my favourite restaurant in Buenos Aires

The population of greater Buenos Aires is about 14 million.

There are countless numbers of restaurants. Yet I ate nearly every meal at one nondescript buffet catering mostly to locals.

Some of the choices were excellent. Especially Chinese items. Most especially the ribs.

Cost was less than half anywhere else I could find. Food in Argentina is expensive in both supermarkets and restaurants. They have trouble importing many items due to high tariffs.

It reminded me of my favourite restaurant in Rio. Another buffet.

Eat what you want. And as much as you want.

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my barbecue in Montevideo

Asado (Spanish: [aˈsaðo]) is used in the same way as the English word “barbecue”, both for a range of barbecue techniques …

In Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, asado is a traditional way of preparing food and a traditional event.

An asado usually consists of beef, sausages, and sometimes other meats, which are cooked on a grill, called a parrilla, or an open fire. …

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the awkwardness of yerba mate

Yerba mate, or mate (mah tay) is a popular drink Argentina, but in Uruguay it’s an obsession.

It is a kind of herbal tea which has quite a kick. …

When you have drunk a cup of mate, you add more hot (never boiling) water.

The tea can be used several times that way. You see people walking around with Thermoses of hot water for that purpose.

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Personally I don’t like the taste.

But I get it. You love yerba mate. You are addicted.

Still … I’m shocked how many people wander around with a thermos of hot water tucked into their arm pit. What a hassle.

visiting Colonia, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, is renowned for its historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. …

The city was developed on a peninsula that protrudes into the Río de la Plata. The 16 hectare “Barrio Histórico”, or Portuguese Old City, was enclosed by a fortification wall …

It is a popular tourist attraction for visitors from Buenos Aires, and there is frequent ferry service across the Río de la Plata between the two cities, with fast ferries completing the journey in just 50 minutes. …

This was my first visit to Uruguay. It’s far more stable and peaceful than Argentina.

I took in the sunset with some tinto.

I’d read that in Uruguay people applaud sunset. There was a smattering.

A crazy lady at my hostel took me out to the local version of Carnival. I sat about an hour on cobblestones, enjoying the show.

I finally ducked out. Back to the old quarter for some quiet. And PIZZA. 😀

Aconcagua trek a success

By luck I had cloudless skies and the French Base Camp (4200m) to myself.

Aconcagua has a notoriously unfriendly micro climate.

On my return to Mendoza I met a guy from South Africa who was forced off the other side of the mountain at 6600m by weather. The climbers had been slogging through a metre of snow and it finally got too dangerous to continue.

To celebrate I had a big chunk of Argentinian barbecue beef. And fresh baguette.

Santaigo Food Markets tour

I consistently enjoy the “free” tours offered around the world.

This time I took the TOURS 4 TIPS itinerary in Santiago, Chile billed as “SANTIAGO OFFBEAT“.

We met in front of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Guides successful at working for tips are superb. Camillo has a degree in Sociology and excellent insight into the politics of his nation.

Camillo

I called this tour EAT YOURSELF TO DEATH as you first tour some of the biggest and best food markets in South America … then finish at the largest cemetery in South America. (2.5 million souls)

We walked 3 different markets: fish & sea food, meat and then fruits & vegetables.

Some of the best inexpensive restaurants in Santiago are to be found here.

Mercado Central de Santiago

kilo strawberries less than $1.50

Our guide had 21 english speaking tourists in his group. I gave him US $15. Do the math.

Free tours are very profitable for a quality guide.