7th course: white fish (paiche) with sauteed vegetables and puréed zucchini and soysauce. Lemongrass and ginger steam (in the clay pot) in the background. From the tasting menu at IK Restaurante in Lima, Peru’s food capital.
Hi there! Thanks a lot for checking out this site out – I’m starting this blog for fun as a way for me to learn more about the foods I eat and the culture/history behind each of the dishes/cuisines one meal at a time. I currently live in Los Angeles, and the great thing that LA has to offer is the unlimited options and variety of cuisines. There are also many restaurants looking to open and expand into Los Angeles at this time too, so it’s a really exciting time to be in LA. I also enjoy spending my vacations traveling to other countries, and I typically spend that time sightseeing, learning about the country’s history and culture, of course, eating.
The great thing about food is that it connects everyone on a global level regardless of different cultural backgrounds or language barriers – everyone remembers their mom’s home cooked meals or that one mouth-watering dish from the restaurant down the street from where they live.
There are a lot of topics to explore with food, especially since culture and history are so intertwined in food. Major events in history like wars and economic recessions played a big role in changing how societies ate food. and these events also led to the creation of new foods, new food trends, new eating habits, and the evolution of dishes over time. Food has always played a key role in history as it represents one of the underlying issues of war and social class tensions from the Roman Empire’s bread and circuses to Marie Antoinette’s famous quote, “Let them eat cake”, to World War II, which introduced many different foods to many countries and also changed the way countries ate. It is still prevalent today and will continue to be.
I’ve always been fascinated with the origins and history of food since I find it interesting to learn and know more about the history of how different civilizations ate certain dishes and the culture behind these dishes and cuisines. Other topics that I am curious about related to this topic include but are not limited to: the origins of chocolate, ferret poop coffee, and fusion cuisines like Peruvian-Japanese and Peruvian-Chinese.
I hope you enjoy this blog and learn just as much as I hope to enjoy writing it, one meal at a time.