Singani

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Singani is a drink which is derived from grapes which are not quite destined for wine.  It comes from the region of Tarija and is the key ingredient in a drink called a “Surefly,” when mixed with Sprite and a dash of lemon.

The origin of the Surefly, as legend has it, invovles a British train conductor (or airline pilot, we’ve heard two versions but the drunk train conductor seems more viable) who ran out of whiskey in Tarija while making his routine overland trek across Bolivia.

Desperate for a drink, the his local colleagues provided him with a bottle of Singani, which he mixed in the same manner which he normally took his whiskey during his night run.

The next morning, to his delight, he discovered the greatest side effect of Singani, that being the absense of hangover symptoms.

This revelation caused him to spread the word that his new elixir was a “Surefly.”

This smooth liquor is unique to Tarija and is one of Bolivia’s countless unique gastronomical treasures.

Carne a la Parilla

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A nice cut of meat on “la parilla,” the standard grill in Bolivian backyards.  This delicious grass fed cut is usually enjoyed by cutting bite sized pieces off of the main piece to be eaten while still hot, rodizio style if you will.

Grass fed Burgers!

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Fresh grilled grass fed burgers!

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The Monster Plate

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Eggs, fish sticks, carrots, and a sliced red pepper with an eerie resemblence to the Nike swoosh combine to make the “Monster plate” both nutritious and fun!

Costilla de cerdo / Pork rib

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Costilla de cerdo / Pork rib

Costillita de cerdo with fries and llajua served up on calle Villoreal in Cochabamba, Bolivia. An irresistable grease bomb!