Category Archives: South and Central America

R.O.U.S

capybara / chigüiro The capybara can be found in most South American countries, with a particularly large population in the Amazon. Its name comes from the Brazilian Tupi language meaning “one who eats slender leaves”, since their herbivorous diet is … Continue reading

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Let The Paiché Bite Cha

Paiché Peruvian Izakaya Marina del Rey, California The fish approaches slowly, methodically – at three feet in length, the torpedo-like paiché (more commonly known as arapaima) is yet a juvenile, but his hinged jaw is capable of wreaking havoc on … Continue reading

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Night Of The Iguana

Iguana Central and South America I have three pet peeves that make me cringe each time they are executed by food writers – the first being the mortal sin of using the possessive apostrophe for plurality; the second is lauding … Continue reading

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I Smell A Rat

Nutria (South America and Louisiana) L.A. Gastronauts at Villains Tavern, Los Angeles CA Despite the American romance with Cajun cuisine, the thought of Paul Prudhomme or Emeril Lagasse presenting a steaming platter of rat fricassée conjures up visions of restaurant … Continue reading

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I Am The Pumpkin King

Pumpkin (Part II) Last year around this time I posted an article on pumpkin highlighting some of the pumpkin-laden dishes I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy; virtually every part of every variety of pumpkin is edible, with each variety imparting … Continue reading

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