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Find Native Uruguay Off The Beaten Summer Path (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Arazá]

[Arazá]

Away from the typical route of resorts and beachside restaurants that fill up during Uruguay’s summer months, you’ll find a few unique dining options, focused more on food than simply creating a lush environment. Located in Canelones, Arazá Bistro adheres to the philosophies of the Slow Food movement, which respects the earth and its seasons, opposes homogenization of food, and defends native products. The restaurant’s two chefs, Catherine Rivero and Dayana Martinez, cook not only with seasonal products, but also go to lengths to include native fruits, locally-raised meats, and drinks from the region. 

Juliana Lopez May In José Ignacio This Weekend (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Juliana Lopez May]

[Juliana Lopez May]

After taking some family vacation time in New York, chef Juliana Lopez May returns to her beloved José Ignacio on Uruguay’s coast for some days of relaxation and to share her family-style cooking. Julian, a disciple of acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann, currently divides her time between weekly cooking classes at her workshop El Tigre, television appearances, and other culinary events. Over the next few days she’ll be on hand for two events, ideal chances for anyone to learn to cook from May and to learn her great flavors. 

José Ignacio Becomes A Fairground This Thursday (ES)

By Majo Lois

feriaA little sooner than last year’s edition, this Thursday the gastronomy festival comes together in José Ignacio. Bringing together the history of the small village it used to be and the gastronomy wonderland it has become, on the main square all of the area’s cafes, restaurants and posadas will come together. As the sun falls, you’ll be able to enjoy a healthy drink from the Rincón Verde or a bruschetta from Café Doméstico.

Each establishment will have their own space and their cooks and other employees will attend to diners that will flood the plaza only to later finish the night on the beach or in one of the same restaurant’s principal space. Prices haven’t been announced for the tickets, but last year they cost 600 pesos, which included a drink. José Ignacio will be waiting starting at 20:00.

Taste Food Experience Is Tonight In Manantiales (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Taste Citi]

[Taste Citi]

Everything is ready for the start of the season at the most posh beachside hangouts in Uruguay.  Big culinary events, most often sponsored by big brands, are starting to take place and tonight is the time for Taste Food Experience, where various Argentine cooks will do a culinary tour of various restaurants, all located in the Mantantiales zone of José Ignacio.  Juliana Lopez May, Fernando Trocca and Pablo Massey, amongst other cooks, have created special menus that take advantage of the oceans and fruits of the season.  

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. 

Destinos: Get Seduced By The Seaside In Paraty, Brazil

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

Beach towns in Brazil are a dime a dozen.  Given the country’s long coast studded with world-class beaches, it’s hard to pick just one spot that is the best.  I’m not sure if Paraty, Brazil is the boss but it is certainly a contender for the most charming and picturesque.  The city center has been preserved as a national historic monument. With a backdrop of lush, green mountains teeming with waterfalls, its cobblestoned streets that are off-limits to cars (a few minutes of trying to walk down the road and you’ll immediately know why) and the sprinkling of outdoor cutesy cafes against the colonial architecture, it’s tough to beat.  Add in the important historical significance (Paraty used to be a vital port involved in the exportation of gold) and you can easily understand why many tourists flock to this seaside destination.