Como Sur | South American Gastronomy

[El Comercio]

Albert Adriá's Nikkei Hot Spot
Pakta Got A Michelin Star

[Patrick Hieger]

Inside Santa Cruz, Bolivia's
Mercado Abasto Sur

[Patrick Hieger]

Lima's Urban Kitchen Celebrates
Year One With All Star Classes

Chile’s Luksic Has Registered ‘Zingani’ To Challenge Bolivia’s Singani (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Oxígeno]

[Oxígeno]

It appears that in a total WTF?! move, a subsidiary of Chile’s Luksic has registered Zingani as a trademarked product, to stop Bolivian Singani from entering the market.  Even though there is no doubt that Singani is 100% Bolivian, some people in Chile would like to deny that fact, and either create a product of their own, or deny Singani’s existence entirely.  Does this sound at all like another debate over the origins of yet another grape-based beverage?  WTF indeed.

Oxígeno reports that La Compañía Pisquera de Chile has registered Zingani–yes, the same thing, spelled with a Z–as a product of Chilean origin.  As if someone is debating this, because Zingani has never existed.  “CCU registered Zingani, with a Z, as a brand to protect their rights over its agricultural uses, according to Unibrander, the universal registry of brands.”  Once word of this gets out, we’ll keep you filled in on the action.  There will be plenty. 

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Redemption Cooking: Top Chef Chile, Episode 9

By Doris Bravo

Last night, seven of the retired chefs had the chance to fight their way back into the competition.  There was (raw) lobster, frustration, and ultimately, another upset.  Back again for another look at just what’s going on in the Top Chef Chile kitchens is our own reality cooking expert, Doris Bravo.  The drama, below. 

[TVN]

[TVN]

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Where To Get Thanksgiving In Mendoza (ES)

By Angelo Gonzalez

[Safari Inn]

[Safari Inn]

For those of you hankering for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, Mendoza has two expat owned restaurants offering the ‘bird and the fixins’.

Black Sheep International Pub and Grill in the Alameda section of Mendoza, is offering a Thanksgiving plate for only $55 pesos.  You get turkey, cornbread and sausage stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, biscuits, gravy and a cherry sauce (in lieu of cranberries).  Make your reservations at (261) 561.4283 or (261) 374.1230.  Dinner is served after 8pm.  Black Sheep is located at Maipu 131.

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Watch Nat Geo’s ‘One Wey’ Discover The Best Of Santiago Dining (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Nat Geo]

[Nat Geo]

Little by little, Chile is starting to gain international recognition for the wealth of products that the country has to offer, from Andean tubers to spices from the desert, and more than 4,000 km of coast line teeming with the best seafood in the world.  To get a taste of this bounty, Pata de Perro of Nat Geo’s Latin American travel show One Wey, landed in Santiago to begin his tour of the country’s diverse terrain and unique culinary offerings.  Santiago may not yet have the fame that cities like São Paulo or Lima have, but with one of the top restaurants in Latin America, and king crab available almost year round, the bevvy of delights is well worth the trip.

Watch here as Alonso Vera eats his way through Santiago, from the Mercado Central to Boragó, discovering ingredients that can only be found in Chile, to the wines that have been slowly winning over the world.  If you like what you see, hit up our partner FoodyChile, and they can arrange a Nat Geo quality tour for you.  Provecho! 

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Lima’s Urban Kitchen Celebrates Year 1 With Renzo Garibaldi, Monica Kisic, and More (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

For all you novice cooks who’d like the chance to cook alongside of some of Lima’s hottest talents, now’s your chance.  To celebrate their first anniversary, Ignacio Barrios and the team at Urban Kitchen have created an all-star lineup of classes for December, that features everyone from Renzo Garibaldi, Monica Kisic, to Francesco de Sanctis and Don Lucho.  Want to learn about fermentation, butchery, or northern Peruvian cuisine?  They’ve got you covered.

December’s special schedule kicks off on Monday, December 1 with a bread class from Monica Kisic, who will also return later in the month.  Garibaldi will literally break down meat on December 3, and the rest of the month is full of classes like Nikkei cuisine, veggie burgers, and more.  Classes range from S./ 100 on up to S./ 200.  For the complete schedule, or to make your reservation, head to Urban Kitchen’s website. 

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What’s Going On

La Lucha | Lima, Peru [Maribel Rivero]

La Lucha | Lima, Peru [Maribel Rivero]

Las Frutas Más Caras Del Mundo [Animal Gourmet]
How To Get Off The Airplane And Through Immigration In 12 Minutes [Conde Nast]
The G Spot [Sorrel Moseley-Williams]
How Big The Solar System’s Planets Are Relative To Food Sizes [Food Beast]
A Private Tour Of A New Brooklyn Cafe’s Colombian Coffee Farms [NYT]
Argentina Travel Guide To Jujuy Province [The Real Argentina]
Hay Producto Argentino: Masticar Market [Pick Up The Fork]
Chile Descubre Su Cocina [El País]

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Inside Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s Mercado Abasto Sur

Patrick Hieger

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

Ask most any chef across South America, even the ones who go deep into the jungle or to the highest of peaks in search of exotic, foraged goods, and they’ll tell you that their local city market is a staple in their country’s, their city’s cuisine.  Santiago has the Vega Central.  Lima the Mercado Surquillo.  Bogotá has the blocks-wide Palo Quemao with an equally impressive flower market outside.  And nestled deep in the heart of South America, dead center in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is the Mercado Abasto Sur, a sprawling behemoth of a market that showcases the incredibly rich biodiversity that, in the last few years, restaurants throughout Bolivia are starting to show off as they push to become the next “it” country in South American cuisine.  Spend even an hour traipsing through the labyrinthine stalls and rooms full of everything from hundreds of varieties of potatoes, bananas, and plantains, to exotic fruits, live chickens, meat on the grill, and much, much more, and you’ll see just why Bolivia has been getting their fair share of press lately.  And why they deserve it. 

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Albert Adriá’s Nikkei Hotspot Pakta Gets A Michelin Star (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[El Comercio]

[El Comercio]

Now that Michelin season is in full swing, news of plenty of new stars and more than a few shocks and surprises are coming out all over the world.  Yesterday it was Spain’s turn for the 2015 guide, and Albert Adría, no stranger to stars or continued fame even since the closing of elBulli, added another to his collection when Pakta, his homage to Peru’s Nikkei cuisine, received its first Michelin star.  Pakta is headed by Jorgé Muñoz, a native Peruvian who’s been with the restaurant since its opening last year.

Both Albert and Ferran Adriá have been outspoken in their love and fascination with Peruvian cuisine, and reviews of the restaurant have been nothing but positive in Pakta’s first year.  The Michelin inspector’s comments said Pakta is “A space with an informal urban environment where current design and a few Peruvian details comingle.  Nikkei cuisine with handcrafted touches.”  That’s another Michelin star for Peru. 

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