Restaurantes a puertas cerradas, or closed-door restaurants, are on the rise in Buenos Aires, where Argentine and international chefs alike are delivering some of the city’s best culinary offerings in the elusive quarters of their own homes. These private gatherings have been around for years, with the dinner party circuit allowing chefs complete creative control to invite a limited number of guests to their in-home establishments.
As the weather turns colder and Jack Frost begins nipping at your nose, there’s no better time to start planning your next great escape. If you’re stuck in a snowbird state of mind, one of the most enticing ways to beat the cold is to head south of the equator where the seasons are conveniently opposite the icy north. South America offers a number of intriguing retreats, but to really find forever summer, head to one of the desert regions for an epic warm weathered getaway.
When you’re ready to fly the coop, check out these South American deserts to help beat the winter blahs.
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As a traveler or expat, experiencing the holidays outside the U.S. can be an eye opening and life changing experience. As we usher in a new holiday season and begin to reflect upon the past year, on the surface, traditions around the globe may appear very different, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that we’re all just searching for a cause to celebration. With each country having their own interpretation of food, family and fun, you may be surprised to learn at the core just how similar we actually are, despite personal beliefs and rituals.
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Holiday traditions vary wildly around the world from gift giving to elaborate festivals. But in South America, one tradition has stood the test of time no matter where you are—raising a glass of holiday cheer. Here’s a look at six of our favorite South American countries and their spirited holiday offerings.
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Every country in South America has its own holiday traditions, but some aspects of seasonal celebrations are universal: being surrounded by family and friends, plenty of food and drink and Santa Claus…or at least a variation on the Santa Claus theme.
In Chile, for example, children write their letters to the Viejito Pascuero, who comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve. As in many countries, Chileans take the tree down after January 6th, the popular Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day), which in Chile is known as, Pascua de los Negros.