Lorena Garcia’s Electric Latin America …

July 13th, 2017 Press

Short Rib Arepas, Cinnamon-Scented Pisco Sours and Brazilian Steak

BY SAM EICHNER ·
urbandaddy.com
The one issue with your pork taco spot: it doesn’t serve Brazilian beef.
The one issue with your Brazilian beef spot: it doesn’t serve pork tacos.
What a horrifyingly specific, food-related conundrum.
Rushing to your immediate aid is Chica, Top Chef Masters-alum Lorena Garcia’s gastronomical tour of Latin America, now open on the Venetian’s Restaurant Row.
The first thing you’ll see is the two-sided bar where Fresno chili margaritas and pisco sours blanketed with cinnamon scented fog come from. Get one, then slip past the mural of a reclining woman clutching a dandelion and into the dining room.
Where you’ll sit amongst hungry friends in Vegas’s version of a Cuban paladar, attempting to catch up over loud music somewhere between the station where tortillas are made and the damned-near pyromaniacal open kitchen.
You’ll eventually employ your mouths in more productive ways. Like sampling spins on some of Latin America’s favorite foods.

From Colombia:
handmade anise arepas with braised short rib.

From Mexico:
mojo-marinated pulled pork tacos and pepita-crusted lamb.

From Peru:
grilled Peruvian octopus and Alaskan halibut ceviche.

From Brazil:
that succulent beef we mentioned.
From Italy: Italy is not in Latin America.
Still, there is porchetta.
Because there should always be porchetta.
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