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MACKS Approved: Santiago, Chile

Check the full map here. 1. Fuente Alemana: Things were going great at this old school sandwich spot; we had managed to secure seats at the counter and order two frosty schop (draft) beers. And then somewhere along the line the “compartir” in our sandwich order was either not heard or ignored, and we found ourselves facing two loaded, enormous, not inexpensive pork sandwiches instead of one. These things measured around eight inches in diameter. MacKenzie loved hers—which meant she was able to put away maybe a quarter of the sandwich. Blake was sorta grossed out by the avocado-and-mayo glopiness. 2. 99 Restaurante: The sleeper hit of our time in Santiago. We heard about 99 from a chef friend-of-a-friend living in Valparaiso and popped in on our last night for the smaller of the two tasting menus. We ended up with nine plates of very well executed, delicious, inventive food and a shared wine pairing for around $90 USD total. Plus, the babe who was running the kitchen looked like Johnny Depp and he now …

3/tres from Santiago

Scene-setter: You don’t normally associate Roberto Bolaño with “beach read,” but his novellas Distant Star and By Night in Chile are both quickies that you can knock out in one sitting. In addition to being the type of well-crafted, boundary-pushing (By Night in Chile is essentially one 150-page-long paragraph) writing you’d expect of Bolaño, they also give you a crash course in recent Chilean political history. We read Distant Star aloud on the drive from Napier, New Zealand, to the Auckland Airport, where we caught our flight to Santiago, and that was a good move. Pound-the-table recommendation: There is a restaurant in Santiago that people—people including Anthony Bourdain, apparently—talk about. It’s called El Hoyo, and it’s one of those “if you want an authentic Chilean experience…” places. There were cuts of meat the size of an adult human head (zero exaggeration) and a house “cocktail” that’s made of white wine, pineapple juice, and sherbert. But, the mashed potatoes. THE. MASHED. POTATOES. We realized after we ordered that there was also a picante version and not …