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A beautiful whiskey and amaro Montenegro cocktail in a cocktail glass with bar ware.

Whiskey and Amaro Montenegro Cocktail

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This Whiskey and Amaro Montenegro Cocktail features amaro Montenegro and amaro Cynar along with a bit of honey syrup. A beautifully balanced cocktail, each ingredient has a presence. It’s neither sweet nor dry, but it is a little boozy.😉 👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – About Amari “Amaro” is an Italian term…
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Peruvian Yellow Sauce

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Mexican Breakfast Burritos with Potatoes

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A copper tray with a filleted and grilled redfish on the half shell with cilantro and grilled lime.

Grilled Redfish on the Half Shell

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Grilled Tajín Chicken

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Delicious Main Dishes

A grey platter of scallop tiradito with garnishes in white bowls.

Scallop Tiradito Nikkei Style

2 blue and white plates with the finished Peruvian fried-rice with chicken.

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A beautiful whiskey and amaro Montenegro cocktail in a cocktail glass with bar ware.

Whiskey and Amaro Montenegro Cocktail

A wood cutting board, and 2 martinis with preserved lemon garnish.

Preserved Lemon Martini


Desserts

2 frozen custard ice cream cones in glass jars on a rustic wood tray.

Dulce le Leche Ice Cream

A white ceramic tray with 2 servings of prickly pear ice cream.

Prickly Pear Ice Cream

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Peruvian Alfajores Cookies

A white plate with kumquat confit and chèvre on toast.

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Peruvian Christmas Rice (Arroz Árabe)

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Mexican Grilled Zucchini Ribbon Skewers

A white bowl with Mexican breakfast potatoes, a copper spoon, and linen napkin.

Easy Mexican Breakfast Potatoes


Salads

A rustic white wood bowl with carrots, dried fruit, scallions, cilantro, almonds, and feta.

Moroccan Carrot Salad With Lemon Dressing

Roasted brussels sprouts salad in a wood bowl with copper fork.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Peruvian Solterito Salad

A glass bottle of homemade fresh strawberry/fresas frescas vinaigrette with 2 bowls of salad.

Homemade Peruvian Salad Dressing


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A wood cutting board with salsa de rocoto, a rocoto pepper, and cilantro.

Salsa de Rocoto | Rocoto Salsa

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Air Fryer Pork Belly

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Mexican Charcuterie Board

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A white cast iron Dutch oven filled with Mexican Dutch oven beef stew on a striped placemat.

Mexican Dutch Oven Beef Stew

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Peruvian Beef Stew (Seco de Carne)

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