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South American Cuisine: Why Churrasco Argentino is a Staple on South American Tables

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Churrasco Argentino: A Staple in South American Cuisine

Do you like South American food? You may recognize some popular South American cuisine, including the many spicy beef preparations prevalent to this culture. Beef is a mainstay in Argentina and it is estimated that each citizen consumes around 150 pounds of beef per year. One of the very favorite ways to eat beef in this country is in a dish called Churrasco Argentino, traditionally flank steak with chimichurri sauce.

Bring some flair to the table with Latin American cuisine, and try Churrasco Argentino at our South American restaurant in Mountain View tonight! Continue reading

Ceviche 101: History and Regional Variations

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Ceviche is a Staple in South American Cuisine. Here’s the History Behind It.

Anyone in love with South American cuisine has had their share of Ceviche. In some regions it’s referred to as cebiche, rather than ceviche, but they’re both referring to the same appetizer. However you choose to spell it, this is an appetizer that will leave you craving more; especially at our Latin American Restaurant in Mountain View.

How to Make Ceviche

This seafood dish uses fish which should be cured in an acid-based marinade. Lime or lemon is the most common acid base. But if you aren’t big fans of lemon or lime, you can also go with grapefruit or orange!

The seafood or fish isn’t exactly cooked like it would be for other dishes. Both heat and citric acid are agents of a chemical process called denaturation. This gives the fish an opaque color and stiffer texture than it would be completely raw.

How you prepare this delicacy varies with the recipe in question. It’s best to let the fish marinade for a good period of time before serving. Some will toss it in the marinade and serve it right away. If you let the fish marinate first, be sure to drain it before adding the rest of your ingredients. There is no draining needed if you serve it immediately after tossing the fish in marinade. Whether you serve it room temperature or chilled is up to you; both are enjoyed but the latter is more popular.

The History of Ceviche

One would ask: where and how did Ceviche become a Latin American food? The history around Ceviche is a debatable issue. While some believe it is originally Peruvian cuisine, others argue that it has an Arabian descent. In its original form, fermented vegetable and fruit juices were used. It was only after the introduction of citrus fruits by colonialists from Spain that lime and lemon juices were used.

What Seafood Is Used In Ceviche?

There is no written rule on what seafood should and should not be used. It depends on what is locally abundant. Here is some of the common seafood in Ceviche:

  • Salmon
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Tilapia
  • Tuna
  • Shark
  • Octopus
  • Corvina
  • Shrimp
  • Red snapper
  • Sole

Regional Variations

There is a rich variety of Ceviche and until you taste it all, you should not rule anything out. For your sampling, these are the known variations:

  • Peru: This arguably the original home of Ceviche. They even celebrate National Ceviche Day every 8th day of June. Peruvian ceviche is typically served with boiled or steamed sweet potatoes and corn.
  • Ecuador: Shrimp is the dominant seafood, made with tomato base, lime juice and salt.
  • Mexico: Tilapia and shrimp are most commonly used in Mexican ceviche, served wet or dry atop tostadas.
  • Panama: Expect more of shrimp, Corvina and squid-based ceviches. Celery, onions and hot peppers are included.
  • Costa Rica: White Sea Bass and Corvina are the main serve. Peppers, lime juice, vinegar and parsley are also added in.
  • Bahamas: Ceviche is a speciality in the Bahamas. It is served with a variety of peppers, tomatoes and conch.
  • South Florida: Key West’s pink shrimp is the way to go with Ceviche.

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Ceviche Served at The Voya Restaurant

Served with homemade plantain, yucca, and taro chips. Make it a trio and select any three below!

Cabo Ceviche – Mahi Mahi, lime juice, red onion, cilantro, and a mango-habanero puree.
Peruvian Ceviche – Red snapper, lime juice, pico de gallo, and cucumber.
Ahuachile Ceviche – Prawns, limen, pico de gallo, avocado, and cucumber.
Octopus Ceviche – Avocado, cucumber, and pico de gallo in a seafood broth.

Fun Things To Do In Mountain View This Spring

Mountain View Has More than Just Fine Dining!

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Mountain View, California is an old residential town located South of the Palo Alto Mountains, and often referred to as Silicon Valley. Despite the fact that it’s an old town, there is nothing old about Mountain View. It’s the center of global digitization and home to telecom giants like Google, and known for its mix of tech companies and museums. It’s also rich in mixed culture cafes and diverse downtown housing options. Downtown Mountain View is lively and anyone visiting the Bay Area should definitely make a stop at some of these landmarks. Whether you’re here for the Silicon Valley tech boom, or have lived here for decades, here are some fun things to do in Mountain View this Spring and Summer. Continue reading

How Valentine’s Day is Celebrated in Latin American Cultures

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The History of Valentines Day

Beautiful feelings start to fill hearts with love as Valentines Day is quickly approaching. With Valentine’s Day just two weeks, have you decided how you’ll make the person you care most about feel extra special? Learning a bit of history behind the holiday of love may be just what you need for a dose of inspiration! Continue reading

Trending: Company Holiday Parties Moving to January

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Why Private Dining and Corporate Catering for Holiday Parties are Moving to January

Instead of throwing yet another party during the most hectic part of the year, you may want to consider this convenient new trend: a belated holiday company party in January. The beginning of the New Year is an excellent time to celebrate with your staff members, set new goals, and motivate employees after their holiday vacation. Continue reading as we outline some of the top reasons that companies are embracing this belated holiday party concept. Continue reading

The Voya Restaurant for the Holidays

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The holidays are right around the corner! It’s a time to gather with friends, family, and loved ones or coworkers to enjoy each other’s company, sharing in the holiday spirit. What better way to celebrate than around a table full of good company, delicious food, and wine while not needing to lift a finger! The Voya Restaurant in Mountain View has you covered with delectable South American Cuisine. Continue reading

Wine Pairing with South American Cuisine

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South American Cuisine and Complementary Wines

Each region of the world has its own unique cuisine that is often formed by historical culture and geographical location. And for every dish, there is also a preferred selection of wine that adequately complements the dish. Continue reading

Top Dishes in South American Cuisine

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When it comes to great tasting cuisine, South America offers some of the best. When it comes to fine dining in Mountain View, there is simply no better place to experience the flavors of South America than at The Voya Restaurant. Our South American cuisine is prepared using a unique combination of fresh ingredients and spices, and served with South American staple sides like pico de gallo, cilantro rice, fresh seasonal vegetables and bell or poblano peppers. Continue reading

Benefits of Corporate Lunch Catering

corporate lunch catering Mountain View, CAMost of us can agree that we’ve at one time or another had to go for a rushed lunch, grabbing food from the local convenience store or office vending machine. In most cases, this is done to save time so we can get back to work quickly. Unfortunately, the results of such eating habits tend to be negative. This is one of the main reasons why corporate lunch catering has become so important in today’s workplace environment. The following are some of its other main benefits: Continue reading

The Best Weekend Brunch in Mountain View, CA

weekend brunch in Mountain View CAWhen it comes to weekend brunch, there is practically nothing more delicious than South America cuisine. However, the trick is finding the right spot. Consider the hunt over since The Voya Restaurant specializes in South American food and brunch! The following is our mouth-watering brunch menu to share with friends and family for your next brunch meet-up. Continue reading

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