The Food Saga: The Feast Era

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Welcome to my “Central and South America Food Saga“!

Food was very good and plentiful in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. We both loved it… we feasted!

The first Argentinian city we went to was Ushuaia, in Tierra Del Fuego. Because of its geographical location — it is the Southernmost city in the world, stuck at the tip of the Americas, right in front of Antarctica — food was quite expensive. We ended up cooking in hostels a lot throughout all Patagonia for the same reason. But once back to civilization, in Buenos Aires, we truly got to enjoy the gastronomy.

Argentinians are big meat-eaters. Meats is cheap, by world standards, and is delicious. Parillas (steakhouses) are plentiful along Florida and Lavalle streets in the capital, as well as in most popular downtown areas, such as San Telmo. Even cheaper options are the ubiquitous buffets, with all-you-can-eat options at around $6 to $8 per person including a drink. Typical buffet food include rice, beans, eggs, mashed potatoes, lots of meat and few veggies. A lot of these restaurants are Chinese-owned, so you can also sample various stir-fried dishes.

Italian food is also very popular, especially in historical districts such as La Boca. But most restaurants offer at least one type of pasta, and pizzas. The only thing I got sick of after a while was the lack of “healthy” options. As I said, few dishes include vegetables (a couple of tomatoes in the pizza does NOT count) and I can’t survive on just meat!

Uruguay had similar food. Lots of meat, some good Italian food, and a bit of Chinese. I liked the popular lunch sandwiches, such as the “completo” and the “Canadiense“, mix of ham, olives, red pepper etc. on wheat bread. Argentina and Uruguay also seem to love super panchos, aka hot dogs. I even saw a all-you-can-eat hot dog place… Yep. Never had a hot dog in my life (the two on the picture are Feng’s), don’t plan to start anytime soon.

Food in Brazil was a bit more exotic, but it may also be because we don’t speak Portuguese. In the South, we were still in gaucho country (cowboy of the pampa), so there was quite a lot of meat and churrasco (Brazilian parilla). In the Southeast, typical dishes included feijoada (a black bean and meat stew), feijão com arroz (rice and beans), stew vegetables (yes, finally!). Most dishes were pretty basic but tasty. I loved the tutu de feijão (a paste of beans and manioc flour) which is used to spice up the rice, and the pão de queijo (a cheese and manioc flour roll).

Brazilians like the “comida por kilo” style restaurant: basically a huge buffet, with food priced at about $1 per 100 gr. Your plate is weighted after you make your selection. I liked that way because we didn’t need to decipher menus in Portuguese, plus I think people waste less food than in a regular buffet.

"Canadiense" Sandwich In Montevideo, Uruguay

"Canadiense" Sandwich In Montevideo, Uruguay

"Super Panchos" In Montevideo, Uruguay

"Super Panchos" In Montevideo, Uruguay

Famous Argentinian Steak, Buenos Aires

Famous Argentinian Steak, Buenos Aires

Parilla In Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parilla In Buenos Aires, Argentina

Popular Lavalle Street, Buenos Aires

Popular Lavalle Street, Buenos Aires

Feng And His Giant Steak, Buenos Aires

Feng And His Giant Steak, Buenos Aires

Diner In Porto Alegre, Brazil

Diner In Porto Alegre, Brazil

Tutu De Feijão, Rice And Chicken In Paraty, Brazil

Tutu De Feijão, Rice And Chicken In Paraty, Brazil

Comida Por Kilo, Brazil

Comida Por Kilo, Brazil

Comida Por Kilo, Brazil

Comida Por Kilo, Brazil

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

12 Comments

  1. ooh, glorious food. I used to have a Brazilian friend who cooked the fantastic feijoada. Complete with the garnishes and it tasted like heaven!

  2. i’m amazed how people waste food. or even worse, when people go to buffets and pile their plates high enough to block the sun. seriously, how can anyone eat that much without hurting? it’s why i don’t go to buffets. watching other people eat like that takes my appetite away.
    i like salad bars though. they are rather like buffets, but healthier.

  3. Great pictures. After whining about the lack of food pictures I am enjoying the whole series.

    The Argentinian Steak looks wonderful. I am suddenly hungry for charred meat. Feng looks like he has reached the saturation point with his steak. The Tutu De Feijão looks tasty. The picture of Lavalle Street makes me wonder if there is anywhere in the world that does not have a McDonald’s?

    Are you adjusting to life in the northern hemisphere again? If you stop posting travel photos I am going to suffer withdrawal.

  4. Hey again,

    I don’t eat hot dogs either…hell no.
    So, too much meat in those places, eh? How would I survive? I like meat, but I need my vegies: otherwise…constipation!

    Girl, I adore pão de queijo! I love it so much that I learned how to do it: it is easy, quick and delicious (if you wish I’ll send you a recipe).
    Pão de queijo with butter: Mmmmmm

    Another great post!

    Cheers

  5. @khengsiong – I’m not sure actually. Anything with ham in it seemed to be “Canadian”, including pizza. Mmmm…

    @the writer – Can you share your friend? 😆

    @Agnes – THank you! I love him on that picture too 😉

    @Sidney – We didn’t eat that much… but the choice was amazing.

    @Seraphine – Never been to a salad bar. I usually don’t go to buffet because I can’t eat a lot at once, plus like you say, I do think some eat like pigs!

    @Tulsa Gentleman – No travel withdrawal, we are off to France for three weeks now! 😉 Thank you for asking for food pictures, I wouldn’t have thought of it!

    @sir jorge – Almost as good as Mexican food 😉

    @shionge – He did, he did… brave guy! 😆

    @Max Coutinho – I would love the recipe,hopefully I can find the ingredients… otherwise, I will hunt for them! 😆 Or better, fly to Portugal to share a pao with you!

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