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Culinary Tour 2010 • South of the Border

January 1, 2010 by Joan Nova in Culinary Tour Around the World, Food Challenge | 39 Comments

The countdown begins for 2010’s Culinary Tour. Starting January 11 and for 9 weeks thereafter, FOODalogue will be featuring the cuisines of 10 of our south-of-the-border neighbors. We begin in Mexico and move from there to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

When I did this event in early 2009, readers and participants alike had a great time. We visited 13 countries in 13 weeks. We challenged ourselves in the kitchen, behind the lens and at the keyboard. We learned about different cultures and also helped bring awareness to BloggerAid and the plight of world hunger. And, we posted about 150 recipes!

Join us this year, won’t you? Here’s how…

iStock_000003947496XSmallReady? Uno, dos, tres…don a sombrero, shake your maracas and get happy! This is going to be fun!

If you’re a food blogger, I hope you will consider ‘meeting’ me at as many of these destinations as you like. All you need to do is prepare a dish ( see ‘chef’s choice’ below) and post it on your blog.

Realizing there is great similarity in the cuisine of these countries, I’ve created a ‘chef’s-choice’ approach to the tour; meaning, your dish can be:

  • Traditional – recreate the country’s national dish or any other traditional dish.
  • Contemporary – use a traditional recipe and make it Nuevo Latino (contemporize it).
  • Algo Nuevo (something new) – create something totally ‘your own’ by using the flavors and techniques of the destination.
  • Published Chef – follow the recipe of a published chef/author specializing in that cuisine.

I think this opens the challenge up to all sorts of interesting interpretations. Please tell us which category your dish falls into…sort of like when the Chairman’s nephew on Iron Chef says “please tell us your inspiration…“.

The Itinerary (Posting Dates).

  • January 11, Mexico
  • January 18, El Salvador
  • January 25, Nicaragua
  • February 1, Argentina
  • February 8, Brazil
  • February 15, Colombia
  • February 22, Jamaica
  • March 1, Haiti
  • March 8, Cuba
  • March 15, Puerto Rico

The Rules.

  1. Grab the event logo and put it on your blog with a link to FOODalogue.
  2. Let me know by email ( when you’ve published.
  3. Send me original (large) photo link/file. I’ll re-size for best resolution.


I will publish on January 11 and every Monday thereafter. You can publish on (or about) the same time. Two days later on January 13 and each Weds. thereafter, I will publish a photographic round-up featuring all participant blogs.


If you have any question about the process, the style or even what we did last time, you can access the event posts either through the links in the Travel tab above or by clicking on Culinary Tour under Categories in the sidebar. Or email me.

Why You Might Want to Participate.

  1. Unless you publish a blog devoted to Latino food, it’s great fun to step outside your comfort zone and experiment. And even if you do, it’s still fun.
  2. It’s an opportunity to present your readers with something new and different.
  3. It builds community among food bloggers.
  4. Since I did this event last year, I’ve become a frequent contributor to twitter and facebook, as well as some food forums, so I will be widely posting links to our adventures. I hope it will bring you new readers.

To All Readers.

Sit back and enjoy the trip! No seat belt required.

See you in Mexico…hasta luego!

NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. Peter G says:

    Ok…I’ll try to join n as many destinations as I can. This should be fun! Time to do some research and acquire some new props!

  2. cinzia says:

    hi joan!
    I am still on skiing holidays but getting ready to fly to mexico in time!
    hasta la vista muchacha!

  3. norma says:

    This sonds like fun. I like when you travel.

  4. Arlene says:

    I love travel–vicarious or the real thing. I hope to join you at a few of your desinations. Thanks for a fun event, Joan.

  5. Erica says:

    See you in Mexico ;-) That will be fun!

  6. redkathy says:

    Oh what fun Joan. I’m looking forward to following the trip!

  7. giz says:

    I only have one question – what’s the name of our boat and what time are the dinner settings? This will be alot of fun.

  8. This was so much fun last year Joan as we followed you around the world pushing ourselves to step outside of our comfort zone to try new cuisines.

  9. lo says:

    This sounds like a positively fabulous time! Looking forward to seeing all the delicious entries. And who knows? Maybe I’ll pull something out of my own hat!!

  10. I’m in….and will do my best to come to each country but….I’ll do what I can!!!! Thanks for a fantastic idea.

  11. cutting and pasting the itinerary into and email and emailing it to myself. you know we’ll be there for alot of these!

  12. HI. Just found out about this, via a post on Souvlaki for the Soul. I’d love to participate, despite coming late to the party. I’ll have to do some advance planning, so may join mid-February. I’m glad it’s OK to hop on and off the itinerary. Hopefully I’ll make it to a couple destinations. This sounds like such a great adventure. Very creative. Thank you for hosting this journey!

  13. This is a fantastic idea, I was thinking of doing something similar so I’ll try to tag along!

  14. heidileon says:


    I just saw this (sorry for not visiting you guys more often but I’ve been very busy).

    I will try to join the Culinary Tour 2010 for what’s left (Colombia…)

    Besos and congratulations for such a wonderful idea; and for choosing the must beautiful countries in the world ;-D

    mas besos!

  15. I wish I’d known about this earlier! Oh well, a bit late to start this year. Maybe when you start your next trip?

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