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Quintessential Peruvian food

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My first delicious experience with Peruvian food occurred at a place called Natalie Peruvian (next to my favorite spot Yai) in Thai Town. I immediately fell in love with the familiarity of it's Asian and South/Central American influences. There's a complexity in it's flavor combination without any heaviness and the meal made such an impression on me. Does anyone have any information about Peru's culinary origins and other restaurants in LA worth visiting? I'd also love to recreate some of the dishes at home...is there a specific direction I should take in regards my pantry? Thanks!

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  1. Black Beans
    Black Olives
    Cayenne Pepper
    Cloves
    Coconut Milk
    Corn
    Garlic
    Golden Raisins
    Green Olives
    Lentils
    Long Grain White Rice
    Olive Oil
    Paprika
    Red Wine Vinegar
    Soy Sauce
    Tomatoes (without calcium added)
    Thyme
    Turmeric
    Saffron
    Walnuts
    I didn't include perishable items (cheeses, etc.) for obvious reasons.