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Pepe Mujica Is (Not) Opening An Organic Grocery Chain (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

Mujiqueria

Consider us disappointed, if not at least slightly intrigued. This past Monday, as Pepe Mujica was handing over the presidency of Uruguay after what many consider to have been a benchmark run, satirical news site Actualidad Panamericana announced that the former commander in chief would be opening a line of organic groceries. Dubbed Mujiquerías, they would offer “wholistic, organic, natural, self-sustaining and self-grown” products. Throw a “hipster” in there, and you’ve got yourself an ironic, non-true post. Untrue or not, at least for now, it’s not so far out of the realm of possibility. 

Montevideo In A Glass, Bartending Art Begins Tomorrow At Jockey Club (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Jockey Club]

[Jockey Club]

As the summer winds down, the action in Uruguay will once again turn its focus towards Montevideo. The season kicks off with a premiere event, Bartending Art, a cycle that will bring together the masters of cocktails from throughout Latin America in the mythical, and recently remodeled, Jockey Club. Together with the cocktail experts, each night of the cycle will feature various plastic, musical, and visual arts to add a nice cultural touch to the evening.

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. 

A Night Of Family and Paella Tonight In José Ignacio, Uruguay (ES)

By Majo Lois

LA OLADA 1If there’s something that cooking achieves it’s uniting and building ties that stand the test of time. What began as a relationship between clients and friends will become concrete in a special event tonight. The chefs of La Olada have invited Eduardo Ballester, an expert in paellas, and his kids Mara and Tomás, for a family-focused night, one of those at which everyone gathers around a big table.

The Ballesters will be cooking up three plates tonight, including their famous paella, a mushroom tart, and dessert. Dinner has a cost of $900 pesos. For those so inclined, the La Olada menu will still be available. The night begins tonight at 21:00 and reservations can be made by calling 00598 4486 2745. La Olada is located at Avenida José Ignacio, between Héctor Soria and Las Focas in La Juanita.

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.

Looking Through The Eyes Of God On Uruguay’s Coast (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Piriápolis]

[Piriápolis / Olga Rivero]

Piriápolis is a resort on the Uruguayan coast characterized by easy-going family tourism, without the flashiness of other resorts in the area. Their culinary offerings lean towards the traditional, for which they recently built a restaurant hidden in the side of Cerro San Antonio. Because Uruguay is a country known for its plains, eating on a hill, from which you can see both the atlantic ocean and the city, is a true curiosity. Rocco Livieri and Darío Díaz, owners of the restaurant, took an old house called La Folie and transformed it into a space that honors the view from where you’re seated. In their own words, “our name, the Eye of God, implies a recognition and admiration for the magnificent creations that you can ponder from the various areas of the property which is why we’ve created Panoramic Gastronomy.”

Paella Slow Food At Uruguay’s Punta Del Diablo Pairs Gastronomy With Conscience (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Wiki Commons]

[Wiki Commons]

We’re now in a moment of record consumption of fish in the history of humanity, which has made it more important than ever to support artisan fisherman and their traditional practices which give respect to the sea and it’s ecosystem. This Saturday, January 24, more than just a lunch, the team behind Slow Food Punta del Diablo invites us to spend an afternoon together with these fishermen to take care of the beach, at Playa de los Pescadores, in Punta del Diablo. Invited guests to the event will include chef Laura Rosano, national representative of Slow Food Uruguay, and Rodrigo Garcia Pingaro, representative of the Organization of Conservation of Cetaceans, a promoter of the declaration of the entire marine economic zone as a sanctuary for whales and dolphins.