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  • Eating Brunch in Santiago, Chile

    Chile’s gastronomic scene is hopping, with new ingredients, and new spins on old ingredients. And now, a new (to Chile) spin on a meal itself, the introduction of brunch to the Saturday and Sunday culinary scene in Santiago. Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, and can include savory and sweet at the same meal, and essentially flies in the face of both the Chilean breakfast (it’s too big), and the Chilean lunch (it’s too varied). And while that might be the case, it’s catching on like crazy, with options at nearly every price point, and much of the length of the red line metro, from Las Condes down to Santiago Centro. 

  • Visiting Luxury Hotels on Easter Island

    On a tiny, far-flung island—thousands of miles from any other populated land—that 6,000 people call home, hundreds of giant stone statues that used to stand sentry, lay in various states. Half-buried, fallen over, repurposed, and most famously, standing tall and photogenic, the moai of Easter Island are part of the mystery that makes this such an enticing tourist destination.

    There’s a long oral history, as well as recent archaeological investigations, to answer questions about why they were erected, why the culture of carving and transporting moai stopped, and later, why the people themselves decided to topple them. There exists a living culture that involves traditional dance, music, food and carving, mostly Polynesian-influenced, but with touches of South America as well.

    There’s no denying the island’s appeal, for cultures present and past, as well as its stark natural beauty. It’s an island with volcanic craters, just a handful of paved roads, few vehicles, a postcard-perfect white sand beach, and a calm vibe that means you can be as active or as relaxed as you like.

    There are four world-renowned 5-star hotels on Isla de Pascua, each with a different architecture and focus, allowing travelers to choose the luxury experience that best suits them.

  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous at 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

    Mistura 2014: Your Guide to Getting your Grub On

    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.

  • Photo: Kevin Raub

    Jungle Love: 48-Hour Foodie Binge in Belém

    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: Kevin Raub

    São Paulo Street Food Starts Its Engines!

    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.

  • Making the Most of a Business Trip to Colombia

    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.

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