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A Colombian Christmas Carol

BristoLatino music editor Rebecca Wilson talks us through the soundtrack to her first Christmas in Colombia The name given to Christmas songs sung in Spain and Latin America, Villancicos, comes from the nature of those who traditionally sing them: villagers from rural regions. Villancicos are only heard in December and are songs that used to tell stories […]

Prawn Moqueca (Moqueca de Camarão)

Serves 6 people Active time: 30 minutes Total time: 50 minutes Notes: Dendê is an red, unrefined palm oil, and the heart of the dish. You can find it in most African or Asian supermarkets. Bahian recipes will call for pimenta-de-cheiro, or pimenta malagueta, but unfortunately, it’s virtually impossible to find these here. The type […]

Sacred Food and Martial Arts in Brazil’s Northeast

Unlike the rest of the country, seafood and coconut are prominent in the kitchens of Salvador da Bahia, but as BristoLatino food editor James Freeman finds out, it is dendê that really feeds the city. Palm oil has a reputation. The mere mention brings to mind ecological devastation in Indonesia and charity appeals to save the orangutans. […]

The wonder of Dulce de leche

                                  BristoLatino’s food editor Naomi Myerson takes us to a sweet-toothed paradise. In 2013 my older sister married a Uruguayan, a union that has been pretty fab in numerous ways but with one significant perk worthy of a mention: […]

An insider guide to Santiago de Chile

Claudia Posada on the sights, smells and sounds of her year abroad destination, the Chilean capital of Santiago. One of the first excursions I made in Santiago de Chile was the two hour trek up Cerro San Cristobal, a mountain covered in exotic vegetation that provides a stark contrast to the city’s overwhelming mass of high-rise buildings. The Andes are constantly […]

Toasting the success of Mendoza’s wine industry

Hew Fanshawe tells us how the region of Mendoza has changed the face of Argentinian wine. Boasting over 150,000 hectares of vineyards – equivalent to the combined area of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and Alsace– and with a 400% increase in the city’s wine exportation over the past decade, it’s no surprise that Mendoza finds itself […]

An insider guide to Argentinian delights

Bristolatino’s Vanessa Allen takes us on a whirlwind tour of Argentina’s mouth-watering culinary delights – A read which will certainly make your belly rumble with hunger! South America. Not only is it stunning, unique and full of friendly people, it is also blessed with delicious food and diverse drinks. I’m going to take you on […]

An insider guide to Colombian cuisine

Bristolatino joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West gives us the low-down on what to eat and drink in Colombia. Colombian cuisine is sadly not as widely known as that of other Latin American nations such as Peruvian and Brazilian. However, its diversity is quite exceptional. The country’s cooking varies quite dramatically between its many distinct regions, offering a wide selection […]