'South American' on Serious Eats

The Asado Burger: All the Flavors of the Argentine Grill, on Bread

I've never been to a proper asado, the legendary grilling feast of the mountains of South America, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy those flavors at home. It doesn't even mean I can't squeeze those flavors between two pieces of bread and transform them into a miraculous cheeseburger. Because I can, and I have. And it's enough to make a gaucho sweat with anticipation. More

Peruvian Jalea is the Fried Seafood Dish to Rule Them All

I love all kinds of fried seafood, from oysters to Ipswich clams and fish and chips, but if I had to pick a favorite, Peruvian jalea would be one of the frontrunners. A platter of mixed fried seafood including fish, shrimp, and calamari, it's topped with a bright, refreshing, slightly spicy salad of red onions, tomato, and cilantro marinated in lime juice. More

A Must-Eat Arepa in Bushwick

With plate glass windows and no liquor license to speak of, Arepera Guacuco seems to occupy an in-between space in the Bushwick restaurant scene, neither precursor to nor byproduct of the neighborhood's gentrification. It's a category unto itself, a cheerful space decorated with Venezuelan chachkies that has earned a loyal local following on the merit of its small, traditional menu of affordable, exceedingly well-executed arepas. More

Hot Dog Of The Week: Perro Caliente

[Photographs and original artwork: Hawk Krall] This week's dog is perhaps one of the craziest things I've ever eaten in my life. After first reading about Colombian hot dogs, I assumed they were just a variation on Mexican hot dogs. Boy was I wrong. The Perro Caliente is something totally different. With no plans to visit South America anytime soon, I was happy to discover that Queens in New York has plenty of Colombian fast food restaurants serving various incarnations of the Perro Caliente.... More

Grocery Ninja: Dulce de Membrillo

The Grocery Ninja leaves no aisle unexplored, no jar unopened, no produce untasted. Creep along with her below, and read her past market missions here. The Argentinean housemate is the one who introduced me to the magic that is creamy sweet dulce de leche. She doesn’t judge me (nay, encourages!) when I whorl the stuff liberally on animal crackers with a sprinkle of sea salt—my go-to snack and instant gratification take on the decadent alfajores her grandmother indulgingly mails from Spain. And she risks life and limb by making the caramelized milk goodness in a pressure cooker with me—despite being convinced the cans will explode and we’ll be maimed for life (plus have to clean burnt milk off half the... More

Sopaipillas: Little Fried Pillows of Deliciousness

Matt of MattBites shares his memory of sopaipillas, a dessert that always takes him back straight to his childhood: "Made by my grandmother, the tender warm pillows of fried dough were sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and drizzled with honey and always disappeared within minutes. She would encourage us to eat them immediately while they were still warm, but it was always said with a wink in her eye – she knew we couldn't keep our hands off them until there was an empty plate of grease-laden cinnamon-scented crumbs."... More

Hispanic Supermarkets Are On The Rise

Great great story by Kim Severson in the New York Times today on how grocery chains have begun customizing their stores to target the increasingly affluent Latino shopper: Although there is no one typical Hispanic shopper, some generalizations are driving the design of the new Latino-theme stores. Many have wider aisles because, research shows, grocery shopping is often a family outing. Hispanic families tend to be larger, and more people cook from scratch, so produce and meat departments tend to be bigger and better stocked. And loyalty to brands from the home country is strong. At Rancho Liborio, Tide is almost an afterthought. Mexican brands like Ariel dominate the shelves.But the generalizations end there. The term Hispanic applies to people... More

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