On one side, across the bay is the new city and its line of skyscrapers and Trump towers of glass and steel. On the other the old, Casco Viejo, with its eclectic architecture brought from wave after wave of immigrants that helped build the Panama Canal. Splitting the two cities is Panama City’s municipal pier and adjacent Mercado de Mariscos.
While the length of the Carretera Austral in Chile’s Northern Patagonia is nothing less than spectacular, the town of Caleta Tortel, the Patagonian Venice, captures the adventurous spirit and magic of the region better than any other place, yet is still relatively unknown and undiscovered. Sitting on the crème de menthe colored Rio Baker, the small lumber town clings to the hillsides and waterfront via hundreds of wooden walkways that span the entire length of the maze like town.
Tiny Central American nation of El Salvador is in the process of shedding its civil war strewn image for a beach one. The center of the country’s blossoming tourist scene is the laidback region of La Libertad’s Balsamo Coast, a 20-mile string of black sand beaches and fishing villages and one of Central America’s top surf spots. The most visited destination is the backpacker and surfer haunts of Playa El Tunco, Sunzal and Bocana.
Cajamarca, a city in Peru’s Northern Andes, is a culinary hotspot. The city’s beauty lies in its products and traditions. The region is home to Peru’s dairy industry, which makes Cajamarca a leading producer of cheeses and manjar blanco (Peru’s own version of dulce de leche).
Twenty-three kilometers south of Mancora on the north coast of Peru, El Ñuro is a tiny artisanal fishing village with just a few hundred people. Being near the confluence of warm equatorial waters meeting the cold Humboldt Current, the diversity of fish being caught here is incredible. It’s is not far from Cabo Blanco, the fishing village that once attracted the world’s top big game fishermen, including Ernest Hemmingway, who came in the 1950’s while filming the Old Man and the Sea.
On October 26th, Stella Artois held their World Draught Master Global Finals, which they call the Mondial Maitres Serveurs, in Montreal, Canada. This annual event, always in a different location, brought together more than twenty of the world’s top pourers of Stella Artois, a list that was whittled down from hundreds of bartender contestants from twenty-six countries through a series of regional and national championships.
After arriving in Mexcio’s blossoming wine region, the Valle de Guadalupe, in I drove over to the Mogor Badan winery (Carretera Tecate Ensenada Km 86.5), where Drew Deckman, a Georgia born chef who own’s the restaurant Deckman’s in San José del Cabo, set up a seasonal, farm to table bistro under the shade of three tall pine trees at the edge of the vineyard.
At Lima, Peru’s annual gastronomic festival Mistura you see some odd products. In the events Gran Mercado, three hundred and fifty artisanal producers from every corner of the country are selling everything from chocolate and pisco to roasted sacha inchi seeds, as well as a rainbow of colorful quinoas and native potatoes.
This summer, driving to Virginia from New York to go shark fishing, I made a slight detour in Delaware to the small town of Leipsic, a tiny speck of a crabbing village near Delaware Bay. Crab, was of course what I had in mind when make the pilgrimage to Sambo’s Tavern, an iconic crab house that has been open for nearly 60 years.
In La Paz, Bolivia, wandering aimlessly down some cobblestone street far away from Calle Sagárnaga, a spool of thread pops out from a corner, spinning from a worn hand.