Photo: Ponta dos Ganchos
Let me preface this blog post by saying I have stayed in a lot of insane hotel rooms around the world. A lot. There was the absolutely ridiculous bungalow at the Six Senses Yao Noi, overlooking Phang Nga Bay in Ko Yao Noi, Thailand; there were the postcard-perfect vineyard views from the Poetry Inn in Sonoma, California; there was the memorable granite bathtub suite at Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa; there was the insanely perfect Andes views from Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza, Argentina. The list goes on and on, nearly 80 countries deep at this point (don’t hate the player, hate the game).
Photo: Paul Silva
While it’s only recently received a nod from the international food community for its innovative dishes, creative ingredients and chefs who are committed to nothing less than perfection, Peru is (and has always been) a serious food country. Case in point – each September it hosts Mistura, South America’s largest and most popular food festival. This year half a million hungry food enthusiasts are expected to visit Costa Verde de Magdalena for the ten-day event which kicks off September 5.
Perhaps you’ve heard: in Buenos Aires, the aperitivo is back. The resurgence of the leisurely old tradition – sipping a cocktail, often vermouth-based, to stimulate the appetite before a meal – is partly due to the efforts of the one organization, the Movimiento Aperitivo Argentino (MAPA). Here’s what they’re up to, and a short list of the best places in the city for classic apéritifs.
When Brazilians talk food, they’ll usually tell you the gauchos in the South are the best at beef, Paulistanos are the best at pizza and everything gourmet and the Mineiros are the best at pretty much everything they pour their hearts into. Well, way up in the middle of the Amazon jungle is Belém, the second biggest city in the Amazon after Manaus, and people say folks from there and throughout the state of Pará, the Paraenses, are the Mineiros of the North. That is to say, they take their food muito sério!
Photo: Eileen Smith
You know that neighborhood with the wide streets, overarching trees and interesting boutiques, antiques, bookshops, clothing shops, yarn stores and furniture and design stores all laid out on a couple of compact blocks perfect for an afternoon stroll? That’s Santiago’s Barrio Italia.
It’s Good Friday in São Paulo and the sun is shining. Revelers abound in the bohemian neighborhood of Vila Madalena outside A Queijaria, one of two actual artisan cheese shops in town. Today, the shop has taken their wares to the streets, along with some ice-cold craft brews, and made an event out of it. Parked alongside, crowds are swarming the Buzina Food Truck, where a culinary couple armed with an impressive resume under their aprons are dishing up organic chicken curries, pulled pork sandwiches, gourmet burgers and hand-cut, never-frozen French fries. A curious Brazilian woman walks up to me inquisitively: “What are these guys selling in this truck?” she asks, a little confused.
Today is the first of May – autumn in the southern hemisphere. It’s one of the loveliest times of the year to be out and about in Buenos Aires, admiring the city’s vibrant street art, stepping into galleries and museums on a whim. Here are three exhibits to seek out in the weeks ahead.
Photo: Natalie Southwick
Business travel almost seems like an oxymoron at times. Sure, you’re in another country, but if you’re trapped in meetings and conferences all day, it hardly feels like it. Airports and hotels all start to look the same after a while, don’t they? Colombia’s growing economy has led to a boom in business travel, and the business suit types are touching down in the country’s major urban centers with increasing frequency. Unfortunately, hard-working folks here on business don’t have the same schedule flexibility and free time as those on vacation, but a work agenda doesn’t mean you can’t get at least a little taste of the local culture and food before you catch your flight back home.
Though most business travelers have a packed schedule, there’s always the possibility that you’ll have a free afternoon somewhere in the mix. Here’s how to make the best of your stay in one of Colombia’s four largest cities when you only have a few hours to get away.
Forget suits and ties, windowless conference rooms, weak coffee and generic chain hotels – thanks to Apple, Wired, Aloft hotels and Mark Zuckerberg, the modern business traveler is more likely to be wearing Converse, scrolling through spreadsheets on his iPhone and conducting meetings via FaceTime. In Buenos Aires, a handful of stylish workspaces cater to young professionals who take care of business on the move.
Photo: Terra Hall
A knickknack for grandma; a t-shirt for dad; a handful of key chains for the coworkers; and of course a bounty for yourself. Shopping is one of many vacation pastimes, but when in Lima there’s no reasoan to limit it solely to souvenir shops or the Inka Market. Sometimes, venturing beyond the obvious places can mean finding a unique treasure that has more meaning and a better back story than Peruvian-themed shot glasses or woven llama magnets.
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