Howdy! I’m Chef Trent, I’m originally from Texas and I own La Luna Verde Resto Bar in Samaipata, Bolivia. I’m one of those lucky people who get to live and work in paradise. My restaurant is situated on a high knoll with a spectacular highland view of emerald, tropical mountains in the distance. It also happens to be set in the stunning garden of my beloved La Posada del Sol
Many tourists come here to nirvana from all over the world to visit the outstanding archeological sites of El Fuerte, to trek in the rare ecosystems of the huge Amboro Park wildlife reserve and to enjoy the best condor viewing in all of South America. Others (like yours truly) just want to chill by paradisiacal waterfalls in the tropical mountain sun or wander around our charmingly rustic town located in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes.
And of course they are here for what is always my favorite reason to visit anywhere on the planet... THEY WANT TO EAT! Yeah baby! That’s what I love! Everybody loves to eat and that’s why I’m here – to help you not only eat but eat well! I’ll do this by revealing each week one or two of my trade secret recipes. Sometimes they’ll be Bolivian style dishes (with a toque de Chef Trent) while others will be international style formulas. I’ll try to give clues about where to find elusive ingredients here in Bolivia, which can sometimes be a challenge as many of you know. I’ll also include a restaurant review every now and then.
Side note: Perhaps some of you will want to ask, “Chef Trent, how did you come to arrive in such a heavenly place? Perhaps I, too, would like to do something so wonderful someday.” I’ll reveal those mysteries and more to you here on this outstanding Bolivia Bella site where I was blessed enough to be invited by Charis Barks, the brilliant webmaster, to make my contributions. Check back for a weekly update to learn more about my history, especially how I came from Texas to live in the remote Andes of Bolivia and how I met the Zen Master: my gorgeous Bolivian wife of ten years. (I will also explain why I call her the Zen Master when her name is really Lidia Rosario Castro de Wauson.) So here goes. Have fun with food, and as they say in Bolivia, “Buen provecho!”