Buenos Aires: The land of grass-fed beef and gluten-free hot dogs (FOOD PHOTOS!)

It's good to be back at PCC, especially when I find sweet delights like these in the kitchen: 

Blissfully sweet organic strawberries.

But how invigorating it was to be far and then farther away for a couple of weeks of blissful vacation. My husband and I traveled to Nasvhille, Buenos Aires and a small historic town in Uruguay. Suffice it to say, much (and varied) eating commenced.

Easter spread at my husband's grandparents' home outside Nashville. Delectable (especially those turnip greens), but counting my lucky stars to be an omnivore in this moment.

Many farms nearby. This red barn looked gorgeous against the lush green backdrop.

We arrived in Buenos Aires exhausted after a 10-hour flight. What better way to wake up and enjoy a sunny morning than with aromatic, full-bodied espresso? 

Breakfast of champions.

Now for an express culinary tour of some dining highlights. Buenos Aires is a city that adores its food -- its countless restaurants, cafes, street vendors are testament. And Argentina is a nation with many, many immigrants, which, as we've seen in our country, means diverse cooking methods, ingredients and fusion. Whenever I'm able to travel I feel blessed with the opportunity to see another country's soul through its food. I bet many of you do, too.

Wonderful patisseries like Las Violetas abound.

Imagine one of these melting in your mouth whilst sipping hot tea or caffe con leche.

Busy lunchtime crowd at Florida Garden cafe eats standing up at the counter, savoring flavorful coffee that's a blend of two kinds of beans.

Fresh-squeezed orange juice, right on the street.

A lovely greenmarket.

And now, it's time for lunch.

Empanadas are just about the most delicious thing ever and easy to eat out of hand (if I lived there, I'd take these on many a picnic. On this plate: Ham and cheese, beet and chard (my favorite), juicy steak with chimichurri and chicken with wonderful spices.

Fresh. Creamy. Just one example of the wonderful range of starters that came with every meal.

Steak and hard-cooked eggs are staples of many an Argentinian meal. This sandwich delivered burst upon burst of flavor, from thinly sliced tender steak, eggs, chimichurri sauce, fresh tomatoes, all assembled within warm pita.

Enjoying fresh, housemade pasta at a sidewalk cafe in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, a historic town and UNESCO heritage site.

Gelato is grand no matter what time of day.

We spied many bread deliverymen throughout the city, making their rounds of the restaurants and cafes.

 

Spotted this gluten-free hot dog ad on the side of a bus.

A close-up.

Now it's time for dinner. Though dinner often didn't even start until well after 9 p.m.!

 

Another pre-meal "snack" -- this at Cabana Las Lilas, considered one of the top parrillas (steakhouses) in Buenos Aires. On the plate: Roasted red peppers in olive oil, tender roast beef, grilled tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, sauteed eggplant with baby mushrooms and succulent roast chicken in the center, flanked with fresh crackers and breadsticks.

Steaks awaiting the grills at Las Lilas. This restaurant owns its own grass-fed cattle herd (which grazes on the pampas outside of the city) and controls every step, from birth to cooking. That's quality control at its finest, and you can taste the difference.

Two wood-fire baked pizzas, with wonderfully chewy crusts.

More fresh, housemade pasta.

And for desser (don't fret: Those prices are in Argentine pesos).

What are some of the most delicious memories from your trips, here and abroad? 

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Great photos!

Thank you for sharing the pictures from your trip. Is the pastry in the Breakfast of Champions shot a croissant or a special local type of pastry? (Also is that a shot of booze or H2O in the background? No judgments, just curious is that's the size of water glasses!)

Also, I love the picture of the juice stand. You know she is an expert because she is wearing a white shirt even with the apron. No level of carefulness ever keeps me from ending up with bits of pulp in my hair and juice squirts on my shirt when squeezing citrus.

Oh also...

That is the most organized produce stand I have ever seen. The fruit is in a grid!

Many thanks!

The pastry in that shot is a type of medialuna (half-moon in Spanish). Different cafes had different types, some with yeast and some not. I preferred the yeasty kind, which were easy to tear apart and enjoy. And nope, too early for drinking ;) That little glass is filled with sparkling water as a chaser to the coffee!

And also...

Love your observation about the juice lady! I bet you're right :)

Sparkling Chaser

What a great idea, is that how coffee is normally served there? I would be a fan of that becoming a trend here. I'm always ordering a coffee drink and cool beverage simultaneously.

Sparkling chaser

At the nicer cafes, yes! It definitely was great as a palate cleanser. I prefer it to mints.

longing to visit

love the 'day in the life' photo story here. such great looking food - especially the roast-chicken platter and the pizzas...and the pastries, and the coffee, and the fruit... ok, it all looks amazing!

thanks for sharing your journey!

Really love your post. Quite

Really love your post. Quite amazing. I loved foods and how it's been done cooking. But still, there's another lettuce recall. I've certainly not noticed as numerous produce recalls as I have observed within the recent years. The latest recall is a lettuce recall specifically from a grower in Arizona.

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