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Los Nichos: A Piece Of Pisco History That Still Stands

By Lauren Barragan

[Lauren Barragan]

[Lauren Barragan]

Amidst the gorgeous and tranquil backdrop of the Elqui Valley’s hills and clear blue skies rests a little town that lies untouched by modern time.  Pisco Elqui draws visitors to it by way of many things, but the greatest of these would probably be pisco.  It should come as no shock that given the name of the town, there would be an abundance of pisco to explore, as this is in fact the region of Chile where most pisco is made.

A Peek Into Pisco: The Spirit With Two Faces

By Lauren Barragan

[Lauren Barragan]

[Lauren Barragan]

Every country wants to stake its claim on that which makes up its food and drink cultural identity.  The French have their cognac.  Mexico has tequila.  Russia has vodka.  And well you get the idea.  Everyone wants a piece of the imbibing action.  Chile and Peru have a longstanding history of battles over everything from land to ocean territory.  But it very well may be that the controversy that has evoked the most heat over nearly half a century is that of the great debate over who holds the rights to their beloved Pisco.

The Anatomy Of A Coco Loco

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

Beach cocktails are a mandatory part of any visit to the seaside.  Surf, sand, sun and cocktails go hand in hand.  But choosing a complementary tipple can sometimes be a daunting task.  Fortunately, if you happen to be a visitor to the Caribbean coast of Colombia, the decision is effortless.

Upon arrival to famous beaches like Playa Blanca or anywhere on the San Bernando islands, you will see beachgoers holding a large coconut with 2 straws cocked out of the side.  This is not some healthy drink of coconut water like the coco frio you see sold on the streets in Cartagena.  No, this is a coco gone loco.

A Taste Of Lima’s Not-So-Standard Cocktails, Part 2

By Maribel Rivero

[Maribel Rivero]

[Maribel Rivero]

Today, in part 2 of her three part series in which she goes inside some of Lima’s best restaurants that just also happen to have some of the best cocktail programs in the city, Lima City Editor Maribel Rivero takes us inside Central, recently voted as the #15 restaurant in the world.  There, she gets to try the handiwork of barman David Romero, who works closely with chef Virgilio Martínez on cocktails that are entirely unique, yet remarkably memorable.  Peru isn’t just the Pisco Sour and the Chilcano.  Read on to find out more. 

Wine Wednesday: Chile’s Beloved Terremoto, Explained

[Sapna Thottahill]

[Sapna Thottahill]

By Colin Bennett
Colin Bennett is the founder and owner of FoodyChile, a Santiago-based culinary-focused tour provider that gives insight into Chile’s growing gastronomy scene.  Originally from Iowa, he now resides in Santiago with his wife and young son.  When not giving tours, Colin takes advantage of the diverse landscape and wine regions that Chile has to offer.

It’s Drinks Week here at Como Sur, so we have to dedicate some time to Chile’s beloved, only-available-here drink, the Terremoto, which in English means earthquake. It’s a fitting name for a peculiar but beloved drink.  At first taste, it’s hard to place what it really is, and by the middle you want another. God forbid you make the order, because two terremotos in and you might not know how you got home.

Montevideo’s Top Brew Bars

By Majo Lois

[Cerveza Mastra]

[Cerveza Mastra]

La Chopería | Jose L. Terra 2220 | 21 de Septiembre 2650
La Chopería has two locations, one in the Mercado Agrícola and other right in the middle of barrio Punta Carretas.  Both offer Uruguay’s artisan beer Mastra, which was founded back in 2007, in all of its varieties, including the Belgian Blond Ale, Chocolate Stout, Witbier, and others.

The Shannon Irish Pub | Bartolomé Mitre 1318
For the last 13 years, the Shannon Irish Pub has been the Irish bar in Montevideo.  With a huge variety of national beers, craft beers, and imported brews, as well as a calendar of events that’s updated weekly, this is the best choice for an after office or a late night.

Buenos Aires’ Top Dive Bars

By Kevin Vaughn

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 11.16.11 AMThroughout Buenos Aires, there’s no shortage of dark and sketchy bars with questionable bathrooms, eccentrics, and barely-there service.  The problem with Porteño dives is that more often than not they’re either completely empty or exclusively populated by chain smoking grandpas and taxi drivers. It’s almost too divey to be salvaged. But that didn’t stop us from searching, because who doesn’t like a good dive bar? They’re cheap, trashy (in a good way) and basic decency makes room for the shameless Saturday night antics that make a weekend memorable.  Below, the Buenos Aires dives you should be frequenting.

Santiago’s Best Bar That You’ve Never Been To

By Patrick Hieger

photo 1(8)Read any guide book about Santiago and you’ll undoubtedly find an homage to the Vega Central, the city’s central produce market.  As much as a tourist destination as it is a place to find some of the most exceptional produce you’ve ever seen, there are parts of the Vega that even a good deal of locals don’t know about.  And while eating a hearty breakfast or a typical Chilean lunch in the Vega is as common as picking up a bunch of bananas, having a few drinks after picking up your groceries isn’t typically on the agenda.  For the last 63 years, though, El Quinto Patio has been serving up some of the best traditional Chilean drinks, and their quality has been intact since day one.

Admittedly, El Quinto Patio isn’t the easiest place to find.  Nestled between the Tirso Molina and the Vega Central on the eastern side of the Vega Chica, it wouldn’t be hard to walk past the bar without giving it a second thought.  You’re more likely to notice the sling shots, crappy bicycle parts and used underwear being sold outside than you are the haven that awaits once you pass through the blue doorway.  If you know where you’re going, though, and you’ve got a thirst for something other than a Piscola or the Terremoto that can be so easily found just on the other side of the river, El Quinto Patio is just the place to whet your whistle and take a step back in time.