Today we’re commemorating the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and honoring the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. May peace find their loved ones. 

Today we’re commemorating the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and honoring the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. May peace find their loved ones. 

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. —Buddha 

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. —Buddha 

Peru’s Famous Food Festival

The largest food festival in Latin America kicks off today in Lima, Peru. Mistura, which translates to mixture, is an appropriate name for the food fair which blends the country’s regional flavors in a ten-day gastronomic extravaganza.

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Over 200 restaurants will be serving iconic dishes and famous street-snacks like ceviche, tamales, anticuchos, picarones and chicharrones with a plenitude of Pisco to wash it all down. Native and international celebrity chefs will be firing up their signature dishes and hosting master classes, as well as Q&A forums.

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The heart of the fair is Mistura’s colorful market, whose producers travel from all over Peru to exhibit their regional ingredients.

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Half a million foodies are expected to attend, which means long lines, but the mouthwatering dishes are fairly priced and well worth the wait.

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Food isn’t the only attraction at the festival—there are folkloric dancers to be seen, traditional music to be heard, parades to be enjoyed, and celebrities to spot.

Buen provecho!

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Details:

  • Where: Magdalena’s Costa Verde, Lima, Peru
  • When: September 5-14, 2014. The fair is open Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: Entrance fee for adults $8.00 USD, children $4.00 USD. Dishes are sold separately. 
  • More info: http://mistura.pe/

Photos courtesy of Mistura

Posada Salentein

Posada Salentein is Bodega Saletein's intimate 16-room estancia on Finca La Pampa. With iconic Valle de Uco views overlooking the winery's vineyards at the foothills of the majestic Andes, guests enjoy exclusive access to winery tours, private tastings, and restaurant and wine bar reservations.

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Dine fireside at the cozy restaurant on gourmet cuisine that’s prepared in a distinctively Argentine style: empanadas and bread loaves baked in a terracotta oven, meals smoked on wood, juicy cuts of beef grilled on a hot coal barbecue, and succulent ribs fired on a vertical spit.

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After dinner, mingle with other guests over a glass of wine on comfortable couches at the Wine Bar where art is the main attraction. The bar also hosts Wine Flights, special tasting events where you can sample Salentein’s wines by the glass or bottle.

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During the day relax poolside or horseback ride through the vineyards. Don’t miss a guided tour through the stunning winery.

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Or spend the afternoon in silence at Bodega Salentein’s peaceful Gratitude Chapel or peruse Killka Gallery and Argentina’s contemporary artists whose work is available for purchase.

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Address: Ruta 89 S/N, Km 14, Los Árboles, Tunuyán, Mendoza; reservas@posadasalentein.com; +54 0262 242 9090

Written for AFAR and images courtesy of Bodega Salentein

The Land of Malbec

Mendoza, one of the ten great wine capitals of the world, has evolved into a world-class tourism destination. A desert oasis resting in the Argentinean foothills of the Andes mountain range, Mendoza has earned the moniker “the land of sunshine and good wine.”

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The region is bursting with over a thousand picturesque wineries growing Mendoza’s famous malbec grape. You’ll also find internationally acclaimed chefs pairing top-quality wines with unmatched gastronomic experiences.

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For adventure-seekers eager to explore the Andes, the province is replete with adrenaline-pumping outdoor pursuits including hiking America’s highest peak—Aconcagua.

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Written for AFAR, Images courtesy of Bodegas de Argentina

Buenos Aires Tango Festival

World Cup paired in a sentence with Argentina still stings my heart since I haven’t yet fully recovered from Albiceleste’s soul-crushing loss in Rio de Janeiro.

But Argentina is living another World Cup at the moment, and it is something for which the Argentines can certainly claim “best in the world”—the tango.

Over 2000 artists are dancing their way through the streets during the Buenos Aires Tango Festival and competing for the champion title in the 2014 Dance World Cup.

Culminating on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, tango fans can enjoy free shows at various locations throughout the city, open-air milongas (tango clubs), complimentary classes and concerts. You can search events by day or venue here

If you want the full immersion experience, put on your dancing shoes and head to Buenos Aires’ top ten milongas as named by The Real Argentina.

You’d rather watch then get your feet wet on the dance floor? Check out the city’s most celebrated tango show at El Cabaret: Rojo Tango.

Faena Hotel Buenos Aires also offers tango classes year round with Rojo Tango’s professional dancers. The hour-long instruction blends the history of tango with dance lessons to develop a comprehensive appreciation for the art of the tango.

Images courtesy of Bodegas de Argentina and Faena Hotel

Up, up and away!  (at Traveling)

Up, up and away! (at Traveling)

The sun has set on #WorldCup 2014 and I’m already nostalgic. (at Rio de Janeiro)

The sun has set on #WorldCup 2014 and I’m already nostalgic. (at Rio de Janeiro)

Rio, I had forgotten how much I love you. Thank you for reminding me. (at Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro)

Rio, I had forgotten how much I love you. Thank you for reminding me. (at Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro)

I decided to stop crying and just steal the #WorldCup trophy for Argentina. (at Rio de Janeiro)

I decided to stop crying and just steal the #WorldCup trophy for Argentina. (at Rio de Janeiro)

Vamos Argentina! #fifafanfest @fifaworldcup

Vamos Argentina! #fifafanfest @fifaworldcup

The faces of World Cup. #brazil2014 #worldcupfever  (at FIFA Fan Fest)

The faces of World Cup. #brazil2014 #worldcupfever (at FIFA Fan Fest)

#Messi is going to wipe those smiles off your faces Germany! #worldcup  (at Maracana Stadium)

#Messi is going to wipe those smiles off your faces Germany! #worldcup (at Maracana Stadium)

Maracana Staduim. #worldcup #brasil2014  (at Maracana Stadium)

Maracana Staduim. #worldcup #brasil2014 (at Maracana Stadium)