Bubbles & Bites

October 8, 2012

I love bubbly. Any kind. Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Sparkling wines from California, Argentina, Chile, etc. etc. If you asked me what would be my preferred wine to pair with food for the rest of my life it would be (good) bubbly. What never bores me with bubbly, when it’s well done, is its mouthwatering, delicious […]

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Burn Baby Burn: Francis Mallmann

May 11, 2011

Francis Mallmann. If you don’t know his name, take note. He’s South America’s most famous “celebrity chef” with restaurants in Mendoza, Buenos Aires, and outside José Ignacio in Uruguay. He’s well known yet low profile. A seemingly chilled out, laid back guy who prefers to be in the Argentine or Uruguayan countryside than amist all […]

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Knack South American Cooking: Uruguayan Steak Sandwich

July 14, 2010

As promised, here’s the first recipe excerpt from our newly released cookbook. Darn, this picture is causing a major hankering for this sandwich. Fortunately, I am headed to Uruguay next week to meet with clients, taste wines, and explore Montevideo so I can indulge the craving. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet of you […]

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February 17, 2010

Today marks the beginning of 40 days of lent and the end of carnival when partying, overeating, sex, and general debauchery have gripped much of Brazil (and NoLa) for the past 5 days before repenting sets in. Although I am not Catholic, it got me thinking if I could really give up a certain food, […]

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Move Over Chimichurri, Uruguayan Salsa Criolla is in the House

September 24, 2009

You know, with all the zesty sauces in South America, how come chimichurri steals all the thunder? Chileans make at least a dozen versions of mean pebres, from spicy-as-hell green chili and cilantro to the garden vegetable variety. Uruguay too has its creole salsas, although its cuisine all too often is overshadowed or confused with […]

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