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The Cook Show: Live Reality Cooking Pops Up In Bolivia (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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Despite what you might have heard, pop-ups aren’t a thing of the past. In fact, we would venture to say that they’re only getting better as those willing to go guerrilla get more creative. To up the ante for 2015, the team behind Lima Pop-Up are heading back to Bolivia for a two-night cooking event that will put the diners in the center of the action. 

McDonald’s Is Set To Reopen In Bolivia After A 13-Year Absence (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[FoodMatters]

[FoodMatters]

Though it might seem next to impossible that an entire country could be without a single McDonald’s, that’s the way it’s been for the last 13 years in Bolivia. Driven out by low sales and low interest, it seemed like Bolivia would remain free of the giant fast food company for the foreseeable future. However, Página Siete reports that after a new round of investment, Big Macs and chicken nuggets are set to make their return next month. 

Have A Look Inside Bros, Cochabamba, Bolivia’s Hottest New Restaurant (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[BROS]

[BROS]

Although the majority of culinary news coming out of Bolivia right now is focused on La Paz and Santa Cruz, a few innovative professionals are doing their best to make sure the country’s other regions get noticed, too. BROS opened back in December in Cochabamba, Bolivia, just in time to make the cut off for our Best of 2014 awards. They may not have won for best new restaurant, but their fire-roasted chicken, solid cocktails by JP Caceres, and stunning dining room still have people talking.

Top Lat Am Female Chefs Represent At Next Month’s Parabere Forum In Bilbao, Spain (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Parabere Forum]

[Parabere Forum]

On March 1 and 2, leading female minds from throughout the many facets of gastronomy, from science to farming, chefs to sommeliers, will gather in Bilbao, Spain for the first-ever Parabere Forum. Though not exclusively for women, the event will focus on the growing role of women in the culinary field, providing round tables, workshops, classes, and more. Professionals will come from five different continents to share their experience, including Gustu’s Kamilla Seidler, Leonor Espinosa of Bogotá’s Leo Cocina y Cava, and Brazilian chef Roberta Sudbrack, from her eponymously titled restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. 

Jude Law Is In Bolivia To Promote Carnaval (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[La Razon]

[La Razon]

The big news out of Bolivia this morning is that Jude Law has landed in La Paz with his family, and will be touring the country in the upcoming days. His trip is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism as well as the Cervecería Boliviana Nacional, so that he may promote the country’s ample carnaval celebrations abroad. The critically-acclaimed actor isn’t divulging plans of his tour so as to not tip off the general public. 

Watch Bolivian Street Food Take A Dramatic Turn (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Somos Calle / YouTube]

[Somos Calle / YouTube]

As restaurants like Gustu and Jardín de Asia push hard to get Bolivia the overdue recognition it deserves for its native ingredients and intriguing cuisine, young cooks are starting to take advantage of the recent attention and experiment with new forms of bringing elevated cuisine to the masses. While new projects like Suma Phayata in La Paz are highlighting the traditional street treats like choripan and lechon sandwiches, a new group wants to push what’s available at ground level even further. Called Somos Calle, the small group of cooks led by young chef Marco Quelca are trying to turn food into much more than a sit-down affair. 

Como Sur Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (PO / ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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Leading up to the Como Sur Best of 2014 awards we talked with experts throughout South America to get their votes for who should be included in the voting. We looked for trend setters, shining stars, new restaurants that have everybody talking, and more of the best that this continent continues to create. We had more than double the votes of last year, and a lot more people excited to take part in making sure that their city, their country, their continent had its time to shine. Many came out to vote, and the results were unexpected.

La Paz Vegan Hot Spot Red Monkey Has Opened A Second Location (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[La Razón]

[La Razón]

As the culinary offering throughout Bolivia begins to broaden its horizons little by little and celebrate its incredible biodiversity, vegetarian and vegan options are also starting to become more readily available. Taking advantage of their success as one of the few locations in the country offering truly delicious, unique vegan offerings, La Paz’s Red Monkey has expanded with Red Monkey Patio, a more intimate café setting offering the same, high quality vegan fare. Located in the lower section of the city, just around the corner from hot spots like Gustu, Jardín de Asia and Yerba Buena, the new offering will most certainly appeal to a growing clientele of discerning food lovers.