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Get Your Visa With A Side Of Arepa In Lima (ES)

By Anna Virkama de Cabrejos

[Anna Virkama de Cabrejos]

[Anna Virkama de Cabrejos]

If you are applying for a residence permit, nationality, work visa or just getting an extention to your tourist visa, you are most likely familiar with the national office of migrations, Migraciones in Avenida Espana 734. Even if you are not, it might be interesting to pass by this office. Why? Because the steady economic growth of Peru in the past year has brought an influx of migrants from other Latin American countries, especially from the less stable ones. And where you’ll find other cultures, you’ll find their favorite national foods!

In front of the Migraciones in Lima you can find vendors selling snacks from their countries of origin. The offer varies: on some days you may find Ecuadorian patacones, fried plantain slices, and on some other day Colombian tamales, corn dough filling in a plantain leaf wrap.

Cocina Sin Fronteras Will Bring Mexico and Venezuela To Buenos Aires (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[El Baqueano]

[El Baqueano]

2014 has already been a big year for Buenos Aires chef Fer Rivarola and his monthly Cocina Sin Fronteras dinner series.  Aside from bringing chefs like Mitsuharu Tsumura and Alex Atala to Buenos Aires for epic meals that supported foundations like Alfarcito, Rivarola and his wife and sommelier Gabriela Lafuente have also taken the show on the road, heading to Santiago, Caracas, and Montevideo.  To close out what has already been an incredible year of cooking throughout Latin America, Rivarola is going to bring the flavors of Mexico and Venezuela to Buenos Aires for a two-night edition of Cocina Sin Fronteras that is not to be missed.

On November 14 and 15, Rivarola will cook alongside chef pals Carlos Garcia, of Caracas’ Alto, and Jorge Vallejo, of Mexico’s Quintonil, as part of the final Cocina Sin Fronteras dinner for 2014.  The dinners will take place at Rivarola’s El Baqueano, situated in the heart of San Telmo, easily Buenos Aires’ most scenic neighborhood.  Like previous installments of Cocina Sin Fronteras, this month’s two-night edition will consist of 12 courses, as shared by the invited chefs.  Reservations are AR $1000 per person.  Space is limited, so make your reservations soon at 4342-0802.

Un Día de Mercado Hits Caracas November 7 to 9 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

[Venezuela Gastronómica]

From November 7 to 9, the mercado de Chacao in Caracas will play host to Un Día de Mercado, which will bring together food, crafts, chefs, and other gastronomy professionals for three days of the best that Venezuela has to offer.  Un Día De Mercado, sponsored by Venezuela Gastronómica, will have 24 different stands featuring traditional Venezuelan foods, in addition to workshops, tastings, talks with chefs, and more, all on hand to promote and celebrate Venezuelan gastronomy.  Now in its 5th edition, this year’s Mercado is not to be missed.

For the massive list of this year’s events, including tastings of food and drink, cooking demos, talks, and more, check here.  Entry is free, and Un Día de Mercado will run November 7 to 9, from 12:00 to 21:00 each day.  For a map to get to the Mercado de Chacao, click here.

Maracaibo, Venezuela’s Cuisine Will Be Given Cultural Heritage Status (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Marracaibomia]

[Marracaibomia]

Last week in Maracaibo, located in the Northwestern section of Venezuela, the City Council signed a decree giving cultural heritage status to the region’s cuisine.  As part of the decree, the Council will set forth a list of qualifications to ensure that local dishes, like tequeños, tumbarranchos, cachapas, and patacones use local ingredients and traditional techniques, in order to maintain a legacy of distinct regional cooking.  They will be working directly with the city’s mayor to encourage cooks, restaurants, producers, and others involved in the food chain to celebrate, preserve, and promote the region’s traditions.  [via El Universal]

La semana pasada en Maracaibo, ubicado en el sector noroeste de Venezuela, el Concejo Municipal firmaron un decreto otorga condición de patrimonio cultural de la cocina de la región.  Por parte del decreto, el Concejo establecerá una lista de medidas para que que los platos locales, como tequeños, tumbarranchos, cachapas, y patacones utilizan ingredientes locales y técnicas tradicionales, con el fin de mantener un legado de la distinta cocina regional.  Trabajarán directamente con el alcalde de la ciudad para impulsar a cocineros, restaurantes, productores, y otros involucrados en la cadena alimentaria para celebrar, preservar, y promover a las tradiciones de la región.  [via El Universal]

Alto’s Carlos Garcia Will Be Featured In Apicius #23 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Apicius]

[Apicius]

News out of Spain this morning is a preview of who will be featured in the November issue of Spain’s biannual culinary journal, Apicius. Always on the hunt for cutting edge cuisine around the world, recent issues of the journal, which appear in May and November every year, have been looking more and more towards South America, featuring chefs like Virgilio Martínez, Gastón Acurio, and Alex Atala. Next month, Venezuela will get its first major mention in the magazine when Caracas-based chef Carlos Garcia, of Alto, gets a feature in the latest edition.

Garcia, who worked at both el Bullí and El Celler de Can Roca, has been advocating his country’s native ‘Criollo cuisine’ since opening Alto in 2007.  This year, Alto was once again voted as the best restaurant in Venezuela, and landed the number 28 position on the list of Latin America’s 50 Best restaurants.  According to Garcia, “[Venezuela’s] gastronomy is still a blank page, where there’s a lot left to write.”  Apicius #23 should make for good reading.  Get your subscription here

Alto Chef Carlos Garcia Turned His Cooks Into Legos (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

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El team!!! @restaurantalto

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In celebration of their second appearance on the Latin America’s 50 Best awards, Alto chef Carlos Garcia paid homage to his team in a special way, as Legos.  Alto currently sits at #28 on the list and is ranked as the best restaurant in Venezuela. Apparently they’ve all been drinking.