La Paz Journals

McGringo Bolivia

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A travel journal to La Paz by SeenThat

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Api Happy Cafe

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Restaurant | "Api Happy"

Api Happy Cafe Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Faithful to my long-term goal to assess all the dishes of the Bolivian cuisine, I was searching for a suitable place to complete reviewing the most popular pastries here. As those that read my early entries on the topic know by now, croissants and apple pies do not enter this category. Different types of turnovers – probably the richest variety in South America – are by far the favorite here. Some turnovers are filled with potatoes and different meats; they are tasty snacks, but not pastries. Others contain cheese or resemble French beignets; always consumed with hot drinks, they perfect...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2011

Api Happy Cafe
Plaza del Estudiante
La Paz, Bolivia

Sajta

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La Paz Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Recently, I commented how chicken has become by far the most popular food in Bolivia, a stranger from strange land that took over all local delicacies. The most popular dish in this category is "pollo a la broaster," a fried breaded chicken that can be found almost on every block. Yet, if venturing into the local markets varieties that are more loyal to local cooking traditions can be found. "Sajta" is the name of such a dish, which features also dehydrated potatoes and as such is of special interest to the traveler seeking local experiences.Chuño and TuntaFirst, locals co...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2011

Chicharron

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La Paz Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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On an AttitudeOn several opportunities I mentioned the difficulty in making appointments in Bolivia; the negative attitude of local merchants was also a recurring topic. Part of this attitude problem is related to the specific way Aymara and Quechua cultures perceive time. But there is more to that.It is almost impossible to understand. You approach a merchant and ask a straightforward question in simple Spanish and in good faith. You get one cold look, and the seller keeps chewing coca; you are invisible. Or you find the perfect ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2011

Rincon Vegetariano Mukunda

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Restaurant | "Dining near the Devil Tooth"

Rincon Vegetariano Mukunda Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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ObrajesI decided to write at least one entry of this journal in Obrajes. One of the first neighborhoods built outside the downtown area of La Paz, Obrajes dates back to the 16th Century and is placed halfway between downtown and the much lower Calacoto. I took a minivan from downtown only to find the fee was almost doubled from the previous day, since the Christmas "gasolinazo" (a doubling of the fuel prices overnight which was later cancelled) the travel prices are un...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 14, 2011

Rincon Vegetariano Mukunda
c. 21 de Calacoto Nro. 8261, Galeria Topacio Interior (Calacoto)
Obrajes, La Paz, Bolivia

Brisk & Coffee

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Restaurant | "Mail My Coffee, Please!"

Brisk & Coffee Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Having named this journal McGringo Bolivia, I was searching for the ultimate gringo-food spot in La Paz. Happy-go-lucky I wandered through the cold streets of La Paz, when I noticed that Brisk & Coffee opened a new branch – their second – within the General Post Office building one of the tallest in town and at its very center. It was perfect for my purpose. Eventually every traveler spending some time in town would pass through the building in order to send postcards or receive a package. It’s the ultimate encounter place, and thus its entrance is inconspicuously filmed; you...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 14, 2011

Brisk & Coffee
General Post Office Building
La Paz, Bolivia