Sowing a potato revolution in the Andes

(Atlas of the Future) Few chefs have the vision and skill to sow 223 varieties of native potatoes on their Andean restaurant’s high-altitude farmland, replicating the efforts of a neighbouring Inca agricultural research centre with a contemporary model in order to improve tuber genetics while collaborating with two indigenous communities. But Virgilio Martínez is doing […]

Sommeliers get a Taste of the ‘New Normal’

(Fine Dining Lovers) While wine bars reacted to Covid-19 emergency lockdown restrictions (relatively) easily, sommeliers in restaurants have dug deep to continue connecting diners to wine and other drinks. Many establishments are only open for delivery, while others in more advanced recovery phases are operating with limited capacities. But beyond the obvious difficulty of sampling […]

Meet the Peruvian farmer who turns potatoes into ‘wine’

(Fine Dining Lovers) Born to potato farmers in Peru’s Cusco region, Manuel Choqque Bravo’s playground was the fertile Andean land where his family cultivated tubers at 3,740 metres above sea level. He’d while away days in the field, terrorising his younger siblings with strange-looking potatoes such as pumaqmaquin (Quechua for puma’s paw) or snacking on potato leaves and […]

Coronavirus. Cómo lo enfrentan los chefs argentinos en el mundo

(La Nación/Lugares) Postergaciones, reconversiones y delivery son las recetas aplicadas por los cocineros argentinos en el exterior. El caso de Sunae Asian Cantina en Filipinas, La Cabrera, Fayer en Madrid y Zoilo en Londres. Como chef ejecutiva de Canta Lola, un restaurante de fusión peruana y nórdica en Estocolmo, a punto de abrir en julio, Manuela Carbone está a […]

How lockdown didn’t stop Argentina’s wine harvest

(Imbibe) Health and safety measures, picker location tracing, and on-site living quarters: Argentina’s bodegas have worked hard to protect their 2020 harvests during Covid-19. Sorrel Moseley-Williams reports. When Argentina’s government implemented national lockdown from 20 March – with just three hours’ notice – many wineries in Mendoza had already reached the final stages of picking, […]

Así nos ven: la mirada de cinco extranjeros (que viven en el país) sobre el comportamiento de los argentinos durante la pandemia de Coronavirus

(Maleva) ¿Cómo sociedad, cómo nos estamos comportando los argentinos frente al Coronavirus? ¿Las medidas – de los distintos gobiernos – son apropiadas? ¿Qué características tenemos estos «bichos sociables» que somos en cuarentena? Nada más revelador (y por qué no, objetivo) que la mirada de afuera. Por eso en MALEVA consultamos a cinco extranjeros – todos destacados en lo suyo – […]

This is what lockdown looks like for our contributors across the world

(Condé Nast Traveller) ‘The best time to visit Buenos Aires? Spring, which begins in September, when parks and wide avenues explode with jacarandas’ violet blossoms. Yet I’ve discovered a new-found affection for the Argentine capital’s striking autumnal hues. This year, the second season in the southern hemisphere has slunk in like a tardy teenager but, given […]