02.20.09

Carne De Vaca

Posted in Buenos Aires at 3:57 am by Jackson Lee

I got sick with a cold. A week later I got another cold. The buckle reached the shortest length hole on my belt as the pounds shed away. My eating habits since arriving in Buenos Aires had taken a serious hit. Pizza, Empanadas and Quilmes beer might be damn tasty but they don’t provide a lot of nutrition.

I like to explain to people that Chinese food is extremely diverse, so long as you accept that most of it is bathed in cooking oil and tongue fortifying Asian spices, you should have no problem enjoying the range of styles. The Argentine’s don’t deep fry as readily as the Chinese. In fact, the basically eat Carne De Vaca (beef) + Mediterranean pasta and bread + dulce to Leche (or themes similar).

The pampas (the farm area’s of Argentina) are vast beyond describing. The are home to the Argentine gauchos (cowboys) and hordes of cow. Argentines are very proud of producing the worlds most price-competitive, high quality beef. This, unsurprisingly, has heavily influenced the culinary tastes of local people. Parrilla’s are almost as common as Fish’n’chip shops. Parrilla food is basically a pile of meat (plus fries).

Knowing that being on the road in South America would offer little for a hungry vegetarian, I had been planing returning to the world of carnivores after 6 years of lettuce grazing. During Grahams visit a few weeks ago, I plunged back into the meat eating world.

The first roast dinner I’ve ever cooked

5 Comments »

  1. Onehunga relatives said,

    March 2, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    That looks so kiwi, what about some soya sauce as a coating??

  2. Bones said,

    March 3, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Meat, Meat, Meat, Meat……………Oh yeah!

  3. AmoyXiaojie said,

    April 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Now we have more in common when u get back!

  4. Jackson Lee said,

    April 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    No kidding Xiaojie – although with your health, perhaps you will be the vegetarian by then…

  5. Nana said,

    April 20, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Jackson,
    Hope this finds you well and still enjoying all the experiences you are having
    .
    This morning when Nicholas and Tanja married at the Akld registry office your Mother, Julian and Rachel were present as the rest of Tanja’s and Nic’s immediate families were in Croatia, South America and Wellington It was great being with them and S J over Easter and being informed about the pending marriage.

    All the best
    Nana

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