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Mostrador Santa Teresita: Fernando Trocca Does José Ignacio (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Santa Teresita]

[Santa Teresita]

The space where today, Argentine chef Fernando Trocca’s restaurant resides, was in 1973 a classic space in José Ignacio, where you could eat the best seaweed buns in the city.  Obviously, in that time the summer season wasn’t what it is today (now driven by the well-to-do visitors that come to the beach), but it has always maintained that laid back vibe that gives the season’s cuisine a non-pretentious style.  In that time, the space was called Santa Teresita, and because of nostalgia that’s probably why Trocca and Pittaluga (the owner of La Huella) kept the name, refreshed the space and converted it into a great place to eat, almost on the fly.

Santa Teresita is now open, doing rotisserie style food, where you don’t have to wait for them to build your plate, and diners can choose from the menu what they’d like to eat right there or take with them.  They have a great bakery, great salads and sandwiches which you can take with you to the beach, that’s about three blocks from the restaurant.  They’re open from December 20 onward, and on certain days of the week will offer up certain nightly specials, like La Noche de Arroces on Thursdays, when they’ll do versions of paella, risotto, or arroz valenciano.  For a taste, follow them on Instagram.

For more, find them at Calle Las Garzas esquina Los Tordos, in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay all summer long.

El Expatriado Brings Argentina to Montevideo Every Thursday (ES)

By Majo Lois

[El Expatriado]

[El Expatriado]

For some years now, Montevideo has had a small movement of closed-door style restaurants.  Since July of this year, El Expatriado has worked out of an apartment in the Villa Biarritz zone of Montevideo.  Behind the food are chefs Martín Baquero and Lucas Sbarbarti. The first is a ‘Patagonian’ who has cooked in kitchens throughout Europe and Argentina.  The second, a young chef who’s been cooking at Museo Fortabat and the Armani Café, amongst other spots.  Both Argentine, they invite guests into the intimate setting of their home for a six-course meal that changes weekly.  Both are united not only by their profession, but also by having worked together at El Almacén de Los Milagros in Buenos Aires.

For a taste of Argentina in a Uruguayan setting, call  El Expatriado at 098 219090 for your reservation.

Nikkei Favorite Parú Returns To Punta Del Este December 20 (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Parú]

[Parú]

This summer Parú Inkas Sushi & Grill, Este’s Nikkei classic will once again open up in the boutique parador Selenza Club del Mar.  Set up as a typical restaurant in one of the coast’s luxe hotels, enveloped in wood, lounging sofas and spaces for relaxing, the space will offer light lunches featuring fresh fish and salads, as well as a wide variety of mixed drinks and cocktails.  Starting December 20, Parú will begin offering lunches, and will add dinner to the mix starting on December 27.  They’re also getting ready for a New Year’s Eve party, which they’re saying will be one of the best in Punta.  You can find Parú at boutique hotel Selenza Club del Mar, located at Ruta 10, km 164.5, in Punta del Este.  For reservations, call +59896757287 or +59894563444

Este verano Parú Inkas Sushi & Grill, el clásico nikkei del Este, se instala en el parador boutique Selenza Club del Mar. El concepto enmarcado en un típico restaurante del parador, con mucha presencia de madera, camastros y espacios etéreos, promete almuerzos livianos con presencia de pescados y ensaladas, y caídas de sol son tragos variados.  A partir del  20 de diciembre,  Páru ofrece almuerzos, para desde el 27 complementa también con cenas.  Además, ya se está preparando para la noche de Año Nuevo una fiesta que se dice será una de las mejores de Punta.  Se encuentra Parú en el parador boutique Selenza Club de Mar: Ruta 10, km 164,5 de Punta del Este.  Para reservas, llama a +59896757287 or +59894563444

Pizza Cero Returns To Punta Del Este For The Summer (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Pizza Cero]

[Pizza Cero]

There are classics that visitors to the hottest seaside spot in eastern Uruguay can’t simply remove from their mental agenda.  Pizza Cero is one of those that, this year, is renewing their summertime promise of creating a multi-faceted space with a great deck to see and be seen, a white room, and a garden that compliments Oscar Rocha’s art gallery.  The menu, with a strong showing on the cocktail list, keeps up tradition with various small plates, their incredible top-notch sandwiches, as well their pizzas, famous for the last 30 years. You’ll find arugula and parmesan, anchovies and spices, and mozzarella with arugula and brie, amongst others.

Those who arrive starting on the 21st of this month will find Pizza Cero open daily, starting at 19:00.  Find them at Ruta 10, Km 160, in la Barra de Maldonado. 

A U.S. Diplomat Was Denied Entry To A Montevideo Nightclub (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Circus]

[Circus]

Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press reported that a representative of the United States embassy was denied entry to Circus nightclub in Montevideo last Friday night.  According to Ambassador Julissa Reynoso, one of her colleagues, an African-American female, was denied entry to the club because of the color of her skin. 

Jockey Club Montevideo Has A New Restaurant (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Jockey Club]

[Jockey Club]

Open for just a few weeks, the new restaurant at the Jockey Club promises to be an obligatory culinary stop on 18 de Julio, the main avenue in Montevideo. The building where the restaurant is housed dates back to 1920, designed by the Frenchman José Carré, and is a marvel that was abandoned for years.  Taken over by the Grupo Pestana, there will soon be a hotel, but for now trying out the restaurant remains a great temptation.  Marco Bonino is the chef in charge who has had an eclectic career in Spanish kitchens, luxury yachts, and coastal restaurants in Uruguay.  He refers to the menu as “market style” putting emphasis on fresh ingredients and classic dishes–what you read is what you get.  They offer executive menus and daring menu options.  There is also a great cocktail bar that hopes to create a profile all its own. 

Uruguay’s 19th Annual Salón Nacional Del Vino Is Tomorrow (ES)

By Majo Lois

salon vinoTomorrow, Wednesday, as part of the 19th annual Salón Nacional del Vino, more than 25 bodegas will show off the best of their harvest so consumers and professionals will have the year’s best chance to taste Uruguay’s excellent wine culture.  Between 19:00 and 23:00 at the Complejo Punta Cala, there will be more than 150 wines between reds, whites, sweet wines and others, as well as artisan producers with their cheeses, olive oils, breads and more.

Besides being able to taste up to 25 varieties of Tannat, this year the Salón will have places where you can pair chocolate with late harvests and Tannat liqueurs, or even wine with ice cream.  Tickets cost $950 and can be purchased at Red Uts. stations.  The wine universe is getting bigger and to get a complete taste, tomorrow is the date at the Complejo Punta Cala.  Salud!

Everyone Loves Montevideo’s Tortas Fritas (ES)

By Majo Lois

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It’s said that the fried tortas arrived to the Rio de la Plata with the Spaniards.  The tradition is to eat them in the winter (no one will want to eat a piece of dough fried in beef fat when it’s 40 degrees out!) and on rainy days.  Why?  Because the story goes that in colonial times women would get together on rainy days and make the masa.

During the 90s the torta frita was the street food of choice in Montevideo.  The whole city smelled of fried foods, until the local government regulated the process, and the majority of vendors, who simply set up shop with a table to make the dough, a can of gas and a huge pot of oil, disappeared.  Nevertheless, in recent years the torta frita has started coming back in numbers in various neighborhoods, near schools and public meeting places, for something to snack on.