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epicure 29 January 2013
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From ‘the last Shangri-La’ to the European Capital of Culture 2013, here are some recommendations on where to jet set to this year

Visit: Lima, Peru
About: This city’s historic centre is bedecked with magnificent churches and convents, yet still boasts modern facilities for any luxury trip. Well-known chefs like Gastón Acuriois have revolutionised Peruvian food by combining homegrown products with modern cooking techniques, making Lima one of the most exciting gourmet capitals in the world.

Things to check out:

  • Local handicraft such as silver jewellery and clothing made from the fur of Peruvian alpacas make great souvenirs.
  • Culinary must-tries include their stunningly fresh ceviche and Pisco—the grape-based liquor used as a base for cocktails such as the Pisco Sour.
  • Visit Lima in September during their annual International Gastronomy Fair for 10 colourful days of feasting. Visit http://www.mistura.pe/Content/pdf/mistura_english.pdf for more details

 

Visit: Thimphu, Bhutan
About: This mountainous kingdom in the Himalayas is home to a population of a mere 750,000. With its unspoilt forests, magnificent monasteries and friendly locals, the raw beauty of Bhutan makes it easy to see why many have christened it ‘The last Shangri-La’.

Things to check out:

  • Tashichho Dzong, the stately monastery-fortress houses the offices of the king and serves as the seat of the Bhutanese government.
  • Get a taste of local produce at the 400 stalls of Centenary Farmer’s Weekend market.
  • Witness the locals in action at an archery tournament.
  • Take a day trip to Tiger’s Nest—the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan and the nation’s most celebrated monastery.

Excerpt from the February 2013 issue of epicure.

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