Como Sur | South American Gastronomy

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Docs: Colombian Coffee
From Bean To Cup, Part 2

[Ben Wood]

Santiago Will Not Be Getting
An In-N-Out Burger

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Santiago's First Food Truck
Fest Is This Weekend

 

A Month In At Chochán, Buenos Aires’ New Homage To All Things Pork

By Megan Chochla

[Megan Chochla]

[Megan Chochla]

We sat down with Naiara Calvino, chef and co-owner of the new San Telmo hotspot dedicated to “delicias en cerdo,” Chochán, at the end of a busy afternoon to discuss the first month of her new restaurant.  The space is bright and airy.  Somehow it is laid back, edgy and chic all at the same time, with a splash of red in the colour scheme.  It is a Wednesday, late afternoon, and diners are still trickling in.  How could they not when Chef Calvino lights up the neighbourhood with her insanely tasty pork dishes amidst a sea of traditional and lovely, but less exciting empanada joints?  Eating in San Telmo is better now that Chochán is up and running.  San Telmo is a beautiful old neighbourhood full of traditional places and, dare we say, this restaurant is exactly what it didn’t even know it needed.  

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Watch How Medellín’s El Cielo Creates Peace Through Cooking (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[El Cielo]

[El Cielo]

Although we do focus on the major advancements that have been made across South American cuisine in just the last ten years, there’s no denying that “the dark ages” that preceded this modern boom weren’t wrought simply with bad food, but with a great deal of political struggle across the continent that made such advances nearly impossible.  As the 21st century unravels and new trends like cooking become viable careers, many of South America’s leading chefs aren’t simply taking advantage of the recent exposure for themselves–they’re making sure that those around them get a piece of the pie, too.  In this video from Medellín, Colombia, see how Juan Manuel Barrientos and his restaurant El Cielo are trying to help heal the wounds in a country that, until recently, wasn’t exactly tourist friendly.  Through food, through teamwork, and through a common goal in mind, the team at El Cielo is attempting to help further the peaceful revolution that is once again allowing Colombia to become a place worth visiting, worth enjoying, and in this case, worth eating.

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What’s Going On

Medellín Beer Factory | Medellín, Colombia [Laurent Lhomond]

Medellín Beer Factory | Medellín, Colombia [Laurent Lhomond]

Chilean Wine Guide Launched In China [Decanter]
It’s About Time You Knew Where Your Salt Came From [Huffington Post]
Tupiniquim, Serra de Três Pontas e Noturna Anunciam Cerveja Colaborativa [Paladar]
Surtirse En Los Mercados Del DF [Paula]
Select Latin America 2014 Awards Top 50 Most Luxurious Hotels [Select Latin America]
One To Watch | Francisco Araya [Four]
Where Restaurant Reservations Come From [The Atlantic]
Is Seaweed Beer The Next Big Thing? [Huffington Post]
Tuju: Restaurant De Autor, De Produto, Do Brasil [Paladar]

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Docs: Colombian Coffee From Bean To Cup, Part 2 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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Last week, as the premiere episode of our new Docs series of short documentaries, we took you inside the world of artisan coffee growing in Colombia. 
Our travel correspondents Joanna Marracelli and Laurent Lhomond gave us an in-depth look at the journey a coffee bean makes from growing out of the ground, to drying, and finally to roasting.  In part two, watch as the beans go from the roaster to the cup, and go from being just another cup of joe to a sippable work of art.  If you’re an avid coffee drinker or an absolute addict, you might just gain a little more appreciation for every drop you drink, knowing that the balance between a beautiful cup and an unforgettable experience depends on every single one of the five senses.  How’s that for sensory overload?

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Watch Nat Geo’s ‘One Wey’ Eat Through Some Of Mexico City’s Best Eateries (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Nat Geo Español / One Wey]

[Nat Geo Español / One Wey]

When a show about Mexican food kicks off with a chef like Enrique Olvera welcoming you to watch, you should probably do just that.  In the latest episodes from National Geographic Spanish’s web series, One Wey, host Alonso “Pata de Perro” gives us a tour of some of the best restaurants the capital city has to offer, from traditional tortilla shops to fine dining at Pujol.  Not unlike the other gastronomic capitals of the world like New York, Lima, and Tokyo, sifting through the incredible variety that city like Mexico City has to offer can be daunting.  Watch these two episodes (Episode 1, here; Episode 2, here), though, and you’ll at least have a fighting chance.  If Mexico City’s not in your travel plans in the near future, be warned–you’re going to be hungry.  From fresh tostadas covered in beans and cheese, to the pinnacle of modern dining that’s put the country on a variety of world’s best lists,  Mexico City has it all.  Provecho. 

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Take A Guided Wine Tour This Friday At Montevideo’s Cava Carmelo (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Cava Carmelo / Facebook]

[Cava Carmelo / Facebook]

Cava Carmelo is a space dedicated exclusively to promoting and supporting the upward movement of the bodegas of Carmelo.  In Carmelo, situated on the banks of the Rio de la Plata, but with influences from two other rivers–the Paraná and the Uruguay–there exists a microclimate that favors and helps to uniquely define the Terroir Carmelo.  This Friday, July 25, sommelier Adriana Rossi will be leading a chat focused on the wines born from this region, and leading a wine tasting that includes five labels, cheese boards, cured meats, artisan breads, and a variety of wines.  On that same day, all purchases made at the Cava store will be 10% off.  Don’t miss out.  Make your reservation at 2702158. 

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Bogotá’s Nolita Does Four Nights Of Spain (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Nolita]

[Nolita]

Bogotá’s trendy culinary hot spot Nolita is back with their Cena Origen series, and this time they’re doing four nights of Spain.  On July 24, 26, 29, and 31, diners will have the chance to experience the flavors of Spain as part of a four-course meal.  Eight different menu options will be provided, including tortilla de patatas, morcilla with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts with garlic, and several delicious others.  From the eight options, diners can choose four, and also receive their choice of dessert.  Dinner will be paired with wines from Bodega Luis Alegre.  Cena Origen is four nights only, so make your reservations now, by calling 6100080 or by emailing Nolita at reservas@nolita.co

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What’s Going On

Alma Mia | Medellín, Colombia [Laurent Lhomond]

Alma Mia | Medellín, Colombia [Laurent Lhomond]

What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine [The New Yorker]
An International Hot Dog Guide, From Chile to the Czech Republic [Huffington Post]
Viña Ventisquero: Complicated Name, Sophisticated Chilean Wine [Crave DFW]
11 Canned Foods You Can Serve, Proudly, With Wine [Condé Nast Traveler]
Cozinheiros Começam A Explorar Diversidade De Cogumelos Nativos [Paladar]
Gastón Acurio, South America’s Super Chef [Washington Post]
Lima Neighborhoods: A Breakdown Made For Travelers [Jetset Times]
El Modelo Gastón Acurio: ¿De La Gastronomía A La Educación Peruana? [Semana Economica]

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