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The Argentine Experience

At first I thought this was a stupid tourist trap thing but then I remembered the fishing for piranha that we did in the Amazon in June. That sounded so touristy and ridiculous, but it really ended up being fun. It started as a group of friends who would serve dinner to "foodie" tourist in their apartment. They then got some backers and built a restaurant. So I signed us up for The Argentine Experience.

Boy were we glad. Yes it was a little camp with the aprons and the bogus chef's hat (although it was worth it to see the Sous Chef don the chef's hat), but the food was great and we met some really nice people (2 Argentinians and 1 Brazilian). In a way it was all a little clandestine, as you had to get buzzed into the place.

We started out with meat breaded and fried with aioli (sorry I didn't get a picture of it - I'm also bad with the Spanish name for it). It reminded me of spiedini (Italian breaded fried thin strips of meat - which could be where this Argentine dish comes from since they have a lot of Italian influence).

We had trout tartar. It was fabulous.

We also had fried sweet breads. It was fried - what's not to like?

There was also this cool dish:
Cheese with some toppings melted that you put on some bread crisps (don't ask me the name - I told you my Spanish is bad-really bad). There was also fried chorizo that was almost sweet.

Then we made empanadas one with a beef filling and one with cheese. Each type of empanada is made in a different shape so there are no surprises. The cheese one looks like a giant tortellini. The beef one is a more traditional fold.

Then it was onto the BEEF. I like my a punto (medium well). I also found out that Argentinians like their meat cooked pretty well - not that pink stuff. Maybe I'm really Argentinian? There were some nice roasted vegetables served with a nice vinaigrette that you brush on with a Rosemary sprig. The vegetables were potato, pumpkin (not our type of pumpkin), and onion. Sorry I didn't get any pictures of this because at this point I was too busy concentrating on eating!
There was a little dessert surprise - which they ask not to tell the secret - so I won't. Lastly there was a two cookies sandwiched together with some dulce de leche, dipped in coconut, and then chocolate. YUM!

If you go to Buenos Aires, I strongly recommend you check out the Argentine Experience.


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