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[Natasha Greenhouse]

Bolivian Cuisine In São Paulo:
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[Diario Correo]

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Robbers Dressed As Diners Hold Up An Argentine Restaurant In Lima (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Costumbres Argentinas / Facebook]

[Costumbres Argentinas / Facebook]

Diners and employees at Costumbres Argentinas in Lima’s Barranco district were surprised today when the restaurant was held up at gunpoint.  Terra reports that the suspects came in with weapons, and some were already seated as diners.  After taking objects from other diners and emptying the registers, they made off in a car waiting for them outside the restaurant.  Police apparently arrived late to the scene, though security cameras did capture the crime.

Comensales y empleados de Costumbres Argentinas en el distrito Barranco de Lima estaban sorprendidos hoy cuando delincuentes armados robaron el restaurante.  Según Terra, los sospechos llegaron armados y unos ya estaban sentados como comensales.  Después de robar objetos de valor de otros comensales, y las ganancias del día, se huyeron en un auto esperando afuera del restaurante.  Parece que la policía tardó en llegar, pero cámaras de seguridad grabaron el crimen.

Barranco: Delincuentes asaltan local Costumbres Argentinos [Terra]

 

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Here’s A Recap Of The ‘#50BestTalks’ In Lima Last Month (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[World's 50 Best]

[World’s 50 Best]

Late last month, the organizers of the World’s 50 Best list got together with the chefs, writers, critics, and restaurateurs leading the gastronomic boom that’s currently happening in Lima.  The goal was to talk about and debate the role that each of the chefs and their high-end restaurants play in developing not just the scene in Lima, but the role of food in Peru as a whole.  Included in the conversation were chefs like Virgilio Martínez of Central, Gastón Acurio, critic and writer Ignacio Medina, and many more.  Though each may be distinguished in their field, and recognized for the work they’ve done to put Peru on the new world map of cuisine, it reads as though each spoke quite humbly about where Peru is now, and what needs to happen to make sure that it stays there.

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Somos Todos Providencia: Getting Back To Normal In Santiago’s Central Neighborhood (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Horno Feroz]

[Horno Feroz]

The past few months have been a dark stain on Santiago’s Providencia neighborhood.  A new set of restrictions placed on bars, clubs, restaurants, and liquor stores back in September by new mayor Josefina Errazuríz sent sales into a tail spin and left some business owners wondering how they were going to survive.  Famed restaurant owner Marcelo Cicali, of Liguria, was outspoken in his distaste of the new policies, and became somewhat of a voice for the community in their fight to return things back to how they had been.  Turns out, it worked.

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Cachaça, Peppers and Fruits: Don’t Miss the Biggest Artisan Fair of Brazil (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Natasha Greenhouse]

[Natasha Greenhouse]

São Paulo is the host of the first annual Mãos do Brasil handicrafts fair, which comes to a close this Saturday. With nearly 500 artisans representing the 23 states plus Brasilia, it’s a great way to view the diversity and raw talent of Brazil at extremely reasonable prices. There are lots of woodwork, pottery, textiles and jewelry, as well as food products at the booths organized by state. Here are a few gastronomical gems to look for during the fair’s last days. 

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El Expatriado Brings Argentina to Montevideo Every Thursday (ES)

By Majo Lois

[El Expatriado]

[El Expatriado]

For some years now, Montevideo has had a small movement of closed-door style restaurants.  Since July of this year, El Expatriado has worked out of an apartment in the Villa Biarritz zone of Montevideo.  Behind the food are chefs Martín Baquero and Lucas Sbarbarti. The first is a ‘Patagonian’ who has cooked in kitchens throughout Europe and Argentina.  The second, a young chef who’s been cooking at Museo Fortabat and the Armani Café, amongst other spots.  Both Argentine, they invite guests into the intimate setting of their home for a six-course meal that changes weekly.  Both are united not only by their profession, but also by having worked together at El Almacén de Los Milagros in Buenos Aires.

For a taste of Argentina in a Uruguayan setting, call  El Expatriado at 098 219090 for your reservation.

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Go Inside Lima’s Terminal Pesquero de Villa María With Al Toke Pez’s Tomás Matsufuji (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Diario Correo]

[Diario Correo]

Back a few weeks ago we posted a story about chef Tomás Matsufuji, of Lima’s Al Toke Pez, giving advice on how to buy fish like an expert from one of the city’s leading fish markets.  He should know, after all, given that Lima locals tout his hole-in-the-wall Nikkei joint as one of the best in the city.  The key is in the freshness of the ingredients.

It turns out that when El Trinche consulted with Matsufuji on that story, they were also able to make a video, following the chef through the myriad vendors selling everything from fresh scallops to massive filets that will go for, you guessed it, ceviche.  If you found his advice on knowing how to approach the vendors useful, then the video should be even better, giving you at least an idea of which vendors to buy from.  Either way, lunch at Al Toke Pez is sounding pretty good right about now.

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It Looks Like La Paz’s Manq’a Program Will Head To Colombia (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Manq'a]

[Manq’a]

When Claus Meyer speaks, you listen.  It seems that when the Noma and Gustu co-owner mentioned in an interview back in September that he was thinking of bringing his non-profit system of cooking schools to Colombia, he wasn’t lying.  As part of a two-day workshop last week in Bogotá entitled Co-Creation: Gastronomic Schools In Colombia, Manq’a Bolivia was on hand to discuss implementing the program in Colombia.  No official opening date has been announced yet, but this will be a huge move for Meyer, the Manq’a team, and Melting Pot, as their ‘food for social change’ programs spread beyond the borders of Bolivia.  

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