At foodyChile.com we want you to get a better taste of Chile.
For us food is a way of looking at the world: Since we are going to be eating several times a day, make it the central point and way of seeing things. Whether its going out for drinks, enjoying breakfast, searching for fresher or better ingredients: food is a way to experience the world around us.
CHILE: ALL ABOUT THE FRESHNESS
Chile’s cuisine is notably simple. You could even call it boring at first glance. There is a great mass of establishments and people that eat what was eaten yesterday and are conservative with their taste buds. Most restaurants give you the option of either salt or oil. Forget the pepper. We have even came across rental cabins where they prohibit cooking with garlic or “excessive spicing.”
But the range of ingredients available is as fresh as it is wide: From sea food, fruits, vegetables, a trip to the local produce market will net produce so fresh its covered in soil.
Add to this a growing consciousness in improving the quality of food products and experiences in Chile. Whether it’s a berry grower making jam and chutney, a new boom of olive oil, dozens of microbrews or the established quality of Chilean wine: Chile can be a quality food experience, especially if you shed the role of consumer and pick up the frying pan.
At foodyChile.com we want to help you discover the wide variety of products and people influence Chile’s food scene.
And we look to help you discover Chile’s food through several means:
Finding the right blend of tastes and settings that help maintain an appetite for exploring new flavors in a foreign country can be difficult. Getting the right mix of familiar, exotic, comforting, strange and satisfying is a complex challenge. Our experience navigating the foodscape of Chile has both been rewarding and trying, but at foodyChile.com we have been fortunate to find a world of enrichment in the end. So we want to help you experience Chile’s flavors without suffering quite as many pitfalls, though they will always come.
Our blog is the central point of communication. Where to eat, what to eat, who are the people innovating Chile’s world of food? More than an encyclopedia of Chilean cooking the blog serves as the platform for our ongoing exploration of Chile with the googles of a foodie.
In the blog we focus posts into several areas listed in the “Topics” menu:
People & Products
In this section we look at the people that have a role to play in Chile’s world of food. Chefs, event organizers, growers and eaters. In addition we also place emphasis on some of the products that you might find while traveling and eating in Chile.
A World of Flavor
In no part of the world is the cuisine completely isolated from the rest of the globe. In Chile immigrants arriving from the far stretches of the world….
From Arica to Punta Arenas there is a long list of events that focus on food and drinks. From the start of Vendimia, the harvest of wine grapes, to lamb grill-a-thons, these events have a true local flair and bring out Chilean culture at its best. We aim to create a thourgh list of events BEFORE they happen so you can participate. Know of an event we don’t have listed yet? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this section we look at typical ingredients, concepts and dishes that give Chile its culinary identity.
Ideas & Recipes
All this table talk is really a big excuse to get out and eat, and mix what we find in the kitchen. In this section we look at local and global recipes using products found here in Chile.
There’s no better way to experience a new country than through its kitchen. The ingredients, traditions and customs that surround the preparation and enjoyment of food is interwoven with the culture and personality of a place. Chile is no exception. A diverse geography and over 4,000 KM of ocean front make it a unique culinary experience.
However Chilean food is much different from many of its more well known neighbors. It is simple, suddle and fresh. Despite Chile’s name it is generally not spicy. But when done right and served in just the right place it is a unique experience. As a guide and tour operator we want to put you in touch with this experience.
Come join me us for a personalized look at Chile’s food and culture. I aim to help you explore and enjoy Chile during your stay. So leave the details to us and come hungry, you won’t regret it.
Our passion for finding and sharing the best ingredients that Chile has to offer goes beyond just purveying information. We know that making a trip to the tucked away corners of this long and narrow country is not always possible. Plus many of the best products are not widely available in the traditional supermarkets and food outlets. Therefore we have created an online store where you can find all Chilean quality gourmet and natural food products.
In our online store you can find: oils, spices & condiments, sweets, chocolates, snacks, kitchenware, books and much more. But don’t take our word for it, have a look yourself.
WHO WE ARE
We are a US-Chilean couple-team-business with a fascination for food. Journalist and Psychologist; Father and Mother; Partners and Friends: We are travelers that want to help Chileans and Foreigners get a better taste of Chile.
Colin Bennett, foodyChile.com editor and guide: originally from Iowa, came to Chile to travel and explore and never managed to make it back. Coming from a family with a large and welcoming kitchen, he has always wanted a bit more from his kitchen and looked to eat more than the meat and potatoes commonly served in his home state. During his time in Chile he has worked as a journalist, teacher, guide, fruit exporter and store owner while in Chile. Colin edits and contributes to foodyChile.com.
Carolina Molina, foodyChile.com contributor: from Chile, a psychologist by trade. She might have been raised on traditional Chilean fare, but has learned to love the experience of food from the world round. As a HR consultant she also has a passion for improving service and shares her vision with companies around the country. Her love of good food led her to create the Boutique del Campo gourmet store to offer a flavorful line of new food products from all over Chile available in Santiago. Maybe explain that we are online now?
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