Independent Storytelling

A few years ago, when I published my book on my time in Bangladesh, I received so many questions about publishing. Back then, in 2013, self-publishing was called “vanity press” — publishing as if it was for one’s own vanity. That seems an age ago as social media has made us all creators and storytellers — Instagram and its television channel, YouTube, and Facebook Stories (watch my month-long farewell to Peru on those channels or on the video page of this website), are all “vanity press” as they are self-published. Of course the paper book did not disappear as some feared. We simply gained more independence in how, where, and to whom, we can share out stories. Maybe we are more vainglorious…

Even with all these new choices, some media are still harder to edit than others. Take PDFs. Adobe Acrobat owns that format almost completely. One can buy a license for $180 per year. It does, however, make editing PDFs acrobatic (had, had, to play on the words!). As I work on my many projects, and my next book (a paper version about Peru), I am glad to have the freedom to be flexible.

Just as story telling has moved beyond the book, so have other media, like chocolate, taken on the terminology of books. My favorite chocolate shop in Peru, El Cacaotal, calls itself an “edible library” — that should encourage reading!

Keeping up with all the forms of communication is a bit like a chariot race. In between my website/blog, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and podcasting, something may have to go by the wayside when I get back out exploring in my next country…

Food, a Performance Art Form, and We Are All Content Creators Now

With the rise of social media, everyone with a smartphone is now a “content creator.” Most of us have become entertainers as we “direct” the photos of our food (north light is always best!). In Korea, they have “mukbang”, an “art form” where people pay to watch others eat. This has been ridiculed by many… but look at us now, as we all zoom happy hours and dinners with each other.

Going out to eat is a performance art where you as the customer are the audience, but also part of the experience. That is why it sort of makes sense that many actors work in the restaurant industry (a working actor = can be someone who works in a restaurant but also works as an actor) because a live “show” every night is superb practice! Everything in a restaurant from the lighting (lots of dishes now involve fire and smoke), decor, and seating is evaluated just as one would in a theater. In a theater, there is that expression, “smoke and mirrors” and that is also true of most restaurants. But, at a restaurant, on top of smoke and mirrors, there is smell and taste involved along with the other senses (plus that “something” like the umami of the whole event), are engaged as part of the experience.

In a natural segue, some of the food influencers, like David Chang, have their own shows. The Danish influencer, Claus Meyer, did a lecture/show at a theater. With the advent of videos and “stories” on Instagram and Facebook, the food industry has become an entertainment producer online, not just in brick and mortar. Both these chefs/influencers are active daily on Instagram. That’s more interaction than you could ever get back when you had to wait a year for a reservation at one of their fine dining establishments. One of my friends commented that due to COVID, she is able to get food delivered to her house from restaurants where she could not even get a reservation!

In the time of COVID, and all the zoom and whatsapp virtual gatherings, the paradigm has shifted. Perhaps, we have all become, oddly much more connected, but more than that, how we see each other has changed. We are seeing more people in their pajamas and without makeup or dyed hair. This, like things, has good sides and bad sides. Maybe we don’t want so much contact?

I’d also posit that we’ve become more egalitarian as well… well, if you have mastery of social media…

Traveling on the Worldwide Web

During this time of quarantine, many of us are “artist in residence” or “banished from the realm” — all depending on how you want to phrase it. I have been in splendid isolation. Free to travel the worldwide web. Armchair traveling is actually one of my favorite forms of travel because it’s comfortable, cheap, not sweaty, and I don’t have to get on a plane. Deep in the outer galaxy of this blog, is my travel page where I list many of my favorite travel writers and quotes. I revisited my travel page and actually re-bought a paperback book of one of my favorite travelogues.

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” –- Benjamin Disraeli

Much of the Internet, podcasts, YouTube videos, Instagram, Facebook, IGTV, etc. reminds me of that book, The Diary of a Nobody. Most of us are nobodies. Equal among other nobodies. Driveler among drivelers. So why not add my voice to the cacophony? On my media page (and here on Google Podcasts), there are links to the other platforms from where I’m catching the virtual cyber train. In preparation, I’ve been exploring, adventuring, and I found there are so many new places to visit, people to talk to, and things to eat. After my residence as “artiste in residence” is done (or “digital content creator” as is the new name on the street), I’ll be back out there.

One of my newest gadgets is a tripod/selfie stick with light.

On Facebook, there is a group called, “View from my window” and I’ve enjoyed it. Very positive people and it makes one realize how beautiful, and similar, this world is.

On Instagram, I’ve delighted in the mother-daughter E. and S. Minchilli (yes, that’s their last name!) cook, talk, answer questions, and adore Rome, and everything Italian.

On YouTube, I discovered that I could pay for programs and get really high definition videos (much higher definition than when I watched the original shows in the 1990s).

On Stitcher, I’ve been listening to The Fantastic History of Food (who can resist a title called, “Piracy, Witches and Hot Chocolate.“?) Plus, since I’ve learned so much about cacao from Amanda at El Cacaotal, I see/hear about cacao and want to learn more. Also, on Stitcher, it’s comforting to hear Christopher Kimball (from when I watched lots of PBS) on Milk Street.

On Podbean, I listened to surprisingly entertaining banter about hunting and nudists on The MeatEater Podcast, Ep. 220.

As I’ve explored podcasts, I realized that this is basically radio, that old fashioned technology that like many technologies, can change the world, or bring comfort (like FDR’s Fireside Chats — check out the film of him giving a chat). I would call podcasts, “audio-blogging” and you are welcome to call it that too.

And as the quote above indicates, much of life is stranger than fiction so why not read, see, hear, more of it, without the hassle of airplanes (for now). Happy adventures from splendid isolation!

Delivery in Lima in the Time of COVID – the List

IMG_5275To make it easier to hunt for those who cannot access Google Docs, here is the list of delivery places in Lima as of May 9, 2020. As always the Google doc is updated daily. This post is “stuck” to the top of the blog as a featured posting and can also be found in the pages sections (I changed the template of the blog — gosh, it’s been what five years or so since I changed my WordPress template — so I thought it was time. Hopefully it’s easier for folks to read some of my previous articles). I have also added the COVID delivery list as a PDF for those who like that style of info: FoodGroceryDeliveryLima-COVID – FoodGroceryDeliveryLima-COVID.

To make it fit on this page, I have deleted the category and location columns. 

NameTypePhone – from PE cellEmail-websiteNotes
Cinthia Adrianzenmasks, gloves, sanitizer987 982 659 verified
Aerospacialmasks943 739 603  
Ainhoasanitizer gel932 561 705  
Farmacia Queensmedication, drugs, sanitary items01 264 3444www.farmaciaqueen.com.pe 
Farmacia Universalmedication, drugs, sanitary items01 417-1800, 982 700 080www.farmaciauniversal.com 
Inkafarmamedication, drugs, sanitary items01 314-2020www.inkafarma.pe 
Mi Farmamedication, drugs, sanitary items01 642-9398, 938 882 441www.farmalisto.com.pe 
Boticas MedFarma Saludmedication, drugs, sanitary items922 398 888www.boticasmedfarmasalud.negocio.site, FB 
Barthel Bakerybread, sandwiches999 705 563 verified, very busy
Capo de Pastapasta and desserts923 015 329 verified
El Cacaotalchocolate937 595 812 verified
Mo Bistromeals986 006 575  
?Asian fusion?987 794 607  
Nutri Store Confiterianuts956 784 365  
Audsy Cateringmeals, empanadas, sandwiches992 760 984eaudsy@yahoo.comverified, 48 hr pre-order
El Fruterofruit juice pulp, fruit etc.987 643 067, 960 778 541 verified
Arandanos del Huertofruit products934 993 717  
Cheese Corner Perucheese936 686 315 verified, min S/200, S/12 fee, pay via bank transfer, 48 hr preorder
Selectos Ibericoscharcuterie939 739 982  
Pizza al Volo (Brian Mollison)pizza984 714 955 verified
Le P’tite Francebread01 342 1565  
Naduhealth food and meals960 765 259  
Don ItaloItalian998 128 448  
Pastas Pinapasta, lasagne, ravioli941 378 379pedidos@pastaspina.com.peverified
Marciano Veganovegan996 282 852  
La Cacerola Gourmetcooked chicken meat920 716 283  
Dona Marthaveggie spirals, fruit, veg914 997 971  
La Principalpasta, desserts995 561 655  
Cafe Monrealcoffee983 277 479www.cafemonreal.com 
Faustaquiche, aji de gallina, desserts, etc.989 496 359  
Naturally Divinespiced oils986 801 082  
Huachanotamal, cheese, pickles, beans, fruit, etc.987 142 858 pay via bank transfer
Glacialwater924 812 105  
Mercabastofruit and vegetables942 000 035  
Osso Carniceriameat01 469 7438, 922 019 328, La Molina +51 987 967 210San Isidro +51 922 019 328www.osso.peWed-Sun 9AM-12noon, S/15 fee
Don Titomeat949 722 371  
Granja del Vallequail eggs996 399 970 100 for S/10
Carniceria Pal Diariomeat981 323 389, 998 264 075www.paldiario.com.peno cash. Min S/100
Serranomeat994 537 137, 965 326 525  
San Fernandochicken and turkey01 219 5600, ext. Surco: 5002, Miraflores, San Isidro, 5003, Barranco 5004, M-S, 9AM-2PM
BioFeriafruit and vegetables999 104 963  
Pescoseafood914 651 233  
Kasani Fishseafood925 941 225  
Surquillofruit and vegetables990 123 602 minimum 20 soles
Mercampofruit and vegetables928 624 119 no cash
La Sanahoriahealth foodBarranco: 913 733 677, Surco: 913 733 367, San Isidro: 913 733 668  
AJEwater, sportade, juice pulp980 493 562, 932 107 925, 993 207 058  
Gallinas Libreseggs – cage free993 477 758 minimum 100 eggs!
Peru Pacificseafood946 541 722, 01 717 9506inbox on Facebook 
Naturally Divinehealth food – coconut oil, flour, jojoba, etc.986 801 082  
Sanuahealth food message on Instagram 
Karin Eco Fishfish from an artisanal fisher woman987 104 168 minimum three bags, pay via BCP, BBVA, and Yape
Amaru Superfoodsdried fruit, stevia, cacao, etc.940 851 444  
Palacio del Pastapasta palaciodelpasta.mitienda.pe 
Jordi Prime Grillmeat and frozen fries955 373 365  
La Parritecameat, pickles, wine, charcoal01 446 2278, 998 918 822www.parriteca.com, Facebook 
Cafe Ecologicocoffee992 687 398  
Agricola Organicosfruit and vegetables992 845 300  
Puku Pukucoffee @nanayperu on Instagram 
Dumancheese999 502 049  
Valle del Rio Chillonfruit and vegetables954 122 645, 945 303 096  
U of Agraria La Molinafruit and vegetables999 308 582  
Agroferias Campesinasfruit and vegetables, seafood delivery@agroferias.com 
Universidad Nacional Agrariafruit, veg, meat, dairy948-022-028 5 day pre-order
Volcan de Frutasfruit and vegetables994 304 459  
Verduleria Verafruit and vegetables995 738 887  
Carniceria Sumas Aychameat999 694 971  
Donna y Maribelchicken952 508 545 verified
De Mercado Verduras y frutasfruit and vegetables993 372 039  
Fresh Martonline store934 109 650www.freshmart.pe 
Pescaderia Rositafish980 758 562  
Food Cofruit and vegetables914 395 793, 942 369 084pedidos@foodco.peVerified
Expat Shoplentils, etc. www.expatshop.peAviv Hemant
Ivan Pugaseafood974 531 053 Verified
Avícola Gloriacorn fed eggs994-113-514 Tues and Wed
Avinkachicken01 615-3770 / 965-396-725avinka.riqra.comOrder 9 – 2
Del Mercadogroceries993-372-039  
Don Torcuatogroceries962-962-952don_torcuato3@hotmail.com 
Franvivefruit and vegetables965-394-546 / 998-134-143 minimum S/100
Fruta al Díafruit www.frutaldia.com.pe 
Lima Orgánicaorganic951-125-106pedidos@limaorganica.pe / www.limaorganica.pe. 
Mercadilloorganic www.mercadillo.pe. 
Nanaygroceries-eggs-vegan Fb: nanaype / Ig: nanayperu. 
Organic Expressorganic910-901-524  
Sana Saludable y Naturalorganic991-072-866@sana_synperu.T, Th, F delivery
Sprout Housesprouts936-605-482@sprout.house.pe.Sat and Sun only. S/30 minimum
Todo Frescofruit and vegetables981-594-764 M-S, S/100 minimum
Tu Chacritagroceries www.tuchacrita.pe. 
Tu Mercadogroceries www.tumercadoperu.com 
Vacas Felicesdairy and organic www.vacasfelices.com 
Zu Canastagroceries www.zucanasta.comverified, excellent veggies, no new clients
Verduras Erickfruit, veg, cleaning products993 689 003 One day pre-order, 50 sol minimum
Bodega Thiaguitofruit and vegetables998 911 199  
Tienda Valentinagroceries01 372 9349  
Bodega Edithgroceries01 275 0555  
Del Eden de Av. Primaveragroceries934 572 804 cash or yape
Andean Pacific Foodsseafood966 555 459 verified
Bodega Barrancogroceries01 477 9149  
La Calandriagroceries941-368-345www.facebook.com/lacalandriabarranco 
D’Manu Gourmetpreserves and sauces98-374-296@dmanugourmet.Thu-Sat delivery
Misha Rastrerakefir, kombucha, eco personal hygiene924-713-062www.facebook.com/misharastrera / www.misharastrera.com.Delivery los martes y viernes de 10:00 a 16:00 horas
Punto Orgánicoorganic fruit, veg, and products989-043-427.www.puntoorganico.com24 hrs notice for orders
Thaniyayfruit butters, keto958-344-860@thaniyayperu.8 soles for delivery
Bodega Arakakigroceries01 445-6078. zona Enrique Palacios street
Bodega El Paisagroceries926-680-450. Zona Tomás Marsano cuadra 17
Bodega Elizabethgroceries999-927-459 / 435-3709  
Bodega Kunimongroceries01 253-6146 Zona Juan G. Moore
Bodega Tantaleángroceries01 242-2019.  
Bodega Edgardgroceries996-350-584. Zona Av. Angamos Oeste con Av. Comandante Espinar
Cosecha2GOfruit and vegetables979-281-980  
Frutería Robert, Mercado de Santa Cruzfruit and vegetables983-467-985  
Frutero Javier de Mercado Mendiburufruit and vegetables956-784-365  
Jet Marketgroceries937-264-756 / 934-890-462 8:30am to 5pm
Manuel Mercado Mendiburumeat992-694-971  
Punto Gourmetgroceries01 273-8264 Zona Simón Salguero. Hacen reparto solo por las mañanas.
Quillari Marketgroceries962-284-873 Zona Mendiburu
Thika Thanigroceries987-448-914  
Tienda Minimarketgroceries01 241-5999 Zona Parque Tradiciones
Bodega 3B Marketgroceries01 396-1374 Zona Calle Las Rosas, La Molina Vieja
Bodega Rinconada del Lagogroceries01 368-2406  
La Esquina. Zona Las Lagunas: Pedidos: 479-0842.groceries01 479-0842 Zona Las Lagunas
Market Donnagroceries01 479-2358  
Todo Frescogroceries981-594-764 Mon-Sat. S/100 minimum. Fee S/ 5 y S/ 10
Sra Enedina de la Bío Feria de La Molinachicken, eggs, fruit, veg958-982-488  
Willi Marketgroceries01 368-1768 / 01 479-1037 / 01 364-5234 / 01 364-5231 Zona El Sol de La Molina
Bazar Luisagroceries949-638-931 Zona Pezet
Bodega Arakakigroceries01 241-6882 Zona Belén 265
Bodega Sebasgroceries01 422-3109 / 997-767-504 Zona cuadra 39 Av. Petit Thouars
Jet Marketgroceries937-264-756 8-5:30. Zonas Los Laureles, Canaval y Moreyra 305, Juan de Arona 777
La Gorditagroceries01 221-8378 / 01 440-6108 Zona Choquehuanca, El Olivar
Bodega Yulligroceries01 224-4218 Zona San Borja Norte
Bodega Ojedagroceries01 358-7990 Zona Las Artes Norte
Bodega Óscarmeat, fruit, veg986-213-330 One day pre-order
Bodega Elizabethgroceries999-927-459 / 01 435-3709 Zona San Luis
Bodega Erickgroceries993-689-003  
Bodega Flores Génesisgroceries989-496-322  
Frutería Lizfruit997-921-248  
Market Comercial Bayletigroceries960-991-919.  
Tienda Silviagroceries902-065-327  
Tu Caseritogroceries920-716-524 / 995-798-600  
Bodega Elizabethgroceries999-927-459 / 01 435-3709  
Bodega Jhomargroceries967-703-415 Solo en Surco por Ricardo Palma y Roca y Boloña
Minimarket Paquitagroceries01 344-3339 / 01 344-4964 / 01 344-3232  
Señor Víctor del Mercado de Surcogroceries998-380-078  
Super Pet Perupet food Instagram @superpet_pe 
Groomerspet foodMiraflores: 01 715 5454, San Borja: 01 713 0707  
Rambala Barfpet food970 356 974  
Aromapanbread925 532 917  
Bodega Tres Chanchitosgroceries01 368-4564, 01 479-2965, 943 530 897  
Bodega Isabelitagroceries991 779 911, 995 859 557 zona santa catalina
Bodega El Brothergroceries01 226-1478  
Balernomeat949 444 234, 983 514 059facebook.com/BalernoPeru 
Buen Fuegomeat982 592 384  
Del Gordo – Carnes Premiummeat920 252 114inbox on Facebook 
La Charcuteria de Limameat998 108 452www.lacharcuteriadelima.com48hr preorder, min S/100, delivery S/15
Meat Festmeat986 832 861www.meatfest.pe, FBUSDA connection
Prime Meatsmeat980 712 396Facebook 
Animal Revolution Perupet food01 692 6024Facebookverified
Full Familypet food970 786 523, 01 304 0585Facebookverified
Rambala Barfpet food970 356 974 verified
Cerdenadeli, cheese, etc.913 048 042delivery@ti.cay.com, www.cerdenaembutidos.com 
Quesos Lait’s Tacnenodeli, cheese, etc.993 570 160 S/30 min
Zimmermanndeli, cheese, etc.998 141 731www.embutidoszimmermann.com 
Bayas Peruanasfruit and vegetables970 947 621@bayasperuanasOnly Mon, Wed, S/10 fee
Canasta Food Cofruit and vegetables914 395 793, 942 369 084  
Del Mercadofruit and vegetables993 372 039  
El Chasquipefruit and vegetables924 614 153, 936 281 426 24 hr preorder
Organic Foodfruit and vegetables982 033 898, 997 977 277  
Rideliveryfruit and vegetables943 642 587FB 
Verduleria Petty (Mercado El Eden)fruit and vegetables965 425 493  
La Verduleriafruit and vegetables917 344 140  
Los Castilla Marketminimarket924 899 591  
Market Comercial Bayletiminimarket960 991 919  
Market Donnaminimarket01 479 2358  
Tienda Minimarket eUsminimarket01 241-5999 zona Parque Tradiciones
Flora y Faunaorganic986 915 313, 934 599 647, 940 414 018  
ICI Lab Gourmetbread998 103 181  
Masana Panaderia Artesanal & Saludablebread993 857 210  
Panaderia Ecologica Alemana Los 7 Enanosbread915 116 657  
La Morabread940 230 042, 994 318 908, 914 891 313, 945 775 493 Min S/30, S/10 fee, 48 hr preorder
Eco Fishseafood987 104 168  
Kalkalseafood998 284 655 depends on catch of the day
Osthias Pescados y Mariscosseafood943 597 369 free delivery if over S/70
Pescoseafood914 651 233  
Avicola Gloriaeggs, corn fed994 113 514 Tue and Wed only
Avicola Hermanas Tapiachicken, turkey, duck, veg, meat01 273 0430, 947 230 966 Min S/50
La Gallinita de Corraleggs, meat, poultry, pork994 034 030, 991 898 554  
Senora Enedina (de la Bio Feria La Molinachicken, eggs, fruit, veg958 982 488  
Porthos Prime Foodribs955 479 881  
Manuel Casssanovaoyster mushrooms993 993 689 verified, S/15 kilo
Laivedairy01 0800 15248, 914 164 000  
Rebcca Blueberryberries, fruit911 101 155 verified
Olivamolive oil982 055 881  
Masas Salvajebread933 790 881 verified
FloralPcheese999 192 602  
Mercado de Santa Cruzfruit and vegetables, meat, chicken, fish01 422-9045, 932 393 390  
Fruteria Felifruit and vegetables987 497 809 fee outside Lobaton area
Morning Coffeecoffee987 540 673  
Lait’scheese, butter, dulce de leche993 570 160 minimum S/30
Bioimex Peruseafood936 741 959  
InmersoBBQ971 285 608inmersoperu@gmail.com 
Fressongroceries984 299 277  
Flavor Fusion Detox y Padmaessentials952 758 625  
PesCoseafood – fresh caught914 651 233  
Rikcharicoffee999 582 587  
Lacteos Conga Perudairy949 714 483  
Piscislake trout989 211 465@piscis_peverified, M-F, 8-3
La RosettabakeryLa Molina: 936 327 010, Miraflores: 993 194 547  
D’Onofriaice creamSurco: 930 691 159, San Miguel 999 220 693, San Borja 999 604 185, San Isidro/Miraflores: 977 198 425, Surquillo 991 980 588  
Amarellymasks933 010 725  
Venevamasks996 173 772  
Ecocampoeggs@ Instagram  
Meche Correamasks pedidosmechecorrea@gmail.com 
Impotacions GMVrubbing alcohol992 474 307, 981 259 788 only bulk to Lima
Cafe del Fundocoffee @cafedelfundo.pe 
Bloom Tostadorescoffee @bloom.tostadores 
Neira Cafe Labcoffee @neiracafelab 
Cappuccetto Perucoffee @cappuccettoperu 
Narela Cafecoffee @narelacafe 
Cafe Maldonadocoffee @cafemaldonado 
Muju Coffee Roasterscoffee @muju_coffee_roasters 
Dark Wing Coffeecoffee @darkwingcoffee 
Finca Tastacoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Master Coffeecoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Cafe Negrocoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Pueblo Coffeecoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Coffee Hunters Perucoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Cafe Compadrecoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Finca Don Salazarcoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Don Guto Cafecoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Fundo Santa Teresitacoffee Inbox on Instagram 
NAmasks, alcohol, gloves964 303 258  
Casa Gourmetbakery998 163 785, 981 022 572, 998 174 296  
Frosacseafood987 790 708  
Corporaction Lichamasks Inbox on Instagram 
Ecologic Perufruit and veg @ecologic_peru 
Dual Hogarcleaning products Inbox on Instagram 
Limpieza Es Facilcleaning products Inbox on Instagram 
La America Cafebakery Inbox on Instagram 
Pa’ Tu Casafruit and veg983 596 245, 983 527 051  
La Molina Marketgroceries950 281 160  
Enrique Tomas Peruproscuitto992 466 006  
?eggs943 688 738  
Boticas Santa Fepharmacy980 896 301  
Cafeteinacoffee924 886 011  
Del Fundo (Manina Carmona)mandarins, palta997 551 205  
Pratolacoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Houssy Perumouthwash998 633 524  
Vimaantbuilding cleaning Inbox on Instagram 
Cafe Link Perucoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Go Petpet food944 445 467  
Qamir Fruitfruit and veg941 382 000, 922 386 721  
Mi Bodeguita 231groceries inbox on facebookverified
Maranatha Fishseafood942 370 042  
La Vaca Locasteak998 371 342  
Lakshmi Casa Organicaorganic   
Samacaorganic   
Naturlandiatofu, beans, etc.   
Ande Barorganic   
Pecaditos Integralesorganic991 970 806  
Pesco Pescaderiafish914 651 233  
Amazona Chocolateschocolate944 952 227  
Mascarilla Eirlmasks inbox on Instagram 
Delivery San Borjagroceries950 281 160  
Procesos Industriales GMVrubbing alcohol992 474 307, 981 259 788  
Abbas Dellyfruit and veg988 184 902  
Ventas de Verduras y Frutasfruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
Montreal Bagelbagels968 968 876  
Jordimeat946 483 610, 994 269 020ventas1.jordi@gmail.com 
Beans Fruit Drybeans, fruit987 823 444  
La Choza Nautica Brenafruit and veg936 663 475  
Winebox.Pewine winebox.peverified!!
Nipa Korthari IndianIndian food993 523 921 verified
Textiles Espinozamasks948 079 240 verified
CBFmasks990 001 146  
Sercomedmasks920 259 867, 966 423 059  
Mercado 365 Perufruit and veg infomercardo365@gmail.com 
Scrapyartmasks, soap, gloves, alcohol982 878 609  
Feel Organicmasks inbox o Instagram 
El Huerto Agroecologicofruit and veg999 308 582huerto01@lamolina.edu.pe 
Project Pietamasks Inbox on Instagram 
RecytexmasksDaniel 991 204 073, Rosalita 991 200 619dguerra@ctrycytec.com, rcoastales@ctrecytex.com 
Rico Pet Sacpet food900 952 263  
Finexmasks9335 599 399  
Piruw Naturalhoney Inbox on Instagram 
Palta Fuerte Organicaavocado955 093 368  
Champinoes Frescosmushrooms999 094 111  
Casa Blanca Homemasks923 100 565  
Verde Purofruit and veg centraldepedidos@vermisac.com 
LK Importacionesmasks KN95981 521 564  
Alcohol 96 Perurubbing alcohol933 901 540  
Fausta Mila Cafecoffee989 176 739  
Selectos Ibericosbakery939 739 892  
Tealistotulistagroceries972 039 516  
Crea Pais Perumasks998 785 557creapais@hotmail.com 
Andean Bitesgluten free, vegetarian snacks913 034 105  
Invitalofruit and veg978 365 482, 995 820 164 Less then 24 hrs for delivery!
La Huerta Organicafruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
Cappucino Cuscocoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Natural Homepet food935 219 644  
Pan de la Cholabakery992 126 980 verified
Anticapizza951 904 870  
San Fernandopoultry960 587 331  
Organica Carbon de Cococharcoal981 472 936  
Bodeboca Bruzzolasagna, platters, Italian999 662 477  
Fruta Verdura Deliveryfruit and veg991 690 814  
Rayito Print Perumasks966 635 440, 923 176 021  
Conciencachocolate970 306 585 verified
Gina Moraleswine948 029 719 verified
La Terrazalomo saltado, etc.942 895 461 24 hour pre-order
La Bodegawine, beer, pisco, groceries912 002 407, 981 293 010  
Gate Gourmetgroceries www.gateperu.com 
Proflimsaindustrial cleaning989 538 821  
Carbon Ecologicocharcoal981 472 936  
La Casita Honey  @lacasitahoney 
Teas Organicocoffee923 470 649  
Mattonimeals924 066 643administracion@mattoni.com.pe, IG, FBmin S/50, delivery fee
Servi Casa Perubakery @ Instagram 
Bandrabread, fruit, veg972 593 603, 958 062 733frankbimjani@bandra.pemin S/50
Lomo de Resmeat960 703 092, 979 257 175 verified! minimum purchase
Panicomiobread967 338 429 verified!!
Sorayachicken, fruit, veg987 030 561  
Maria Alejandrawine999 213 314 verified
Cymed Medicalmasks inbox on Instagram 
165Logisticsmasks981 510 662, 933 523 369ventas@165logistics 
Green Freshfruit and veg inbox on Instagram 
Hong Kong MarketAsian specialities inbox on Instagram – via platanitos 
Taylor Briomontefruit and veg950 581 082inbox on Instagram 
Filo Carnesmeat953 723 353  
Orquidea Chocolatechocolate947 351 564, 951 492 572inbox on IG and FB 
Oriente FoodVenezuelan tequenos inbox on IG 
Enriquechickens and eggs980 781 057  
La Fidelia 924 575 008store.lafidelia.pe, inbox on IG and FB 
Claudia Palacioscakes994 272 358  
Crunch It Perugranola, nuts, dried fruit947 080 729  
Caseritagroceries976 338 870  
Sumaqchafruit and veg998 337 070 min S/50, fee S/5, delivery 3-5 pm
Verde Natural Marketorganic942 162 596  
Days Perugloves inbox on IG, daysperu.com 
Quimachi Snacks  inbox on IG 
Health Care Shop PEsanitizer gel inbox on IG 
Interfoods TSmeat inbox on IG 
Mueble VMpurified water system931 900 438inbox on IG 
La Cabrita Quesocheese987 530 794lacabritaproductos@gmail.com, lacabrita_09@yahoo.es, on FB @lacabritaquesosdecabra 
La Fabrica – Mobile Pizzapizza980 735 264  
Unknownmasks940 205 120, 997 296 786  
Pharmivetpet pharmacy www.pharmivet.pe 
Alexandra Dammertmasks998 106 183 verified
La SalteneriaBolivian empanadas/saltenas997 108 496 verified
Chacra Verdefruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
Panicorp Bakerybread Inbox on Instagram 
Magna Premiumcharcoal Inbox on Instagram 
Duman Quesosdairy, and pizza999 502 049Inbox on Facebook 
Felines Swimwear Perumasks946 622 285Inbox on FB and IG 
Wall Marketgroceries, drinks994 845 699  
Celin Aylin, La Fruteriafruit and veg – frozen983 550 063  
Rebo Foodsfruit and veg989 112 286, 992 962 748  
Bon Beefmeals www.bonbeef.com, inbox on FB 
Bodega Carelgroceries, drinks973 797 373, 920 419 796  
El Parrillon de Pablo ProfumoUruguayan beef998 197 619www.elparrillon.com 
La Bondiola Sangucheriasandwiches Inbox on IG 
D’Tinto & Burgersburger meat946 409 789, 987 268 430Inbox on IG 
El Pan de la Cholabread, flour993 126 980www.elpandelachola.comverified
Barra Alquimiacake980 577 430 verified
El Fruterofrozen fruit960 778 541, 941 526 338, 941 676 601, 987 643 067pedidos1@elfrutero.pe 
Fresh Food Limafruit and veg997 889 121, 993 751 251Facebook 
Come Cerdo Come Sanopork inbox on IG and FB 
Grupo AngloMedmasks928 003 285ventas@grupoanglomed.com 
Amkha Marketfruit and veg inbox on Instagram 
Trigalbakery and bakery supplies997 466 231, 994 328 461 S/50 min, S/10 fee
El Granero de Lima 942 160 182  
The Pharmacy Labhealthy food992 761 894inbox on Instagram 
Salud 360masks972 207 666inbox on Instagram 
Limpia Como Mamadeep cleaning inbox on Instagram and Facebook 
Protector Facialplastic face masks992 777 067  
Nina and Sisatransportation services959 021 686  
Delivery Segurotransportation services947 314 821  
El Peque DLCpork956 739 379  
El Huerto Ecomarketgroceries997 716 904  
Aromas del ValleCoffee955-130-909www.aromasdelvalle.com, contacto@aromasdelvalle.com 
Alfogo Angusmeat997-152-521  
Berries del Peruberries01 448-1414pedidos@berriesdelperu.com, on Facebook 
Market Circologroceries978-371-872 24 hr preorder, transport fee
Sr. Choque en el Mercado de Huirachochachicken995-213-888  
Sr. Víctor en el Mercado de Huirachochachicken931-029-239  
Sra. Roxana en el Mercado de Huirachochafruit and veg998-116-505  
Frutería Felifruit and veg987-497-809  
Bodega Teresadried fruit985-895-894  
Ally Embutidos Saludablesgroceries922-337-858  
Avícola Poolchicken and eggs984-764-999 free delivery, one day pre-order
Avícola Tonychicken and eggs955-172-816  
Café A Markethamburger, bacon, buns, etc. FB Café A Market 
De Huacho 554Salchicha huachana, jamón del país, chicharrón de prensa, frutas, menestras987-142-858 min S/30
Gastón y Ottocured meats www.gastonyotto.com 
GourMeat Perú.meat996-826-324 24 to 48 hr pre-order
Huevos de Codorniz Sra. Yuliquail eggs902-245-254 (only text. No Whatsapp)  
La Carnisseriameat998-158-725 free delivery with S/100 purchase
Mama Olgafree range eggs994-019-454  
Oregon Foodsbeef, groceries, charcoalSan Isidro +51 421 9148, La Molina +51 479 0833, Casuarinas +51 237 5173, Barranco +51605 6416Inbox on FB and IGmin S/500
Panutssausage, hotdogs, ham www.panuts.com 
Tomodachiramen, sushi, Japanese01 370 6119, 950 304 507 bank and cash
Pato Señor Dionisioduck963-171-981 / 974-651-282edes @granjaricopato / ricopato@gmail.comBCP and cash
Pollo Frescochicken910-605-173  
Todo Parrillameat, charcoal991-160-545  
Berries Alyssolberries980-822-672 min S/50 and delivery fee
Casa Verdefruit and veg993-887-145 mínimo S/ 80
Citrus VendingValencia oranges and orange juice www.guguich.pe / @jugozdelcampoalvaso 
Cr Transportshopper service922-488-245 / 944-600-229 / 927-443-406  
Del Fundo a Tu Mesafruit, veg, olive oil951-291-565  
Deli Frutasfruit and veg980-548-416 delivery S/ 10 y pedido mínimo S/ 80
Dimercfruit and veg917-899-123 mínimo S/ 100 soles y delivery S/ 10.63
Distribuidora Limónfruit and veg992-831-361  
El Alameinasparagus and olive oil994-612-894  
Enhegroceries924-544-774  
Fresh a Tu Puertafruit and veg951-566-510  
Fruta y Verdura Deliveryfruit and veg991-690-814 min S/65
F&L Fruteríafruit and veg942-358-331  
Hacienda El Carmelo de Virúcheese, oil, olives, etc.998-344-079  
La Chacra Deliveryfruit and veg938-359-166 mínimo S/ 110
Paqu jayaoils, spices915-156-465 / 944-510-014  
Punto Naturalfruit923-610-468  
Súper NikkeiJapanese products954-621-553 mínimo: S/ 200
Súper Shopfruit and veg www.supershopperu.com 
Agroindustria Ibsacheese, etc.991-443-155.  
Cayetano Expresscheese, etc.956-640-214 / 994-210-102 mínimo S/ 50, delivery gratuito
Lácteos Piamontecheese, etc.992-096-057  
Productos Lácteos D’Yumacheese, etc.983-231-946  
Proveeduría Leche Fresca 920-567-706, in Barranco: 01 477-3364  
Quesos Lait´s Tacneño 993-570-160 delivery fee
Yogurt Damattayogurt, granola, honey985-484-914  
Angobakery01 440-0639 24 hr pre-order
El Perro Panbakery940-569-111  
En Boca de Todosbakery990-738-451 delivery fee
Panadería Carmelitasbakery959-176-479  
Pastipanbakery981-043-829 72 hr pre-order
Wilton’sbakery964-579-963 mínimo de S/ 30
Demarseafood934-645-680 min 2 kilos
Frozen Products Corporationseafood934-645-064 mínimo de S/ 100 soles y costo de delivery S/ 20
Sushi by Nozscallops/conchas986-003-874 mínima un kilo
Pueblo Café por Ricardo Roblescoffee984-332-227  
Cortebeef965 729 800 USDA connection
Carnicorpbeef and pork933 821 328pedidos.carnicorp@gmail.comUSDA connection
Razzetobeef and pork948 317 157 USDA connection
Maria Reneechocolate992 061 446  
Tupuestitofruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
NYJ Perumasks (and cloth head coverings)958 688 198, 956 726 894Inbox on Instagram 
Kioski Pasteleriacake Inbox on Instagram 
El Colmenarhoney, pollen, carob syrup (algorrabina)996 579 063, 988 002 450, 998 245 770Inbox on Instagram 
GNS Empresarial – Andre Morianodeep cleaning961 758 615Inbox on Instagram 
La America Cafemeals Inbox on Instagram 
Kent Peruwater987 808 472  
OraSi Perusoy, rice, almond milks Inbox on IG and FB 
Jiron Sanguchesandwiches, tacos, enchiladas01 746 8696  
Nippon Accessoriesmask carrier Inbox on Instagram 
Paltas Chirimoyasavocados987 604 364  
Mercadito Perufruit and veg994 663 376 (Debbie)  
Enkai Cocina NikkeiJapanese Nikkei01 550 6858www.enkai.pe, @chefmasaki14 
La Canasta de Yi Changgroceries @lacanasta.yichang 
Cosecha Verdefruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
Praia Bravamasks praiabravacollections.com 
Rayito Print Perumasks966 635 440, 923 176 021  
Mystika Tienda Saludable 992 761 894  
Entre Perros y Gatospet food946 567 837  
Panalza Perutransportation services01 653 2787Inbox on Instagram 
Mi Gran Combolomo saltado, etc.985 404 636, 01 309 7979  
Tarta Maniadesserts, cakes Inbox on Facebook 
Pilsen Callaobeer979 734 003  
Toda Parilla del Coloraobeef, pork991 160 545 24 hr preorder, min S/150
Palta Hassavocado960 622 605, Surco: 986 761 661  
La Cafetta Expressgroceries967 705 388, 930 508 955, 955 171 592  
Living Home Perupasta, gluten free pasta www.livinghome.pe 
Tortilla de Papa Perutortilla espanola998 114 603Inbox on Instagram 
Aloramask boxes924 566 300  
La Verduleriafruit and vegetables978 336 197  
Panakuna Expressgroceries934 886 872Inbox on Instagram 
Dazzo Marketgroceries983 575 985Inbox on Instagram 
Tio Papassalchipapas, etc.943 492 907Inbox on Instagram 
Muyfreshkitosgroceries935 825 136  
Delivery Verduras y Frutasfruit and vegetables922 154 297, 970 792 593  
La Huerta Limafruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Montini Pizzapizza989 204 475Inbox on Instagram 
Qhatupersonal shopping service957 254 981  
MDLabmasks983 466 419  
TocTocEnviostransportation services947 749 866  
Super Pollochicken991 480 025, 986 611 485  
Not Perumasks Inbox on Instagram 
MSC Homefoot activated door opener, sanitizing station01 715 0603, 948 055 969ventas@sfhnos.com 
Delivery Expresspersonal shopping service994 007 441  
Brewdogbeer972 826 204, 958 192 425  
Al Tavolopizza Inbox on Instagram 
Yupigopersonal shopping service Inbox on Instagram 
La Cocina de Luiscocina criolla997 632 119 S/5 fee
Mafasil Deliverygroceries962 118 337  
JolamafarCOVID kits: masks, mask holder, gloves, disinfectant, etc.946 390 750, 965 750 066Inbox on Instagram, ventas.jolamafar@gmail.com 
Rafaella Clothingmasks Inbox on Instagram 
Servio Mercadopersonal shopping service944 986 598  
Goo Pricesfruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Vide Verde Perufruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Comsatel Perucleaning Inbox on Instagram 
Koketamasks Inbox on Instagram 
D’floritasoap986 844 794Inbox on Instagram 
Go Petpet food Inbox on Instagram 
Sami Productos Naturaleshoney Inbox on Instagram 
Feel Organiccotton Inbox on Instagram 
ValFruit Deliveryfruit and vegetables938 543 761  
Core Lima Cafesandwiches, etc. corelimacafe.com, Inbox on Instagram 
Eolis Air Peruair purifier994 212 167excellencemedical.pe, 
Lulucitymasks946 109 920Inbox on Instagram 
Fullen Perufork lift transportation www.fullen.pe 
Master Cleancleaning994 313 983Inbox on Instagram 
Safety Medmasks, glasses, shoe coverings, etc.993 534 599Inbox on Instagram 
2bornotobemasks with designs990 888 775Inbox on Instagram and Facebook 
Pedi.2slimes Inbox on Instagram 
Clean House Desinfeccionescleaning922 236 664Inbox on Instagram 
Drogueria GYPmasks Inbox on Instagram 
Ecocampo Perueggs ecocampo.pe 
Makis by Betosushi982 660 428makisbybeto.com, inbox on IG 
MiaValencia19masks936 956 889, 930 470 045  
Vimaantdisinfection products977 249 806administracion@vimaant.com 
Pasta Perupasta, groceries pasta.pe 
Fuego y Brasa perupollo a la brasa940 477 146  
Ibericos Goldwine and oil933 908 899  
Paletas Factoryice cream913 033 358  
Sra Diaz Cateringmeals956 599 382diazhomefood@gmail.commin 6 people, mother’s day specials
Dulce Finadesserts, cakes966 295 915  
Artesanta Tienda Virtualsoap, beauty products Inbox on Facebook 
Huella Verdeboxes983 535 231  
Paqari Yanablank books, journals Inbox on Facebook 
Champisolmushrooms999 094 111  
Julieta Gongoracorn tortila strips992 248 890  
Flores dia de la madreflowers971 377 631  
Orchidsflowers979 257 175, 960 703 092  
Palachinke Perupancakes Inbox on Instagram and Facebook 
Cafe de Limabread, empanadas, lasagna01 221 2513  
7G Gourmetfrozen fish, wine, groceries915 124 839@77gourmet 
Caserofruit and vegetables928 242 080  
Yllafrozen fruit987 827 541  
Neo Visioneye doctor, glasses, lenses975 035 993  
Caseritafruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Neve de Latte Gelateriaice cream940 861 628  
RomiPack Peruplastic bags994 013 626, 997 538 033, 998 818 009informes@romipack.pe 
Magaly Wenzelvet and dental cleaning for pets993 452 829 verified
Manuel Colsvet959 189 949 verified, speaks English
Yapa Expressfruit and vegetables963 694 779  
Bake Studiocake, desserts, pizza bases955 082 211  
Fleischmannyeast986 118 901 verified
Fleischmann Surcoyeast902 344 910  
Days Perushoe coverings Inbox on Instagram 
Ico Food Servicecheese, sausage, etc. www.ico.com.pemin S/100
Trigalbakery, baking ingredients Inbox on Instagram 
Frex Boxdried fruit987 220 187Inbox on Instagram 
El Buen Gustobakery, sandwiches946 244 168ventas@elbuenguesto.com.pe24 pre-order, min S/30, fee S/10
Ammameals Inbox on Instagram 
Cosmemeals cosme.com.pe, @cosme 
Staterameals Inbox on Instagram 
DARpita, hummus, dips, chips956 486 633  
Zokya Cafecoffee955 235 669  
Sercomedmedical supplies920 259 867, 966 423 059  
Salud 360medical972 297 666  
Normativamasks977 360 749  
Seafrostseafood914 681 205, 914 681 204, 962 203 109, 944 251 900 min S/120
Fonzarelli Perusauces, salsas987 708 382  
Agustos Marketsandwiches, groceries, fruit, pasta, etc937 288 233, 01 772 3830  
Kase Gourmetlasagna999 602 358Inbox on Instagram and Facebookdelivery fee
Laurie Pujaltground pepper www.laurie-pujalt.com 
Mikhuna Alimentospersonal shopping service968 200 588  
Papel Higienico Goodpaper hand towels01 429 6855, 998 377 292, 981 314 346www.PapelHigienicoGood.com, ventas@papelhigienicogood.com 
Bici Entregaspersonal shopping service923 487 696  
Elas Foodbuffalo wings, burgers, wine, etc.942 348 493 verified
Mascarilla Eirlmasks, gel, alcohol Inbox on Instagram 
Don Tomy Pasteleriabakery Inbox on Instagram 
Cieptacmental health counseling933 699 193, 01 288 3185  
Rai Peruspices Inbox on Instagram 
Angus Expressbeef, chicken wings Inbox on Instagram 
Pidealgoonline shop Inbox on Instagram 
Punta Gourmetcheese, etc. Inbox on Instagram 
Super Bid Perufinancial investment services Inbox on Instagram 
Despensallenabeef, flour, bananas, etc. Inbox on Instagram 
Scrapyartmasks, gel, alcohol, eye proctection www.scrapyart.pe 
Verde Natural Marketfruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Mr. Bar Deliverybeer, wine, spirits Inbox on Instagram 
Fishbox Peruseafood990 061 686Inbox on Instagram 
Hoof Meatsbeef Inbox on Instagram 
Munay Compostcomposting993 597 514helene@munaycompost.com 
Taglio Perupizza994 229 741Inbox on Instagram 
El Borregopollo a la brasa, cuy, pachamanca992 826 708  
El Rincon de los Saboresal cilindro, pollo, chancho986 029 856, 960 717 980, 960 358 182  
Best Packaging Perubottles, etc. Inbox on Instagram 
Tecnicas en Linea Blancawashing machine repair929 129 134info@tecnicasenlineablancalima.com 
Tool Celularcell phone repair931 150 305Inbox on Instagram and Facebook 
Lynch Cafe para Volarpasta, cake978 800 039  
Corsun Biobiodegradable clamshell packs01 440 4191, 998 171 892  
La Costanerapollo a la brasa, cuy, pachamanca999 933 355, 953 277 899www.lacostanera.com.pe 
La Casa Mari Mielhoney Inbox on Instagram 
Azafran Restaurantmeals978 997 042, 992 248 018Inbox on Instagram 
Niubiz Peruonline banking Inbox on Instagram 
Worx Cobusiness service Inbox on Instagram 
Derma Farma Peruskin care Inbox on Instagram 
Doggy Campdog camp, pet service999 055 841Inbox on Instagram 
La Central Huaralmeals Inbox on Instagram 
TeleOpticsglasses, eyeware, contact lenses,920 196 277Inbox on Instagram 
Aroma Panbakery Inbox on Instagram 
Giannichicken997 095 179  
Rosatelflowers Inbox on Instagram 
Wabi Casashopping service Inbox on Instagram 
Kninopet food944 574 353Inbox on Instagram 
Entel Empresascell phone services Inbox on Instagram 
Verisure Perusecurity Inbox on Instagram 
Reneq777cleaning993 728 552  
Callers Clubcall center services Inbox on Instagram 
Clinica Antonio Raimondihealthcare www.clinicaraimondi.com 
Taberna Pueblo Viejochichorrones, tamales, sandwiches986 853 267  
Ma Gracia Farfanmasks987 833 079 verified
Delizia Artfood photography Inbox on Instagram 
La Curacao Perutransportation services Inbox on Instagram 
Melina Bertocchiwine, champagne984 108 774  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Disclaimer: this list is a compilation from El Trinche, Google, Instagram, Facebook, and personal references. It does not represent the endorsement of any government or official entity.

Tenth Day – Tsechu Festival in Bhutan

The plaza outside the "dzong" in Thimphu with tsechu crowds.
The plaza outside the “dzong” in Thimphu with tsechu crowds.

Dzong… dzong… dzong. That’s the deep basal reverberating sound that the Bhutanese alpine horns make during the “tsechu” in the “dzong” which is the building where the festival takes place.

One year later, from a completely different mountain range (Bogota and Thimphu are at the same altitude) on the other side of the world, I remember the tsechu I saw when I went to Bhutan. “Tsechu” is the word for the “tenth day” in Bhutan.

Boys wearing formal wear.
Boys wearing formal wear including the kabney scarf.

In Bhutan, the second largest “tsechu” festival of the year takes place in April in the town of Paro. The biggest festival is held in the fall in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The tsechu festival is extremely complex which is evident from this sample itinerary:

“We can continue attending the Thimphu tsechu day 2 where you will get to witness Chamms (religious associated dances) like The Black Hat Dance (Shana), Dance of the 21 black hats with drums (Sha nga ngacham), Dance of the Noblemen and the Ladies (Pholeg Moleg), Dance of the Drums from Dramitse (Dramitse Ngacham), Dance of the Noblemen and the Ladies (Pholeg Moleg) and Dance of the Stag and Hounds (Shawa Shachi). Not all dances will be performed in the morning but we will be able witness at least two.”

Bhutanese women covering their hair from hot sun while watching the tsechu.
Bhutanese women covering their hair from hot sun while watching the tsechu.

Although I didn’t understand most of the stories being told, I enjoyed the colors and costumes. For the Bhutanese, the very act of watching the dances is good for their souls. It’s also educational. The monks who perform the roles of the gods and demons must be in excellent shape as the dance is a marathon. Also, of note, is that the costumes are never washed because washing them would wash away the spirits. After being used, the costumes are immediately packed down until the next time they are needed. No airing out allowed…

A Black Hat dancer.
A Black Hat dancer.

A popular dance is the Black Hat Dance which tells the legend of how the wrathful gods (good guys) draw out the demons by inviting them to a dance. Then during the dance, while the demons (bad guys) watch, the Black Hats take the bows and arrows from their large sleeves and kill the demons.

Everything, from dates, numbers, directions, hand motions, shawl knots, etc. have Buddhist significance in Bhutan.

Another thing that I found interesting about the festival, and Himalayan Buddhism, is that embarrassment is a tool used to  open up the spirit to enlightenment. This was evident at the tsechu with the lively antics of the jester. The jester wandered around making lewd overtures and gestures, including climbing on to the laps of foreigners. I’m sure that his antics made for many a Facebook photo.

And speaking of embarrassment leading to enlightenment, my friend and I had our own enlightenment experience. My male friend and I both bought the cream colored large sash called a “kabney” that the men wear as part of the their formal attire with their gho (see photo). Then we went out in public wearing our kabneys as scarves. This caused embarrassment and my friend was “talked to” by some Bhutanese men. They were embarrassed on his behalf that he was wearing the sash without the proper traditional clothes under it. As a woman, no one said anything to me because it was clear that I was a clueless foreigner… after all no Bhutanese woman would ever wear this piece of male attire! We quickly packed them away, to be worn outside of Bhutan.

Happy tsechu to my Bhutanese friends!

The jester with phallus in hand and phallus hat.
The jester with “enlightenment” tool in hand and matching mask.

Asian and Oriental Grocery Stores in Bogota – Taiwanese Bakery

Taiwanese buns at Afternoon Tea.
Taiwanese buns at Afternoon Tea.

“Prepare to have your mind blown,” said Mr. X. I stepped into Afternoon Tea, a two-month old Taiwanese bakery and I was indeed bowled over to find such a delicious bakery. Their baked goods, especially the Taiwanese cream bun, were soft and sweet. They also make bubble tea (tapioca balls were pretty good with a bit of chew at the center) with fresh juices. I had passion fruit today but I’ll be back to try the others. Supposedly, soon, they will have the red bean paste buns as well. They are located on Carrera 15, No. 94-51 and they have plans to expand, including providing delivery (domicilio as it’s called here). Their cakes are delicious too. I ordered a cake to take to a birthday and for 45,000 Colombian pesos (about $22), I got a spongy delightful eight-inch white cake decorated with fruit. Their cheesecake is good. Not cloying but it does have fibers from the fresh mango and passion fruit (thanks for the roughage in my diet). They can also make a chocolate cake with alcohol, but I haven’t tried it so I don’t know how it is. ***I was in for a chat when I picked up my cake and I commented that they should post photos on their Facebook page… and they did! I hope that they’ll soon post delicious food photos…

The front of the bakery.
The front of the bakery.

It was a great day for finding Asian (or “oriental” as they call it here) grocery supplies. Earlier, I found the Global Gourmet on Carrera 14, No. 90-12, and nearly collapsed from joy at finding fresh tofu, edamame, fish sauce, wonton wrappers, sesame oil, sesame seeds, peanut oil, woks, chopsticks, mango chutney, seaweed, green curry paste, cookbooks, rice bowls, miso paste, tapioca flour, somen noodles, rice noodles, 10 kilo bags of rice, and so much more. Unfortunately, they do not have fresh vegetables. Not a cheap store but at least they have all sorts of hard to find items. They have been open for nine years so there must be someone buying the goods. The folks in Afternoon Tea didn’t even know about this store.

Global Gourmet on Calle 14 at 90.
Global Gourmet on Calle 14 at 90.

Then, I found the Asian section at Jumbo, the mega supermarket near Calle 110, No. 9B – 4 (like a Walmart) located in the Santa Ana mall. This mall also has a taxi service in the basement so it’s easy to catch a cab home with one’s groceries.

The Asian section at Jumbo.
The Asian section at Jumbo.

Fish sauce, rice sticks, and so on.
Fish sauce, rice sticks, and so on.

For kimchi, I bought some at the Casa de Coreana restaurant, Calle 104A, No. 11B-61. It cost 10,000 Colombian pesos ($5) for about a pint. It was acceptable, and according to the lady in the restaurant, the best in town. We’ll see.

Kimchi from Casa de Coreana.
Kimchi from Casa de Coreana.

Global Gourmet sells more than just food.
Global Gourmet sells more than just food.

Carulla also sells some imported goods like sushi seaweed and rice.

Global Gourmet receives fresh tofu several times per week.
Global Gourmet receives fresh tofu several times per week.

Now, the most difficult part of shopping for Asian food is finding vegetables. I found out from the folks at the Taiwanese bakery that Paloquemao market sells Asian vegetables on Tuesday mornings.

Sriracha, French mustard, and other global foods in Global Gourmet.
Sriracha, French mustard, and other global foods in Global Gourmet.

I’ll update this as I find more sources. Later, I’ll blog about the Asian restaurants… as I taste test them.

If anybody knows of more sources of Asian food or good Asian restaurants in Bogota, please share this with me by commenting or sending me an email at m@madventures.me. Thanks!

Someone told me that Maki Roll, a restaurant, was also an Asian grocery store. I went to investigate. The restaurant smelled of bulgogi and sesame oil. They had a few items for sale in the glass counter and on the shelf between the kitchen and the cash register. They sell Korean spicy ramen (which makes them the only place to carry this brand so far). They also sell kimchi (not as good as Casa de Coreana’s), individually prepped seaweed, and kochikang, the spicy Korean red paste.

Bubble tea at Afternoon Tea.
Bubble tea at Afternoon Tea.

All in all, between these stores, it is possible to almost find everything I’d need to make the basics of Korean food. Tonight, there’s a bag of bulgogi beef happily marinating away.