Food Photos from Chile and Argentina
Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:24 AM
But for now...just a couple more sweets to remember Chile by:
BAGS of Manjar, and a batch of over the top Alfajores robed in chocolate.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 03:29 PM
We're going over the Andes from Chile to Argentina and this is what we see. This is not snow in the mountains, it's "ash"/sand/pumice (tiny crushable rocks)from the June volcanic eruption. Everything is covered except the road which has now been cleared.
After going through the the Chilean border crossing (leaving) we drive several miles and enter Argentina. A few miles later we arrive in the town of Villa la Angostura, our first stop in Argentina. Here we eat lunch, learn about a new kind of money ( but they take Chilean pesos too) and switch buses (and all the luggage) for our trip on to Bariloche.
We split this lovely deep fried chicken dish... with fries.
Another couple had this piece of "apple pie"
We used the last of our Chilean money for a packet of alfajores and it's on to Bariloche, land of lakes, mountains, skiing, and chocolate.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:38 PM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:55 AM
SO now it's Bariloche, Argentina...hit hard by the volcano but starting to recover.
The only hotel meal (aside from breakfasts) of the trip in the gorgeous Hotel Cacique Inacayal overlooking the lake.
The town has many German families from both before, and after World War 2. The influence shows in the delicious baked goods.
Breads with dinner:
Poorly described on menu, turned out to be a sort of strudle with vegetables, and a beet "trail".
Main of our first Argentine steak, strangely overcooked (for Americans?) since we had expected practically raw. Tasty but we were not too impressed.
Wonderful breakfast buffet, again with a variety of "cut them yourself" breads and the usual fruits and yogurt, butter and jams.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:18 PM
Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:24 AM
And there is this window of things having to do with good eating.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:43 AM
THIS is why you come to Bariloche! We rode up the chairlift at a ski area just outside of town. It was cloudy when we arrived, but after we went inside for a piece of cake the weather started to improve. The signature drink of the cafe at the top of the lift was hot chocolate with whipped cream and a shot of brandy. And these are some of the cakes they were selling, note that lemon pie is still popular.
This is the one I would love to make with its dozens of very thin layers of cookie(?) interlaced with old friend Dulce de Leche, and almonds. How DO they make those layers so thin?
One last view with the sun out, of the surrounding lake area.
Then we're off to an overlook, with goodies for sale, and a VERY local cerveccer
Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:15 AM
Did you notice a difference in the food between what you were eating prior to the tour (when you were on your own) and during the tour? To me, the food you had while on your own seemed more appetizing, while a lot of meals I've seen since seems more like food geared towards tourists. (just an observation, not a judgment)
IME, Chilean food isn't really all that interesting (I had a good friend in high school who was Chilean--they came to Canada as refugees in the '70s--and I used to eat at their place a lot), but there are a few things I do love--empanadas and sopaipillas. I've never had sopaipillas like the ones my friend's mother made, so I'm hoping you have some Chilean sopaipillas so I can see if they're like what I remember! (will you be going back to Chile, or are you departing from Argentina?).
Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:16 AM
Usually there were 2 meals provided, sometimes only breakfast. Most of the included meals were late lunch. Fine with us but some of the more timid travelers who did not want to go "out" in evening were kind of stuck. On our own we tried to get something "small" , often without much success. Later we learned to split because we were just eating too much. Unlike the provided meals we tended more to just get a pizza, pasta, or even just soup (it was huge too). So not a full meal with salad or starter and dessert. Breakfast with all the cakes and sweets could have been our dessert.
A big difference when we were on our own in Buenos Aires at the end was we tried whenever we could to eat outside since that is a treat for us in March. Places were smaller, English not spoken but we managed. We ate a couple of pizzas, and I discovered Sorrentinos...large round ravioli like stuffed pasta that were fabulous. All the Italian food we had was delicious. Local? Well it's very popular with the locals and the people who make it are local. We were just with Spanish speaking customers instead of English speaking ones and we were not in a "locale". Of course you get to choose when you're paying.
I'm not thinking "our own" food was so much better, though I could have gotten by on the peach drink and the cheese and shrimp empanada. No doubt I missed a bunch of local dishes but we enjoyed what we had.
Sorry no Chilean sopaipillas, but some Argentine ones to start lunch on the estancia. It was a one way trip, Peru (for DH) , Chile, Argentina (Patagonia) and Argentina (Buenos Aires....with a side to Iguazu).
Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:33 AM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:37 AM
If it is Torta de Mil Hojas, the layers are rolled out very thinly--like making vinarterta. It's time consuming, but not difficult, and it's worth the work, I think.
I actually don't mind tours, especially the first time I visit a place. But food is such a priority for me (I often spend more time deciding where to eat than what sights to see), and I find the food to be had on tours to be (very often) mediocre at best, so I often end up disappointed. If I could afford to, I'd take tours designed for food lovers (and that combine both great food as well as great sight-seeing), but I find those tend to be quite a bit more expensive.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:24 PM
It's an overlook with great scenery
Not as sunny but still beautiful.
AND....there is shopping. Not only hand knit sweaters, and jewelry, and other crafts. But one couple had a nice selection of local products. Tea, and pate and packets of spices. I bought one packet for "all Patagonian foods" and another for empanadas. The husband had the grill going, there were going to be grilled meats. The perfect combination.
Our tour guide stocked up on the "Mountain Wine" a sort of spiced wine that we shared the next day.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:31 AM
DH would consider beer to be food...as perhaps some of you will too. We went to visit this small family run brewery and restaurant for a "tour" and lunch. Tomas Gilbert took over the beer making from his father who now runs the restaurant which is very much in the after ski sort of style.
Tomas now brews and bottles a total of 700 bottles per week in three types... lager,stout and red. As you can guess with those numbers it is for "local consumption" only. I'm not a beer drinker but DH thought it was excellent.
Our starter was a shot of excellent squash soup, a tiny empanada, and rolls...this time with a kind of hummus.
DH had the lamb stew, a generous portion which he really enjoyed.
I chose the ravioli (seen behind the beer) which was either trout or salmon...sorry I can't remember. It was very good though I thought the fish got lost with pasta and sauce.
They had these gorgeous alfajores for sale too.
A last minute reminder:
Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:23 AM
I DID find some, from the same place at the fish market in Puerto Montt where I had the cheese and shrimp empanada.
Not ours, but took the picture of them when others got them. Served with pebre it looks like. That woman in that shop "knew" dough, you can just tell they are crispy and light.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 02:01 PM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:22 PM
I have loved reading your food tour JTravel, thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful descriptions and pictures. Sweetie and I are celebrating our 25th this coming fall and were thinking about traveling a bit in celebration. I was showing her your posts, and now I think we'll be going to Chile !
If you want to talk more about the travel aspects of this trip you can PM me. I think it was good to see parts of both Chile and Argentina...not that there is not enough to fill quite a bit of time in either country...especially if you are interestd in more active/ outdoor things.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:28 PM
Hmmmm. The Chilean restaurant here had a dessert called Torta de Mil Hojas or 1000 Layers Cake. I never saw it or tried it since I have to avoid sweets but perhaps it would be the same in Argentina or a similar name?
It did have that name and I have found recipes online. It sounds like a LOT of work and I don't think a home cook could get the layers that thin. But when I next need a special dessert I'm going to try it.
Today I used 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk and made Dulce de Leche in the microwave. It took at least an hour, heat, stir, repeat.....a lot. But I was doing other things and there is nothing hard about it. With that done ahead making the cake would be easier.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:55 PM
We are welcomed with these sopapillas and chimichurri sauce.
As always there must be Mate to drink, in tea bags here.
The area with the visitors dining hall is only one locale of the workers, there is another area with the main house and several other homes, and the other employees are scattered in various locations where they will be needed. The ranch is owned by a wealthy "international" person, who according to the manager is very good to his workers. For instance, all of the children of the workers are bussed into Bariloche to attend a private school and their education is paid through college if they wish.
The manager of the ranch, who was European, explained about the operaton and (again) the effect of the volcanic eruption. There were several inches of ash on everything...the cattle ate it, drank water and it set up inside them and they started to die. The team then arranged for 40 tractor trailers to come and get the cattle and drive them to land near Buenos Aires. It was a huge operation, but I am sorry I have forgotten how many head of cattle they had on their 50,000 acres. Those cattle had not yet returned so we saw only a few hundred, and some sheep.
We walked a bit to get an idea of the vastness of the land, and the quietness.
Next we watched a sheep being sheared the old fashioned way...with heavy hand scissors.
Since it was heading toward fall and winter we were thinking that the sheared sheep might be the sacrificed lamb for the next group. Because the meal today centers around lamb and it's been in the fireplace cooking for us.
Plus a chicken for those who don't eat lamb.
Time to chop the lamb and pass it out...
Dinner is served...bread and chimichurri
And an empanada of course...
A plate of goodness...roast lamb, 2 salads,
Goodbye ranch...thanks for our introduction to the cattle business.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:13 PM
thanks continue for your blog and pics!
Posted 30 April 2012 - 05:02 AM
He was only going to have "a little bowl of soup" which turned out to be a huge bowl of fresh style onion soup. Tasty, but did not photograph well. The pizza in this place looked fabulous and those who had it said it was. Sorry, can't eat everything.
We now leave the countryside (Bariloche is a city, but you don't have to go far to be in the mountains and grasslands) and head for the BIG city. We are lucky as the airport has re-opened (that volcano thing again) so we skip the all day bus ride to another city which was then followed by a flight. Now we can just fly a couple of hours to Buenos Aires...our last stop.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:20 AM
First we finish up our tour at the beautiful Hotel NHLancaster...in "Downtown" It's near Ave Florida with lots of shopping and a huge mall. We're busy and there is not much time for sightseeing.
Part 2 is 3 nights in San Telmo neighborhood, the "Bohemian" up and coming area. Of the 3 neighborhoods this was most convenient for finding places to eat. We were just getting started on exploring when we moved on to...
Part 3 "near" Palermo Soho...it was a hike (almost a mile) each way to dinner. Lots of options once you got to town. We were here 8 nights, divided into two stays as we went to Iguazu Falls for two nights.
SO...on our night out on our own...we walk ....to a recommended Italian place. Wood fired oven...right in sight. We ordered a pie with sliced tomatoes. It came Instantly. Either it cooked in 2 minutes, or they have them ready. No matter. It was hot, tasty and very filling with all that melted cheese. With a fridge in our room it became lunch the next day.
A nice feature of Grand Circle is the "Home Hosted " meal. We walked with our host to his nearby apartment for dinner. The plan for all the groups (we divided into several groups of +/-6) was to make empanadas. The hostess had the meat mixture ready and we used "discos" of packaged empanada dough since she said everybody used them. We had a starter:
Then hot from oven empanadas eaten out of hand wrapped in a napkin.
I have to admit I bought the wrappers here and tried them with kids and they were easy to use, and as good as my yeast dough, and my baking powder versions. Still searching for the right wrapper recipe.
Dessert was a lovely flan. Lots of wine was served. It was one of "smaller" meals we've had in a home....someone said it was the only meal in S. America where they didn't overeat.
A surprise in the apartment...a sign of home...a Wegmans bag brought by a previous guest.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:44 PM
That pizza almost looks like a layer of cheese with tomatoes on top - and no bread! And whilst pizza experts may disagree, I mean that in a good way :)
There was crust, a rim around the outside but you're right, very thin in middle. Of the several we had, all were good, all were thin, but this one had the (dried?) herbs and the tomatoes and the taste was just right to us. Even good cold.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:47 PM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:08 PM
This is one fine trip you have managed. Good for you! and many thanks for sharing.
Glad you are enjoying it. Stay tuned for a VERY old bar in San Telmo, some steak (with purple sauce) a bit of fast food and a BIG ending with meat and cheese enough for a group.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 04:52 AM
I am with Kim. This is just about the most enjoyable series on eGullet I have been party to.
Everything is just beautiful - what you saw, what you ate! Thank you so much for this report. I treasure the trip stories that folks are kind enough to post here!
learn, learn, learn...
Cheers & Chocolates
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:45 AM
Today: Random Shots that don't fit any special day. All taken in Buenos Aires.
Grilling meat outside, in La Boca:
Ready to grill meat inside in a Palermo Steakhouse:
A different kind of pizza, downtown BA, one of the few cheap, grab and go foods we saw.
Lots of fruit on the breakfast buffet at NHLancaster:
There is a small Armenian neighborhood in Palermo. We ate outside on the sidewalk and shared this one HUGE and very tasty plate of chicken and rice (following stuffed grape leaves). Couldn't even finish it.
Whenever we passed this Armenian bakery it was crowded. Finally I made it there at the proper time to have a wonderful "Armenian Pizza" . It was delicious and made a great "rolled up and eaten with hands" lunch.