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Como Sur Docs: Colombian
Coffee From Bean To Cup

[Joanna Marracelli]

The Beers You Should Be
Drinking: Colombia

[Zomato]

Restaurant Guide and App
Zomato Is Now In Chile

 

Will Cake Boss Come To São Paulo? (PO)

By Patrick Hieger

[Veja SP / Lucas Vianna]

[Veja SP / Lucas Vianna]

Apparently Jamie Oliver isn’t the only international chef who’s been won over by his recent experience in Brazil.  On a recent visit to São Paulo, the vociferous Buddy Valastro of cake show Cake Boss, which focuses on the baker’s booming cake business, said that he should open a shop in São Paulo, because it would always be full.  Although he detailed no plans for a bakery, according to Veja SP Valastro did mention that he’d like to produce specific content for Brazil.  Christ the Redeemer, football and Carnaval-inspired cakes are probably in the near future. 

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There’s A Delicious New Reason To Head West In Santiago

By Patrick Hieger

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

It wasn’t long ago–hell, not even six months ago–that if you told someone looking for a great dining experience in Santiago to head west of the main highway, Ruta 5, that you’d receive quizzical stares and perhaps even criticism.  Yes, there are destinations like Peluquería Francesa, Fuente Mardoqueo and even Mexican outpost Plaza Garibaldi that are worth a trip to “the other side of town,” but even those hover closely around Barrio Brazil, and are good for a visit every once in a while.  Suggest that someone go for a meal in Quinta Normal, and you’d simply be laughed at.  However, with some plywood, a new set of chairs, some of the best bread in town, as well as a Chemex coffee system, the western reaches of Santiago might not be so far out of reach for must longer. 

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Travel Tuesday: The Brightest, Most Cheerful Town In Colombia, Guatapé

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

Picture a colonial town that has seemingly been plugged in to a socket, where colors have come to life and 3D detailed frescoes delight much like a pop-up book.  Then mix all of this with locals who seem as cheerful as the vibrant shades and surround it with sweeping lake views, you might get a town like Guatapé.  I don’t think I have ever seen a place quite like it in all my travels.  I dare you to try to be in a bad mood here.  It’s virtually impossible and you are likely to be swept away by not only the colors, but the surrounding vistas as well.

Unlike our last Travel Tuesday piece about quiet, undiscovered Salamina, this town is a favorite weekend retreat by neighboring Paisas from Medellín.  Just a short, two-hour bus ride east will find you smack dab in the mountains, surrounded by gorgeous, steel-blue colored lakes.  Buses run frequently all week long but for a quieter experience, I suggest you visit during the week because weekends are packed out with Colombian families looking for a city getaway. The compact size of Guatapé make it easy to get around by foot or you can take one of the mototaxis which line up in the plaza.

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South America Has A New World’s 50 Best Chairperson (ES)

By Patrick Hieger


It was announced yesterday via Twitter that there’s been some changes in the lineup of chairpersons for the World’s 50 Best.  In addition to new chairs for the UK, Spain / Portugal, and regions of Asia, South America now has a new region, and a new chairperson.  Lima-based writer and food critic Diego Salazar, who now heads up the editorial department at Peru 21, will act as the chairperson for the new South America (North) region.  As a chair person, he will act as the region’s delegate for the World’s 50 Best events, with a team of voters working under him to make sure that the lists are chosen objectively.  Salazar spent nearly 10 years working and living in Spain, and returned to Lima just over four years ago.  If you’re heading to this year’s Mistura, specifically Qaray, chances are you’ll see him introducing all of this year’s presenters.  We’re glad to hear Diego will be representing the region!

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What’s Going On

Café 100 | Santiago, Chile [Patrick Hieger]

Café 100 | Santiago, Chile [Patrick Hieger]

Avocado Recipes That Go Way Beyond Guacamole [Huffington Post]
Rose Prince’s Baking Club: Carrot and Quinoa Cake Recipe [Telegraph]
El Camino Del Vino [Revista Paco]
Six Cafés in Santiago with Coffee to Rave About [Only In South America]
En Raíces: El Futuro De La Gastronomía Guayaca [La Revista]
The World Through a Chef’s Eyes [Harvest America Ventures]
7 Celebrity Wines Worth Trying [Condé Nast Traveler]
23 Food Reasons Colombians Know What’s Good [Huffington Post]

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Winter Culinary Escapes In José Ignacio (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Jean Paul Bondoux]

[Jean Paul Bondoux]

Even in the winter, one of Uruguay’s most emblematic spas continues with their interesting culinary offerings.  El Palmar de Jean Paul Bondoux is opening up on weekends during the winter from 10:00 to 00:00.  Bondoux is the chef in charge of the restaurant La Bourgogne at the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires, a member of the Academia de Cocina de Francia, and always makes time to help us enjoy his beloved space in José Ignacio.

The menus for the winter weekends are:

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NOLA BsAs Opened Friday. It Was Awesome.

By Megan Chochla

[Megan Chochla]

[Megan Chochla]

The highly anticipated opening night of NOLA was a smashing success.  We arrived to find an incredibly warm and easy space packed with happy diners.  It is cozy with a small assortment of tables, but with an open concept kitchen and high open ceiling,  he space feels much bigger and very welcoming.  The chill tunes and Broeders artisanal beer on tap helped me to slide in ‘Friday‘ mode.  Looking around me, everyone else had also found the ‘Friday‘ groove.  It would be hard not to do that at NOLA on any day of the week though.
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Santiago’s First Food Truck Festival Is This Weekend (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Entre Ruedas]

[Entre Ruedas]

Austin, Portland, New York–look out.  Santiago, Chile is looking to become the next destination for quirky food truck dining, and this weekend they’re going to prove it.  From July 25 to 27, Providencia will host the first-ever Entre Ruedas, a festival dedicated entirely to the growing Santiago food truck scene.  With more than 25 trucks scheduled to be on hand, it promises to be an unforgettable occasion.

Parque Bustamente will be taken over by the growing food truck scene featuring favorites like Hogs, Soul Kitchen, Grosso, and many, many more.  Trucks will be coming from around Chile, including a vegan truck from Valparaiso.  In addition to the myriad culinary options, there will be live music, cultural displays, and word has it that Beervana will be on hand dishing out craft beers. 

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