Buenos Aires: a city tasting tour with Germán Martitegui

(Fine Dining Lovers) This year, Buenos Aires is basking in the glory as Ibero-American Academy’s gastronomy culture city. And with good reason. While porteños (BA’s residents) almost never tire of socialising with steak, new culinary arrivals have helped set the scene alight: you can easily enjoy Peruvian ceviche, southeast Asian curries, Korean barbecue and contemporary Israeli meze, supported by to-be-expected Italian, Spanish […]

10 things to do in Cartagena de Indias

(The Independent) Magical realism springs to life in Cartagena de Indias, the Caribbean jewel in Colombia’s crown. Akin to an open-air museum, the walled Unesco World Heritage Site hides a wealth of colonial architecture and monuments, but you can also escape to one of the nearby beaches, a boat ride away, for a tropical experience. Lose yourself in […]

Mix Masters

(Oryx, Qatar Airways’ inflight mag) “When it comes to architecture, it’s eclectic and home to a mix of styles, just like Argentina, which is home to a mix of nationalities.” Architect Jorge Zatloukal, partner at Estudio Zatloukal, is defining Buenos Aires’ look. Such design diversity – embracing colourful tenement houses, glorious Belle Époque mansions, the […]

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CAUCA, Colombia — Plenty of positive coffee-related stories are coming out of Colombia; this one, however, pre-dates the start of November 2016’s peace process. The meeting-place has been set but for our own safety, we won’t be gathering at Luis Fernando’s homestead in the department of Cauca. Instead, this group of journalists and a team […]

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CAUCA, Colombia — The landscape that makes up Colombia’s fourth-largest coffee-producing department wildly varies from that of Paraná and São Paulo states in south-west Brazil (Buenos Aires Herald, July 7 and July 14, 2017). Scattered across a rolling altitude that soars up to 2,100 metres above sea level, Cauca has the Andes to thank for […]

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JACAREZINHO and SÃO PAULO — Did you accept my suggestion and try your daily caffeine injection naked: no milk, no cream, no sugar or sweetener? Any surprises beyond the aromas of actual coffee? When it comes to cupping, or tasting, coffee, it’s a complex ritual. Preparation is elaborate and assessment involves more than a simple […]

Wake up and smell the coffee

PARANÁ, Brazil — “When people think of Brazilian coffee, they think of a dark-roasted drink but the truth is, that heavy roasting covers up a lot of defects, starting with the fact that unripe beans are being used. We’re trying to change that perception, microlot by microlot.” Former diplomat Edgard Bressani, a co-founder from boutique […]

C’mon baby light my Fayer

BUENOS AIRES — The hummus is so sexy it’s blushing, and the bar and kitchen are equally alluring. The latest ‘new Jew’ dining concept from chef Tomás Kalika, don’t fumble around: go straight to fifth base and let Mishiguene Fayer set you aflame. When Tomás opened Mishiguene (Buenos Aires Herald, November 16, 2014), a kitchen […]