South America

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Internet Satire: Germany Destroys Brazil 7-1

    For 63 straight matches, Brazil's national soccer team had gone without a defeat on its home turf, going all the way back to 1975. That's an impressive streak, nothing to be taken lightly. So if you're going to see the streak end, at least do so in historic fashion, I suppose, and that's exactly w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Chilean Winemaker Delivers Surprising, Refreshing Food-Friendliness

    "When I was younger," said Chilean winemaker Felipe Tosso last night at an intimate tasting of his wines at Churrascos, "I made big and bold, intense, tannic wines. But now that I'm older [in his early 40s] and now that I'm a father and more mellow, I make more food-friendly wines. I want to have fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Ten Things That Could Go Wrong With Brazil's World Cup

    Oh, Brazil. Beautiful Brazil. Poor-at-planning Brazil. The World Cup kicks off in less than three weeks, and there are tons of problems, with more potentially on the way. We decided to take a look at 10 things that could go wrong, and are going wrong, with the 2014 World Cup.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Get Off Your Keister and Enjoy Open Streets Sunday

    Go outside and play (or, power walk). Remember mom telling you that back in the day? Megacities have been borrowing an initiative that closes major thoroughfares for a spell to get people on the move. Seriously, don't look at it like some hipster thing, it's about taking advantage of public walking ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 24, 2014

    Andes Cafe Chef David Guerrero Proves He's Back and Better Than Ever

    The addicting tastes of South America aren't your typical Latin fare.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Recipe of the Week: Argentine Chimichurri

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. This week, we're mastering a traditional chimichurri. Widely known as the "ketchup of Argentina", the origin of the condiment's name is unclear. Some say it's the bastardization of the ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 1, 2013

    Incan Update: Latin Bites Brings Peruvian Food into the Modern Era

    A history lesson on a plate spanning from the far past to today.

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: History Class at Latin Bites

    I probably should have researched Peruvian food a bit before I sat down at Latin Bites and read the menu, pretending to understand exactly what I was looking at. I had no idea what aji was, but there was that word, an ingredient in nearly every dish. I didn't know what cancha was either, but appar ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 30, 2013

    Relentless Sun: The Images of Clarissa Tossin

    Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin explores poverty with images of heat and earth.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Celebrate the Foods and Culture of Brazil at Central Market with Passaporte Brazil

    For two weeks of every year, Central Market holds what in essence is an international festival in its stores by paying homage to the food and cultures of the another country. Three years ago, I attended my first "Passport" event when they celebrated the foods of Argentina. The following year, it was ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 18, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Argentine cuisine.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Houston's Citgo Sends Off Hugo Chavez With A Fond Farewell

    Venezuela's Huge Chavez has been one of the more polarizing political figures on the world stage, beloved by many, hated by just as many if not more. Citgo is a huge energy company based in Houston, incorporated under U.S. laws....but owned by Venezuela. Which put the company in somewhat of a toug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Coffee Beans Could Be Extinct In 60 Years; Then What?

    If you believe the news from over the weekend that coffee beans are in danger of extinction, you're probably hoarding all the Arabica you can find today and envisioning a future in which coffee -- already liquid gold for many of us caffeine addicts -- can be used as delicious, fragrant currency. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Tango and Steak Night Tuesdays at MKT Bar Downtown

    It's a Tuesday night, and as I enter the MKT Bar at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown, there's this kind of hazy, underground, industrial vibe going on. Strains of poignant, dramatic tango music are coming across the loudspeaker, and dancers slide and sway across the concrete floor, some with the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Latin Bites: Peppers and Pisco in Perfect Harmony

    Latin Bites has come a long way. First a catering business, then to its miniature space in the Warehouse District on Nance and now to its greatly expanded location on Woodway. The new venue is open, airy and bright. You can saddle up to the pisco bar -- the only one in Houston -- or to the cebiche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    More Than 40 Food Vendors Will Feed Your Face at iFest

    I love iFest so much, I typically go on both weekends of the festival each year. This time around, I'll be missing the second weekend of the International Festival in favor of appearing in a bright blue bridesmaid's dress at a mansion in Las Vegas (HOLLA), but you lucky people will still be able to ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Wine of the Week: An Under-$10 Malbec from (Yup, You Guessed It) Argentina

    When my wife Tracie P and I pulled the synthetic cork out of a bottle of Terrazas de los Andes Altos del Plata Malbec on Saturday evening at a family function, we joked that we could write the tasting note without even sampling the contents: "Bright jammy fruit, with an intense blueberry note, aggre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Roberto Castre of Latin Bites Cafe - New Cebiches and More

    Photos by Mai PhamCebiche de conchas (scallops), a new item from the Cebiche Bar at Latin Bites Cafe​Chef Roberto Castre of Latin Bites Cafe knows what it means to work hard. The last two days, he shared the details of how he worked up the ranks after graduating from culinary school in Peru, a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Stephen Caronna Of Piola

    ​The first time I went to Piola, I thought "damn, this place is bright." It had been a crappy, rainy Monday. I was hungry and in a nasty mood, but the place actually cheered me up. It was happy hour, and I ended up getting pretty happy. I ordered a few French 75s for $5 each and the Rio de Jan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Wine of the Week: An Argentine Chardonnay that Surprised Me

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Argentina isn't what I generally reach for when I go wine shopping, but I was pleasantly surprised when my Spec's salesperson turned me on to this Patagonia Chardonnay.​Most of the wine that comes from South America tends to be made in the California style: big flavor, b ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2011
  • Dining

    August 11, 2011

    Dinner with Friends

    Try a topsy-turvy Brazilian burger.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    The Brazilian Burger: Bedlam on a Bun

    Photo by Troy FieldsPotato sticks, corn and peas are vital ingredients in any X-Tudo burger.​In this week's cafe review, we spotlight Friends Pizzeria, a little Brazilian restaurant that -- despite its name -- specializes in Brazilian burgers and hot dogs just as much as it does in pizza. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    The Caipirinha: Straight Outta Rio

    ​When he texts from Brazil, my brother Robert usually mentions the caipirinha he is enjoying at the moment. I didn't know if it was actually a great cocktail, or just one of those "Ha ha, I'm on the beach at Ipanema and you're not!" sort of things. I was wary; my research indicated cacha├ža- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Peru Gets Back Stolen Artifact Seized At Bush Intercontinental

    Nabbed in Houston.​A book from the 1700s that a traveler tried to smuggle through Bush Intercontinental has been formally returned to the country of Peru, federal officials said today. The manuscript had been stolen from the Recoleta Library in Arequipa, Peru, they said. A man with a record ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Patrick Regan and Ximena del Pilar Echeverry Arias: Husband-Wife Team Arrested for Running Guns from Houston to Colombia

    Dad, get me out of this one​A Houston-area couple has been charged with smuggling arms to Colombia, and a whole lot of weaponry was seized. Federal agents arrested Patrick Regan, 40, and his wife Ximena del Pilar Echeverry Aria, 25, who was a Colombian native, on Tuesday, prosecutors announce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Join Team Chile, Help Fight AIDS

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Intipalka 2009 Ica Valley Tannat

    ​It wasn't so much the origin of this wine that interested me- it's the last of three samples from Peru reviewed for Wine of the Week. But the varietal, Tannat, is something that I've never tried before on its own. Tannat is a red grape that was originally grown in the Madiran appellation in ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011
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    January 27, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Colonia Las Liebres 2008 Bonarda

    ​One way to drown the sorrows of a horrible Monday Night Football game featuring the disappointing Texans, is to open up a sample bottle of Bonarda direct from Argentina, and pretend that I'm no longer in Houston, but in the cellar of a mysterious and romantic winery down South America way. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Os Mutantes: The Best Band You've Probably Never Heard Of

    Pink Floit via Flickr​Os Mutantes were one of the most influential rock groups to emerge during the late '60s in Brazil. The band - initially a trio with Rita Lee, Arnaldo Baptista and his brother Sergio Dias) fell under the graces of the founders of the Tropicalismo movement, Brazil's respons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend 2009

    ​In honor of the previously-trapped miners in Chile, I found this cheap magnum of Chilean wine. It seemed the appropriate wine to toast their newfound freedom. Unlike the massive rescue efforts, this wine wasn't incredibly complex. But like the Chilean miners, it had plenty of surprising chara ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    A Taste of Peru at Spec's and Charivari

    pierre pouliquinAlpaca sez, "Try Peruvian wine!"​Perhaps it's because we've never been there, but images of alpacas, Pisco and Machu Picchu account for much of our knowledge of Peru. We're hoping that changes this month with a grand showing of Peruvian products and samplings at Spec's Smith St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Casa Silva 2009 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

    RobW_​Goodness gracious, this is a ballsy Sauvignon Blanc from the Colchagua Valley in Chile. It doesn't look like much in the glass, timidly light and unassuming in color and viscosity; barely discernable from ever-so-slightly yellow-green tinted water. However, the nose is incredibly strong, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Navarro Correas Coleccion Privada Malbec

    ​I like the tango, I love chimichurri, and beef is my buddy, so it's only natural that a Malbec from Argentina is also high on my favorites list. It's no secret that I've never met a Malbec that I didn't like, and this gift from a friend is no exception. The Navarro Correas is nicely balanced, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    8 Foods You Didn't Know Are Radioactive

    ​"Tonight, find out why you could be putting your whole family at risk by serving foods high in radioactivity. That's right, radioactivity. Find out more about this shocking, potentially lethal news here on KEOW tonight at 10 o'clock." Let's just go ahead and beat the 10 o'clock news to the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Recipe: Ceviche Mixto

    ​Nowadays, there are hundreds of variations of ceviche, even in Peru itself, where ceviche bars are incredibly popular. Despite all the new fusion foods available, this version, my Abuelita's, is still a favorite. Abuelita, who is from Callo, Peru, learned how to make ceviche from her mother, ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 8, 2010

    Pocket Change

    Ham and cheese empanadas at Argentina Cafe

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Recipe: Chimichurri

    ​This recipe for chimichurri, the traditional Central and South American condiment and marinade, is simple and really easy to make, so there is no excuse to use the stuff from the jar. In Peru, as well as other countries, chimichurri is served with churrasco steak, which is one of Abuelita's ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 14, 2010

    Miss Coco Peru Takes on Texas Tour

    Award-winning actor/director/drag queen Clinton Leupp tackles the Lone Star state

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Sonidos y Mas: Niyireth's Musica Colombiana Andina

    Niyireth Musica Colombiana Andina - Music from Colombia (Arc Music) When we hear about Andean music, the first thing that comes to mind are those Peruvian pan-flute players who perform on city streets, either playing traditional tunes like "El Condor Pasa" and "Fina Estampa" or adapting American p ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 1, 2008
  • Calendar

    March 27, 2008

    “Apertura Colombia”

    Colombian photographers tell graphic stories at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Calendar

    November 1, 2007

    Nelson Pereira dos Santos Film Series

    Rice Media Center presents a retrospective of the Brazilian filmmaker’s work

  • Calendar

    July 27, 2006
  • Dining

    November 6, 2003

    My Pork Belly Future

    Mi Pueblito is a restaurant for Colombians who miss home, but gringos will still enjoy its fare -- especially the chewy pork bits

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