Sunday, February 18, 2018

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In a land of three-hour dinners, the choripán fills the need for urgent, super-satisfying snacking.

Argentina is a country of three-hour meals, which at first can be distressing to visitors who aren’t used to sitting still so long. Diners at hang out at their lunch tables for inhumane lengths of time, dinners don’t start in earnest until 10 P.M., and glasses of wine cost as much as a bottle of water. Which, let’s be honest, is not something that encourages people to hurry. This is not a grab-and-go sort of place.

"This is not a big street food culture like Asia,” says David Carlisle. “Choripán is the only exception I can think of for that."

And he should know. Originally from Oregon, Carlisle and Argentina native Santiago Palermo have run Parrilla Tour Buenos Aires since 2011, taking visitors through the city and gorging them on porteño (a.k.a. local) classics like steak, bondiola (pork shoulder), grilled provolone, and choripán, a simple sandwich of grilled and butterflied chorizo sausage inside a soft but crusty roll.

Steak is the king of Argentine cuisine, but the choripán may be the real national food of Argentina; on any given day, porteños are more likely to eat the sandwich than a full steak. They’re the most popular pick at any lunch counter; people grill them in backyards; and they’re devoured en masse before... (Read More)

By Revista High

Ese medallón de carbohidratos rebosante de mozzarella que quiebra la voluntad de cualquiera tratando de evitar calorías, ha conquistado el paladar del mundo hace tiempo. La pizza, la cual los napolitanos se acreditan como sus descubridores, tiene varios países que reclaman su origen. Pero ninguno puede defenderla tanto como quienes la trajeron a la Argentina a través de las... (Read More)

By The Chronicle Herald

What Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were for the 1990s and 2000s, Malbec has become for red wine drinkers over the last five or more years. Malbec is the current “it” grape.

In France, the grape was at times incredibly prolific and grown throughout the country. Little wonder why it’s known by so many names there. In addition to Malbec it’s also known as Auxerrois, Cot and Pressac amongst other names. At times, Malbec-based wines have been amongst the most prized of France. The “black wines” of Cahors, traditionally dark pigmented and tannic reds from southwestern France’s Lot Valley, have enjoyed an enviable reputation for hundreds of years but lost some cache in the last century and a half. So much so that when a devastating frost hit nearby Bordeaux in 1956, many winemakers chose not to replant the grape — which had, at one time, been a dominant grape variety in the region and had a reputation for susceptibility to vine diseases.

The producers of Cahors, who were hit by the same damaging frost, did replant to Malbec but the region and its wines are only starting to regain acclaim, largely due to the grape’s success in South America.

Malbec originally migrated to Argentina in the 1860s and the grape has fallen in love with the... (Read More)

By The Telegraph

Argentina celebrates 201 years of independence today. Here are a few good excuses to visit:

1. You can ride with gauchos

Argentinian cowboys wear actual chaps, drink Mate tea so bitter it makes you gurn, raise and wrestle cattle, and at night sing folk songs about love and loss. Gauchos traditionally were seen as... (Read More)

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