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Destinos: In Search Of A Horse With No Name In The Tatacoa Desert, Colombia

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

If you’ve been keeping up with my Travel pieces in Colombia, you undoubtedly have realized by now just how richly diverse this country is.  From the sipping coco locos at the beach in the Caribbean Sea  to piranha fishing in the Amazon jungle  to discovering how coffee is made in the Colombian mountains, this country has an infinite number of different landscapes. But even I was surprised to learn that Colombia also has its very own desert.  We’re not talking Sahara here or even Sonoran desert.  The Tatacoa Desert is relatively small, occupying a space of just 330 square kilometers.  It’s a semi-arid desert and a tropical dry forest all in one, which means it isn’t as dry as what you picture when you think of a normal, arid desert.  Rain falls here and diverse flora and fauna thrive here.  They have adapted to the high temperature, low humid, dry environment and in addition to the large cacti and spectacular colors found here, it is what helps shape this place and make it so unique.

Destinos: Redefining Time In Jardín, Colombia

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

One of my favorite things about traveling in Colombia is the impression that time has come to a standstill.  In our modern world filled with notifications, constant updates and the ability to message anyone anywhere in the world at any time of the day, instant gratification has never been so easy.  We are connected more than ever and those connections indeed spread far and wide but yet they remain quite shallow.  Whiling away the day chatting over a cup of coffee is nearly absent, something only reserved for special occasions like getting together with an old, dear friend.  It’s become something we add to our calendars rather than a way of life. These opportunities for deep connections are often eschewed due to a perceived ‘lack of time’.  Our schedules are constantly filled up with things to do and even a real phone call can seem like another thing to add to the list.

Protests Are Brewing In Bogotá’s Zona G(ourmet) Over A Proposed Pedestrian Area (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[The City Paper / Richard Emblin]

[The City Paper / Richard Emblin]

Although known by locals and tourists alike as one of the must-visit sectors of Bogotá, Zona G, otherwise known as Zona Gourmet, is at the center of a heated protest over a proposed pedestrian walkway. The new bill, being dubbed an “intervention,” was proposed by local mayor Mauricio Jaramillo, whose term ends later this year. At a cost of nearly $1.5 million US, the entire project would cover less than two blocks, and would add exponentially to the gridlock and noise problems that already plague the area. 

Here’s Three Short Films About El Celler De Can Roca’s Lat Am Tour (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[BBVA / Celler de Can Roca]

[BBVA / Celler de Can Roca]

After announcing early last month that they would once again be heading out on tour later in 2015, the Roca Brothers have started to release stories and short films about last year’s tour. At February’s Berlinale, they released Cooking Up A Tribute, a film that captured the experience that changed not only the three brothers and the lives of their whole team, but also the students, waiters, and everyone else that helped along the way. Many are saying these tours could change the future of fine dining. There isn’t a lot of argument to suggest otherwise.

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. 

Leonor Espinosa Has Won Over Madrid Fusión (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Mauricio Moreno / El Tiempo]

[Mauricio Moreno / El Tiempo]

Although, lamentably, we’re not on hand at this year’s edition of Madrid Fusion, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the coverage that’s emanating from Spain. While chefs like Andoni Aduriz, from Mugaritz in San Sebastián remain the perennial favorites, it seems that, once again, South America walks away with the most applause. Tuesday in Madrid, it was Colombian chef Leonor Espinosa’s chance to take the stage and enlighten guests as to the incredible biodiversity that we’re finally starting to see enter kitchens throughout the country. According to El Tiempo, she took all of the applause.

A Guide To The Best Restaurants Of Colombia Is Now Available (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Best Restaurants Colombia]

[Best Restaurants Colombia]

Leave it to the daughter of a well-respected French restaurant critic to take the torch from her father. A new guide, dubbed Best Restaurants Colombia, has been released by Sophia Brault, the 25-year old daughter of writer Stephen Brault, who has created similar guides for cities across the United States including Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. Learning from her father’s more than 30 years’ worth of writing about the best restaurants around the world, Brault combined her love for life in Colombia and her passion for food in the country’s first-ever comprehensive guide that spans Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Cartagena, and Santa Marta. 

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

By Patrick Hieger

COMO SUR 2014 AWARDS GOLD

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.