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STREET FOOD WEEK SQUARE

STREET FOOD WEEK
Starts Monday, Nov. 3

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Watch A Video Of Gastón Acurio’s Pandilla De Leche De Tigre In Buenos Aires (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Sucre]

[Sucre]

As he promised some months back, Gastón Acurio has been taking his ‘Leche de Tigre Gang’ on a world tour to promote Peru and its beloved ceviche. The tour has already taken the gang, which includes Acurio himself, Fiesta chef Hector Solís, Maido’s Mitsuharu Tsumura, and Virgilio Martínez to Colombia, Chile, Miami, and as far off as Spain.  Earlier this week, they hit up Buenos Aires, where they took over chef Fernando Trocca’s highly acclaimed Sucre for a night of limes and fish, as well as the official release of the gang’s new t-shirts.

For a photo recap of the evening, you can head over to Fernando Trocca’s website, and see close-ups of the decor and the dishes.  For a slightly more intimate take on the evening, check out this video that the Sucre team put together, that shows guests in their best duds out for an evening of ceviche, Pisco, and Peruvian flare.  There’s no word on where the gang is heading next, but Dubai and a few key points in the United States are still left.  We’ll keep you posted.

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A Guard At Santiago’s La Piojera Was Stabbed Last Night (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Instagram / La Piojera]

[Instagram / La Piojera]

Santiago may not be known for its gritty punk rock bars with loads of graffiti history and tales of epic songs being written on a napkin, but there are a few watering holes that are notorious for rowdy behavior and true falling-over drunkenness that even the most seasoned of rockers would admire.  La Piojera, which serves the famous Terremoto (a concoction of unfiltered country wine, Fernet, and a scoop of what resembles pineapple sherbet that gets you drunk after one, rowdy after two, and basically blind drunk after three), is just one of those places, where on any given day, at least a handful of patrons are bound to be literally thrown out the front door for, um, excessive behavior.  Last night, it seems that one of those ejected customers came back with a grudge.

Cooperativa reports that after being thrown out, Pedro Jaramilla Hernández came back to have a word with the guard, only this time he had a weapon with him.  Hernández attacked the guard, Jorge Mariluán Ronrocal, with a knife, causing non life-threatening injuries to his abdomen and face.  Hernández is now in police custody, and Ronrocal remains hospitalized. 

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Street Food Week Starts Monday (ES / PO)

By Patrick Hieger

STREET FOOD WEEK POSTER

While tweezers, dots, droppers and nitrogen may still be at the forefront of modern, high-end dining, one of the longest lasting trends in food around the world has been street food.  From tiny stalls at the end of an alley to push carts serving up everything from tacos to hot dogs and even mixed drinks, seasoned travelers and wise locals alike know that to get the best a city has to offer, you often need only to head to the corner.  That’s why we’re going to dedicate next week entirely to street food, featuring the best stalls and hidden corners that cities around South America have to offer.

Tune in next week as we bring you recommendations from leading experts in cities around the continent.  We’ll fill you in on the spots you’ve been overlooking and remind you of some spots you need to hit up again.  It’s going to be a delicious week of seriously good food and drink, so stay tuned and get hungry.  Our first ever Street Food Week starts Monday. 

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1 Hour To Cook For 100?! WTF? Top Chef Chile, Episode 6

By Doris Bravo

As the challenges on Top Chef Chile continue to get more difficult each week, the time in which the contestants have to complete their assigned tasks gets shorter, greatly increasing the WTF? element of the show.  That said, the participants’ irreverence for silly rules and impossible time limits is peaking, making, at least, for good drama in what has become a weird contest of teams, rather than individual chefs.  Back as always with a poignant look at just what’s happening over at TVN studios is our own Doris Bravo, equally irreverent in her commentary and unwilling to budge on one judge’s choice in jacket color.  (Salmon was a running theme last night).  

[TVN]

[TVN]

On last night’s episode of Top Chef Chile Sergio Medel’s sass could not be contained. And we should all be grateful that going on episode six at least one of the contestants has a pulse. Meaning, after witnessing the ridiculousness first-hand (impossible time limits, henpecking judges, pointless demos, one flesh-colored chef jacket) Sergio has declared a war of irreverence. My kind of battle. Sergio is too much of a competitor to lose on purpose; his tact is to win with his talent while thumbing his nose at the absurd rules.

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‘Nueva Cocina Buenos Aires’ or 14 Minutes Of Why You Should Be Planning A Trip To Argentina (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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[FugaCrew]

When we did a profile a couple of weeks back on three Buenos Aires cooks who are doing their part to ensure that not only Argentina’s most famous city, but Argentina itself, gets the world recognition it deserves for innovative, modern cuisine, we were really only scraping the surface of the talent pool that the port city holds.  For the past few years, cooks have been stepping out of the traditional Italian and Spanish influences that, while still wildly important, don’t necessarily reflect modern trends and what Argentina as a country has to offer.  A new vision is being created of what the future in Argentina can look like, and it’s pretty delicious.

In this gorgeous new video called Nueva Cocina Buenos Aires, meet a whole group of the modern Argentine cooks and restaurants that are taking new, daring approaches to reinventing this country’s legendary cuisine.  There’s a lot of meat, for sure, but there’s a return to the land, to working with producers, and to saying that Argentina is much more than just a land of cattle and fire.  It’s a rich land with a rich history, and a bright future.  And as we mentioned in the headline, you’ll probably want to book your ticket now, because the getting is just too good.  Provecho.

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Cook n Groove Pays Tribute to Chef Laurent Suaudeau Saturday In São Paulo (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Cook n Groove]

[Cook n Groove]

This Saturday, November 1, Cook ‘n’ Groove will pay tribute to Chef Laurent Suaudeau. With the focus on friendship, the event calls on ten Brazilian chefs to share their food, including Alberto Landgraf from Epice and Fabio Koyama from Minato Izakaya. Cook ‘n’ Groove is a project by Soul Kitchen, created by Alexandre Pernet and Geralso Matta, that brings together food with good music and art. This edition will feature performances by Bixiga 70 and Houdines, as well as various DJs.

The guest of honor, Chef Laurent Suaudeau, was born and trained in France, but came to Brazil in 1980 at 23 years old. He soon found success with his restaurant Laurent, using French technique with Brazilian ingredients. In 1994 he founded ABGA, Brazilian Association of Haute Cuisine.  Ten percent of the profits of Saturday’s event will go to Instituto Laurent, which trains young chefs and is the biggest producer of new chefs in Brazil.  You can order tickets, for R$ 130, through Food Pass.

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Vino El Cine Kicks Off Tonight In Mendoza (ES)

By Angelo Gonzalez

[Vino El Cine]

[Vino El Cine]

Hepburn, Tiffany’s and wine!  What a great combination of artistry, fine jewels and great viticulture.  In this case, we are taking about Breakfast at Tiffany’s and other great works of film being showcased amongst the foothills of the Andes in Mendoza’s wine region.
Beginning Friday, October 31st  and running through the end of November, the third annual ¨Vino el Cine¨ kicks off a traveling showcase of fine national and international films being projected in the sprawling vineyards of Mendoza.  Participating host vineyards include Nieto Senetiner, Catena Zapata, Renacer, Dominio del Plata, Trivento, Norton, Finca Agostino, Sin Fin, La Rural, and Entre Cielos-Hotel Spa.
The Vino el Cine series is sponsored by Banco Supervielle in association with Fundavita, a local charity which is dedicated to the fight against cancer.  Tickets are an affordable $40 ARS and gets you a glass of wine, a tour of the vineyard and a movie!  Movie nights will kick off at 20:00 and the movie is scheduled to begin around 21:00 or when it is dark enough for the movie to be projected.  Tickets can be purchased at Fundavita’s office in downtown Mendoza on Primitivo de la Reta 689 or at any of the vineyards the day of the event.  Don’t miss the unique opportunity to see a classic movie, surrounded by vineyards and the stars above.

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Chile Through Pablo Neruda’s Eyes [BBC]

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