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A Peruvian Chef Working In La Paz Has Insulted The Whole Of Bolivia (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Peru.com]

[Peru.com]

It came as a bit of a shock this past Wednesday when Jardín de Asia, a Bolivian-influenced Japanese restaurant with locations in both Santa Cruz and La Paz, came out with a statement via Facebook expressing that the views of their chef and his comments do not reflect the views and values of the restaurant.  It was unclear what had happened, though quite obvious that their chef had, in some way, put his foot in his mouth.  News broke yesterday that the chef in question, Daniel Dávila Yika, a Peruvian who’d been living and working some time in Bolivia, made some rather harsh statements against Bolivia–as in, the whole of Bolivia and its culture–on his own Facebook page.

A Local’s Guide To Drinking On The Streets Of Bolivia (ES)

By Maria Paula Baldiviezo

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

The gastronomy in Santa Cruz is a clear reflection of historical roots and agricultural products from the region.  Spanish colonizers introduced cows, farming birds, rice, citrus, sugar cane, and from Africa, plantains.  In the regions more to the west, in the region of Los Yungas, the Spanish brought in coffee, and other items that became part of local gastronomy.  That’s in addition to local products like corn, peanuts, yucca, squash, and fish like surubi and pacu.  It’s from these roots that typical Bolivian dishes and drinks were born, and that nowadays, besides being a cosmopolitan city, remain part of the daily Santa Cruz diet, and one of the top attractions for tourists.  

I Have Written A Love Letter To Bolivian Sonso

By Patrick Hieger

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Have you ever had not simply a meal, but one product while on a trip that stuck with you for a long time?  One food that was so over-the-top delicious that you simply couldn’t forget it, to the point where you craved it and counted the days until you could return to eat it again.  For your own sake, though perhaps not for that of your stomach, I hope you have.  These are life’s treats that make travel that much better.

Five Michelin Stars Will Hit La Paz For The First Foro Internacional Gastronómco De Bolivia (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[FIGAB]

[FIGAB]

At this point, it should be clear that Bolivia isn’t messing around with making sure that gastronomy becomes an important talking point in discussions of national pride.  After another successful Feria Tambo, which saw talent from every end of Latin America descend on La Paz, as well as the first-ever Encuentros dinner, which shed light on what fine dining could look like in Santa Cruz, the door has been opened for Bolivia to start the process of becoming the next hot spot for South American cuisine.  And when the first-ever Foro Internacional de Gastronomía de Bolivia hits La Paz for three days in November, bringing a total of five Michelin stars from across the globe to teach and inspire, there will be no turning back. 

Chefs Franco Chiarini (Italy), Edwin Winke (Holland), and Miguel Rocha (Portugal), will headline the first edition of the new Foro Internacional, which will aim to highlight local products while teaching new techniques.  FIGAB will be comprised of 12 different conferences, featuring the three invited chefs, as well as other chefs from Bolivia, France, and Peru.  While invited chefs will be teaching new techniques and encouraging young cooks to cook with local ingredients, they’ll also be learning themselves, in the hopes of bringing touches of Bolivian cuisine back to their own cooking. 

JP Caceres, The Bolivian Bartender With ‘Extraordinary Talent’

By Patrick Hieger

[JP Caceres]

[JP Caceres]

When we first got on the phone to interview JP Caceres, he was talking about the annoyingly long and difficult process to get his paperwork sorted so he could return to the United States.  Although he was born and raised in Bolivia, he spent the last 14 years of his life working and learning at some of the best bars and restaurants in Washington D.C.  He wants to go back and continue the work he had started.  However, being back home has its perks, and life in Bolivia, amidst the ever-expanding boom of incredible gastronomy happening across South America, is starting to grow on him.

JP’s story is one of the American dream, and being forced to keep dreaming elsewhere, when the visa runs out.  In just six months of being back in South America, he’s already managed to make his name well-known in the bar and restaurant world, doing classes, dinners, and pop-ups with friends in Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia. And, there’s plenty more to come.  Read up as Caceres talks about his incredible beginnings in the restaurant industry, and how a lot of hard work, and a few lucky breaks, have brought him back home to keep teaching the invaluable lessons he’s learned along the way.

The 2nd Edition Of La Paz Restaurant Week Starts Tomorrow (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Qué Planes]

[Qué Planes]

From October 21 to October 31 (the standard more than a week restaurant week), twelve different restaurants around La Paz, Bolivia will open their doors for the second edition of Restaurant Week, featuring specially priced and specially created menus from some of best restaurants in the city.  Throughout the event, participating restaurants will be offering a three-course menu for Bs 105, which will include an appetizer, an entree, dessert and a drink.  For each menu purchased, organizers Qué Planes will donate Bs 5 to Unidos Por Los Niños, which will go to help children in need of costly medical treatments.

This year, participating restaurants will include Jardín de Asia, Manqua, La Tranquera, Yerba Buena, and others.  For the moment, official sponsor Qué Planes‘ site is down, but for a full list of participating restaurants, head over to La Paz Gourmet.  We’ll see you at the table. 

Gustu Is Hiring (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

gustuhiringIf you’re looking for the opportunity to work at one of the hottest restaurants in Latin America right now, this is it. La Paz’s Gustu is hiring for an Assistant Manager, Bar Manager, and waiter positions. Recently voted as number 32 on the list of Latin America’s 50 Best restaurants, Gustu is helping put Bolivia, and their incredible biodiversity, on the world map. For the right people, this could be an incredible opportunity. For more information, contact Darren Armstrong, a recent transplant from the United States, at armstrong@restaurantgustu.com.  Good luck.

Si estás buscando una oportunidad para trabajar en uno de los restaurantes más calientes de América Latina en este momento, es ahora.  Gustu, de La Paz, está contratando un Asistente del Jefe de Salón, un Encargado del Bar, y camarero(a)s.  Elegido en el mes pasado al número 32 en la lista de los Latin America’s 50 Best restaurantes, Gustu está ayudando a poner Bolivia, y su biodiversidad increíble, en el mapa mundial.  Para la gente adecuada, está podría ser una oportunidad increíble.  Para más información, comuníquese a Darren Armstrong, un transplante reciente de los EEUU, a armstrong@restaurantgustu.com.  Buena suerte.

Watch A High Speed Time Lapse Of Last Week’s Encuentros In Santa Cruz (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Ricardo Cortéz]

[Ricardo Cortéz]

Weren’t able to make it to last week’s new Encuentros dinner series at the Jardín de Asia in Santa Cruz? Well, fear not, because we’ve got a high-speed time lapse put together by chef Ricardo Cortéz, who just happened to be plating alongside Rafael Piqueras.  Encuentros could mark a definitive turning point in Bolivian cuisine, where invited chefs bring new flavors and techniques to Santa Cruz, giving diners the impetus they need to ask for more.  Watch as Piqueras and his adopted Bolivian team plate, like clockwork, the ten-course meal that wowed diners and had them already ready to sign up for the next three installments of the series that will take place throughout 2015.  If you weren’t there, stay tuned for upcoming dates, and be sure and make your reservations.  These dinners are not to be missed.