Como Sur | South American Gastronomy

[Master Chef Argentina]

Master Chef Argentina Season 2
Kicks Off With Tears 

[Laurent Lhomond]

Seeking A Horse With No Name
In Colombia's Tatacoa Desert

[Maribel Rivero]

The Best Peruvian Wines To
Accompany A Gastro-Tour

Video: Renzo Garibaldi At Cocina Sin Fronteras (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[The Great Cuisine]

[The Great Cuisine]

This is the video we’ve been waiting for. Last month, to kick off the 2015 season of Cocina Sin Fronteras in Buenos Aires, chef Fer Rivarola invited a couple of meat masters, Juan Gaffuri from Elena at the Four Seasons, and acclaimed Peruvian butcher-cum-chef, Renzo Garibaldi, from Lima’s Osso. The three got together for a one-night-only dinner that featured,  you guessed it, lots of dry-aged meat.

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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.

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This Weekend in São Paulo: Vegan Pastries, Paella and Mama’s Meatballs (PO)

[Wiki Commons]

[Wiki Commons]

Need something to do this weekend in São Paulo? We’ve got you covered.

Vegan feijoada? Jackfruit coxinha? It’s possible at the Feira Vegana de Outono, or Autumn Vegan Fair, hosted by the Japanese Aichi Association in Liberdade. The two day event consists of workshops and presentations centered on vegan cooking, animal care and holistic living, and culminates with vegan chef Laura Kim giving a cooking class. Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 8pm, at Rua Santa Luzia, 74.

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Brazil’s Comida di Buteco Competition Kicks Off (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

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The biggest homestyle Brazilian cuisine competition starts today! In twenty cities around the country, Comida di Buteco celebrates the quintessentially Brazilian boteco, or small food establishment where people gather to chat over cold beers and small savory snacks. Participating botecos must create a tasty, creative snack employing this year’s theme of fruit, and the public and judges vote for the best. Besides the dish, other factors are included in the decision such as service, hygiene, and temperature of drinks.

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Today In Headlines, Porn Star Eats Ceviche After Filming A Sesh (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Ceviche on the Run]

[Ceviche on the Run]

News out of Peru today comes in the form of pornography and raw fish. Terra reports that the wildly popular Mia Khalifa, known for her large assets as well as receiving death threats for having sex on camera in traditional Muslim attire, ate ceviche last week after filming for Bang Bros. Tuesday, apparently, is a slow news day.

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Buenos Aires Food Week Begins Monday, April 13 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Buenos Aires Food Week]

[Buenos Aires Food Week]

Back for the first edition of 2015, Buenos Aires Food Week kicks off next Monday, April 13, and will feature more than 40 of the capital city’s leading restaurants. Although locally sponsored in the past, the Buenos Aires Food Week has now been taken over by Restorando, the leading online reservations site in South America. Back in March, Santiago, Chile held their first-ever version of the event, as did Lima, Peru. As the Restorando network grows, we can expect each edition in each country to get better each year. 

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Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver Opens in São Paulo (PO)

By Natasha Greenhouse

[Jamie's Italian Brasil / Facebook]

[Jamie’s Italian Brasil / Facebook]

Last week, the newest location of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, opened in São Paulo, the first in Latin America. Surrounded by a garden, the 550 square meter building has a first floor with a bar, pasta and antipasto stations, and a second floor where up to 50 diners can see the food being prepared.  

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Mexico Got A Taste Of September’s Latin America’s 50 Best Ceremony (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Latin America's 50 Best]

[Latin America’s 50 Best]

Earlier this week, the team behind the Latin America’s 50 Best Awards, which has been moved to Mexico for 2015, were in the host country to commingle with the chefs who will host hordes of fans, journalists, and other chefs from throughout the region. Their hosts for the visit included chefs Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil, Mikel Alonso of Biko, and Pedro Evia of Kuuk, amongst others, who cooked for their guests, and shared some ideas of what this year’s ceremony will look like. Running the kitchen for the #50BestTalks was Elena Reygadas of Rosetta, who was the recipient of last year’s award for best Female Chef in Latin America.

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