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Food and Wine of Latin America

Posted by Mary Nadal on Oct 15, 2019 2:48:36 PM

Cuisine

Latin American cuisine is nearly as diverse as Latin America itself, with each country and region boasting its own specialties. Each regional cuisine is influenced by native foods and spices as well as the influences of other cultures. Mexican food is famously spicy, thanks to the popularity of the indigenous chile pepper which has been a basic ingredient in Mexican cuisine for thousands of years, while Argentinian cuisine is traditionally beef-oriented and cattle have played a major role in Argentinian culture since they were brought to Argentina by Spanish conquistadors in 1536.

Within each country, there are distinct regional specialties as well. Colombia, for example, is incredibly geographically diverse, and its cuisine reflects this diversity: in the city of Medellin and the surrounding mountainous Antioquia region, the typical dish is the hearty bandeja paisa, a substantial and filling meal including sausage, beef, beans, rice, pork rind, an arepa, plantain, fried egg, and a slice of avocado, while in tropical Cartagena, cuisine is solidly Caribbean, with seafood, coconut rice, and spicy flavors dominating the menu. Many countries' cuisine also shows the strong influence of the many different cultures that have left their mark on that nation. Peruvian cuisine is known as one of the biggest examples of fusion cuisine, with Peruvian food giving a veritable history of multicultural influence including indigenous cultures, Spanish colonists, and immigrants from Italy, Germany, China, Japan, and West Africa. 

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Topics: Latin America, food, wine, peru, argentina, coffee, chocolate, colombia, mexico

National Drinks Around the World: Part I

Posted by Mary Nadal on Oct 7, 2019 10:20:06 AM

 

Swirling a ruby red Chianti while overlooking a Tuscan landscape, quaffing a mug of Löwenbräu at Oktoberfest, clinking glasses of raki over meze in a Turkish tavern: some beverages are inextricably linked with the culture of their origins. In fact, just about every country in the world has a signature drink (usually alcoholic, but not always). Discover some national drinks of the world, and maybe plan a trip to enjoy it the best way: right there in its homeland. 

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Topics: italy, germany, croatia, wine, beer, russia, turkey, drinks

Five Unexpected Wine Destinations in Europe

Posted by Mary Nadal on Aug 26, 2019 9:26:33 AM


Expand your mind past the usual Bordeaux and Tuscany and discover a whole new world of off-the-radar wine destinations. 

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Topics: italy, hungary, croatia, ireland travel, poland, wine, puglia

Our Favorite Fall Destinations for 2019

Posted by Mary Nadal on Aug 19, 2019 10:36:19 AM


It may seem hard to believe now in the heat of August, but fall is right around the corner. We’ve compiled some of our favorite fall destinations for you to explore this autumn.

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Topics: food, italy, germany, germany travel, scotland, egypt, fall travel, autumn, greece, wine

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