Food & Recipes

Plate by Plate: The Loreto Pasta Redux

2015.May.28 Thursday
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This one has a bit of history behind it. The inspiration was from a dish we had in Iquitos, Peru, at the restaurant Al Frio y al Fuego. Raviolis Loretanos (Loreto is the province that Iquitos is in), which were delicate, perfectly cooked half moons of pasta filled with cecina (cured pork flank), some sweet […]

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(Veinte) Cinco de Mayo!

2015.May.27 Wednesday
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Monday was May 25th, the anniversary of the revolution that, at least officially, began the fight for Argentine independence. And hey, while the country may have an Independence Day, July 9th, any excuse for another day off and festival, you know? The streets near to the central Plaza de Mayo were jammed with people and […]

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Plate by Plate: Manchego Cheese & Serrano Ham

2015.May.26 Tuesday
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I’ve been in the middle of finalizing a menu for a private party coming up for a long-time friend. He’d decided that at one point in the meal he wants a manchego cheese plate with some sort of accompaniments, but, rather than going the direction of something creative, he wanted to keep it a simple […]

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The Food and the Coast

2015.May.25 Monday
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I realize that there’s more to Mar del Plata than just the coast, after all, the whole reason the South Beer Cup was held there is that it’s kind of become the center of the microbrewery movement. (Albeit that, if I followed the seminar that covered the topic correctly, microbreweries across South America more or […]

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Plate by Plate: Puttin’ on the Blintz

2015.May.15 Friday
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Roasted Garlic Panqueque Panqueque: 170 gm semolina flour, 4 large eggs, 300 ml milk, pinch of salt, whisked together, left to hydrate for about 45 minutes, then made crepes using roughly 50ml of batter at a time. Filling: Roasted 1 head of garlic with a splash of olive oil, all wrapped in foil, until soft, […]

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MasterChef Round 4 – The Hunt is On

2015.May.14 Thursday
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Oh my god. Soup. You’d think it was The End of Times. Argentines have a bizarre relationship with soup. For the most part, it’s a non-entity. In fact, most Argentine cookbooks don’t include soups in them, and I’ve more than once asserted that it’s the only cuisine on the planet without soup. Stews, one-pot meals, […]

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MasterChef Round 3 – The Oxymoron of World Class Lasagna

2015.May.14 Thursday
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Is it my imagination or is the opening montage getting longer? The show itself, diving into episode 3, begins at the 3:45 mark. That’s longer than the Game of Thrones opening sequence. And far less interesting. Apparently feeling the need to “get out in the countryside”, the show takes us to Gral. Rodriguez, a suburban […]

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MasterChef Round 2 – Eggs Benedict? STFU.

2015.May.14 Thursday
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We’re on to Episode 2, and thankfully, unlike the first season, we’re already full on into the competition. Twenty contestants – Diego, Patricia, Sol, Alejo, Matías, Mercedes, Jacinto, Alan, Lia, Francisco, Julia D, Martín, María, Nadia, Juan Pablo, Claudia, Simone, Mariana, Julia N, Sebastián – glare at the camera during the opening montage, each after […]

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Masterchef Returns to Argentina

2015.May.14 Thursday
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[I initially started out writing these reviews for ComoSur, but the site has, unfortunately, had to suspend operations. So, although the first few of these will be a bit behind schedule, I thought I’d move them here to the blog and then get them on track with the show. I also promise to cut down […]

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