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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.

Jared Leto Wants Quinoa And Fish While He’s In Lima (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Instagram]

[Instagram]

Apparently the boys from 30 Seconds to Mars aren’t going to be chowing down on local Lima favorites like lechón sandwiches from La Lucha, anticuchos from Tía Grimanesa, or duck nigiri from Maido.  According to Terra, Jared Leto and his band have set out a fairly specific list of food requests while they’re in Lima, ranging from a lot of dishes with quinoa and vegan plates.  Others, though, like roadies, have apparently asked for turkey, sausages, french fries, and other rich treats.  At least someone will be enjoying Peruvian food.

However, so as not to miss out on the epic gastronomy that makes Lima the culinary destination it has become, the band has been in touch with some “five star” restaurants to see about getting some of their emblematic dishes after their show.  Astrid y Gastón’s hollow ice cube that starts the latest tasting menu might be a bit difficult.  Apple and sea urchin ceviche could survive ordering out.  Provecho?

When The Candlelight Goes Out – Blackout Dining In Montevideo (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Majo Lois]

[Majo Lois]

There’s a great movie that I’d like to recommend to you.  Perfect Sense, where a chef and a biologist live a love story in the middle of a world attacked by a virus that, one by one, goes taking away humans’ senses.  It’s wonderful how the chef accommodates his menu to each loss, emphasizing the textures to enjoy by touch, and noises to live the plates through sound.  It’s something like that that I experienced Monday at the Cena de Los Sentidos, at Commedia Trattoria, an experience where eating in the absolute darkness is a challenge.

Monday’s dinner was particularly interesting because it was co-produced by Caramelos de Lima, a Uruguayan blog written by two vegan women, and so the occasion was ideal to get together a group of veggie-lovers.

To offer a bit of background, Marcelo Lacaño, owner of La Commedia, told us that they’d already been doing blind dinners for three years together with Carlos Martínez, having served more than 1300 diners.  Carlos, who you couldn’t see, and his team of five waiters, with the same handicap, move through the dining room with Swiss precision, enliven the tables and bring out each plate.  

Dine (Like A Vegan) In Total Darkness Monday In Montevideo (ES)

By Majo Lois

[Patrick Hieger]

[Patrick Hieger]

Little by little, Montevideo’s diners continue to experiment with new flavors and new trends to enjoy eating well, all the way to dining entirely in the dark.  Recently at La Commedia, they’ve been offering monthly Cenas de los Sentidos where the idea is to let taste, smell, touch and sound prevail, leaving sight to the side.  However, this Monday, July 14, they’ll be serving an entirely vegan menu, making room for the other popular trends in Uruguay at the moment: going without or eating less meat and animal-derived products.  The experience, the organizers tell us, begins simply with candlelight and eventually passes into total darkness, while diners enjoy a multi-course meal.  Mushrooms, legumes, grains and, obviously, great wine will be the key players for the daring Uruguayans interested in taking part.  To make your reservation, email La Commedia at cenadelossentidos@gmail.com.  Dinner is on Monday, July 14 at 20:30 at La Commedia Trattoria, Viejo Pancho 2414.  We’ll see you there!
[photo: Kensho]

Vegan Dessert Class Saturday, October 19 With Kensho’s Máximo Cabrera

[photo: Kensho]

[photo: Kensho]

If you’ve never had a vegan dessert before simply because you thought it wouldn’t taste good, you might want to think again.  Just because there’s no dairy, eggs, or other animal-based proteins involved doesn’t mean it’s bad.  And chef Máximo Cabrera, of Buenos Aires’ Kensho, is out to show just that.

Saturday, October 19, chef Cabrera will be offering a class in vegan and raw pastry making, including chocolates, ice creams and more.  The class costs AR $400 per person, and includes hands-on teaching, as well as tastings of the items made during the class.  If you’re curious as to Cabrera’s background, rest assured that he was asked to represent Argentina at this year’s Slow Food Terra Madre.  Also, take a look at this short video to see what you’ll be getting into.  Curious yet?

[image: Irrupción Vegan]

Santiago: Vegan Fest Saturday

[image: Irrupción Vegan]

[image: Irrupción Vegan]

Stop eating those chorillanas and put down the choripan because this weekend’s ‘Irrupción Vegan’ has nothing to do with meat.  Furthermore, this isn’t just a typical vegan foods festival.  No no, the organizers of the event have pulled out all the stops to bring vegan products, vegan crafts, vegan foods, and much, much more to the table.  If you don’t like meat, wish you didn’t like meat, or just want to know what life without animal products is like, you must check this festival out.

Saturday’s ‘Irrupción Vegan’ will take place at the Espacio Infinito located at Esperanza 536 in Santiago.  The doors open at 12 pm and entry is free.  We can’t guarantee that there won’t be some hardcore protests about animal violence and why meat is bad, but we can guarantee that there won’t be an ounce of protein in the place.  For a city that loves its meat, this could truly stand to be a groundbreaking festival.  We’ll see you there.  [via Irrupción Vegan]

[photo: Kensho]

Vegan/Raw Cooking Classes In BsAs With Máximo Cabrera

 

[image: Kensho]

[image: Kensho]

Have you ever wondered about vegan food?  Is it good?  What is it, exactly?  How do I make it?  If so, now’s your chance to learn from a true vegan and raw foods master, Kensho chef Máximo Cabrera.  The master behind the Buenos Aires vegan space will offer students a chance to learn some of the tricks of making both vegan and raw cuisine delicious.  Even better, no experience or special equipment is necessary.

Between August and September, Cabrera will offer classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, with morning and afternoon options.  The cost for four classes is AR $1000 (approx. $200 US) and includes equipment and a tasting with each class.  With winter halfway over and summer vacations looming in the distance, don’t you owe it to yourself to try a lighter side of life?  We think so!  [via Máximo Cabrera]

[photo: Foodista]

Raw Vegans In Buenos Aires. No, really.

Yes, you read correctly.  Vegans — raw vegans — are living in Buenos Aires.  And they’re gaining in popularity.

It began as a restaurant called Verde Llama in 2006 that would close its doors just three years later in 2009.  However, the movement stuck, and it’s been gaining momentum ever since.  What might have been a little too ahead of its time in 2009 is now creeping onto menus in the form of vegan dishes and even being delivered by various culinary services.  In this article by Planeta Joy, the leaders of the vegan movement are highlighted, showing we the diners and critics, that Buenos Aires isn’t just a town for steaks anymore.  [via Planeta Joy]