Food

El Chino Renegón

28 May, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

PHOTO: NICK SOMERSBehind a nameless, unimposing, wooden door on avenida Ecuador is the shabby and famous restaurant, ‘El Chino Renegón’. The name of the place is unofficial, gifted to this delicious T...

Suspect Drinks

28 May, 2015 | Rodrigo Barrenechea

It remains clear in my mind: the memory of the day I first entered Layka Restaurant on Linares street. More clear yet rests the mental image, burnt into my retina, of the first thing that you see upon...

How Many Salchipapas?

28 May, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

PHOTO: NICK SOMERSLegend has it that the man selling salchipapas on the edge of Plaza España has been around for decades. Jackie, who works in the bar Diesel on Avenida 20 de Octubre, claims that when...

Keen on Quinoa - Emily G - Draft

28 May, 2015 | Emily Gray

PHOTO: PABLO PANIAGUA WWW.SINMOTIVO.COMFor thousands of years, quinoa was a cheap, common, staple food grain for the people of the Andes. In recent years, though, the demand for quinoa in western cult...

Crouch Down and Eat: Street Food in La Paz

28 May, 2015 | Adriana Murillo

ILLUSTRATION: OSCAR ZALLESIt can be said that a large percentage of Bolivians have eaten agachaditos. The word ‘agachadito’ means ‘crouch’, but in reality, it is more than its literal meaning. It mean...

QUINOA

19 Aug, 2014 | Eve Young

From staple to Super Food  The United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. But why bring this superfood to the public consciousness for just one year alone? Quinoa, a g...

TRADITIONAL BOLIVIAN FAST FOOD

29 Apr, 2014 | Laura Van Antwerp

Coming Soon to a Food Court Near You! Reflecting on traditional Bolivian cuisine, there are a few staples that immediately come to mind. The plato paceño features the unlikely combination of corn...

LLAJUA

29 Apr, 2014 | Ollie Vargas

Llajua, the Bolivian hot sauce, is not just popular, but also an essential part of Bolivia’s social fabric. It’s eaten in every corner of Bolivia, transcending cultural and regional divides, from the...

THE GREEN GHOST OF LA PAZ

29 Apr, 2014 | Neil Suchak

Ajenjo, the Bolivian Absinthe As you walk into Café Etno on Calle Jaen you might be forgiven for thinking that you were no longer in La Paz, but had been transported to a bar in a trendy district of...

CARNE DE LLAMA

29 Apr, 2014 | Alan Pierce

The corral of llamas gazed haughtily at me. Their jaws chewed side-to-side, a short row of buckteeth jutting out to form an overall aura of aloof heartiness. I had come to this remote llama farm in th...

ELI’S AND THE COMANDANTE

29 Apr, 2014 | Neil Suchak

Che Guevara’s Pizza Diaries En route from La Paz to El Alto you are likely to drive past a roadside statue of Ernesto Che Guevara, the Argentine revolutionary whose iconic face has come to adorn any...

ARCHEOLOGY OF A PALM HEART

29 Apr, 2014 | Andres Pereira Paz

Inside Gustu’s research lab Since its doors first opened in 2012, Gustu has quickly earned its place as one of the top restaurants in South America, and possibly even the world. Gustu has establish...

NOT FOR THE FAINT OF STOMACH

29 Apr, 2014 | Chloe Barran

An exploration of Bolivia’s most unexpected delicacies Cabecitas The restaurant El Solar de las Cabecitas is an open room painted with warm red and orange. Decorative mirrors cover the back wall...

LOS HELADEROS

29 Apr, 2014 | Ollie Vargas

The Precarious Prospects of La Paz’s Ageing Ice-Cream Men A ubiquitous sight across the plazas and pedestrian walkways of La Paz are the city’s army of ‘heladeros’ (ice-cream men). Mostly male an...

AGAINST THE GRAIN:

29 Apr, 2014 | Penelope Cartwright

The Unconventional (or Downright Cranky) Restaurateurs of La Paz Even before I learned that this issue of Bolivian Express would be food themed, my housemates were already overwhelming with me with...