Posts Categorized: Eats

[OUTDOOR DINING NYC] Featuring Yuca Bar

[OUTDOOR DINING NYC] @YucaBar has been a vibrant East Village favorite for more than a decade. They offer a Pan-Latin menu with dishes from over a dozen Latin American countries.

POPULAR ITEMS: Arepas, Yuca Benedictos, Yuca Frita, Paella, Platano Relleno, Carnitas, Mojitos and Sangria

HEATED OUTDOOR SEATING: ✅

SPECIALS: Bottomless Mimosas & Bellinis Available For Brunch. “Loco Tuesdays”: Half Priced Tapas all day and happy hour til 8pm. Arepas Wednesday 50% off arepas ALL DAY. Contact Yuca Bar for full Specials List

More info at Yucabarnyc.com

[OUTDOOR DINING NYC] Featuring Claro

@Claro.bk‘s menu and ambiance are inspired by a long-time love for Oaxacan food and culture. The corn for Claro’s menu is sourced from Oaxacan farms, all the meat and produce is organic and sourced locally when possible and the restaurant is dedicated to making everything by hand, including the masa, cheeses, chorizo, and moles.

OUTDOOR DINING: Tables in the back patio are all distanced and under heaters 🔥. Diners in the backyard have a front-row seat to tortillas being pressed, and tlayudas, memelas and tostadas cooking on the wood-fired comal.

More info at: www.ClaroBk.com

[OUTDOOR DINING MIAMI] Featuring Amara At Paraiso

@AmaraAtParaiso is an upscale Miami waterfront restaurant bringing together bold Latin American flavors, local ingredients, and South Florida’s diversity of food culture.

Their OUTDOOR SEATING overlooking Biscayne Bay is spacious, with plenty of tables on their covered terrace.

SPECIALS: “Bottomless Rose Brunch Saturdays”: $27 per person for bottomless rose with their a la carte brunch menu. (Limit 2 hours). Sat 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

More info at: Amaraatparaiso.com

Become One With Nature At Hotel Casa Chameleon In Mal Pais, Costa Rica

Settled snugly between the frequented surfing town of Santa Teresa and the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve in Costa Rica, Mal Pais offers miles of stunning seaside views and a diverse community of natives that remains unchanged by the advancement of the locations surrounding it.


Hotel Casa Chameleon is a luxury boutique hotel located in Mal Pais. The hotel is an adults-only property, featuring 10 beachfront villas secluded within the jungle. The location is so remote, it can only be accessed by 4 wheel drive vehicles. In tandem with the natural surroundings of the jungle and beach, the hotel was built with materials that are renewable, including bamboo, volcanic and river rock and hardwood sourced locally. Each villa features a private balcony and an infinity pool, perfect for guests wishing to relax in private.


Keeping in line with the wellness focus and culture of Coast Rica, the property offers guests the ability to receive wellness treatments in their villa. This includes a relaxing and therapeutic in-villa couples massage with the ocean or jungle views aiding in the relaxation. Other wellness options include sports massages, facials, body scrubs, and yoga.

Hotel Casa Chameleon prides itself on combining the natural environment with high-end luxury which is evident in their menu which features local and time-honored culinary delights adapted to modern palates. The menu features many delicious locally sourced dishes including a guest favorite, the Costa Rican Casado with Tuna (Rice, beans, flavorful seared tuna, mixed vegetable, and salad), a dish which is treasured by citizens of Costa Rica as a mainstay for lunch.

Hotel Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais is a truly unique hotel, offering an experience to fit just about any desire. From the winsome views of the ocean and jungle, secluded privacy and in-villa attention, to the world class cuisine and activities, the property is sure to engage even the weariest traveler.

Those looking for a little adventure have plenty of options available, including hiking, waterfalls, fishing, ATV excursions, horseback riding, snorkeling, surf lessons, whale watching, and sunset cruises. Guests with an extremely adventurous side might want to check out the Zip Line Canopy Tour. This one-mile zip line ride provides guests with views of the ocean and the Costa Rican Jungle. The perfect chance to fly through the jungle and walk along hanging bridges.

For more info on Hotel Casa Chameleon log on to www.casachameleonhotels.com. Excursions & Tours arranged by www.costaricantropicaltours.com.

Top 7 Reasons to Visit Buenos Aires Argentina

Buenos Aires is a pulsating, passionate, cosmopolitan city. The combination of rich architectural and cultural heritage, modern creative energy, electric nightlife, unique traditions, a vibrant arts scene, extensive parks, and warm, friendly hosts makes it one of the world’s most exciting capitals.

There are dozens of reasons to visit, hence why the city has repeatedly been voted the best in Latin America by users of TripAdvisor, but here are just ten of the big ones.

1. You can dance the world’s most romantic dance in its birthplace

Sensual, nostalgic, and fiendishly difficult to learn, tango emerged in the city’s portside neighbourhoods in the mid-19th century and has since conquered the world. Today, Buenos Aires is a place of pilgrimage for tango dancers from all over, and the dance is still very much alive – danced by the young and young-at-heart well into the early hours every night of the week. As well as witnessing traditional social dancing and learning some steps at a milonga, you can treat yourself to sumptuous dinner-shows with spectacularly choreographed performances, and see live orchestras playing everywhere from cosy neighbourhood bars to grand symphony halls.

2. You can enjoy nightlife that goes on well into the morning

Buenos Aires is a city that never sleeps, famous for its phenomenal nightlife, which ranges from traditional neighbourhood taverns to award-winning cocktail bars, big clubs, hidden gig venues, and underground nightspots catering to every niche. The city’s incredible openness and diversity also make it the top destination in Latin America for LGBT visitors. Just be prepared to stay out late! We eat late, party late and sleep late, if at all!

3. You’ll experience sporting passion like never before

Buenos Aires is a city that lives and breathes football (soccer), and the passion can be felt in the stadiums, the neighbourhood cafes and the goal celebrations of a local amateur team. The atmosphere at the city’s stadiums has to be experienced to be believed, and the Boca vs River derby has been described as the most intense sporting event in the world.

4. You’ll find yourself in a historic melting pot of cultures

The city’s cosmopolitan, multicultural identity was forged in a melting pot of cultures, from native American and colonial Spanish roots, to the influences of immigration from Italy, France, Great Britain, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. You’ll see this eclectic mix of influences in the city’s architecture, food and in the character of its people. And while Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city always looking towards the latest trends, we also have passionate pride for our history and tradition. Feel the nostalgia in the cobbled streets of neighbourhoods like San Telmo, visit old cafes where poets used to gather, witness traditional gaucho displays of horsemanship and folk dancing at the Feria de Mataderos, and explore the political history of the Plaza de Mayo, where huge crowds turned out to see Eva Perón speak.

5. You can enjoy a wealth of culture

Long seen as Latin America’s capital of culture, Buenos Aires has almost 300 theatres, 380 bookstores and 160 museums, and some of them will take your breath away. The Teatro Colón is one of the world’s best opera houses, with outstanding acoustics and beautiful interiors, the Ateneo Grand Spendid is considered one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, and you’ll find creative, artistic expression not only in the many galleries and cultural centres, but in the streets themselves. The city has its own traditional form of folk art known as fileteado, recognised as cultural heritage by UNESCO, and you can find incredible street art on every corner (pay a visit to the incredible 2000m² mural El regreso de Quinquela in Barracas).

6. Festivals and events

A guide to what’s happening in Buenos Aires throughout the year.
• 125th Argentine Open Polo Tournament: One of the world’s greatest polo tournament every November – December.
• International Tango Festival and World Cup: (Every August. 2018 edition: August 9 – 22) Two weeks of concerts, shows, classes and milongas every August. Come to watch, listen or dance!
• BA International Jazz Festival: (November 14 – 19, 2018) Everything from Bebop to jazz fusion at this international festival every November.Click here for more

7. You can eat like a king

Designated Ibero-American capital of Gastronomic Culture 2017, the city boasts outstanding culinary options, from elegant 19th and early 20th century “bares notables” to some of Latin America’s most acclaimed contemporary restaurants and bars. Dining is important in Buenos Aires, and you can enjoy the world’s best steaks, Argentina’s famous malbec wines, and hearty Andean fare, plus there’s pizza, pasta and ice cream on every corner thanks to the city’s Italian heritage. Buenos Aires boasts several restaurants recognised in Latin America’s 50 Best. Local treats to look out for include the traditional infusion mate and addictive alfajores – chocolate-covered double-deck cookies filled with caramel-like dulce de leche.

[NYC DINING] Featuring Victors Cafe

Victors Cafe opened in 1963 and since then, this world-renowned Cuban restaurant in New York remains family-owned and operated. Offering great Cuban food, delicious cocktails and live Cuban music.

Victor’s Café continues to capture the hearts of many with traditional Cuban dishes as well as signature favorites Ponle Ropa A La Vaca (Their Ropa Vieja and Vaca Frita Duo), Bon Bon Cubano (Molten chocolate lava cake with coconut gelato) and the CocoNaty Mojito. More info at VictorsCafe.com

[OUTDOOR DINING MIAMI] Featuring Little Havana’s Doce Provisions

[OUTDOOR DINING MIAMI] Little Havana’s @DoceProvisions features a Latin / Cuban inspired menu that highlights locally sourced ingredients. They offer fresh artisanal dishes, a selection of Local Craft Beer, Wine and Live Music.

POPULAR MENU ITEMS: Chorizo Croquetas, Vaca Frita Tostones, Guava & Queso Empanadas, Short Rib Tacos, Masa De Puerco, and Lechon Asado Buns.

OUTDOOR SEATING: Spacious Patio. More info at doceprovisions.com. Featured Visual Artist: Didirok.

 

The Road To The Calle Ocho Festival 2020

Since 1978, Carnaval Miami has been organized by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and is held annually between February and March.  Through the dedicated support of the club’s members, volunteers and dedicated corporate and community partners, Carnaval Miami has grown into one of the largest Latin cultural celebrations in the United States, culminating with the world-famous El Festival de la Calle Ocho (Calle Ocho Festival).

Here are some events leading up to Calle Ocho Festival which takes place March 15th, 11am -7pm.

Carnaval Miami 2020 officially kicks off on February with the Miss Carnaval pageant. The pageant winner will not only be awarded cash prizes and scholarships, but the opportunity to be the face of Carnaval Miami 2019 with sponsored entry into the Miss Florida USA pageant.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Feb 8: Miss Carnaval Miami. More Info / Tickets
March 7: Cordials & Candy. More Info / Tickets
March 7 & 8: Carnaval On The Mile (FREE). More Info
March 7 & 8: Cork & Fork. More Info / Tickets
March 9: Domino Tournament (FREE). More Info 
March 12: Golf Classic. More Info / Tickets
April 11: Soccer 5v5 (FREE). More Info

Carnaval Miami is organized annually by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation’s youth development programs. For more information about the Kiwanis of Little Havana, or Carnaval Miami 2020 sponsorship opportunities, visit http://carnavalmiami.com

*DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. VISIT CARNAVALMIAMI.COM FOR UPDATES.

Oficina Latina: A Culinary ride down the Pan-American Highway [NYC]

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Oficina Latina, in Manhattan’s NOLITA neighborhood, is a tribute to the diverse charm of Latin America. Conceived as a culinary ride down the Pan-American Highway, the restaurant offers food and drinks that can be found from Mexico to Brazil.

The menu features Venezuelan arepas, Peruvian-style tilapia and chivito sandwiches from Uruguay, a smorgasbord of options that will leave your taste buds duly satisfied.

But most of all, the creative assortment of cocktails is what truly stands out at Oficina Latina. Their unique twist on the caipirinhas, piña coladas and mojitos, which are prepared with keen attention to detail, provide a visual treat before you wash down your food.

So if you’re looking for good food, tasty drinks and a Pan-American-style ambiance, Oficina Latina is the place for you.

Click here for more info on Oficina Latina