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Destinos: The Ultimate Guide To Visiting The Andean Northwest Of Argentina (Part 1)

When we mentioned that our travel writers Joanna and Laurent knew their way around the backroads and corners of South America, we meant it. After more than two years of travel by bus, foot, river raft, and a handful of planes, they really have gotten to know the best that the continent has to offer. So, for the next two installments, let them guide you through the Andean northwest of Argentina, full of unique foods, more than a fair share of incredible nature, and some one-of-a-kind lodging that might just have you planning your own expedition quite soon.  

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

By Joanna Marracelli

Visiting the Northwest of Argentina is one of the highlights of any trip to South America. This region is different than the rest of the country.  The people have a distinct look here, the food is rich and diverse, and even the nature is unlike anything else in Argentina. The landscape is shaped by colorful deserts with mountains in every shade including greens, pinks, purples and reds. Fertile valleys punctuate the mountains and this area is home to the country’s second best wine region.

The Como Sur Best Of 2014 Awards: Voting Starts Now

By Patrick Hieger

Como Sur 2014 Awards Logo RedIt’s hard to believe that another year has passed. It’s even harder to believe that so many incredible things happened this past year. New restaurants opened. Big events got bigger. Loads of new cookbooks came out. And we got to eat so much incredible food. Yes, 2014 was an incredible year for South America and its cuisine, and we want to recognize the countries that made it great.

As of today, we’re opening the voting for the Como Sur Best of 2014 Awards. And there is a lot to choose from. Not only were we able to broaden the awards this year to cover each of the countries we focus on, but we were able to include various categories in each. We’ve got books from Brazil, new restaurants in Bolivia, events, chefs, and more.  So it’s time for you to vote.

The survey below passes through the countries that we regularly focus on, with categories for each.  At the end,  you’ll find categories for the overall continent. There’s a lot to choose from. Happy voting!

Argentina’s Best Take Over The Streets Of José Ignacio January 14 (ES)

By Majo Lois

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[Sabores Que Matan]

The dinner will feature Mauro Colagreco of France’s Michelin-starred Mirazur

Taking full advantage of the fabulous summer crowds making their way to some of the best beaches in South America, next week seven of Argentina’s top chefs will take over the main drag in José Ignacio, Uruguay, for a not-to-be-missed, one night only dinner.  On Wednesday, January 14, Mauro Colagreco, Narda Lepes, Fernando Trocca, Darío Gualtieri , Germán Martitegui, Florencia Courreges y Juan Pablo Clerici will come together for a “dinner by 14 hands”.  Only 70 seats are available, so be sure and reserve now.  

Wooden Brings Whiskey To The Heart Of Mendoza (ES)

By Angelo Gonzalez

[Wooden]

[Wooden]

As of the end of November, Mendoza has its first whiskey bar to call its own. Wooden, on Aristides Villanueva 241, opened on November 22nd in the heart of Mendoza’s restaurant district. The owners of Wooden share a passion for good whiskey and Harley Davidsons, which can be seen in its design and décor.

Wooden offers Argentine dishes with an American twist designed by Chef Lucas Maldonado.  For the month of January, they’ll be hosting Sunset Sessions, featuring food and cocktail specials.  The restaurant is open day and night and features a climate-controlled terrace and sidewalk seating. 

Watch Vallejo, Garcia, and Rivarola At November’s Cocina Sin Fronteras (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[The Great Cuisine]

[The Great Cuisine]

As the last dinner of 2014, the team at Buenos Aires’ El Baqueano decided to make November’s installment of the Cocina Sin Fronteras a big one.  To close out another successful year of dinners that included a gala event with Alex Atala, Nikkei cuisine with Mitsuharu Tsumura, and more than a few jaunts abroad to Chile, Venezuela, and Uruguay, Fer Rivarola and wife Gabriela invited their close friends and wildly talented chefs, Carlos Garcia from Venezuela’s Alto, and Jorge Vallejo from Mexico’s Quintonil.  Like we’ve been telling you since last year, if you have yet to make it to one of these dinners, you’re really missing out.

Jobs (ES)

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

Bolivia
Gustu – Gustu is looking for both a Sous Chef and a Pastry Chef.  Candidates for both positions should have a minimum of five years of experience, with a willingness to learn and explore Bolivia’s pantry.  Interested applicants should send CV’s to info@restaurantgustu.com.

Chile
Boragó – Boragó has open spaces for interns, starting on December 15.  Contact them by email at practicas@borago.cl.

Argentina
NOLA – Palermo Viejo’s hottest (and only) fried chicken and craft brew hot spot NOLA is on the hunt for prep and line cooks.  Per the restaurant, “It’s 6 nights a week, 8 hours a night, 5pm – 1am. Training is the last week of December and the position officially starts at the new year. Salary varies on experience and tips are included. Spanish is a must as is all necessary paperwork/CUIT to be in blanco.”  Email info@NOLAbuenosaires.com to apply.

Chochán – San Telmo’s pork-centric eatery is looking for experienced cooks to join their team.  Interested parties should send CV’s to info.chochan@gmail.com

Venezuela
Vaca Vieja – Vaca Vieja is on the hunt for both experienced and young cooks.  Email vacaviejavzla@gmail.com for more information.  

The Best Happy Hour In Mendoza Is At The Vines Tasting Room (ES)

By Angelo Gonzalez

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[Angelo Gonzalez]

With over 800 bodegas to visit in Mendoza, where does one begin his or her viticulture experience?  Fortunately for everyone, there is The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room (TR) in the heart of downtown Mendoza. It is the one place that wine lovers, from all levels of wine “expertise” can go to get their wine on.  The Vines TR has over 100 wines to choose from, with a vast majority coming from small or boutique bodegas.  Even better, every Tuesday and Saturday is Happy Hour.  Meaning, they offer a great deal of decanted wines at half off the price, per glass.  There is no better offer in town on such a vast selection of boutique wines at the per glass offering.

Listen To Francis Mallmann On Andrew Zimmern’s ‘Go Fork Yourself’ (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Andrew Zimmern / Go Fork Yourself]

[Andrew Zimmern / Go Fork Yourself]

Late last month, just before he wowed guests at Miami’s Art Basel with a Mallmann-style cookout to feed the masses (performance art or just barbecuing?), Francis Mallmann took some time out to participate in Andrew Zimmern’s Go Fork Yourself podcast.  Since both chefs have done a good deal of world travel, cooking in exotic locales, and eating just about everything under the sun, you can imagine that conversation took quite a few turns.  Always the perpetual learner, Zimmern kept the questions focused, and got a lot of good information from the open fire king.