Argentina is best known for their steak and wine due to their vast grasslands and ideal soil and climate. So even though I try to stay away from beef for environmental reasons we were obviously going to try Argentinian beef which is known as some of the best beef in the world.
The traditional cut is called Bife de Chorizo and compared to a skirt steak it is a little bit thicker, contains a little bit more fat around the edges and is more tender. Every street corner is decorated with a “Parillo” a grill that constantly has chorizo and vegetables grilling on the side and big, juicy slabs are put on the grill upon request. There are also many bakeries serving up fresh alfajores (two soft cookies sandwiched together with a generous helping of creamy dulce de leche), pastelitos (little cakes with all sorts of creams and toppings) and Italian style cookies.
Argentina has both strong Italian and Latin American roots which strongly influences both the culture and the food. There seem to be a fair amount of pizza cafe-type places with very promising looking pizzas as well as little bistro type places serving up fresh handmade noodles that were clearly made in-house.
The most common go-to restaurants in Argentina, however, are the parillos, which are nicknamed “Lo.” We ate at one place called Lo de Jesus, but saw other places like Lo de Bebe, Lo de Leo and well I think you get the jist. These can be very casual counter places or fancier white tablecloth, wine bar places and everything in-between. For lunch I would suggest going with the restaurants “menu del dia” which includes bread, a salad, some healthy portion of meat, a little pastry and a hot drink. For dinner I would suggest getting some cut of Argentinian steak and pairing it with a deep purple colored glass of Malbec (if you’re 18 of course…) made from grapes only found in Argentina. I decided to live up to the “gringo” stereotype and take a picture of every delicious and unique meal before chowing down. So low and behold here is compilation of the yummy noms my father and I have gotten try, enjoy.
I'm Avery. I am a senior at Princeton High School and will be attending NYU next year. I am most passionate about travelling and experiencing the world through its different cultures and unique foods. I am constantly on the hunt for new restaurants, beautiful views, and fun experiences and am always willing to try new things and up and coming NOMS.
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