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Chilean Food: Stick with the Basics

Bloomberg News recently published a list of restaurants in Santiago, Chile, recommended for business travelers.The ones they recommend are reportedly good, predictably expensive, and conveniently located in the center of the city close to “Sanhatten”, the sterile business center inhabited by the local suits and

El Choropán: Bravo!

CHOROPÁN, the menu said. Well, I thought, these guys are not off to a very good start. A big mistake on the menu; it surely should have said CHORIPÁN, that well known sausage (chorizo) sandwich the Chileans borrowed several years ago from the Argentines. Our

Sideways 3; Chile

Sideways 3; Chile! The advertisement caught my eye and immediately piqued my interest. Was this for real? The idea of Miles and Jack in Chile really excited me. How had I missed this? Sideways, the movie, was fun, especially the intoxicating journey through California Pino Noir

Chile's Famous Barros Luco Photo: Joe Rawlinson

Chile’s Barros Luco

Today is National Barros Luco day in Chile.This Chilean version of a steak and cheese sandwich dates from the early 1900s, when President Ramon Barros Luco lunched regularly at the Confiteria Torres on the Alameda not far from the government buildings where he and his cousin, Minister

Loanco crabs Photo: DJoslyn

Surf and Turf in Chanco and Loanco

January is a most colorful and productive time in the coastal area of central Chile where the two poor but proud villages of Chanco and Loanco by some stroke of fate find themselves. The long beach that runs between the poor fishing vilage of Loanco

“Viva Chile” Part 3: “18” Cuisine

At the start of the 21st century, Chileans were in the process of recovering their government and their collective sanity after way too many years of internal struggle, but there was a feeling that they were moving too rapidly and too completely away from the

Mussels in the market

MUSSELS REVISITED

  Why is the mussel relegated to “second class” status on dining tables in Chile, and virtually ignored in writings of Chile’s leading poet Pablo Neruda? We made this query in an earlier posting entitled “What’s Wrong With Mussels, Neruda?”  As was expected (and hoped

What’s Wrong with Mussels, Neruda?

Pablo Neruda loved the sea, and wine, and food, and women. But there is something fishy about Neruda; he did not write about mussels, and he should have. Neruda wrote poems about almost everything, Odes to a beautiful nude, a fallen chestnut, the tomato, laziness,

THE LAST PISCO SOUR

THE LAST PISCO SOUR In the departure lounge of the Santiago international airport (“Pudahuel” to us old-timers, and “Arturo Merino Benitez* officially), they recently put a wonderful bright sign up over the bar that declared to all travelers leaving Chile “The last pisco sour!” It

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