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.
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.
The heart of the fair is Mistura’s colorful market, whose producers travel from all over Peru to exhibit their regional ingredients.
Half a million foodies are expected to attend, which means long lines, but the mouthwatering dishes are fairly priced and well worth the wait.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the day relax poolside or horseback ride through the vineyards. Don’t miss a guided tour through the stunning winery.
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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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.”
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.
For adventure-seekers eager to explore the Andes, the province is replete with adrenaline-pumping outdoor pursuits including hiking America’s highest peak—Aconcagua.
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.
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
World Cup 2014 is on fire in Rio de Janeiro and Belmond Copacabana Palace has added its own spice to the mix. The iconic hotel’s new pan-Asian restaurant MEE, fronted by celebrity chef Ken Hom, has created a beguiling concoction that’s casting a spell on World Cup fans.
The “Mandinga” cocktail is a seductive blend of Cachaça (a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice) and cashew juice with a dash of hazelnut and mandarin liqueurs.
MEE hopes this touch of Afro-Brazilian magic will carry the Seleção squad to their sixth World Cup trophy. Brazil may not have invented soccer, but they are known for perfecting it. Saúde!
Here’s the Mandinga Cocktail Recipe to mix up wherever you are in the world:
- 1.5 fl. oz. Leblon Cachaça - ¼ fl. oz. Frangelico liqueur - ¼ fl. oz. Mandarinetto liqueur - 1 fl. oz. cashew juice - ¼ fl. oz. lemon juice - ¼ fl. oz. sugar syrup
I am working from home for the first time in my life. Most days I love it. There’s such freedom in making my own schedule, working in my pajamas when I feel like it and cooking meals while taking care of business.
But other moments are quietly lonely and I miss office banter with amusing colleagues. There are days when I don’t leave the confines of my apartment building or have a meaningful face-to-face interaction with another person besides my husband.
Last week I was suffering from a serious case of cabin fever that incited a sense of panic. I started to question what I was doing with my life? Did I really want to live in Mendoza? What was my grand plan?
I was craving to put my feet on tierra firme and suck in a breath of fresh air. I wanted to climb something high to get a new perspective.
"This city is surrounded by mountains isn’t there a place we can hike without driving an hour and a half?" I asked my husband.
Months ago an expat had recommended a hike up Cerro Arco, but I didn’t know where it was. Neither did my husband. Neither did Google Maps.
Instead, we got in the car and drove towards a new neighborhood development my husband is working on. It was a holiday weekend and there were crowds of Mendocino families having pop-up barbecues alongside the road. It was like a tailgate at Giants Stadium with yerbamate instead of beer.
We spotted a deserted dirt road that headed towards the Precordillera hills. Out of curiosity we ventured down the rocky trail hoping it would take us closer to something we could possibly climb.
After about 15-minutes bumping down the road and debating whether to turn back, we stumbled upon a rustic restaurant called Puerta de La Quebrada, which turned out to be a base camp for Cerro Arco!
We scaled the towering hill high enough to see for miles and I began to feel a sense of calm settle over me. I realized that we wouldn’t have found this place even if we tried. There’s no address, it’s off the GPS grid and there’s absolutely no signage.
It seemed like a subtle message from the universe to stop obsessing about having a final destination that’s all mapped out. By indulging my curiosity and enjoying the moment I’ll probably end up at the exact place I’d been yearning to go all along.
Argentina’s tourism board recently launched a glossy publication called Che. No, it’s not a tome dedicated to the country’s famous revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
It is a cultural magazine titled after the Argentine colloquial term “che” (which loosely translates to “hey”) commonly used in Latin America to refer to all things Argentine. Its pages feature the best art, music, gastronomy, events, and travel experiences from the country’s 24 provinces.
Through colorful photography and engaging storytelling, Che inspires visitors to journey beyond the borders of Buenos Aires and discover a country that’s richly diverse in landscapes, customs and cuisine.
The bimonthly magazine is published in English, Spanish and Portuguese and travelers can download issues to their tablets by visiting Argentina.travel or getting the free app at Android and Apple stores.
With the 2014 World Cup finals taking place in Rio de Jainero, all eyes are on Brazil’s City of God. Not that they weren’t already, what with the city’s world-famous beaches, carnivals, Afro-Brazilian samba and arguably the sexiest population on the planet.
Beyond the obvious iconic sights – Christ the Redeemer’s outstretched arms high above the city, cable cars climbing Sugarloaf Mountain and the sublime white sands of Ipanema Beach – here are our local Carioca friends’ recommendations on what to do while in town.
Boutique digs: Fasano Rio de Janeiro is a shining gem in Brazilian hotelier Rogerio Fasano’s luxury portfolio. The first Philippe Starck project in Brazil, the hotel is located in the heart of Ipanema, and honors the golden era of bossa nova with vintage uniforms and 50s furniture. Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro; fasano.com.br/hotelaria/hotel/2
Beach bums: Ipanema Beach’s “Posto 9” is the hip spot to camp out for the day, with prime views of both Twin Brother mountain and skimpy Brazilian bikinis. Spend the twilight hours at the neighboring surf spot Arpoador, which has amazing sunsets during Rio’s summer. To hang with the locals head to Leme beach.
Bottoms up: This buzzing bohemian resto-bar is the sister restaurant to the popular Astor São Paulo. It has a mix of locals and travelers with decent food and even better cocktails. Sipcaipirinhas on the outdoor terrace, checking out the Ipanema beach beauties. Avenida Vieira Souto 110, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro; barastor.com.br
Futebol fever: There doesn’t have to be a World Cup tournament to catch an exciting game at Estádio do Maracanã. South America’s largest stadium fills up with rowdy fans year-round for matches between Rio’s major football clubs. Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, Rio de Janeiro;maracana.com
Beauty berry: For the best juices in Rio go to Bibi Sucos in Leblon and sample Brazil’s celebrated Amazonian superfruit — the acai berry. Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva 591-A, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro; bibisucos.com.br/site/v4/
Green scene: Parque Lage is a beautifully restored sugar plantation colonial estate that is now home to Escola de Artes Visuais (School of Visual Arts). Wander the free art exhibitions and explore the surrounding tropical gardens with its lush foliage, tiny lakes and picturesque waterfalls. From here you can also embark on a challenging hike to the top of Corcovado to see Christ the Redeemer. Rua Jardim Botanico 414 (1km from Jardim Botânico), Rio de Janeiro; eavparquelage.rj.gov.br
Brazilian tapas: Snack like a Brazilian at Chico e Alaíde, a local boteco (casual bar). Order a chopp(cold draft beer) and petiscos(Brazilian tapas). Make sure you get the bolinho de Alaíde, a fried dumpling with shrimp and native catupiry cheese – it’s a house specialty (really, really good). Rua Dias Ferreira 679, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro; chicoealaide.com.br
Sunset cocktails: After visiting Sugarloaf Mountain head to Bar Urca and enjoy the peaceful setting and postcard views of Guanabara Bay. Take your drinks and apps to the rock wall out front and watch the sun go down. Rua Cândido Gaffrée 205, Urca, Rio de Janeiro; barurca.com.br
Quiet coffee: Duck into Livraria Argumento and peruse their small selection of foreign-language books and magazines over a cup of joe in the charming café tucked into the back of the bookstore. Rua Dias Ferreira 417, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro; livrariaargumento.com.br
Neighborhood wander: Take a break from the beach and hop aboard the bonde streetcar to explore the winding cobblestone streets of Santa Teresa, which are dotted with 19th century belle époque mansions. Situated on a hilltop overlooking Guanabara Bay and downtown Rio, Santa Teresa is an enchanting enclave that fell from glory in the early 1900s and was later revitalized by artists and writers in the 1970s — a creative bohemian vibe still prevails. Don’t miss Museu da Chácara do Céu (museuscastromaya.com.br/chacara.htm), Parque das Ruinas (rio.rj.gov.br), a “pastel de feijoada” at Bar do Mineiro (bardomineiro.net) and a meal at the open-air resto Aprazível (aprazivel.com.br/aprazivel.htm).
Culture vultures: Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) is considered an architectural masterpiece by the famous Rio-born modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer. There’s not much to see inside but the water views from the Niterói Bridge are worth the trip. Mirante da Boa Viagem s/n, Boa Viagem, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro; macniteroi.com.br
House of Feijoada: Feijoada, a traditional Brazilian dish with Portuguese roots, is a hearty stew served in a clay pot with beans, fresh pork or beef, vegetables and a side of rice and sausages. Locals say that Aconchego Carioca is great place to try a Bolinho de Feijoada, but service can be spotty after a long wait in a not-so-stellar ‘hood. Case in point – leave your expectations at home and bring a sense of adventure. Rua Barao de Iguatemi 379, Praça da Bandeira, Rio de Janeiro; facebook.com/aconchego.carioca
Meat me: You’re going to Porcão Rio’s for the waterfront view as much as for the all-you-can-eat skewers of fresh rib-eye, sirloin, lamb, pork and chicken carved at your table. Pace yourself, the portions are generous and the cocktails are strong (with prices to match). Avenida Infante Dom Henrique s/n, Aterro do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro; porcao.com.br
Shake it up: This 19th century cultural gem lights up Lapa with live Brazilian music and a whole lot of soul. Rio Scenarium is a three-story space bursting with vintage curios including an antique car. If dining, make reservations in advance and try the bolinhos de bacalau (cod croquettes). At night, samba, choro and forró with the locals. Rua Do Lavradio 20, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro; rioscenarium.com.br/novo
Shop ‘til you drop: For upscale finds, visit Shopping Leblon (shoppingleblon.com.br). Feeling adventurous? Check out the frenetic open-air market Saara at Estação Uruguaiana, which is chock-full of locals haggling for affordable goods. Go to Gilson Martin (gilsonmartins.com.br) for a selection of quality mementos to take home.