Cultivating Space: Andean Wisdom in Modern Life

November 2013

“One must relish the taste of the rains, listen to the corn growing, observe the colour of the winds – feeling onself at all times accompanied by our deceased ancestors. The nurturing of the chacra is the heart of the Andean culture which, if not the only activity carried out by the peasants, is the …

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Chicha as a Way of Life

November 2013

One of the first things that diners at Andina see is a wide wooden bowl full of key limes, dried aji peppers, and the most attention getting item – small ears of dried purple corn. We use the purple corn to make a sugary Peruvian drink called Chicha Morada. As good as it is, Chicha …

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No Substitutions: The Cultural Significance of Set Meals

November 2013

“What’s for dinner?” is a common evening refrain in homes across the country. The possibilities range from American classics like meatloaf and mashed potatoes to exotic dishes such as pad Thai or Moroccan spiced chicken. But what if everyone doesn’t want the same thing? There are allergies, sensitivities, likes, dislikes and plain old picky eaters. …

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