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Argentine Chef Narda Lepes Named Best Female Chef In Latin America

Narda Lepes is a strong advocate for returning our diets to health produce. It is all about plant-based, vegetable-focused dishes and that is what led her to a coveted recognition.

Argentine chef Narda Lepes has been named the best female chef in Latin America.

Lepes was named the best female chef in Latin America by a panel of critics who create the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world each year. After a year of lockdowns, a pandemic, and governments coming to a halt, the news is a welcomed bit of good news.

“In a year where everything is so intense and so strange, and requires so much from each of us and strains us emotionally, I take this recognition as a boost for my career,” Lepes told the AFP news agency.

Lepes uses her voice and presence in the food scene to promote healthy and plant-based eating.

Lepes and Microsoft partnered to create the Comé + Plantas app to give people a chance to explore healthier eating. The app is available in the Apple Store and the Google Play store. The app is connecting users with vegetables virtually and teaching them how to make the most of their fresh produce.

Lepes is most famously known for her successful restaurant in Buenos Aires.

Narda Comedor broke into the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list last year. The restaurant focuses on the principle of eating seasonal vegetables while trying new things. This is Lepes’ own philosophy when it comes to food and life. The restaurant was opened in 2017 and has become a staple of the Buenos Aires food scene.

Lepes wants everyone to do one thing: think about the produce we eat.

Lepes wants the world to embrace a more plant-based lifestyle. In that same effort, Lepes wants us to take a moment to think about what we are eating and where it is coming from.

“I like having the opportunity to say this in a more amplified way: we have to pay attention to what we eat and rethink how we produce it,” Lepes told the AFP. “The recognition from my peers, in a situation like this, like the one we’re living in, is wonderful.”

She added: “We need to understand where it comes from, how it is grown, how it gets to us and to incorporate variety. We have to eat more vegetables.”

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Scientists In Argentina Discover Fossils From What They Call One Of The World’s Largest Land Animals Ever

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Scientists In Argentina Discover Fossils From What They Call One Of The World’s Largest Land Animals Ever

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Scientists have unearthed in Argentina’s Patagonian wilderness fossils of what may be the oldest-known member of the dinosaur group known as titanosaurs that includes the largest land animals in Earth’s history.

The discovery is significant since it appears that these mega-large dinosaurs may have lived on Earth sooner than we thought, and that they may have originated from the Southern Hemisphere.

The fossils found in Argentina are from the Ninjatitan, thought to live on Earth more than 140 million years ago.

Scientists have unearthed fossils of what may be the oldest-known member of the dinosaur group known as titanosaurs, known as Ninjatitan. The dinosaur’s incomplete skeletal remains were discovered in Argentina’s Patagonian wilderness, south of the city of Neuquen. 

The creature was named after Argentine paleontologist Sebastian Apesteguia, nicknamed “El Ninja,” and technician Rogelio Zapata, according to AFP.

“It is the oldest record known, not only from Argentina but worldwide,” study lead author Pablo Gallina, a researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET), told Reuters.

“This discovery is also very important for the knowledge of the evolutionary history of sauropods because the fossil records of the Early Cretaceous epoch, in around 140 million years ago, are really very scarce throughout the world,” he said in a statement.

At a length of about 65 feet (20 meters), Ninjatitan was a large dinosaur, but much smaller than later titanosaurs such as Argentinosaurus that reached a length of around 115 feet (35 meters). The researchers also said the presence of such an early titanosaur in Patagonia supports the idea that titanosaurs originated in the Southern Hemisphere.

Titanosaurs were likely the largest dinosaurs to ever roam the Earth.

An artist's conception of the Ninjatitan zapatai dinosaur, which roamed the Earth some 140 million years ago.
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Titanosaurs are a group of long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs that may have been the largest animals ever to walk the Earth, according to Reuters. Known as Ninjatitan zapatai, the recently discovered animal was about 66 feet in length and had a long neck and tail, Sci-News said. 

The new discovery meant titanosaurs lived longer ago than previously thought – at the beginning of the Cretaceous era that ended with the demise of the dinosaurs about 66 million years ago.

Titanosaurs are part of a larger dinosaur group called sauropods that includes others with similar body designs such as Brontosaurus and Diplodocus that lived in North America during the Jurassic Period, which preceded the Cretaceous Period.

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Argentine Rapper Ecko to Star in HBO Max Series ‘Días de Gallos’

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Argentine Rapper Ecko to Star in HBO Max Series ‘Días de Gallos’

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Rising Argentine rapper Ecko will make his acting debut in the upcoming HBO Max series Días de Gallos. He shared the good news this week about the project that hits close to home.

Días de Gallos will focus on rappers who come up through freestyle battles.

“This series is a snapshot of the world I come from, the world of freestyle,” Ecko said in a statement. “I am very comfortable telling this story. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a great cast and production team.”

Like Ecko mentioned, Días de Gallos will be a scripted series showcasing the world of freestyle rap battles. He’s currently shooting the show in Bueno Aires, Argentina, with other confirmed castmates Ángela Torres and Tomás Wicz. Días de Gallos will premiere on HBO Max in June.

Ecko is one of Argentina’s leading trap rappers.

With a Latin trap movement happening within Argentina, Ecko has emerged as one of the country’s leading rap artists. He broke through in 2017 thanks to his hit “Dorado,” which has over 51 million views on YouTube. Ecko later followed that up with “Rebota,” the club banger he shares with other Argentine rappers like KHEA, Seven Kayne, and Iacho.

The 21-year-old artist has been building off that momentum, especially in 2020. Last November, Ecko released his EP Young Golden. For the EP’s lead single, he teamed up with Cazzu, Argentina’s top female trap artist, for the sensual collaboration “Cama Vacia.”

On Young Golden, Ecko collaborated with more of Latin music’s biggest hip-hop acts. He worked with Puerto Rican rapper Brytiago and Dominican singer Amenazzy for “QDLQQ” and Boricua trap pioneer Eladio Carrión in “Baila.”

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