Rock star

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(Wallpaper*) Rock star: Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Mendoza. The icing on the design cake for Zuccardi’s mammoth project is picking up a gold medal for architecture and landscaping from Great Wine Capitals this week. I must have visited this winery five times since it opened in March, and I adore the Andean panorama, the wines coming […]

#NiUnaMenos

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Women and men in Argentina and other South American countries marched yesterday in the name of #NiUnaMenos, an Argentine campaign that calls for action on crimes against women.  But besides actions, Spanish speakers should start assessing the very language they use in everyday speech, given that so many insults are based on women’s behaviour or body […]

Digs of the week: La Alondra Hotel Factoría

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(Condé Nast Traveller) You could be forgiven for thinking that this dramatic, industrial-looking hotel in the Paraguayan capital is a Victorian factory conversion. It was, in fact, built from scratch just a few years ago using reclaimed red brick and wood, recycled corrugated iron and custom-made railway tracks. The historical vibe is enhanced by a […]

How a Cleaning Lady Became One of Argentina’s Only Female Grill Chefs

Asadora Virginia Lázaro.

(Munchies) Asado. A beef-dominated barbecue extravaganza using the entire spectrum of a cow (including chitlins, sweetbreads, brain, skirt steak, fillet, and short ribs), devouring asado in Argentina is as regular an activity as bowel movements. Pioneered by Argentina’s gauchos (cowboys), who’d hack up unsuspecting bovines roaming the vast pampas flatlands in the 18th century and now replicated […]

Isolated dwellings

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(Suitcase) This is a comeback story, a tale of two rural communities in Argentine Patagonia that had almost faded into obscurity forever, if it hadn’t been for the tenacity of three people. While only 102 miles apart, it takes about four hours to travel across the stony terrain from Cabo Raso to Bahía Bustamante, both […]

The Expat: Mauro Colagreco

Chef Mauro Colagreco.

(Buenos Aires Herald) Paris captured a teenage Mauro Colagreco’s heart when he visited his sister who was on a study abroad programme. The seed inadvertently sown, a few years later Mauro dropped out of university to follow his culinary dream. The La Plata-born chef has lived in France for the past 16 years and his […]