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Jude Law Is In Bolivia To Promote Carnaval (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[La Razon]

[La Razon]

The big news out of Bolivia this morning is that Jude Law has landed in La Paz with his family, and will be touring the country in the upcoming days. His trip is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism as well as the Cervecería Boliviana Nacional, so that he may promote the country’s ample carnaval celebrations abroad. The critically-acclaimed actor isn’t divulging plans of his tour so as to not tip off the general public. 

La Paz Vegan Hot Spot Red Monkey Has Opened A Second Location (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[La Razón]

[La Razón]

As the culinary offering throughout Bolivia begins to broaden its horizons little by little and celebrate its incredible biodiversity, vegetarian and vegan options are also starting to become more readily available. Taking advantage of their success as one of the few locations in the country offering truly delicious, unique vegan offerings, La Paz’s Red Monkey has expanded with Red Monkey Patio, a more intimate café setting offering the same, high quality vegan fare. Located in the lower section of the city, just around the corner from hot spots like Gustu, Jardín de Asia and Yerba Buena, the new offering will most certainly appeal to a growing clientele of discerning food lovers.

It Looks Like La Paz’s Manq’a Program Will Head To Colombia (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Manq'a]

[Manq’a]

When Claus Meyer speaks, you listen.  It seems that when the Noma and Gustu co-owner mentioned in an interview back in September that he was thinking of bringing his non-profit system of cooking schools to Colombia, he wasn’t lying.  As part of a two-day workshop last week in Bogotá entitled Co-Creation: Gastronomic Schools In Colombia, Manq’a Bolivia was on hand to discuss implementing the program in Colombia.  No official opening date has been announced yet, but this will be a huge move for Meyer, the Manq’a team, and Melting Pot, as their ‘food for social change’ programs spread beyond the borders of Bolivia.  

Jardín De Asia La Paz Has Officially Fired Jorge Daniel Dávila Yika (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Jardín de Asia]

[Jardín de Asia]

Putting an end to what was, undoubtedly, one of the rockiest weeks in the history of La Paz’s Jardín de Asia, made so by racist and slanderous comments from Peruvian chef Jorge Daniel Dávila Yika, the restaurant officially let go of the chef as of last Friday.  Dávila Yika was part of a Facebook scandal in which he insulted Bolivia’s cultural history and their desire to have a coast line, saying that they had always lived in the shadow of Peru, his homeland.  Left with no other recourse, Jardín de Asia released an official statement on Friday, November 14, recognizing the chef’s talent, but their inability to stand behind his comments against the country where we was employed.  See the statement below.

A Local’s Guide To Drinking On The Streets Of Bolivia (ES)

By Maria Paula Baldiviezo

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

The gastronomy in Santa Cruz is a clear reflection of historical roots and agricultural products from the region.  Spanish colonizers introduced cows, farming birds, rice, citrus, sugar cane, and from Africa, plantains.  In the regions more to the west, in the region of Los Yungas, the Spanish brought in coffee, and other items that became part of local gastronomy.  That’s in addition to local products like corn, peanuts, yucca, squash, and fish like surubi and pacu.  It’s from these roots that typical Bolivian dishes and drinks were born, and that nowadays, besides being a cosmopolitan city, remain part of the daily Santa Cruz diet, and one of the top attractions for tourists.  

Five Michelin Stars Will Hit La Paz For The First Foro Internacional Gastronómco De Bolivia (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[FIGAB]

[FIGAB]

At this point, it should be clear that Bolivia isn’t messing around with making sure that gastronomy becomes an important talking point in discussions of national pride.  After another successful Feria Tambo, which saw talent from every end of Latin America descend on La Paz, as well as the first-ever Encuentros dinner, which shed light on what fine dining could look like in Santa Cruz, the door has been opened for Bolivia to start the process of becoming the next hot spot for South American cuisine.  And when the first-ever Foro Internacional de Gastronomía de Bolivia hits La Paz for three days in November, bringing a total of five Michelin stars from across the globe to teach and inspire, there will be no turning back. 

Chefs Franco Chiarini (Italy), Edwin Winke (Holland), and Miguel Rocha (Portugal), will headline the first edition of the new Foro Internacional, which will aim to highlight local products while teaching new techniques.  FIGAB will be comprised of 12 different conferences, featuring the three invited chefs, as well as other chefs from Bolivia, France, and Peru.  While invited chefs will be teaching new techniques and encouraging young cooks to cook with local ingredients, they’ll also be learning themselves, in the hopes of bringing touches of Bolivian cuisine back to their own cooking. 

The 2nd Edition Of La Paz Restaurant Week Starts Tomorrow (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Qué Planes]

[Qué Planes]

From October 21 to October 31 (the standard more than a week restaurant week), twelve different restaurants around La Paz, Bolivia will open their doors for the second edition of Restaurant Week, featuring specially priced and specially created menus from some of best restaurants in the city.  Throughout the event, participating restaurants will be offering a three-course menu for Bs 105, which will include an appetizer, an entree, dessert and a drink.  For each menu purchased, organizers Qué Planes will donate Bs 5 to Unidos Por Los Niños, which will go to help children in need of costly medical treatments.

This year, participating restaurants will include Jardín de Asia, Manqua, La Tranquera, Yerba Buena, and others.  For the moment, official sponsor Qué Planes‘ site is down, but for a full list of participating restaurants, head over to La Paz Gourmet.  We’ll see you at the table.