Archive for the ‘South America’ Category

#122 Brazil: the Astoria feijoada smackdown

Share   Full disclosure: I f*cking love Brazil. I’ve spent a total of about four months there, and have fallen in love with Brazil—and in Brazil—over and over again. So it’s really hard for me to be reasonable about Brazilian food. I’ve had some mind-blowingly great meals all over Brazil—especially in the northeastern corner of […]

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#117 Argentina: cow, cow, amphetamine ice cream, and cow

Share   And then, there was cow. If you walk into La Esquina Criolla and order a “parillada completa” (rough translation:  complete grilled Argentine cow), you’ll receive cow–specifically, a salty, fennel-y beef sausage–as an appetizer.  That’s the grill man’s version of a culinary warning shot. Ten minutes after the beef-sausage warning shot, the grill man […]

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#68 Suriname: Warung Kario’s big, long… list of influences

Share Ever since sixth grade, I’ve had a weird fascination with Suriname. It’s probably South America’s least-discussed nation, since it’s tiny (population 490,000) and Americans are pretty much never interested in small countries that lack terrorists, beaches, and oil. If you tell a friend that you’re headed to Suriname, you’ll almost certainly receive a blank […]

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#64 Guyana: BEAT (or EAT?)

Share I bought a new pair of jeans a few months ago at an Esprit outlet, and I thought I’d bought some good sh*t. The jeans are comfortable, my ass looks relatively non-terrible and somewhat non-flabby in them, and I only spent $15. Not bad, right? Trouble is, the jeans have one weird flaw. When […]

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#62 Peru: conservative palates gone wild, volume 7

Share Today was one of the rare days when I tried NOT to eat anything unusual or exotic. I was dining with one of my favorite ex-students, an imminently likable guy from upstate New York who claims to be “a complete pussy when it comes to food”… and those are his words, not mine. In […]

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