What is a typical meal in Argentina
Food and drinks in Argentina
Breakfast (desayuno) is often minimalist, although many hotels and restaurants also offer American breakfasts. You can have breakfast in cafes that can be found on most street corners. Coffee, cortado (espresso with a drop of hot milk), cafe con leche (latte), cappuccino, lágrima (a very weak latte) or submarino (glass with warm milk with a piece of melted chocolate) are offered as standard. It is good to know that sugar is “azucar”. There are also “tostadas” (toast) with “manteca” (butter) and “mermelada” (marmeade) or “miel” (honey) and of course “medialunas” (croissants). Lunch (almuerzo) is always a warm meal such as pizza. You can get these in almost every restaurant, as well as “milanesas” (a kind of thin Wienerschnitzel) or pasta. Towards the end of the afternoon (around 5:00 p.m.) it is time for “la merienda”, tea or cafe con leche with something sweet. In the evening, between 9.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. (or later), you eat a warm meal (cena) again. It is normal for Argentines to eat so late.
If you want to eat in a small restaurant, it is best to choose one where the service is fast and the food is very fresh. Argentina is the country to eat meat. Delicious pieces of meat are “bife bife de lomo” or “chorizo” (slightly more juicy). These are served with bread and salad or "papas fritas". You can get them in almost every restaurant. In a Parilla (BBQ restaurant) you eat Parillada (grilled meat) and you can help yourself to a rich salad buffet. The 'kitchens of the world' have meanwhile also arrived in Buenos Aires and you can eat sushi there, for example. However, meat of all shapes and sizes still remains the main course. There is little choice for vegetarians as the national cuisine is not geared towards this. However, there are a few vegetarian dishes to be found in Buenos Aires. There are no menus for vegetarians on buses or on domestic flights, and vegetarianism is virtually non-existent in Argentina. The average consumption of meat is 65 kg per inhabitant and year!
The water supply is quite good in most large cities and tap water can be drunk without any problems. Mineral water can be bought anywhere (make sure the seal is still intact). Mineral water is called "Agua con gas", and still water is "agua sin gas".
"Te" is normal tea as we know it, but Mate tea is typical Argentine. Mate is very strong tea that is drunk from a kind of calabash and with a bombilla (a kind of straw). Drinking mate is a cultural matter, in the Campo (in the country) it is even more common than in Buenos Aires, for example. The Argentines in the country carry a round wooden container with their “yerba” (tea leaves) with them. They pour hot water from a thermos on this and drink it with or without sugar. There are two nice cafes in Buenos Aires that serve mate for lunch: Cholita in La Recoleta at the intersection of Rodriguez Peña and Santa Fe and their branch in Las Cañitas in Honduras 5686.
Fernet is an Italian schnapps that tastes very bitter and is therefore often mixed with cola.
The local beer is Quilmes, Brahma is its Brazilian competitor.
The Argentine wine regions are mainly in the west of the country, on the slopes of the Andes. The main wine region is in the province of Mendoza. Three quarters of all Argentine vineyards are located there at altitudes between 900 and 1500 meters. The climate is hot and dry and is heavily dependent on irrigation with meltwater from the Andes. One uses an ancient canal system: the Acequias. The country is very diverse and had a wine culture even before the Spaniards came. Many immigrants from the Basque Country and Italy brought with them grape varieties that are used in Argentina today. These are mainly European grape varieties from Spain, Italy and France. These include Malbec, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. The lack of extreme temperatures on the mountain slopes gives the grapes a very strong aroma. Approximately 210,000 hectares of vineyards make Argentina the fourth largest wine producer in the world. The average harvest per hectare is 10,000 kg.
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