La Paz Journals

Chatting Chatarra

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A travel journal to La Paz by SeenThat

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Silpichs

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Restaurant | "On Fried Dirt"

Sillpichs Interior Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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"Fried dirt," I answered my host after I saw a "silpancho" for the first time. This is one of the most popular Bolivian snacks. The stalls selling it in the main markets serve a very thin – translucent – slice of meet breaded and deep fried. Greasy and transparent, it just resembles fried dirt. This time I headed to the best place in La Paz for tasting this local hit.SillpichsThe name "silpancho" is peculiar; it isn’t a word in Spanish, Aymara or Quechua. No denizen can expla...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2010

Sillpichs

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Restaurant | "On a Dirty Soup: Chairo"

Bicentennial Atrium Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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In a dirty cheap trick, I’m reporting from the same place for a second time in the same journal. In my defense I can only claim this is one of the best institutions in La Paz for tasting Bolivian junk food, "comida chatarra."The AtriumI already described Sillpichs in the silpancho entry of this journal. Now I want to expand on its surroundings. Visiting the area is unavoidable while in La Paz, the location is too central. Moreover, there is a recent and very good reason for reaching it. In April 2010, the Bicentennial Atrium was inaugurated in front of the U...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2010

Sillpichs

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Restaurant | "On Bright Orange Junk: Fricase"

Sillpichs Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Outrageous! Following two consecutive publications about the same establishment and my obvious plan to add another one on the third day in a row, protestors in La Paz demanded the immediate excommunication of SeenThat from IgoUgo. In an unwavering show of courage here is the third report on "comida chatarra," another fine example of Bolivian junk food. Would a fourth one follow? Stay tuned.DrinksSillpichs – the snacks chain reviewed in the first two entries of this journal - distinguishes itself also in the soft drinks it offers. These include some diet varieties – an unusua...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2010

Pollos Copacabana

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Restaurant | "On Altitude Coffee"

Calacoto Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Improper LocationExplaining the word "proper" is difficult in Bolivia – as in the other parts of South America I have visited – and not because of Spanish lacking proper words for this term. Simply, actions and their timing are not classified as proper or improper here. The results of this are everywhere to see, even in a local fried-chicken outlet known as Pollos Copacabana."Wait a minute, isn’t this entry about altitude coffee?" is the attentive reader thinking by now. That’s exactly my point. Copacabana Chickens (that’s what "pollos" mean) is also one of the most popular coffee shops in La Paz. French fries and an espresso? Why not! Breaded spicy wings and a thousand-...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 20, 2010

Chifa Pollos Jin San Jiao

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Restaurant | "On Chifa, Chaufa and China"

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"Why Chifa?" I asked the first denizen that used that word with me to design the nearest Chinese restaurant. Obviously baffled by the question, the anonymous denizen denied me an immediate answer. "Because it is Chinese," was hesitantly said to me a few seconds later.As with other names mentioned in this journal, I learned to stop asking. They just don’t know and the names have not any specific meaning. "Chifa" is a generic name in Bolivia for Chinese owned establishments serving breaded, fried chicken with rice or noodles. "Chaufa" is the name of the rice served in these institutions. Why Chaufa? Oh, don’t start again… My best guess is that chaufa, chifa and ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 21, 2010

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