Thou shalt eat STEAK!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
Trip End May 25, 2009

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

OK... so having sampled all the wine that we could find in Argentina, we decided to go for the other thing this country is famous for.... BARBEQUE!!!  Even a part-time meat eater like me can appreciate the setup they have here...

The place we went to had a queue of locals waiting for it to open outside... so we thought it was a safe bet that this was the business...  You go in and sit down, order drinks, take a plate and then run around helping yourself to pretty much any side dish you can think of...  Then the main event... the gigantic revolving BBQ... but not just a BBQ, more a rotissary-come-BBQ...  Here they have every kind of animal slowly cooking to perfection, along with blood and normal sausages and god knows what else!!

As I said, I don´t eat a lot of meat, and struggle to finish a steak usually, but this place was impressive... and the meat was, I have to say, out of this world... so tender and full of flavour...  I feel dirty writing that, but it´s the truth!!

The main event for me was the pasta counter... you pick your sauce and your pasta, and they heat it up on a massive gas flame... Even more impressive was watching the artist... (no, not chef, the man was a bloody artist!) making pancakes, flambéing them with whiskey and turning them with dulce con leche (which is kind of like caramel)... and they were DAMN tasty!!  Oh, and I forgot to mention... we were also treated to authentic(ish) Argentinian entertainment!!

The last thing we did in Mendoza was have a nice big hair-dying session, whereby Tom was transformed into my personal stylist... and you can see the end result here... OK, it´s quite a lot redder than we had planned, but I am quite enjoying looking like a Fraggle/Muppet :D

Also pictured here, is the result of Tom and I sitting in the ´Liverpool Pub´ for 5 hours... waiting for people to turn up, who hadn´t actually got the message that we were waiting for them...  But we had fun anyway, and I played in the park on the way home :D

So we´re still in Mendoza because the road to Chile was closed due to snow... but hopefully we will be able to get to Santiago tomorrow... and then you´ll get my roundup of Argentina from there!!

bessos!! x x
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Where I stayed
Malbec Hostel
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