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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. 

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.  

Mostrador Santa Teresita: Fernando Trocca Does José Ignacio (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Santa Teresita]

[Santa Teresita]

The space where today, Argentine chef Fernando Trocca’s restaurant resides, was in 1973 a classic space in José Ignacio, where you could eat the best seaweed buns in the city.  Obviously, in that time the summer season wasn’t what it is today (now driven by the well-to-do visitors that come to the beach), but it has always maintained that laid back vibe that gives the season’s cuisine a non-pretentious style.  In that time, the space was called Santa Teresita, and because of nostalgia that’s probably why Trocca and Pittaluga (the owner of La Huella) kept the name, refreshed the space and converted it into a great place to eat, almost on the fly.

Santa Teresita is now open, doing rotisserie style food, where you don’t have to wait for them to build your plate, and diners can choose from the menu what they’d like to eat right there or take with them.  They have a great bakery, great salads and sandwiches which you can take with you to the beach, that’s about three blocks from the restaurant.  They’re open from December 20 onward, and on certain days of the week will offer up certain nightly specials, like La Noche de Arroces on Thursdays, when they’ll do versions of paella, risotto, or arroz valenciano.  For a taste, follow them on Instagram.

For more, find them at Calle Las Garzas esquina Los Tordos, in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay all summer long.

Nikkei Favorite Parú Returns To Punta Del Este December 20 (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Parú]

[Parú]

This summer Parú Inkas Sushi & Grill, Este’s Nikkei classic will once again open up in the boutique parador Selenza Club del Mar.  Set up as a typical restaurant in one of the coast’s luxe hotels, enveloped in wood, lounging sofas and spaces for relaxing, the space will offer light lunches featuring fresh fish and salads, as well as a wide variety of mixed drinks and cocktails.  Starting December 20, Parú will begin offering lunches, and will add dinner to the mix starting on December 27.  They’re also getting ready for a New Year’s Eve party, which they’re saying will be one of the best in Punta.  You can find Parú at boutique hotel Selenza Club del Mar, located at Ruta 10, km 164.5, in Punta del Este.  For reservations, call +59896757287 or +59894563444

Este verano Parú Inkas Sushi & Grill, el clásico nikkei del Este, se instala en el parador boutique Selenza Club del Mar. El concepto enmarcado en un típico restaurante del parador, con mucha presencia de madera, camastros y espacios etéreos, promete almuerzos livianos con presencia de pescados y ensaladas, y caídas de sol son tragos variados.  A partir del  20 de diciembre,  Páru ofrece almuerzos, para desde el 27 complementa también con cenas.  Además, ya se está preparando para la noche de Año Nuevo una fiesta que se dice será una de las mejores de Punta.  Se encuentra Parú en el parador boutique Selenza Club de Mar: Ruta 10, km 164,5 de Punta del Este.  Para reservas, llama a +59896757287 or +59894563444

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. 

[image: Como Sur]

Wine Wednesday: Chile’s Favorite Summer Wine Drinks

By Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett is the founder and owner of FoodyChile, a Santiago-based culinary-focused tour provider that gives insight into Chile’s growing gastronomy scene.  Originally from Iowa, he now resides in Santiago with his wife and young son.  When not giving tours, Colin takes advantage of the diverse landscape and wine regions that Chile has to offer.

[image: Como Sur]

[image: Como Sur]

Goodbye January, and welcome to February. In the Chilean capital that means a good portion of the country is at the beach or down south. No need to worry about traffic jams or packed metro rides.

Across Chile, it feels like vacation time. Very hard to be productive. And to fully enjoy it, you’ve gotta enjoy a drink. There are a number of traditional preparations that call for wine. Not your premium labels–save those for later. Generally these use a cheaper wine, and they must always be cold. These are not high end cocktails served on hotel terraces, but rather traditional drinks enjoyed in the country side.

1.  Borgoña:
This is a distant cousin to a Spanish sangria that satisfies Chile’s obsession with all things sweet. It calls for red wine, probably best from a box, sugar, and plenty of fresh strawberries. It must be served cold as can be. Some recipes call for it to be cut with water, plus a bit of lemon juice, and even vermouth.

2.  Ponche:
Another classic that is a sweet favorite. This one uses a white wine, also as cold as possible. Best use something that goes down smooth, like a cheap table Sauvignon Blanc. Take conserved peaches (you could do it with fresh as well but Chileans like the sweeter conserved fruit in its syrup), and add sugar.  Mix it with the wine and chill.

3.  Melon con vino:
January 15th is officially the “Day of Melon con Vino.”  It’s exactly what it sounds like–melon and white wine.  Also served as cold as possible. To make it, cut a small hole in a honey dew melon, hollow out the center, pour in the wine. Chill and drink it with a straw straight from the melon. Remember to finish the fruit afterwards.