Holy Guacamole!

Holy Guacamole!

In Chile, palta (avocado) is king! Chile is a huge grower of avocados and the locals love them. You will see palta served as guacamole, avocado paste (mashed avocado usually without spices) or just sliced, on many dishes here. They often use the general term palta for...
And you thought Empanadas were Boring.

And you thought Empanadas were Boring.

Article updated March, 2016   Yes, it’s a great snack or meal washed down with a cold beer. The varieties of empanadas commonly available in restaurants in Santiago are Pino (meat, onion, egg and olives) and Queso (cheese); occasionally you may find one...
Top 10 Ways to Beat the Heat in Santiago

Top 10 Ways to Beat the Heat in Santiago

Article updated March, 2016 During the summer in Santiago with highs up to 99°F, (37°C), visitors and residents alike search for ways to beat the heat in Santiago. Here are my Top 10 ways to cool off on those hot days!   1. Eat some helado! Helado (ice cream) is...
In the mood for…. Keith’s Santiago Restaurant/Cafe Picks

In the mood for…. Keith’s Santiago Restaurant/Cafe Picks

There are many restaurants and places to eat in Santiago and plenty of websites available to locate what you are looking for. This article is not intended to be yet another of those sites… These are just some personal favourites that are reasonably close to my...
Parque Arauco – Not Just a Shopping Mall

Parque Arauco – Not Just a Shopping Mall

There are many shopping malls in Santiago. In the sector of Las Condes, it is easy to reach Alto Las Condes, Costanera Centre, Apumanque and Parque Arauco. But while each of them have their own character, Parque Arauco remains my favourite. Apart from the usual two...
Chilean National Zoo, Santiago

Chilean National Zoo, Santiago

As far as zoos go, it’s not spectacular, but it’s popular and they sell ice-cream on hot days… The whole place looks as though it could use more shade, more grass, more water and a serious injection of cash, but don’t let that put you off. There are some impressive...
Best Ice Cream in Town – Emporio La Rosa in Lastarria

Best Ice Cream in Town – Emporio La Rosa in Lastarria

There’s really nothing like strolling around the bohemian neighborhood of Bellas Artes (aka Lastarria) with an exotic ice cream cone from Emporio La Rosa. This place has both traditional flavors as well as some strange but interesting combinations, all of which...