbsn. strong-brewed green tea
2 cups matcha chips
For the matcha chips:
2 cups white chocolate chips
2 tbsn. matcha powder
To make the matcha chips, carefully melt the white chocolate over a double boiler, making sure not to burn it. Once smooth, whisk in the matcha powder until smooth. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe into 'chips' onto a piece of foil. Allow to harden completely, about 1 hour or you can speed this up in the freezer.
To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until very smooth and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and green tea. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients until well combined. Fold in the matcha chips carefully. Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, then place on the prepared cookie sheet, about 1 1/2" apart. Use your palm to press them down slightly. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely on a rack.
On my recent trip to South America I was able to travel to Ecuador for the first time, home of the Tagua nut. I was excited to be able to hand pick my materials. They take the eco-friendly Tagua nut, slice it, polish it and dye it so many beautiful colors it was very hard to choose. It was quite a trek, nine hour bus ride from the border of Peru. So much lush green scenery, my husband and I love traveling by land through South America. Once I was back home I was very anxious to start creating, all the wonderful colors were very inspiring. Once I started I couldn't stop, more and more ideas came as I worked with these materials. Lots of long earrings and necklaces in vibrant colors and unique organic shapes.
I finally had to stop and start putting items in to my shop. All these colors and shapes are perfect for Spring and Summer. I'll be sharing more items from the collection and get started on new summer designs. I love working with Tagua nuts and other Amazon seeds, the amazing colors and organic shapes are just part of the reason. The fact that these materials are eco-friendly was one of the main reasons I decided to focus on creating collections with these elements. If you would like to know more about Tagua nuts click here. To see the entire collection visit my shop : TaniaCaveneciaTorres.com
Lucy Snowe is a photographer from the Pacific Northwest. Many of her works have a beautiful dreamy feel, especially the winter horse and Audrey Hepburn inspired photographs with their soft blue gray color palette. But what originally drew me to her shop was the photo below of" Pinky Novak ", a very different look and feel. Lucy explains, "This lovely little dog belongs to my fashion designer friend Cynthia. I think Pinky looks exactly like Kim Novak in a technicolor Hitchcock movie sitting in this beautiful aqua chair." I am a Hitchcock and classic movie fan and totally agree !
Peruvian photographerEvelyn Merino Reyna's"Lima Más Arriba". A beautiful collection of photographs taken from the skies above Lima, Peru over the course of 6 years. She spent more than 300 hours of flight in different light glider like aircrafts some motorized and some not. This video can best appreciated when watched on full screen and with sound, the photographs are synchronized to music.