Newfound Evidence Changes Chocolate’s History

The origins of chocolate, at least until last week, dated back about 3,500 years ago to civilizations in Mexico and Central America. But now, thanks to newfound evidence, cacao’s history actually begins 1,500 years earlier in South America. Tests run on the bowls, mortars and jars found in the highlands of Ecuador—in the area known as Santa Ana-La Florida—proved traces of cacao remained. This confirms a …

Word of Mouth: Buenos Aires

Cocktail lounges, craft coffee bars, the best meats and more in the bustling Argentinian city

A cosmopolitan city bustling with energy, Buenos Aires is a jewel in South America that not enough North Americans visit. It seems far—it is almost directly across the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town—but just a nine-hour overnight flight from Miami feels more like a quick jaunt when you get to sleep most of the way. Known for tango, robust malbecs, supple steaks and Evita, the …

Word of Mouth: Buenos Aires

Tango, coffee and an ecological reserve in our guide to Argentina's wondrous capital city

An undeniable magnificence envelops Buenos Aires, Argentina. Beyond the amiable weather, there’s an energy buzzing through the South American city and its residents. Modern, cosmopolitan neighborhoods yield to historic pockets—announcing the many periods where the port city was a global trade destination. There’s an array of world-class architecture stretched across BA that calls attention to its diverse influences and periods. And, of course, the food …