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[image: La Paz Restaurant Week]

Three Picks For La Paz Restaurant Week

By Maribel Rivero
Though restaurant week began last week in La Paz, don’t worry–you still have five days left to enjoy the deals.  Here are three restaurants with varied ambience to consider as part of the restaurant week deals.  As part of restaurant week, participating restaurants are offering a three-course menu for 100Bs.  Below, three options to choose from.

[photo: Casa Grande]

[photo: Casa Grande]

Yerba Buena | Casa Grande Hotel Calle 16 | Calle 16 Nº 8009, Calacoto ?| 591-2-2774000
Casa Grande Hotel offers a beautifully-designed restaurant called Yerba Buena.  Guests are welcomed with a warm reception from the hostess and seated in the dining room with plush turquoise banquets, crisp linens, and simple but eloquent dining ware.  Perhaps the ambiance seems a bit regal for a weekday evening dinner or casual lunch.  However, Restaurant Week celebrates the reason to dine anytime and Yerba Buena is the restaurant to try since you may not think of this restaurant except for a very special occasion.   The restaurant week menu is offered for lunch and dinner.

Here’s the menu:
Ensalda templada de muslos de pato confitadados, championes salteados, mezclum de lechugas

Principal (a elección)
Medallones de Res en Salsa de Hongos, Pappas Fritas y Gratinado de Carotes
Muslos de Pollo Jugosos En Salsa de Parmesano, Penne Rigate Coliflor y Mantequilla Negra
Risotto de Hongos, Verduras de Temporada, y Nube de Parmesano

Postre (a elección)
Tartare de Frutas con espuma de coco

 

[photo: Trip Advisor]

[photo: Trip Advisor]


Chez Moustache | Calle 16 Nº 8009, Calacoto | Casilla Nº1132 |? 591-2-2774000
For a more centrally located restaurant in Sopocacchi, Chez Moustache is a must try! This restaurant, open just over a year, is run by Frank Ouvrard, chef and owner.  This Frenchman came upon La Paz through years of travel throughout Europe, United States, and finally to the Southern Cone where he stopped in Bolivia.  Bolivia seemed to share the same qualities that he possessed–mysticism, character, and a little craziness.  Chez Moustache is a French bistro with simple and comforting dishes.  Approaching the restaurant by spotting the logo with a llama and its skinny, stereotypical French moustache for a logo, you have a sense this restaurant has a lot of character.   The walls are decorated with pictures of famous men and their moustaches like Albert Einstein, Charlie Chapman, and Ghandi hung against subtle and warmly yellow-painted walls.  Try to sit in the small solarium with a tranquil view of the backyard.

Chef Frank offers a new menu everyday for Restaurant Week choosing one of three options for the first, second, and third course during lunch only.  Perhaps my choices will be repeated, which were a Crepe de Poulet, Ravioles de Res Gratin with mushrooms and onions, and Bolivian chocolate mousse topped with a crème anglaise.  Everything was perfectly seasoned, wonderfully comforting, and filling.

(P.S. Ladies will have a giggle in the restroom as you take a seat to a very nice view on the wall.)

[photo: Trip Advisor]

[photo: Trip Advisor]

Pampa y Rio | Calle 16 Nº 8009, Calacoto | Casilla Nº1132 | ?591-2-2774000
Located in San Miguel, this restaurant should be frequented often since they offer fresh seasonal fish from the Beni.  Opened now for two years, they recently started serving lunch as well as dinner.  They offer their Restaurant Week menu for lunch and dinner.  This restaurant has beautiful dark hard wood tables with leather runner trimmings resulting in a handsome décor, giving Pampa y Rio has a comfortable yet elegant ambiance to enjoy a well prepared meal.  The three course menu for Restaurant week includes a tamarind cocktail, fish meatball in a tasty mix of onions and parsley, hearty fish lasagna, and a trio of desserts to completely satisfy your appetite.

[image: Hallwright's]

Valenwine’s Day At Hallwright’s La Paz

[image: Hallwright's]

[image: Hallwright’s]

See what we did there?  Hallwright’s is the newest, hottest wine bar in La Paz, Bolivia, and they’d like La Paz lovers to come and celebrate Valentine’s Day with some selected wines.  For a mere 100 Bs. per couple (about $30 US), guests will receive a welcome glass of sparkling wine, a “bouquet” of wines including rosé, red, and white, as well as chocolate fudge to nibble on.  Reservations for tonight can be made by calling Hallwright’s at 67024250.  This sounds like a fantastic way to spend a romantic evening at 4,000 meters.  Salud!

[image: La Paz Gourmet]

La Paz Restaurant Week February 11 To 21

[image: La Paz Gourmet]

[image: La Paz Gourmet]

Though weeks are only seven days long and not one restaurant week on the planet is ever actually only one week long, we still wanted to let you know that La Paz is holding their 10-day restaurant week starting today.  From February 11 to 21, diners in the miles-high city will be able to enjoy a taste of 12 different restaurants around the city, Gustu not included.  However, something tells us that if you’re reading this and you’re in La Paz, there’s an awfully good chance that you’ve already eaten at Gustu, and it’s time to broaden your horizons.

Sponsored by website Qué Planes (queplanes.bo), the participating restaurants will offer a 100 Bs menu throughout the course of Restaurant Week, which will include an appetizer, an entrée, a dessert, and a drink.  At the going rate, that’s about $18 US for a three-course meal.  Not too shabby.  And, although Gustu does tend to steal much of the praise for fine dining in La Paz, you might just be able to find a hidden gem or two that’s worth talking about.  Enjoy!

[image: Gustu]

Gustu Is Looking For a Restaurant Manager

[photo: Gustu]

[photo: Gustu]

Just in case you woke up this morning and thought, “I’d really like to run a world-class restaurant on top of a mountain,” well, now’s your chance.  The acclaimed, nay fabled, Bolivian social-culinary-restaurant project, Gustu, as opened by former Noma co-owner Claus Meyer, is looking for a Restaurant Manager.  For the right person, this could be a big opportunity.

You can read the full description for the job posting here, but rest assured that managing an experimental dining experience at more than 3,000 meters of altitude will be a much bigger job than an ad can get across.  As Gustu aims to be included in this year’s list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, managing such a project will be a lot of work, with a potentially huge payoff.  This could be one of the biggest (and most unusual) job offerings of the year.

Think you’ve got what it takes?  You can email them at HR@RestaurantGustu.com.  Good luck.

Hallwright's | La Paz, Bolivia

Hallwright’s: La Paz’s New Wine And Snack Bar

By Maribel Rivero
There’s a new wine bar to check out in La Paz’s Sopocachi neighborhood called Hallwright’s.  Technically it’s a food establishment with a lot of wine options.  The city prohibits bar-only establishments in the Sopocachi area. The owners, Josh Hallwright and Katheryn Robb, both from Australia, opened a small, quaint bar in a newly renovated colonial building in only two months time.   It’s a huge asset to the area since Sopocachi consists of many embassies, NGOs, and a variety of financial institutions with few places to enjoy a happy hour.
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This small, two-room bar offers proper mood lighting with simple globe fixtures, handmade wood cocktail tables and banquet-style tables.   The mood is set with records spinning classic singer/songwriters like James Taylor, and as the night progresses a little funk from James Brown. Settled in for the evening after a long day, Josh Hallwright and his staff happily fill your order suggesting the perfect wine to suite your tastes.  Upon his suggestion 1750 Tannat from Samaipata has now become my favorite.
Hallwright’s Top 5 Recommendations with his descriptions include:
 1) 1750 Tannat which should be tried for its high altitude grape variety which is becoming a Bolivian specialty.  A relatively light wine, but with a strong structure and overtures of forest fruit.  The finish is smooth, without tannins.
2)  The 1750 Torrentes is a beautiful white wine, ever-so-slightly sweet with a strong, fruity finish.
3) Don Humberto Carmenere is a true Bolivian Carmenere.  It has body, hints of leather and a touch of tannin (although not nearly as much as a Cabernet).  Its tail is long with a slightly spicy finish.
4) Sausini Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine with overt plum and tannin aromas.  It has a strong structure, is a little acidic yet maintains rich black-current flavors and finishes well.
5) Casa Grande Trivarietal is a lighter red wine with hints of plum.  It is not acidic nor has many tannins.  It appeals to those who like a traditional pinot noir, with a short but fresh finish.
The food options may be minimal and simple, but are quality choices.  Options include a cheese plate with three choices and whole grain bread. There’s a plate of three homemade dips accompanied by whole grain bread.  And finally the cheese and charcuterie plate offers two cheese options  and two meat options.  And for a heartier option, Hallwright’s offers three sandwich options.  All products are bought from producers that provide unique and homemade products like Tia Lulu’s locoto marmalade.  Perfectly tangy and creamy goat cheese from Tarija by Carpinito “tiop saint mare fernier”.   The  llama salami served is lean and tasty without any gamy taste by Maiken Productos de Llama.  Lastly, they offer an Italian prosciutto.
[photo: Maribel Rivero]

[photo: Maribel Rivero]

Bolivia has all the right ingredients to showcase their gastronomic treasures such as artisan Singani and Bolivian wines created with unique characteristics grown at high altitudes.  Hallwright’s has the artisanal, personal touch to welcome everyone to enjoy a taste of Bolivia’s treasures.

Enjoy Happy Hour Mon-Fri 17:00 to 18:30.  Hallwright’s is open Monday to Saturday from  5 pm to 12 am.  They are located at Avenida Sanchez Lima #2235, Sopocachi, La Paz, Bolivia.  For the most up to date information on everything Hallwright’s-related, follow them on Facebook. 
[photo: Maribel Rivero]

Inside La Paz’s Robert Rodriguez Market

By Maribel Rivero
[photo: Maribel Rivero]

[photo: Maribel Rivero]

Everyday is Market Day for the vendors of the largest market in La Paz, the Robert Rodriguez Market.  Located in the hilly streets of the Zona Central, vendors start their day at about 4:30 am with set up, and end at dusk.  Going to the market is a trek for most expats on these hilly streets with the added chore of carrying your purchases in a backpack.  Saturday is the ultimate market day but you could go just about any day to view the variety of produce, meats, and even fish as a tourist.

[image: Gustu]

Gustu Selling Tantawawas For Día De Los Muertos

[image: Gustu]

[image: Gustu]

First off, Gustu sells bread and other baked goods.  Not just a temple for high-end, endemic Bolivian cuisine, they have a whole cabinet full of breads that anyone can come in and buy.  And they’re good.  So keep that in mind.
Second, in celebration of the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, Gustu’s baking up tantawawas, a traditional Andean bread that’s in the shape of a baby.  Sure, it’s a little weird to eat a bread baby to honor children that have died, but it’s tradition, and we’re not going to buck it.  So, if you’re in La Paz and looking for a deliciously brown, perfectly baked tantawawa, look no further than Gustu.  They’ll be glad you came [via Gustu]

[photo: Stannum Boutique]

La Paz and Valparaíso Make Food & Wine’s ‘Best Cheap Cities’ List

[photo: Stannum Boutique]

[photo: Stannum Boutique]

Forget government shutdowns, economic crises, high airfare prices and anything else that gets you down about money.  Food & Wine magazine has come up with a list of the ‘Best Cheap Cities to Visit,’ and it makes vacation that much more appealing.  Although cities like Dublin and Berlin may not be the first that come to mind when you’re talking cheap, La Paz, Bolivia and Valparaíso, Chile do.  South America is quickly becoming a hot travel destination for foodies, trekkers, sojourners and even those in love with luxury.  It’s always nice to save a little, though.

Of La Paz, Food & Wine says, “Locals dine on cheap set lunches, like at the popular Bolivian spot Surucachi, which serves Lake Titicaca fish plus a soup, salad and dessert for just a few dollars.”  And by “just a few dollars,” they mean lunch for as few as four.  Speaking of Valparaíso, they say, “This port city has the feel of a South American San Francisco. With a vibrant street art scene, walking around Valparaiso is like strolling through an open-air gallery.”  Trolleys and ocean smells included.  So what are you waiting for?  Get your tickets.  [via Food & Wine]