Eating with Our Eyes
When it comes to food blogs, topics range from amateur cooking and specialty foods, to culinary photography. Many blogs emphasize heritage and tradition, techniques for home cooking, and traveling, evoking flavors from around the world. They celebrate the cultures and environments in which the dishes were created, along with the people who continue to create them.
Latin cuisine spans a multitude of regions, which makes it highly rich and varied. The following blogs, selected by six writers in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, translate the joy of food onto the computer screen.
Bolivia Bella includes the recipes for typical Bolivian dishes, such as Sopa de Mani. There are also recommendations for good restaurants around the country.
On Chasing Delicious, make sure to check out the section about cocktails.
The dishes on My Colombian Recipes are easy to prepare. Erica’s inspiration for her food blog came from her grandmother and her mother, two marvelous traditional Colombian chefs, making this a family oriented blog. You don’t need to be a professional chef to prepare one of these delicious and comforting meals.
Desserts for Breakfast is exquisite.
Dinner was Delicious is another pretty cool blog. Each recipe comes with a photo and professional tips.
Food & the Fabulous is a blog written by Ishay Govender-Ypma, a former lawyer turned cook and traveler. The site has recipes, restaurant reviews, tourist guides from South Africa, and a food and travel section. The homepage is welcoming and interactive, with high quality photographs and a brief description of the blog’s purpose.
Hungry Sofia is a blog focused on sharing Latin recipes from Cuba, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Sofia Pelaez, the writer and creator, explains why she’s hungry: “I’m hungry because it’s never enough and it’s never enough because I’m just so hungry.” In the index, all the recipes are organized according to their ingredients and the type of dish.
“What really piqued my interest with this one was the prospect of Cuban cuisine: a style that should seem familiar to a Latin American, but still holds a mystifying sense of exoticism.”
The owner of the blog Latin Food Lovers, Luciana Davidzon, is from Argentina. She shares recipes of typical food from all over Latin America and includes videos.
There are even more recipes on The Latin Kitchen, which includes a news and travel section. All the recipes are based on Latin dishes, drinks, desserts, and cocktails. It is a professional blog with plenty of contributors, including important chefs such as Ingrid Hoffman, board member of New York City’s Food and Education Fund. The pictures of the food and drinks are of high quality and have vivid colors. The writing is simple and easy to understand, which attracts readers who do not enjoy long sentences.
“The Latin Kitchen is a very colorful
and visually attractive blog.”
Layla Pujol´s blog, Laylita’s Recipes, attracts like a magnet. From green plantain patties stuffed with cheese, to shrimp ceviche, pictures allow you to imagine terrific possibilities. Lots of easy, delightful drinks and appetizers are found on this blog. It includes dishes from all Latin America, from Choriqueso empanadas filled with chorizo and cheese, fried or baked and served with a creamy avocado sauce, to typical Ecuadorian stuffed potatoes. The quality of the writing keeps the reader focused on the food preparation and background. The blog is available in several languages, which makes it even more appealing.
“I was mostly delighted by her special twist on drinks and deserts, which sometimes incorporated unusual ingredients but looked delicious nevertheless.” (Joel)
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Milena Gigliotti is a freshman at International University of Santa Cruz. She’s a fan of dystopian novels and a pasta lover.
Macarena Gil is a freshman at International University of Santa Cruz. The mother of a lively baby girl, she loves watching movies on her free time.
Daniela Lara is a 21-year-old student currently attending iU in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Her hobbies and interests include outdoor activities (hiking, rock climbing, and fishing) and traveling. She’s very artistic (painting and drawing) and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Talis Vanessa Montero is Bolivian. She loves books, music and movies. She enjoys the small pleasures in life, such as a cup of coffee in the middle of the night.
Michelle Nuñez del Prado was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She is a freshman student at the International University of Santa Cruz. She is a hobbyist singer and dancer. She loves to spend time with her family, friends and especially with her dogs.
Joel Shriqui is a computer enthusiast from Bolivia currently studying at iU pursuing a career in Computer Science. He enjoys tinkering, learning, playing poker, and indulging in eastern entertainment.