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At any Argentine parrilla, or steakhouse, you can spot the tourists in a heartbeat. They’re always the ones who arrive too early for the meal – the people silently staring, bewildered, at the thick menu, wondering what the difference is between morcilla and chorizo (and trust me, it’s a key distinction.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a local friend to show you the ropes, you can learn how to eat like an Argentine with Parrilla Tour, a guided food circuit that takes travelers into a series of hole-in-the-wall parrillas, traditional empanada shops, and artisanal heladerías.
In the interest of preserving authenticity at these little-known venues, the tour operators don’t allow journalists to publish the names or locations of the restaurants and shops we visited. You’ll have to go yourself – but in the meantime, learn what to order. Just follow the parrilla experts’ advice in four easy steps, illustrated with my photos from last Friday’s tour.
Foodies in São Paulo live and breathe for Veja magazine‘s annual Comer & Beber (Food & Drink) issue, which chronicles the best of everything in culinary-obsessed Sampa, from bar snacks to beef and everything between the two. The city’s gastronomically-inclined hinge on the special issue’s release every October.
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It’s certainly no news flash that Brazil is a wonderful place to eat (check out our breakdown of Brazil’s finest dish), and the country’s biggest city, São Paulo, is certainly home to the biggest concentration of culinary wonders in South America, but Brazil’s holds a culinary secret deep in its interior that folks might not consider when planning their gastronomic itineraries. World: Meet Tiradentes.
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You know it’s springtime when the art galleries open their doors to the warm evening air – when you can hear musicians tuning their instruments beneath the trees – when cold champagne flows like water. Read on for three events you won’t want to miss this month in Buenos Aires.
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The folks behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants - an annual snapshot of the world’s best restaurants based on a taste buds of internationally recognized food experts – created a Latin American spin off which includes South America, Central America and the Caribbean region. This year, the ceremony took place in Lima. The excitement was even greater when they announced 1st place. The prestigious title went to the famous Peruvian restaurant Astrid & Gastón.
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September in Chile means several things. It represents the much-awaited beginning of spring, the time of year when you first start to see kids and their parents out flying kites, and most importantly, it’s when the national holiday (Fiestas Patrias) is celebrated.
Every year, the 18th and 19th of September, are given over to celebrating chilenidad, all things Chilean, which means the cueca, which is the national dance, national costumes, typical games such as spinning tops and flying kites, and of course, enjoying the national foods.
Below are some foods you won’t want to miss during Chile’s colorful Fiestas Patrias celebrations! Many of these are available year-round, but never in such great quantity, and usually not all together.
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Last week in Lima, 250 Latin American chefs, food journalists and industry insiders announced the first-ever lineup of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013. Though only one Buenos Aires restaurant placed in the top ten, Argentina dominated the list: a total of thirteen Argentinian restaurants made the cut, all located in the capital city (save for Francis Mallmann’s legendary eatery at Bodega Escorihuela winery in Mendoza.) Here, a short list of the winners.
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While Brazilian street food certainly doesn’t reach the same levels of intrigue as that of India, or gourmet levels of America’s food truck movement, it still manages to grip your taste buds in cross-cultural delight. Like Brazilian food in general, the country’s tropical roadside kibbles are as diverse as its population, with influences from Africa to Japan spilling into Brazil’s samba-fueled streets and, more often than not, sun-kissed beaches.
There is a good deal more from where the following street treats came from (ranging from simpler things like grilled corn on the cob and fresh-fried potato chips to more elaborate choices like beach-grilled shrimp and sweet, tamale-like dumplings known as pamonha), but these are five of our favorites.
And don’t worry about getting sick–Brazilians have high standards of hygiene, so you’d need to be very unlucky to get sick from any of the following (it’s never happened to us).
For folks that pay close attention to such things (and many, many people swear by such things), the coveted World’s 50Best Restaurants list, brought to gastrophiles the world over annually by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, is the end-all, be-all of destination dining. It is where foodie fervor reaches fever pitches; a one-stop ticket to foodgasm; the Bible of culinary creationism. For the 2013 edition, La Cellar de Can Roca, in Girona, Spain, dethroned Copenhagen’s Noma, to take over No. 1 restaurant in the world accolades, but we’re not here to talk Spain and Denmark.
We’re here to talk Brazil, which means we’re here to talk about São Paulo’s D.O.M., the 6th best restaurant in the world according to the 2013 list, and the most highly-ranked spot to grab a bite to eat in all of South America (and No. 2 in all of the Americas period, second only to Eleven Madison Park in New York).
Are you hungry yet?