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.
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?