Competing to be crowned kings of the Campeonato Federal del Asado 2017. Under the shadow of the Obelisco in the centre of 9 de Julio, more than 350,000 people thronged the smokey, meat smelling streets as Argentina’s 23 provinces and hosts – Buenos Aires – represented at the second annual BBQ contest.
The fastest way to make enemies in Argentina is to compare the asado to a barbecue. It’s the same, right? No, the locals will tell you, through gritted teeth, it is not the same. Your gas-fuelled blow-torching of conveyor-belt beef patties has nothing in common with our sacred asado.
Mooching around Mendoza’s vineyards is never a bad idea, but head there at the end of summer and you’ll be lucky enough to catch the cultural highlight of the Mendocino calendar – la Fiesta de la Vendimia – Mendoza’s grape harvest festival.
You notice very fast that the people of Mendoza take their café culture seriously. Spending a day strolling the streets of Argentina’s wine capital you breathe in the atmosphere of a city where people enjoy life and sits in cafés sipping coffee and chatting. Here are five of our top picks.
Buenos Aires is a city for living. Argentina’s capital is abuzz with joie de vivre, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the city’s corners. Yes, that sacred space at the end of every block where the buildings’ edges clip back at all four points, opening the intersection up for an urban hug.
You’ve got a favourite corner restaurant in Buenos Aires, haven’t you? Whichever neighbourhood you live in or have stayed in, there’s surely one establishment, a restorán de la esquina, that’s captured your heart. Here, The Real Argentina visits four emblematic restaurant esquinas in Buenos Aires.
You’ve got a favourite corner bar in Buenos Aires, haven’t you? Whichever neighbourhood you live in or have stayed in, there’s surely one watering-hole, a bar de la esquina, that’s captured your heart. Thanks to their very architecture, corner bars in Buenos Aires tend to be the prettiest, standing out for that bevelled, three-sided entrance (known as arquitectura en ochava in Spanish) that lets diners and drinkers inadvertently interact, gazing out at a city in movement.
The best chefs of Buenos Aires reveal how to make their restaurant’s most popular dishes. Chef’s recipe: Swiss Chard Pakoras & Carrot Chutney, by Mariano Ramon from Gran Dabbang in Buenos Aires.
You don’t eat meat. In fact, you’re vegan. In Buenos Aires? Well, you’d better get used to the laughter. But stop right there. Food choice has come a long way since Lonely Planet labelled Argentina as one of the worst countries in the world for non-meat eating travellers.
It can be tough to be in Buenos Aires when you don’t eat gluten. At first it’s possible to live perfectly happily on gluten-free steak and wine but after a few days you’re bound to crave something a little different… You don’t need to miss out when you’re gluten free in BA. You just need this guide.