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Mikuhna

Hay Comida En La Calle
Learn how a former mechanical engineer is bringing Peru's world-famous cuisine to the oceanfront streets of Long Beach.
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My first degree is in mechanical engineering.
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I worked in ships.
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So I had absolutely nothing to do with cooking.
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My first passion was the sea.
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I got injured when I was a, so I started with one cooking class
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And then you know what this is, what I wanna do with the rest
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of my life.
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We've all heard.
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But in every city, there are Latino chefs who proudly wrap
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their culture in the kitchen.
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We hit the streets to find them and tell their stories.
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This is my name is Carla Flores.
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I'm the executive chef of born and raised in the northern side
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of Peru till I was about nine years old.
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And then we moved here to the States with my whole entire family
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For us, cooking became a form of communicating love, especially
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as a female was everything we began very, very humbling some
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days not making any money at all.
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And then it just took off today.
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I had a customer that came all the way from Oceanside just for
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a sandwich.
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Almost 50 miles away for the people that are not familiar with
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Peruvian food.
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What would you tell them?
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We have been named the best cuisine in the world.
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Our spice profile is very simple.
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The staple Peruvian ceviche is nothing more than salt, garlic
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and lime juice.
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That is it.
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When we do it's all about the beef tenderloin.
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I'm a purist.
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So that's exactly what I serve in my truck.
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True.
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Authentic Peruvian flavors.
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Are you ready to try this food?
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Oh, totally.
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The chef said that we should start with this.
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Perfect.
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OK.
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I'm really excited about this vegetarian creation and of
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course, then not stop eating it.
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Oh, that's fantastic.
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That's what it's all about.
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Right.
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It's gonna be an experience.
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You're not gonna forget when people taste my food.
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They should be able to close their eyes and just picture themselves
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sitting down in which is the port where my mother was born.
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I want them to taste the warmth and the happiness that being
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surrounded by family feels like.