Bryant Park’s “Dance Party” highlights different Latin genres with Live Music and Free Dance Classes

Bryant Park presents their spring / Summer series, Dance Party. A free outdoor event that features Live Music and Dance Classes for a unique experience each Wednesday evening. Learn the steps from 6pm-7pm and then test out your new moves to live music from 7pm-8:30pm. All ages are welcome to explore a different dance genre each week, including bachata, cumbia, salsa, and more.

May 1: Salsa Night with Tito Puente Jr.

May 8: Latin & Ballroom Night with Fleur Seule

May 15: Contra Dance Night with Brooklyn Swing Ensemble

May 22: R&B Night with Exenia and the Transformation

May 29: Cumbia Night with LaMar NYC

June 5: LGBTQ Dance Night with One Up Duo and Stars of Hot to Trot

June 7: Latin Dance Festival – Celebrating Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue



WHEN: Wednesday 19, June 2019
WHERE: Ice Palace Film Studios. 1400 N Miami Avenue
PERFORMERS: Natti Natasha / Dalex
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WHEN: July 12 & 13, 2019
WHERE: Brooklyn, NYC
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WHEN: May 15 to June 23, 2019
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WHEN: September 6 to November 9, 2019
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WHEN: september 4 to November 30, 2019
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WHEN: Saturday 10, August 2019
WHERE: Queen Mary Events Park, Long Beach, CA, US
PERFORMERS: Ozuna / Anitta / Brytiago / Darrell / Rauw Alejandro / Alex Sensation / Lary Over / Malu Trevejo
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WHEN: Saturday 8, June 2019
WHERE: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
PERFORMERS: Ozuna / Karol G / Natti Natasha / Zion y Lennox / Darell / Brytiago / Rauw Alejandro
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WHEN: March 14 to April 28, 2019
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WHEN / WHERE: April 19 (NYC) / April 21 (Boston)
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WHEN: April 11 to May 18, 2019
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WHEN: April 21, 2019
WHERE: Prudential Center, NJ
PERFORMERS: Ozuna / Anuel AA / J Balvin / Karol G / Jowell y Randy / Manuel Turizo / Farruko / Lirico / Amenazzy / Secreto / Chimbala
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* Dates, performers and venues are subject to change

Top 10 Things To Do In Punta Cana

Blessed with one of the Caribbean’s longest white sand coastlines–a whopping 48 kilometers (30 miles), punctuated with sky-reaching coconut palms–Punta Cana is the land of rest and relaxation by the sea. Here, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, all-inclusive resorts and boutique hideaways offer all the whims and comforts of modern beachfront living. Families enjoy family oriented entertainment and water parks for children, while couples-only enclaves offer secluded beachside lodging for an ultra-romantic stay. But it’s not only about fun in the sun, soft sand brushing against your toes, and iridescent, clear water to swim in, go horseback riding, or dive in and discover an underwater paradise. Below we’ve compiled our favorite 10 things to do in Punt Cana (In no specific order).

1. Swim With Dolphins

Make friends with fascinating marine mammals and learn about the Dominican Republic’s friendly dolphin community during a magical dolphin encounter. Get to know Punta Cana’s pod of resident dolphins, playing games and teaching them simple tricks before your enchanting experience is through.

2. Monkey Land Safari

Nestled in the mountains of Anamuya, this experience offers a chance to interrelate and observe monkeys in their natural environment. Meanwhile you’re enjoying spectacular views of the countryside. This is an unforgettable experience for all ages.

You begin your journey by entering the lovely botanical garden, where you learn about the native plants and flowers of Anamuya. The following 45 minutes is catered to a guided tour that allows you to interact in close proximity with beautiful and friendly squirrel monkeys. These lovely and intelligent mammals have been trained by a Canadian couple with 35 years of experience working with animals, including 12 years at the Toronto Zoo teaching monkeys to trust and enjoy the company of humans.

3. El Limón Waterfall

Pair your passion for adventure with your love of nature during a guided horseback adventure to El Limón Waterfall. Embark on an idyllic ascent through coconut and palm trees toward the cascading falls, where you can take the plunge and cool off in the soothing waters beneath El Limón Waterfall.

Turn the tropical forest into your playground. Marvel at the way the horses clamber up steep sections of the track with a sense of prowess. Behold the stunning array of wildlife while you climb, and take time to admire the coconut and palm trees bearing blossoms and low-hanging fruit.

Hear the crashing sound of water before you catch sight of El Limón. At the top, pause to drink in vistas of the awe-inspiring falls as you get ready to plunge into the refreshing pools for a swim.

4. Off Road Adventures

Join this rally through the Dominican countryside for a fun and thrilling adventure behind the wheel of your own off-road vehicle. Cruise through local farmland, pass by freshwater springs, and take a swim in the refreshing waters of the Caribbean along the way.

5. Full Day Colonial Santo Domingo City Tour

As one of the oldest cities of the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Santo Domingo is a great choice for first-time visitors and history buffs. You’ll visit some spectacular places of this rich colonial city including the caves at Three Eyes National Park, the Columbus Lighthouse, the walled Colonial Zone, and the National Presidential Palace.

6. Horseback Riding Experience

Live the experience of horseback riding on a Paso Higueyano horse as you trot along on the beautiful white sands of the Caribbean beaches. See the stunning coastline as well as the picturesque countryside, stopping for a swim where the river meets the ocean.

After a safety briefing, be greeted by your friendly guide and by your new 4-legged friend. Saddle up, and hop on for an unforgettable and memorable ride. The journey takes you through both Caribbean beaches and countryside.

You visit the Maimon River mouth, where the local fisherman are docked, and have the opportunity to take a dip in both fresh and salt water. Here, you can enjoy a delicious and refreshing coconut water.

7. Zipline Adventures

Get ready for a thrilling adventure that takes you over the wilderness just a few minutes away from the pier of Samana Bay. A 10-zipline course lets you tear through the sky as you get a unique look at the idyllic forest and sights that stretch all the way to the coast.

A safari-style truck carries you through a setting defined by forested hillsides and beautiful Caribbean beaches. Admire the sweeping views of sites like Bacardi Island and Los Haitises National Park from atop the zipline platforms as you prepare to step out into the air.

The zipline course takes you through an alternating series of high-speed rides over the forest, with panoramic views across the Samana Peninsula, and hikes through vivid stretches of shrubbery. You’ll get a dazzling combination of tropical rainforest and unspoiled white-sand beaches with this aerial voyage.

8. Hoyo Azul

Tucked inside Scape Park, in the Cap Cana area, this “blue hole” cenote offers a refreshing swim in natural, cool spring waters. Surrounded in lush rainforest, Hoyo Azul, approximately 14 meters (45 feet) in depth, sits at the foot of a 75-meter (246-foot) tall limestone cliff covered in vegetation. You’ll have to cross a suspension bridge and hike past a myriad of flora and fauna, including an orchid garden, to make your way to this hidden oasis. Leap into the tempting turquoise waters, or use the steps to enter this paradisiacal, natural pool.

9. Water Adventures

Get to know the wonders of Punta Cana and the Bay of Samana with a mixture of spectacular sightseeing along the shore and below the waves. With snorkeling in the coral reefs, some great Dominican food, and a showcase of local crafts, you get a full range of experiences that lie along the coast.

These tours usually have many options which include, A catamaran boat ride that carries you out for a voyage across the water. A bus ride that takes you through beautiful landscapes to reach the lively community of Bavaro, a favorite for visitors throughout the Caribbean. Many end with a visit to a museum that showcases local products from handmade cigars to chocolate and rum.

10. Rest & Relaxation

Let’s not forget one of he most important activities Punta Cana is known for, Rest and Relaxation. Take the time out to enjoy some time to do nothing but recharge and unwind. Take in one of the free nightly shows, treat your palette to an assortment of different cuisines and simply live for the moment.

We would like to thank Punta Cana Adventures for taking us on some amazing adventures during our amazing stay in Punta Cana. For more info on them visit

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


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.

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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.

Top Upcoming Latin Concerts in NYC & Miami (J Balvin, Wisin, Reik, Marc Anthony & More)

Oct. 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Oct. 28 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena Garden
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Nov. 20 & 21 – New York, NY – Sony Hall
Nov. 29 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
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Oct. 28 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Nov. 16 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
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Oct. 6 – Miami, FL – James l. Knight Center
Nov. 4 – New York, NY – United Palace
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Nov. 14 – Miami, FL – James l. Knight Center
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March 29 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
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Dec. 12 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
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Dancing Her Way Through Life: Meet Chilean Dancer Loreto Astroza

Traditional guitar and cultural dances; modern music and sensuous performances; packed audiences, bright lights, and television cameras. These are some of the elements you will find when you enter the world of Loreto Astroza Beltran.

Loreto Astroza Beltran is a professional dancer trained in ballet and modern technique, as well as contemporary, street dance, jazz, and Latin styles. She was born in Santiago, Chile in 1982 and started her professional career in 2002, at the prestigious Academia de Humanismo Cristiano University. There, she graduated with high honors, obtaining a degree in dance with a minor in pedagogy. In 2008, Loreto won a scholarship to an intensive dance seminar in Buenos Aires, Argentina, rounding out her performance education.

Fast-forward three years, and you’ll find Loreto living in New York City. She moved to the Big Apple to experience Broadway Dance Center’s International Student Visa Program (ISVP). There, she entered “the most celebrated dance community in the world,” and received a Certificate of Excellence.

Since moving to New York in 2014, Loreto has continued to stay busy with outstanding performances. With dance companies such as Casa Brazilia, INNO’vation Artist, and Forza Malizia Dance Company and performances at distinguished venues across the United states, including the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, the Frank Sinatra Theatre, Times Square, the Wawa Festival, Julia de Burgos Theatre, Dixon Place, Highline Ballroom, the Team USA Olympics Road to Rio 2016, the Radio City Music Hall, and the stage of the Today Show.

Below Astroza shares her story and her go-to Latin gems in New York City:

When did you begin to have an interest in dancing? What sparked your desire to dance?
Astroza: “My passion for dancing started as a child. My older brother Jose and I always danced at home. I remember dancing in family reunions and celebrations. Dancing was always part of my life. Even though I did not take dance classes in the beginning, home was the best school to discover my passion. My parents Maria and Reynaldo are from the late 40’s so they taught me how to dance rock and roll and also the twist. I had so much fun and have great memories of dancing with my mom and dad. With Jose, my brother, I always danced merengue. Juan Luis Guerra was very popular in my country back in those days so we always played his songs and dance to them. Same thing with Salsa, I knew most of the biggest salsa artists and started falling in love with salsa at a very early age because of my brother. What really sparked my desire to dance was when I started taking dance classes at Balmaceda 1215 Cultural Center at the age of 14. I fell in love with dance. I started taking Modern classes with a very well know dancer by the name of Magdalena Bahamondes. After that I took African Dance, Capoeira and Samba and that is how I started and never stopped again.”

What was the most challenging aspect of starting your dance career, of breaking into “show business”?
Astroza: “I think that I can’t name one specific thing. I feel that being an artist is a challenging journey that every day presents a new everest to climb. With time I realized that being disciplined to train every day regardless of how drained I was after taking a bunch of classes all day and rehearsals. Pushing myself to the max to get better. Being rejected from an audition and becoming resilient to keep fighting. To master my strengths and discover my weaknesses and face them. To have the courage to keep training and improving. These are all aspects I believe were the most challenging in the beginning. Even though it was hard, if I had to do it again I would always choose to be a dancer.”

Besides the International Student Visa Program, what motivated you to move to New York City?
Astroza: “First thing that motivated me was the International Student Visa Program. But the reason I got into the program and got to come to NYC was because I started taking Hip Hop classes and other street styles back in Chile.  In 2010 I attended one of the biggest workshops back at a time, the “Arken Festival”, where i had met three important precursors of street dance. After that I was fascinated with street dance and wanted to know more and more about the culture, how it got started, and where. So after that I decided that i wanted to come to NYC. I wanted to live and experience this beautiful city and all the magic that brings together all the mix of cultures, the art everywhere, the nightlife, the museums, the festivals. Wow, so much to name, but yes basically all that.”

As a dancer, you no doubt work up an appetite, but your work also requires that you make healthy dining choices. Since your move to New York, what is your favorite place to refuel after practice?
Astroza: “Ufff, tough question. I love food !! But yes, as a dancer I always have to take care of my diet. I love all types of food especially Latin American and Asian. My favorite spot is PIO PIO, a Peruvian restaurant where you can find delicious and fresh ceviche, which is my favorite.

Is your dancing strictly work related, or do you go out dancing just for fun? If so, what is your favorite Latin venue for a night out on the town?
Astroza: “Of course i do and I have a list of places that I love to go to. My favorite is Camaradas el Barrio in Spanish Harlem. There is always live music on Fridays and Saturdays. They play live salsa, bomba y plena, pop latino and more. I love Favela Cubana, Verlaine, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Copacabana and the Latin Mondays at Taj.”

What goals do you have for expanding your career over the next few years?
Astroza: “My goal is to get in a Broadway and off Broadway show. I to also produce my own show that I have been writing and developing for about 2 years.”

What advice would you give to young people who are nurturing dreams of success in the big city?
Astroza: “Self discipline, self discipline, self discipline.  I repeat it 3 times because i think that is one of the most important bases of success. Also be constant and consistent in any discipline. Be resilient and work on that every day, because there are a bunch of doors that you will knock on and the will stay closed. But there are a bunch of them that will open for you, to bring you new opportunities. Have self love for yourself and love for your art and others. Take care of your body, soul and mind. Celebrate your glories, but stay humble. Be aware and grateful for the little and big things that you get. Enrich the spirit with great experiences and do everything with love in order to enjoy the process and every step that you take to accomplish your dreams.”

Where is your favorite place to experience Latin culture in Nyc?
Astroza: “There are many places that I love going to, but La Marqueta is my favorite. I like it because it is an accessible place that is open for everybody. Where you can find local vendors promoting their products and food and there is always a Latin band playing. I love the atmosphere and it is beautiful to see the mixed generations enjoying themselves and dancing. I love Latin culture and I’m happy to be surrounded by my people. I always support and go to Latin festivals and parades. It makes me feel at home.”

When you get that craving for a mouth watering latin dish, where is your go to spot?
Astroza: “There are no Chilean restaurants in NYC where i can find traditional, high quality foods. Lucky for me I was able find two Latin spots that I love in NYC. They are both located in the lower east side. One is  Casa Adela. This place has authentic Puerto Rican food, which I love!  My favorite dish there is the Mofongo. The other is El Castillo de Jagua. They specialize in traditional Dominican cuisine and they have the most delightful rice and beans with avocado and maduros. The mangu there is amazing!!!”

What is next for Loreto Astroza? Look for her upcoming performances, including New York City’s Los Pregones Theatre for the “Stage Garden Rumba” and Julia de Burgos Cultural Center for “The Seasons of Love” a Forza Malizia Dance Company Production.

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

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, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

We’re drooling over this new Wynwood Yard Jamaican-Latin fusion food spot

Wynwood’s favorite chill spot has introduced a new tasty reason for you to visit. Food Dude is the latest resident of the Wynwood Yard and their menu has us salivating.

The Food Dude rounds off the 10 food options at the Yard with its Jamaican-Latin fusion. If dishes like arroz con jerk or jerk tostones sounds great to you, like they do to us, you might want to plan your trip to the Wynwood Yard ASAP.

You can get the Caribbean-Latin fare from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Tuesdays though Thursdays, beginning at 2 p.m. and noon and open until late on Fridays and Saturdays, respectively; and from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays. It’s closed Mondays.


How Peruvian cuisine has taken the UAE by storm

Ten years ago, had an intrepid eater embarked on a search for tiger’s milk, anticucho or tiradito, in even the most cosmopolitan, forward-thinking foodie capitals, their quest would more than likely have proven fruitless (or almost certainly ceviche-­less). A decade on, though, and Peru has staged its very own culinary invasion, infiltrating cities all over the world, establishing the country and its cuisine as not just a fleeting trendsetter, but as one of the leaders on the global cooking stage.

The UAE got its first real taste of Peruvian cooking at the tail end of 2014, with the launch of Coya Dubai, an offshoot of the London flagship. Others quickly followed, and almost three years later, the country boasts an ever-growing array of ­choices for Peruvian-­inspired eating. In Dubai, there’s Ceviche (another London original) in Emirates Financial Towers and Garden at the JW Marriott Marquis, as well as Inka, Mayta, Pollo Pollo, Ají and Waka. Those living in the capital are now well catered for thanks to both Limo Restaurant at the Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Coya Abu Dhabi.

This enthusiasm shows no sign of waning, here or internationally. With Virgilio Martínez as chef proprietor, Lima London was the first ­Peruvian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star back in 2014 and Central, his restaurant in the Peruvian capital, was ranked at No 5 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year. Lima Dubai opened its doors in March this year.

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So what is it about Peruvian food that has proved so alluring? At a time when we are all increasingly aware of what we eat and how this affects our well-being, it certainly doesn’t hurt that, by its very nature, ­Peruvian food is generally healthy. There’s an integral lightness to the cuisine, along with an appreciation for ancient grains and a dedication to fresh ingredients that all tie in seamlessly with modern, health-­conscious approaches to eating. And while it might sound superficial, with social media – particularly Instagram – awash with beautiful food images, it helps that this style of cooking is very easy on the eye. As well as taste, texture and flavour, the colour and visual appeal of food has long been important to Peruvian cooks.

The diversity of the cuisine and the sense of authenticity that surrounds it is another major draw. While it’s not unusual to be able to trace the political, social and economic history of a country through its food, Peruvian cooking is the edible embodiment of this idea. From the continued use of indigenous produce (potatoes, corn, maize, chillies) as well as Inca techniques and traditions, to the way the cuisine has assimilated produce and ideas from migrant countries, notably Spain, Africa, China and Japan, this is fusion cooking of the highest order.