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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Street Food: Latin America is a food show that focuses on cuisine local to several South and Central American cities. The show features local favorites and holes-in-the-wall, describing the food and telling the backstory of the chefs and restaurateurs. These stories are often about the resourcefulness and dedication it takes to run even the smallest restaurant. Viewers learn about the sacrifices chefs make for their careers, how their cuisine is unique, and how food has informed the relationships they've made along the way. Street Food: Latin America is almost entirely in Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles. Diners drink alcohol while eating, and people can sometimes be seen smoking in background or interstitial shots.
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What's the story?
Each episode of STREET FOOD: LATIN AMERICA takes place in a different city in South or Central America. The show travels to a number of modest restaurants, or food carts, or markets, to find out what communities' favorite local foods are. Locations include Oaxaca, Mexico; Salvador, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia; and La Paz, Bolivia. The show puts special focus on how these dishes came to be, and explores the lives of the people who make them.
Is it any good?
Food and travel shows can often feel like tourism ads, so it's refreshing when one takes a different perspective. While Street Food: Latin America focuses on the featured dishes and dining spots, it's also dedicated to giving plenty of attention to the local culture and personal lives of the chefs. Rather than directing viewers to the popular spots from any guidebook, it's a food and travel show for people who prefer hanging out with the locals.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about street food: What is street food? What do Americans consider street food? Is there a difference between street food and fast food? What is it?
What kind of dishes are featured on Street Food: Latin America? How are they made? How did they come to be? Who are the people making them? How do the chefs influence the food? Is there anything you'd like to try?
What did you learn about the city or country each episode takes place in? Why are these foods local favorites? How does the local culture influence the chefs? How do food and community interact with one another?
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