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SnapVid: Making Queso De Capa In Mompox, Colombia (ES)

By Joanna Marracelli

The isolated town of Santa Cruz de Mompox, located along Colombia’s Rio Magdalena, is famed for its extremely well-preserved 16th century colonial architecture.  Lesser known, it is also home to several artisan food specialties, including the freshly made cheese, Queso de Capa.  The cheese is similar both in process and in taste to mozzarella. The difference here is that they cook the curds, roll them out into a sheet (like pasta), cut them and stuff some with pleasantly sweet guava paste.  Others remain plain and are simply just queso de capa while the filled ones are known as ‘bocadillos’.  It’s that element of surprise you get, the hidden guava paste, that defines this quaint town.  Mompox is bursting with surprises for the visitor who is willing to take the trouble to get here.  In this video, you can see the artisans hard at work making the surprise-filled bocadillos.

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Watch Colmado’s Manolo Aznar Talk Sunday Paella

By Patrick Hieger

Twice per month, co-owner of Santiago’s Colmado Café, Manolo Aznar, gets out the giant paella pan and fills it with the best the season has to offer.  By 2:30 in the afternoon, the courtyard that houses Colmado smells of rice, spices, various meats, and seasonal vegetables.  We had a chance to catch up with the chef yesterday as he was preparing his paella, and get him to talk a little more about what goes into the mix.  Check out the video.  It was delicious.

Dos veces al mes, el co-dueño de Colmado Café, Manolo Aznar, saca el sartén de paella y lo llena con la mejor que tiene para ofrecer la temporada.  A las 14:30, el pasillo dónde está ubicado Colmado huele de arroz, especias, varias carnes, y vegetales de la temporada.  Ayer, tuvimos la oportunidad de pasar un rato con el chef mientras estaba preparando su paella, y para escuchar un poco más de lo que incluye en la mezcla.  Mira el video.  Fue delicioso.

[photo: Patrick Hieger]

SnapVid: Wining, Dining and Dancing At Tango y Vino

By Patrick Hieger

Last night’s Tango y Vino event at Santiago’s W Hotel was a step out of the Chilean capital into the heart and soul of Argentina.  A celebration of some of the best Malbecs and Malbec blends that Mendoza has to offer, Tango y Vino brought together traditional Argentine foods like milanesa, morcilla, grilled steak, empanadas, and even an entire dessert bar, with live tango dancing for an unforgettable night of Porteño culture.  If you weren’t there, get a taste of what you missed out on in the quick videos below.

El evento Tango y Vino de anoche en el hotel W de Santiago fue una salida fuera del capital Chileno hasta el corazón y alma de Argentina.  Una celebración de los mejores Malbecs y semblajes de Malbec que Mendoza tiene para ofrecer, Tango y Vino juntó comidas típicas de Argentina como milanesa, morcilla, carne asada, empanadas, y también un bar de postres, con tango en vivo para una noche inolvidable de la cultura Porteña.  Si no estabas, mira lo que perdiste en estos videos breves.

[image: Como Sur]

Snap Vid: Alex Atala In The Kitchen During Ñam Sessions

By Patrick Hieger

What do you do when Alex Atala is cooking in a street-level, open kitchen? Take a video, of course.  The always-friendly chef was already on his way to the oven when he noticed a few loyal fans trying to catch a glimpse of the master at work.  Watch him say hello in this quick video.