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Dining, Eat Cholo Soy: The Best Damn Ceviche You've Ever Had in a Mini-Mall

Cholo Soy: The Best Damn Ceviche You've Ever Had in a Mini-Mall

Cholo Soy is an education in the simple pleasures of Peruvian food. Unlike more upscale Peruvian restaurants in town like La Mar, at Cholo Soy there's no printed menu, everything is $10, and the basic lunch counter offers the kind…
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Calendar, Night&Day Theatrical Report

Theatrical Report

Daniel Alarcón spent a lot of time in Peru's most notorious prison, gathering the history of the place as well as of the residents, during the writing of his second novel, At Night We Walk in Circles. The book…
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Dining, SFoodie Lima Peruvian Pop Up Will Have You Licking Your Fingers

Lima Peruvian Pop Up Will Have You Licking Your Fingers

This San Francisco pop up is big news in Peru. Gracing the front page of Peru's biggest newspaper, El Comercio, Lima Peruvian is bringing Peruvian street food to San Francisco just like it's done on the streets of Lima --…
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Dining, Eat Drink of the Week: La Mar's Vamos Pa' Chicha

Drink of the Week: La Mar's Vamos Pa' Chicha

When you've been to enough bars and had enough cocktails, you learn to glean information from the contents of a drink. Tease through the evidence in the ingredients like a CSI (Cocktail Special Investigation) detective and you can find the…
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Dining, Eat The Bird Is the Word: Surveying the Bay Area's Peruvian Rotisseries

The Bird Is the Word: Surveying the Bay Area's Peruvian Rotisseries

In the final days of 1949, a few years before Ray Kroc and Glenn Bell would change the American diet forever, two Swiss-Peruvians named Roger Schuler and Franz Ulrich opened a restaurant in Lima that would become as influential in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Quite a Feet

Quite a Feet

Europeans of No Known or Cared About Racial Affiliation, or ENKCARAs, which we just made up, have only ballet dancing to call their own. Its generic, wooden movements reflect the way ENKCARAs typically fail to express physical joy except when…
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News, The Snitch S.F. State Grad Alleges Rape In Peru; Peruvian Media Circus Ensues

S.F. State Grad Alleges Rape In Peru; Peruvian Media Circus Ensues

A recent San Francisco State graduate and part-time model, 24-year-old Cara Cameron, alleges that she was raped while traveling in Peru earlier this month. She has now returned to the Bay Area while her case weaves its way through the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Happier This Year Than Last, Probably

Happier This Year Than Last, Probably

The staging of De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association's Son de los Diablos at the Ethnic Dance Festival earlier this year involved intense, exacting costumes, full-out musical theater production, live music, incredible choreography, and a twisty narrative; the result is…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>No Parole</i>

No Parole

If Pedro Almodóvar ever did a one-man show, it would probably be something like this. No Parole is part self-revelation and part telenovela, telling the outrageous story of Carlo D'Amore's childhood in Peru, immigration to America, and development as a…
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Culture, Stagecap

No Parole

If Pedro Almodóvar ever did a one-man show, it would probably be something like this. No Parole is part self-revelation and part telenovela, telling the outrageous story of Carlo D'Amore's childhood in Peru, immigration to America, and development as a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cumbia Cumbia!

Cumbia Cumbia!

Consider the cumbia, that most humble yet versatile musical genre. Born, as the story goes, from the rhythmic shuffling of shackled legs belonging to African and Indio-mestizo laborers quietly subverting their slavemasters' prohibitions against song, dance, and drums, cumbia's popularity…
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Calendar, Night&Day Soiled

Soiled

The orchid has plenty to recommend it: Its name comes from the Greek word for "testicle." Vanilla, an orchid plant, is derived from the Latin word for "vagina." Orchids in Turkey provide the flavoring and tenacity for salepi dondurma, also…
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Dining, Eat Peruvian Mingle

Peruvian Mingle

Imagine a culinary Final Four, in which each country fields a team of its greatest chefs, and these teams fight it out to see which country's food rules. It's easy to pick favorites from the Old World: Surely France, China,…
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Film, Here's Your Insight, Pal

Here's Your Insight, Pal

Vast legions embrace the thing as gospel. Skeptics dismiss it as ecstatic nonsense. In any event, James Redfield's peculiar novel The Celestine Prophecy has been a bulwark of New Age metaphysics since it first hit the bestseller lists back in…
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Calendar, Performance Cult Hero

Cult Hero

ONGOING 3/10-4/3 Something tells me Clinton Leupp would make a great gusband. Say what? Gusband = gay husband, the gay male best friend prized by straight women who cherish queer pals for their ability to listen to complaints, keep busy…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Kick It

Kick It

WED 7/2 Face it: As a nation, we're lagging. While the rest of the world has caught on to soccer, the metric system, and ethnic foods, we stubbornly hang on to baseball, inches, and french fries with ketchup. The time…
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Dining, Eat The Zest of Times

The Zest of Times

The quarters were tight at Limón, the Mission's coziest new hot spot, which afforded Rachel and me a discreet view of the stylish young man and woman at the next table. Not only could I see how well-caramelized the guy's…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Peruvian Restaurant

Though we've had some fine Peruvian meals in the Mission, the best have all been at the West Portal district's Fresca. The recipes aren't always traditional here -- a classic papas a la huancaina (chilled potatoes with cream sauce) comes…
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Dining, Eat

Heart's Content

I've reviewed my share of restaurants during the past 2 1/2 years, from high-end destination eateries to homey little holes-in-the-wall, plus a revolving restaurant, a floating restaurant, a glass-enclosed restaurant, a strip club/restaurant, and (one of my more interesting experiences)…
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Dining, Eat

Quest for the True Peru

Though my experience with the subject is decidedly limited, Peruvians may be the pickiest eaters on Earth. For example, the first time I reviewed a Peruvian restaurant, it was at the recommendation of a Peruvian friend, who later told me…
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