from Kasilof Alaska, June 20, 2013
I want to talk about my favorite or most memorable meals from South America.
Before my travels, I had no sense of the diversity of the Latin American countries, in terms of culture, language, and food. I want to start the series in Argentina.
Argentina is famous for its wine. The wine in Argentina is some of the best I have had. Full-bodied and moderately tannic Malbecs from Bodega San Telmo were my favorite.
Argentina is also famous for its beef. A lot of the country is farm land. There are a lot of cows, and people take meat and grilling seriously. Most Sundays, my housemates (and Argentines in general) get together for asados, or BBQ's. People cook beef, sausages, blood sausages and chicken. Simple salads are made too, usually with lettuce, carrot, tomato and hardboiled egg. A brand of beer called Quilmes and called fernet y cola are the drinks of choice. Fernet is an italian herbal liquor, similar to Jaegermeister, that is mixed with Coke and ice.
Parillas (pronounced par-eeshas, also the word for grill) are specialty steak restaurants that have pages of different types of steak. My favorite was called La Brigada in San Telmo, Buenos Aires.