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Julie Schwietert Collazo

Paraguayan Food 101
Paraguayan Food Primer: What Is Paraguay's Signature Food and Drink?

If you love Latin food, it's easy to become afflicted with the same syndrome that can infect any aficionado: the smugness of thinking you've seen, or in this case, eaten everything. The joy of discovery is replaced by the twin joys of knowing so much and eating the most extraordinary version of your favorite dish (preferably in an obscure, off-the-beaten-path place or by a chef with Michelin stars). And then, suddenly, you find yourself eating a generous serving of humble pie.


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#IBuiltThis: Latino Entreprenuer Goes Back to His Roots

Alejandro Velez and his business partner, Nikhil Arora, were undergrads at University of California, Berkeley, so the story goes, where they were taking a class in which they learned that mushrooms can grow on coffee grounds. It was, perhaps, an unlikely “A-ha!” moment; at an age when many college students' experiments with growing are limited to yeast cultures required to make beer, Velez and Arora were experimenting with mushroom farming... in the kitchen of their frat house.


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Semana Santa around Latin America
Semana Santa around Latin America

This year, Holy Week, or Semana Santa if you're in Latin America, spans April 13-20. People who observe this important event on the religious calendar by upholding Catholic tradition likely spent the Lenten season that leads up to Easter abstaining from meat on Fridays and giving up something–coffee, alcohol, chocolate, or some other treat typically considered an indulgence–in an act of spiritual self-discipline.

 


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It's Party Time! How to Plan a Puerto Rican Parranda

"Van llegando... la fiesta va a comenzar..."


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Opening Soon: J. by José Andrés at W Mexico City

When W Mexico City started undergoing renovations in late 2013, the changes made in the hotel's guest rooms and public spaces were occurring largely beyond guests' view, done in a way to minimize disruptions.


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How Much Do You Know About the Mineral Water You're Drinking?

Do all those bubbles really mean better water?


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Sticker Shock: The High Cost of Making Tequila

A decade ago, you might have been hard-pressed to find anything other than a $20 bottle of Jose Cuervo at your local liquor store. Back then, there probably wasn't even a shelf dedicated to tequila. The dominant perception of Mexico's signature spirit was that of tequila as “firewater,” a cheap liquor best reserved for budget drinkers, college partiers, and those who generally cared less about mouthfeel and artisanal production methods than about, well, getting drunk.  


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I Pledge Allegiance to Pegao: 7 Reasons to Love Burned Rice

A Latin guide to the rice at the bottom of the pot.


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Olive Oil 101

Not all bottles are made equal.


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