Causa potato patties topped with octopus, fried devil-fish with roe, gooseberries coated in dark Inca chocolate, wasabi ice-cream and... confit of guinea pig. These are just some of the dishes Nick Curtis samples on a culinary tour of Peru in the June issue of High Life. And for those who aren't off to Lima imminently, we give the lowdown on Latin London and the South American restaurants currently taking the capital by storm.
On the subject of London, resident and writer Saska Graville unearths some of the city's coolest off-the-radar places and the people behind them in our Do It Like A Local feature — from the tattooist in Exmouth Market and the Skandi style interiors shop in NW3 to Bermondsey's best tapas restaurant, Saska reveals the hidden and stylish secrets that make the city so incredibly unique and eclectic.
Fashion doyenne Hilary Alexander also taps into the London scene as she previews her favourite collections at this month's Graduate Fashion Week — while the designers open up their address books to reveal their go-to shops in town.
But London isn't the only city creating a buzz. In our Champions of Europe feature, we pick out the destinations that should be on everyone's radar. They may be stylish, but they needn't break the bank either.
A little further afield, Man and Boy author Tony Parsons is seduced by the sleepy golden sands and lush rainforest of north Phuket. But it's the island's gibbons — and their siren-like songs — which really captivate him.
Plus we have interviews with male model of the moment David Gandy, Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver celebrates all things British.
"With Peruvian food firmly on the map in London (and not a guinea pig in sight), we're delighted that Nick went to Peru for us to taste today what we will all be eating tomorrow," says High Life's Acting Editor Harriet Cooper. "He's written a fascinating insight into the country and its cuisine. Ceviche anyone?"
Photo Credit: Peru - João Canziani