Buenos Aires, Part 2

30 Dec

In Buenos Aires, we did a lot of walking and eating. As I previously mentioned, Argentina is known for its grass fed beef. To partake in this red meat eating frenzy, we tried two parrillas, or steakhouses. But first, a few other snacks and drinks from our four days in BA:

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Empanadas. Since he was a young boy visiting Jalisco, Emilio has loved empanadas – a stuffed bread/pastry that is baked/fried. Due to his love of them, Emilio found a place famous for their empanadas, La Cocina, so we went there and grabbed two – one with cheese and onion and the other called “carne picante,” but it’s not spicy, it’s just spiced with cumin.

Emilio loves empanadas, but I think these were just “meh.” These were good, but we later went to a different restaurant and he had ones that he thought were much better.

We also went to one of the bars on a list of the 50 Best Bars in the World – it’s the best one in Latin America and is called Floreria Atlantico.

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It’s literally a flower shop on the front. And then you have to go through a door, walk down the stairs, and then your suddenly in the bar! It’s very Noble Experiment-ish in San Diego with its secret door, etc. But it was actually a pretty cool bar with bartenders making craft cocktails (their food was not recommended when we read about it). The drink menu is divided up by the countries of the immigrants that make up Buenos Aires. For example, the gin comes from the English and Dutch, bitters from Italy, rum from Cuba, pisco from Peru, and beer from the Germans.

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We had some drinks with house made gin and another called “the Hemingway.” The most interesting drink was probably the last one. Emilio ordered a drink, something along the lines of “the man’s drink in Bolivia,” but our bartender was rather reluctant to make it for him. Rather, she decided to make her own concoction. Obviously, I don’t know all the ingredients but it had orange juice and Tabasco – almost like a Bloody Mary, but an orange juice version. Sounds crazy, but actually quite tasty.

The drinks weren’t cheap (about $9 each), but definitely worth a stop in if you’re ever in BA. Just know they aren’t open till 7pm – but it is open till 3:30am (like I could ever stay up that late!)

We also went to San Telmo for its Sunday Market. It was a huge market. If you’re an antique fan, this is definitely the place for you.

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There were some beautiful glassware and vases – I wish I could have brought some home, but they were rather expensive and heavy to carry home in our backpacks. They also had some funky antiques – old dolls, fashion jewelry, knives, and old door handles and light bulb holders.

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In San Telma, there is also an old famous bar called Bar Dorrego.

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Emilio had a beer and I just ordered a lemonade since it was super hot. The lemonade came with about half a glass full of straight lime juice, a bottle of water, and some sugar packets. Mix at your own leisure.

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Supposedly, it’s been around since the 18th century, so the bar has been marked up pretty good over the years.

Alright, I think that wraps up all the odds and ends of Buenos Aires – I will post about the steakhouses next! This is getting too long already.

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