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Viva Peru 2017 features the best of Peruvian art, film and cuisine at venues throughout Mexico’s capital from Oct. 22 to 27, along with several events to be held at Acapulco’s Mundo Imperial.

You can take a cooking class with accomplished Peruvian chefs at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Liverpool department store, Festival de Sabores Peruanos at the Club de Industriales in Polanco, or restaurants Millesime, Nicos and Rosa Negra.

Audiences will get a chance to see contemporary Peruvian cinema at the Cineteca Nacional, as well as Cinemex theaters and the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana.

Works by Peruvian artists will go on show at La Celda Contemporanea, Sor Juana U’s contemporary art space, and Galeria Alfredo Ginocchio. The artists have also donated works for an auction to benefit victims of Mexico’s recent earthquakes. Viva Peru!

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There’s never been a better time to visit China … in Mexico. As part of the Year of China-Latin America Cultural Exchange, several great exhibits are showcasing Chinese contemporary art, as well as prized folk art and ancient artifacts.

· “Masterpieces from the National Art Museum of China” at Mexico City’s San Ildefonso Museum: A charismatic statue of Confucius greets visitors at the entrance to this exhibit, which features enchanting shadow puppets, Tibetan death masks and splashy ink wash paintings.

· “The Memory of Hands: The Splendor and Color of Guizhou’s Heritage” at Mexico City’s National Museum of Cultures: Guizhou province is home to nearly 20 of China’s 55 ethnic minorities, including the Miao, famed for their rococo silver creations.

· “Memories of the Oracle Bone Inscriptions,” at Acapulco’s San Diego Fort Museum, displays the mysterious millenary origins of China’s complex writing system.

Enter El Dragon

Mexico City’s leading tour bus operator, Turibus, launched a special China-themed tourism route on Nov. 9 called “The China Experience,” which combines guided visits of “Masterpieces” and “Memory” with lunch at one of the capital’s leading Chinese restaurants, El Dragon.

Known for its Peking duck roasted in a wood-burning oven, El Dragon has put together a special tasting menu of classic favorites for you to tuck into after working up an appetite at the museums.

The China Experience is available every Wednesday starting at 10 am, with the first pick up at the Auditorio Nacional stop. Don’t miss it.

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When you have millions of mouths to feed, new restaurants open at a dizzying pace. Here are Mexico City’s top new hotspots of the summer season, plus a longtime favorite that is making headlines again.

Sabor Amor: A casual, colorful setting for what the owners describe as “not your mother’s Mexican cooking” (“cocina Mexicana poco tradicional”); you will too, especially if you order the spicy frog’s legs. Charming ground floor dining room with outdoor patios, second-floor bar and top-floor rec room with table games, billiards, XBox. Alvaro Obregon 206, Roma. T. (52 55) 5584 0956.

Acquarello: Munich’s Michelin-star restaurant has opened in Mexico City, featuring renowned chef Mario Gamba’s gourmet Mediterranean cuisine in an ultra-refined setting. Presidente Masaryk 298, Polanco. Open 2 to 11 p.m., except Sunday. T. (52 55) 5281 8212.

Babbel: Despite the name, you’ll get the East-meets-West concept behind its Latin-Asian fusion cuisine and eclectic decor; three floors, including a rooftop terrace. Menu highlights include tiradito de pulpo (octopus carpaccio with a spicy yuzu-ponzu dressing); seared tuna in a toasted chili-and-chapulin crust; and lychee macaroon with rose essence, strawberry coulis and lychee caviar. Moliere 48, Polanco. Live music 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday to Friday. T. (52 55) 5280 0440.

Agua & Sal: While landlocked, Mexico City has a passionate and ongoing love affair with seafood as this bright, breezy spot proves. Try the fish tacos and variety of ceviches (marinated seafood cocktails) accompanied by a great selection of homemade salsas and, of course, salts. Campos Eliseos and Temistocles, Polanco. Open noon to 6 p.m., to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. T. (52 55) 5282 2746.

Pujol: The first restaurant in Mexico to rank among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants (the prestigious list compiled annually by S. Pellegrino), Pujol has been surprising palates for (I can’t believe it’s already been) 10 years with its deconstructed Mexican cuisine. Chef-owner Enrique Olvera keeps the menu fresh with seasonal changes; a tasting menu makes the decision making easier. Petrarca 254, Polanco. Closed Sunday. T. (52 55) 5545 4111.

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Called “one of the great food cities of North America” by award-winning chef, cookbook author and culinary show host Rick Bayless, Tijuana will be hosting the Baja California Culinary Fest in October. Festival events will also take place in nearby cities Ensenada, Tecate and Rosarito, each of which has made its own unique contribution to Baja cuisine (lobster tacos!). In addition to food, wine and artisanal beer tasting, the festival features tours of regional wineries, cooking seminars and other activities. Read more of what Bayless has to say about Baja cuisine in a June Q&A that ran on Grub Street San Francisco (http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com).

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An all-natural sweetener that’s sweeter than sugar, but less glycemy, agave nectar’s popularity is skyrocketing. Made from the sap or juice of the spiky agave plant that flourishes throughout central Mexico, the golden syrup first appeared in health food stores as a healthier alternative to sugar, but seems to be going mainstream as more and more people discover its sweet properties. A great breakfast staple, it’s easy to pour on pancakes and French toast, and its neutral taste makes it perfect for sweetening beverages, like tea, coffee or fruit smoothies. A growing number of brands are popping up on store shelves throughout Mexico, including organic and gourmet varieties.

 

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August is packed with culinary events, from a gourmet cooking expo in Mexico City to a gastronomy summit in Guanajuato and even a Guinness-worthy ‘World’s Largest Chile en Nogada” extravaganza in Atlixco, Puebla.

Expo elgourmet.com 2010: Organized by the Spanish-language cooking channel elgourmet.com, this three-day expo gives viewers a chance to get up close and personal with some of their favorite Latin American chefs and wine experts, including Paulino Cruz (host of own cooking show), Enrique Olvera (all-round celebrity chef, owner of groundbreaking Mexico City restaurant Pujol, and host of own cooking show), and Eduardo Osuna (host of own cooking show). Last year’s event drew as many as 20,000 visitors from throughout Mexico and Latin America, according to the organizers. This year’s edition will feature more than 180 exhibitors, plus cooking classes and demonstrations, talks, tastings and product launchings. Where: Centro Banamex convention center, Mexico City. When: August 17, 18 and 29, 2010. Info: http://www.expoelgourmet.com.mx.

Madrid Fusion 2010: Held annually in Madrid, this gastronomy summit attracts industry pros and culinary students with its showcase of the latest techniques and ingredients from around the globe. 2010 marks the first time the summit is being held outside Madrid, joining this year’s roster of bicentennial celebrations in the central state of Guanajuato. The two-day event will feature roundtables and workshops, including these two:

• FISH SKINS, SURPRISING SNACKS (PIELES DE PESCADO, BOTANAS SORPRENDENTES)

• PRE-HISPANIC TECHNIQUES AND THEIR MODERNDAY APPLICATIONS (TÉCNICAS PREHISPÁNICAS Y SUS APLICACIONES EN LA ACTUALIDAD: PIBILES, CURADOS y ACHIOTE)

Where: Guanajuato Convention Center, Guanajuato. When: August 30 and 31, 2010. Info: http://www.madridfusion.net.

World’s Largest Chile en Nogada: Better known for its cecina, or cured beef, the tiny town of Atlixco, Puebla nevertheless sets itself the task each year of preparing the world’s largest chile en nogada. Made of stuffed green poblano chilies bathed in a white walnut sauce and sprinkled with red pomegranate seeds, it is the culinary counterpart of the Mexican flag. Appropriately, the dish is featured during independence celebrations in September. A few restaurants serve it year-round, but August-September is the season for chiles en nogada. Where: At Plazuela de la Danza del Cerro de San Miguel, Atlixco, Puebla. When: August 28, 2010. Info: atlixco.com.

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