EDITORIAL BY Caroline Risacher
The foods that one misses the most when away from home are usually the ones that we take the most from granted when we experience them. Like the anticuchos you eat, not fully sober, in the middle of the night or the little bag of nuts you grab on your way to work from a street vendor. Because of the pandemic some of us are left stranded somewhere far away from where we want to be and not knowing until when.
When times get tough there is nothing like the warmth of an api with a sweet and savoury pastel, or nothing quite as refreshing as an helado de canela or a giant slice of watermelon to go. Trying to recreate dishes ourselves helps but even if we manage to bake the softest, fluffiest and crunchiest pancitos in the world, nothing comes close to being able to share it with someone you love.
In this new world we live in we may not be able to eat outside as casually as before or hang in our favourite bars for hours with our friends. Most places have adapted and you can now order take outs and food delivered from almost anywhere. Even cocktails. In a very paradoxical way, in Bolivia, food is almost even more available now than before.
Food is comforting, food provides connection, and because here at Bolivian Express, eating and talking about food are our favourite activities we concocted another issue (our third one) entirely focused on food, gastronomy, drinks, chefs and everything edible. The issue itself may not be (yet) but it comes with recipes you can try at home.
And now for those of us who have embraced the art of cooking, baking and making cocktails at home, the possibilities are infinite. You don’t live in Bolivia (or you do but you can’t leave your house) and miss the messiness of a salteña? No problem, just bake them at home. The secret is to sweeten the dough and to use some gelatine to create the perfect juicy stew inside. Make your own choripán with chorizo, baguette bread and all the condiments you like, but don’t forget the llajua. Never forget the llajua.
ARTICLES FROM THIS ISSUE
The Universe of Plants (goes to D.C.)
30 Jun, 2020 | Caroline Risacher and Bx Team
Photo: Iván Rodríguez This article was originally published in the issue 82 of Bolivian Express, We are reediting it with an update on Quiroga’s new project.UpdateAlongside Santiago Diaz, a long...
What’s Cooking Valentina
30 Jun, 2020 | Marie de Lantivy
Photos by : What’s Cooking Valentina - IGA rising female chef in BoliviaThis article was originally published in the issue 82 of Bolivian Express.We all know women who cook: mothers, sisters, gra...
Luis Alberto ‘Tito’ Eguino
30 Jun, 2020 | Bx Team
Photo by: Iván RodríguezMargaritaLa Paz’s culinary scene has experienced a mouth-watering boom in recent years. Its ever growing prestige has earned its spot at the top, the gourmet food on offer now...
Azafrán by Bolivian Express
30 Jun, 2020 | Camila Swift
A photo collaboration by Azafrán Magazine, a special thanks to Alvaro RuizThe best street and market foodsThis article was originally published in the issue 8 of Bolivian Express. It has been updated...
30 Jun, 2020 | Iván Rodríguez
Photo essay by: Iván RodríguezOur favourite coffee time tunes over a latte or distinct clatter and chatter of our favourite restaurants may seem like whispers from a bygone era. While we won’t be able...