Tasting the regional delights of a country is one of the best parts of travelling. Find out more about the culture and the people while eating some delicious treats. Break bread and drink with locals to get a true taste of somewhere, a salud to those to toast new friendships with their top alcoholic beverages on one of the many patagonia adventures.
Beef and Argentina come hand in hand, and this meat is probably what the country is known for. One of the favoured cooking methods is the asado, in which meats such as beef are grilled or cooked over an open flame. If you happen to be in the Patagonia area of the country, you may find that it’s goat or lamb that makes its way onto the barbecue. No matter where you are, it can be a mix of several of these choices. To season your meat, try the chimichurri sauce, a yummy mix of vinegar, garlic and herbs.
Perfect for going along with that delicious Argentine beef is some equally delicious Argentine wine. Wine is another thing that the country is known for, reds are top of the range, and Malbec is globally recognised. There are many more varietals produced here than Malbec however and there is even a white, Torontel, that is an Argentine original.
For something a bit lighter and easier to eat on the go, try an empanada. These bits of dough can be stuffed with a variety of filings including beef, chicken, seafood, cheese or swiss chard. The north like to fry them, but across the rest of the country these tend to be oven baked.
When you are in Buenos Aires in particular, you can enjoy cuisine from several other countries, due to the many immigrants who made their ways here. Italian food is one of the most well represented, making it easy to find pastas and pizzas as well as gelato for dessert. When it comes to dessert, one that has to be tried is the alfajore. This is a cookie filled with dulce de leche, a sauce similar to caramel. This filling is used in a variety of pastries and one of the favourites. Enjoy one of them with a cup of coffee, a common part of everyone’s day here.
As far as beverages go, no discussion about food and drink in Argentina would be complete without mentioning yerba mate. Yerba mate is a plant which is made into a tea and usually drunk from a cup that comes with its own straw. This can be a drunk with guests in a ritual sort of way with the mate being prepared for each person, one at a time, using one single cup. It’s not unusual to see Argentines travelling around with one of these cups in hand during argentina expeditions .
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