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McDonald’s Is Set To Reopen In Bolivia After A 13-Year Absence (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[FoodMatters]

[FoodMatters]

Though it might seem next to impossible that an entire country could be without a single McDonald’s, that’s the way it’s been for the last 13 years in Bolivia. Driven out by low sales and low interest, it seemed like Bolivia would remain free of the giant fast food company for the foreseeable future. However, Página Siete reports that after a new round of investment, Big Macs and chicken nuggets are set to make their return next month. 

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. 

Jardín De Asia Santa Cruz Has Unveiled Their New Menu (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Jardín de Asia]

[Jardín de Asia]

If the last few months have been a preview, we can expect great things out of Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s Jardín de Asia in the coming year.  Back in October they hosted the first installment of Encuentros, the dinner series that is set to take place in four parts throughout 2015, bringing talent in the form of Peru’s Rafael Piqueras to show Bolivia the level of gastronomy they’re capable of employing.  Just last week, the Andean-Asian fusion restaurant unveiled their first-ever tasting menu, dubbed Travesía, which is a product of months of research and testing to bring diners a look into the future of Bolivian dining.  

Inside Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s Mercado Abasto Sur

Patrick Hieger

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

Ask most any chef across South America, even the ones who go deep into the jungle or to the highest of peaks in search of exotic, foraged goods, and they’ll tell you that their local city market is a staple in their country’s, their city’s cuisine.  Santiago has the Vega Central.  Lima the Mercado Surquillo.  Bogotá has the blocks-wide Palo Quemao with an equally impressive flower market outside.  And nestled deep in the heart of South America, dead center in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is the Mercado Abasto Sur, a sprawling behemoth of a market that showcases the incredibly rich biodiversity that, in the last few years, restaurants throughout Bolivia are starting to show off as they push to become the next “it” country in South American cuisine.  Spend even an hour traipsing through the labyrinthine stalls and rooms full of everything from hundreds of varieties of potatoes, bananas, and plantains, to exotic fruits, live chickens, meat on the grill, and much, much more, and you’ll see just why Bolivia has been getting their fair share of press lately.  And why they deserve it. 

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.  

I Have Written A Love Letter To Bolivian Sonso

By Patrick Hieger

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Have you ever had not simply a meal, but one product while on a trip that stuck with you for a long time?  One food that was so over-the-top delicious that you simply couldn’t forget it, to the point where you craved it and counted the days until you could return to eat it again.  For your own sake, though perhaps not for that of your stomach, I hope you have.  These are life’s treats that make travel that much better.