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Aug 9, 2012

Cuisine in South America - part 2


Travelling means meeting people but it's also the discovery of the cuisine in different countries. I must admit that I ate a lot in South America and as a good French I had to write a small article about food and based on the experience I had in South America.

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Travelling means meeting people but it's also the discovery of the cuisine in different countries. I must admit that I ate a lot in South America and as a good French I had to write a small article about food and based on the experience I had in South America.

Bolivia

On the whole meals are very basics in Bolivia. You will find chicken with rice at every corner. However I tasted a few specialties including sopa de mani which is a delicious soup made of peanut with chicken and a desert that I forgot the name but it is a kind of waffle covered with honey. In Santa Cruz I had the opportunity to try some Tatu.


A very very expensive meat for Bolivia but not bad at all although it is a little dry. Also if you go through the country you will definitely taste Bolivia hoja de coca, coca leaf that most Bolivians chew all day long. Personally I do not find it very good to chew but it's delicious to drink as an infusion.

Chile

Even if I only stayed a total of two weeks in Chile I still had a good overview of their gastronomy. Like the Argentinians the Chileans love empanadas and meat on barbecue.


As soon as I arrived in Santiago I was invited to a flat party where we had a barbecue. The king of fast food is the completo that all Chileans eat after going out. It is a hot dog covered with mayonnaise and guacamole. Slightly stodgy before bedtime! Also in the fast food category, hardly more sophisticated: la choriana. It is french fries covered with meat, sausage, onions and cheese. Ideal if you're looking for some a few extra calories! Finally the popular cocktail of Chile is el Terromoto – earthquake in Spanish and you soon realize why. It is a mixture of wine and fernet accompanied by a huge scoop of pineapple ice cream floating in the glass. A delight!

Brazil

I managed to find more sophisticated food in Brazil such as pastries with cheese and ham. There are delicious. I also found the fruit juices I had so much loved in Colombia. You will have to try la Mordadella which is the specialty from Sao Paulo, a huge salami sandwich, it's huge so be prepared! Then there are those little candy peanut paste that I was buying every day at the corner shops: Paçoca. As far as drinks are concerned, if you go to the beach, you MUST buy a coconut. There's nothing like drinking coconut milk when you are laying on a sunny beach.


Finally the national drink is la caparinha which is a delicious cocktail made of cachaca, lime and sugar. It was interesting to observe that it was more expensive to buy a kilo of ice for the cocktail than a bottle of cachaca- and yes the water is not potable there so you will have to buy the ice for you cocktail at the supermarket!

Argentina

There was some excellent food in Argentina. It's good but it's very expensive! However if you drive there you it will be hard for you to avoid the dulce de leche,a caramel toffee that the Argentinians eat with everything. Most of the snacks are made with dulce de lecce like los alfaores. An alfaore is a cookie that is made with two shortbread cookies and dulce de leche in the middle. Yummy! Ice creams are also extremely popular. The Argentinians eat them all year round, both summer and winter. Ice cream makers are found everywhere and you can even buy your ice cream by the pound. Barbecues, called parillas are also extremely popular. The meat is delicious and not very expensive compared to European prices. You will also have to drink some wine, Malbec is absolutely delicious there. In Mendoza, it is well worth the shot to go on a winery tour.



Then if you spend some time with Argentinians you wont escape the fernet, strong drink made of artichoke and extremely bitter that they drink with coke before going out late in the middle of the night.

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