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Gastón Acurio wants to change the way you eat. One of Latin America’s most well-known celebrity chefs, the Peruvian is well on his way to putting his country’s cuisine on plates across the world.
Acurio, 41, has opened more than a dozen upscale eateries in nine countries throughout the hemisphere, including a recently opened cevicheria in San Francisco and a New York outpost scheduled to open next winter. “In Peru, everybody is a cook—we are so proud of our food,” he explains. “Our mission now is to take this cultural patrimony—our cuisine—and promote it throughout the world.” The mission is complemented by his weekly program on Peru’s Plus TV, Aventura Culinaria, which traces the stories behind different recipes and traditions.
Nestled in a valley approximately nine miles (15 kilometers) from the Caribbean, Caracas is one of Latin America’s most exciting destinations. Although Venezuela’s capital is not a typical tourist stop, this city of 4.5 million people offers unique rewards to the adventurous visitor.
1. Start with a panoramic view. The Waraira Repano cable car ascends 3,608 feet (1,100 meters) to the top of Avila mountain, where visitors can cool off with a glass of traditional raspberry juice at the Hotel Humboldt. Other options at the top include ice skating and outdoor concerts.
Education is the key to getting ahead. That’s why Mexico’s Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) teamed up with the University of California to start a grants program aimed at providing educational opportunities for first-generation Hispanics in the United States.
Many of the hemisphere’s research institutions are focusing on the regional implications of the global economic crisis. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) produced two reports for its March 2009 meeting. Policy Trade-offs for Unprecedented Times, a macroeconomic study, argues that Latin America has withstood the crisis but cautions that the region is highly susceptible if the U.S. economy fails to recover quickly. A complementary report, Social and Labor Market Policies for Tumultuous Times, calls for more social coverage and fewer bottlenecks that affect growth.