At Abuelo’s house breakfast is a typical one of cheese and cold meats on bread. He had sweet spreads too (like marmalade and dulce de leche which is like caramel). Almost all of the hotels we stayed at also had a range of cakes and sweet treats to have with coffee at breakfast too. Mum says she doesn’t like cake for breakfast but she tried a lot of them for someone who doesn’t like them.
Medias lunas literally means ‘half moons’ and are little croissants that often have a sugar glaze on top. These are popular at breakfast and also at tea time (around 5pm) to keep you going until dinner which is usually at 9pm or 10pm.
Empanadas are South American pies. They are cooked in the oven or fried. They are eaten as a snack, or entree or as a takeaway dinner on non cooking nights. Mum and Papi had these for dinner with beer on more than one occasion!
Ham and cheese sandwiches are commonly on the menu as a snack or light lunch in most cafes. Papi prefers lomitos (steak sandwich) and papas fritas (french fries).
Bread baskets, often with a cheese spread or pickles, are almost always given complementarily in restaurants. White bread is almost always on the table at home too. This was a bread basket at a fantastic restaurant in Cordoba.
Parrillas are big BBQs and are easy to find because meat is so central to the Argentinean diet. Often parrillas are even at petrol stations and truck stops (out of the city) so travellers and truckies can get a proper meal. You can choose which cuts of meat you want and have with salad and bread. Quick, easy and healthy we stopped at many of these on our long car trip days.
Papi introduced Mum to asado from the parrilla which is ribs but they are cut the other way than in Australia (although we have found a Brisbane butcher that will cut them like this for us). Check out the knife! Lots of restaurants have over sized knives like this. I wanted to try one out but Mum always put them out of my reach.
Another of Papi’s favourites is Milanesa (schnitzel). This is a Milanesa Napolitana which is kind of like a pizza on top of schnitzel.
There is a heavily Italian influence with lots of pizza and pasta available. The pizza has lots of meat, of course.
And a food post about Argentina wouldn’t be complete without a picture of an alfajor!