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Oficina Latina: A Culinary ride down the Pan-American Highway [NYC]

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Oficina Latina, in Manhattan’s NOLITA neighborhood, is a tribute to the diverse charm of Latin America. Conceived as a culinary ride down the Pan-American Highway, the restaurant offers food and drinks that can be found from Mexico to Brazil.

The menu features Venezuelan arepas, Peruvian-style tilapia and chivito sandwiches from Uruguay, a smorgasbord of options that will leave your taste buds duly satisfied.

But most of all, the creative assortment of cocktails is what truly stands out at Oficina Latina. Their unique twist on the caipirinhas, piña coladas and mojitos, which are prepared with keen attention to detail, provide a visual treat before you wash down your food.

So if you’re looking for good food, tasty drinks and a Pan-American-style ambiance, Oficina Latina is the place for you.

Click here for more info on Oficina Latina

Top 7 Reasons to Visit Buenos Aires Argentina

Buenos Aires is a pulsating, passionate, cosmopolitan city. The combination of rich architectural and cultural heritage, modern creative energy, electric nightlife, unique traditions, a vibrant arts scene, extensive parks, and warm, friendly hosts makes it one of the world’s most exciting capitals.

There are dozens of reasons to visit, hence why the city has repeatedly been voted the best in Latin America by users of TripAdvisor, but here are just ten of the big ones.

1. You can dance the world’s most romantic dance in its birthplace

Sensual, nostalgic, and fiendishly difficult to learn, tango emerged in the city’s portside neighbourhoods in the mid-19th century and has since conquered the world. Today, Buenos Aires is a place of pilgrimage for tango dancers from all over, and the dance is still very much alive – danced by the young and young-at-heart well into the early hours every night of the week. As well as witnessing traditional social dancing and learning some steps at a milonga, you can treat yourself to sumptuous dinner-shows with spectacularly choreographed performances, and see live orchestras playing everywhere from cosy neighbourhood bars to grand symphony halls.

2. You can enjoy nightlife that goes on well into the morning

Buenos Aires is a city that never sleeps, famous for its phenomenal nightlife, which ranges from traditional neighbourhood taverns to award-winning cocktail bars, big clubs, hidden gig venues, and underground nightspots catering to every niche. The city’s incredible openness and diversity also make it the top destination in Latin America for LGBT visitors. Just be prepared to stay out late! We eat late, party late and sleep late, if at all!

3. You’ll experience sporting passion like never before

Buenos Aires is a city that lives and breathes football (soccer), and the passion can be felt in the stadiums, the neighbourhood cafes and the goal celebrations of a local amateur team. The atmosphere at the city’s stadiums has to be experienced to be believed, and the Boca vs River derby has been described as the most intense sporting event in the world.

4. You’ll find yourself in a historic melting pot of cultures

The city’s cosmopolitan, multicultural identity was forged in a melting pot of cultures, from native American and colonial Spanish roots, to the influences of immigration from Italy, France, Great Britain, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. You’ll see this eclectic mix of influences in the city’s architecture, food and in the character of its people. And while Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city always looking towards the latest trends, we also have passionate pride for our history and tradition. Feel the nostalgia in the cobbled streets of neighbourhoods like San Telmo, visit old cafes where poets used to gather, witness traditional gaucho displays of horsemanship and folk dancing at the Feria de Mataderos, and explore the political history of the Plaza de Mayo, where huge crowds turned out to see Eva Perón speak.

5. You can enjoy a wealth of culture

Long seen as Latin America’s capital of culture, Buenos Aires has almost 300 theatres, 380 bookstores and 160 museums, and some of them will take your breath away. The Teatro Colón is one of the world’s best opera houses, with outstanding acoustics and beautiful interiors, the Ateneo Grand Spendid is considered one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, and you’ll find creative, artistic expression not only in the many galleries and cultural centres, but in the streets themselves. The city has its own traditional form of folk art known as fileteado, recognised as cultural heritage by UNESCO, and you can find incredible street art on every corner (pay a visit to the incredible 2000m² mural El regreso de Quinquela in Barracas).

6. Festivals and events

A guide to what’s happening in Buenos Aires throughout the year.
• 125th Argentine Open Polo Tournament: One of the world’s greatest polo tournament every November – December.
• International Tango Festival and World Cup: (Every August. 2018 edition: August 9 – 22) Two weeks of concerts, shows, classes and milongas every August. Come to watch, listen or dance!
• BA International Jazz Festival: (November 14 – 19, 2018) Everything from Bebop to jazz fusion at this international festival every November.Click here for more

7. You can eat like a king

Designated Ibero-American capital of Gastronomic Culture 2017, the city boasts outstanding culinary options, from elegant 19th and early 20th century “bares notables” to some of Latin America’s most acclaimed contemporary restaurants and bars. Dining is important in Buenos Aires, and you can enjoy the world’s best steaks, Argentina’s famous malbec wines, and hearty Andean fare, plus there’s pizza, pasta and ice cream on every corner thanks to the city’s Italian heritage. Buenos Aires boasts several restaurants recognised in Latin America’s 50 Best. Local treats to look out for include the traditional infusion mate and addictive alfajores – chocolate-covered double-deck cookies filled with caramel-like dulce de leche.

Global Latin Superstar Juanes to Launch 2018 North American “Amarte Tour” with Fast-Rising Latin Alternative Star Mon Laferte

Latin Rock’s leading global ambassador and the most-awarded solo artist in Latin Grammy history, Juanes, today announces the 2018 North American “Amarte Tour” with Latin Alternative’s new leading-lady Mon Laferte. Produced by Live Nation and also including special guest Caloncho, the tour will kick off April 20 in Orlando, Florida and continue across North America for an additional 15 dates, wrapping May 20 in Temecula, California. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, December 8 at LiveNation.com.

The tour announcement follows closely behind recent Latin Grammy wins for both artists. Juanes’ critically-praised, and chart-topping Mis Planes Son Amarte (Latin Music’s first major visual album) received two new awards this year, increasing the Colombian superstar’s career tally to a staggering twenty-five combined GRAMMY & Latin Grammy Awards. With a rare five-star Rolling Stone review and pick as “One of the best albums of 2017,” Mis Planes Son Amarte also just earned a 2018 GRAMMY nomination for “Best Latin Pop Album.” Hailed by TIME as “one of the 100 Most-Influential People in the World,” and The New York Times as “Latin America’s soulful poet,” Juanes has built a distinctive sound that fuses his love of rock & pop, with multi-layered songwriting, and a deep reverence for the traditional folk and other indigenous rhythms of the continent. With eight multi-platinum albums to his credit, Juanes has notched eleven #1 Billboard singles, and holds multiple chart records. He is also one of Latin music’s leading social media voices and a dedicated global activist, with wide ranging charitable efforts.

Mexico City based, Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte is “One of the rising stars of the Latin music world.” Following the release of her new album “La Trenza,” MTV named Mon Laferte as this year’s Best Artist In Mexico, while NPR, All Music, The New York Times and more have also applauded the album. Most recently, “La Trenza,” received an impressive five Latin Grammy nominations, with Mon Laferte taking home the award for “Best Alternative Song”- recognizing “Amárrame,” her hit duet with new tour partner Juanes.

Juanes’ 2018 North American “Amarte Tour” Dates With Mon Laferte and Special Guest Caloncho:

Friday, April 20, 2018 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Friday, April 27, 2018 New York, NY The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Saturday, April 28, 2018 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Sunday, April 29, 2018 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
Thursday, May 03, 2018 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Friday, May 04, 2018 Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Sunday, May 06, 2018 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum
Friday, May 11, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena at San Diego State University
Friday, May 18, 2018 San Jose, CA City National Civic
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl at The Palms
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Temecula, CA Pechanga Theatre

Connect with Juanes at: www.juanes.netTwitterFacebook, & Instagram

Connect with Mon Laferte atwww.monlaferte.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Peralta Project’s “Merengue Rock” Collection

“As a 1st born generation Dominican York growing up on the 80s/90s merengue is what blasted from the speakers from our house parties. Birthday parties went on till 7pm and then it was the adults time to party. The kids entered into the biggest bedroom to play and fall asleep on top of the coats waiting for their parents to pick them up to go home.

With this series I want to honor our icons and legends and make them cool and relevant in today’s times. When I hear that music it makes me think of family, togetherness, immigrants arriving to this country and having each other’s back. It was an innocent time when everything was new. A new life to make in Nuevo York with traces of the mother country through music”. – M.Tony Peralta

Visit the Peralta Project online shop at www.PeraltaProject.com

Running with the Beef presents La Puesta del Sol

Inspired by Spain’s Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Running with the Beef returns on this Saturday, July 16th, with an all-inclusive evening of Mezcal and barbecue, all served up along Manhattan’s scenic East River.

PUESTA DEL SOL: MEZCAL Y BARBACOA

Our all-inclusive evening session will have a specially curated Mezcal tasting with both VIP (4:30-8:30PM) and GA (5:30-8:30PM) options. La Puesta del Sol –  Mezcal y Barbacoa will feature a great line-up of chefs from the following restaurants all working with D’Artagnan, Tortilleria Nixtamal and Danny Mena’s Mezcales de Leyenda:

  • Anthony Sasso for Casa Mono
  • Julian Medina for Toloache
  • Danny Mena for Hecho en Dumbo
  • Ivan Garcia for Mesa Coyoacan
  • Cosme Aguilar for Casa Enrique
  • David Navarro for Jimmy’s No. 43
  • Barbara Sibley for La Palapa
  • Ed McDevitt for Rosa Mexicano
  • With desserts by Fany La New Yorkina

Vegetarian options will include Corn on the Cob (Street Version), cheeses and breads (all food subject to change).

Puesta del Sol will also feature 20+ different Mezcal brands, including:

  • Mezcales de Leyenda
  • Fidencio
  • Koch
  • La Venenosa
  • Peloton de la Muerte
  • Jolgorio
  • Ilegal Mezcal
  • Marca Negra
  • Santa Pedrera
  • Del Maguey
  • Siembra Metl

DJ La Huaracaha will provide the tunes with Rana Santacruz providing additional entertainment, and each person will receive a commemorative Mezcal glass.

TICKETS ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE. UNLIMITED BEER, WINE, FOOD AND FUN! ON THE WATERFRONT! VIP AND GA OPTIONS.

Click here for tickets and more information

J Balvin Answers Fan Questions for Exclusive SiriusXM “Town Hall” Special

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Multi-award winning reaggaeton singer / songwriter J Balvin joins actress Dascha Polanco for SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series.

The “Town Hall” special features Colombian superstar J Balvin answering questions about his rapidly rising career, recently released album Energía, and famous collaborations.  The special will feature Orange is the New Black’s Dasha Polanco as special guest host.

“SiriusXM’s Town Hall with J Balvin” will air Thursday, June 30 at 1:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Caliente channel 158, Flow Nación channel 765, and Viva channel 763 and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

El Barrio’s La Casa Azul spreads the word

Aurora Anaya-Cerda, La Casa Azul Bookstore, El Barrio - Spanish Harlem

For countless years, Latino authors have been creating beautiful stories that has captured diverse audiences. Gabriel García Márquez, Paulo Coelho, Isabel Allende and Junot Díaz are names recognized across many borders.

However, there are many other Latino writers who are also creating remarkable work yet aren’t being distributed in mainstream bookstores. La Casa Azul in East Harlem is filling that gap.

BEGINNINGS
The bookstore’s founder, Aurora Anaya-Cerda, says she recognized a void existed for providing access to unknown Latino authors and artists and worked to make La Casa Azul the “literature hub in the neighborhood” of East Harlem.

“I needed something like this to exist for myself because I recognized very early on how books impacted my life in general,” said Aurora. “All books shaped me but then learning about books that reflected my culture and my language and my history – that had a very different impact on me.”

In 2011 Casa Azul launched a successful $40,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund a permanent home for the bookstore, which was a true labor of love for Aurora. Six years had passed from the store’s beginnings as an online store to its storefront ribbon-cutting ceremony, as Aurora labored to raise her presence through community board meetings and other events.

CREATING COMMUNITY
In a time when major booksellers are shutting their doors or downsizing, community-driven efforts like Casa Azul are flourishing precisely because of the relationships they’ve built and nourished.

As Aurora says, “in an era of digital everything, I think people still want and need that space to come together and just talk.”

While La Casa Azul is first and foremost a bookstore, it does much more than just sell books. Averaging around 20 different events a month, the bookstore has recently held a crowdfunding workshop along with more traditional events such as book clubs and writer panels.

La Casa Azul is also embracing its future and has expanded to include a coffee shop in its space on 103rd Street and rented a space this past summer with East Harlem’s La Marqueta, a food market that is revitalizing the area. This partnership gives them further visibility and allows them to connect with the greater East Harlem community.

GAME-CHANGER
Leading the way in a cultural renaissance, La Casa Azul is shaping future generations. It serves as a reminder about the permanency of the Latino experience by not only giving rising stars a voice, but by also creating a community that embraces them.

“It’s wonderful that people like Junot are getting recognition for their talent and it’s well-deserved.  But it shouldn’t be that next year we don’t talk about any other Latino writer,” says Aurora. “In fact, there are other very talented young writers that are out there and that’s where Casa Azul comes in.”

CONTACT INFO:
Website: www.lacasaazulbookstore.com
Address: 143 E. 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
Tel: (212) 426 – 2626

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