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.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE PERFECT ARGENTINE ASADO
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.
TELL ME HOW YOU CELEBRATE, I’LL TELL YOU WHAT TO UNCORK
There aren’t many days on the calendar that offer an excuse to toast the old man. Every encounter deserves a special wine. Tell me how you celebrate, I’ll tell you what to uncork. Father’s day.
CHIMICHURRI: FAMOUS SAUCE OF ARGENTINA
This is a sauce to be taken seriously. Surely the most popular condiment in the country, chimichurri is a succulent parsley, oregano, garlic and chili concoction beloved of all Argentines. It can be bright green or a murky brown, but the best chimichurri is chock full of chunky, herby goodness and bursting with flavor. You’ll want to get the grill going because chimichurri is perfect with an asado. Here’s how to get a tangy, garlicky flavor of Argentina in a sauce that’s so simple to make, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.
WHAT’S THE BEEF? OUR INSIDER’S GUIDE ON THE BEST CUTS TO ORDER AND WHERE IN BUENOS AIRES
On the average seven-day visit to Buenos Aires, dining at a parrilla between two and five times is a likely scenario. And as there’s seemingly a steakhouse on every other corner offering up high-protein experiences, it can be often overwhelming to know what the best steak on the menu is. This TRA guide trims the excess fat so you know exactly which cut to order and where.
Day Trips from Buenos Aires: Five Tiny Towns to Explore
Cuando el ruido de la ciudad te esté ensordeciendo, agarrá termo y mate y escapate a la región pampeana. En la provincia de Buenos Aires hay más de 20 pueblos turísticos, como le gusta llamarlos a la Secretaría de Turismo de Buenos Aires, aunque son destinos no tan “trillados, más bien lugares vivos que respiran, auténticos, que alardean vistas ventosas, casas coloniales y hasta cerveza artesanal. Todos en un radio de 150 km desde Buenos Aires, estos diminutos pueblos son ideales para una escapada y “recargar pilas” con el canto de los pájaros como único sonido que acompañe.
Happiness is Felicitas
When Felicitas Pizarro’s stuffed steak, green salad and chimichurri won Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube Search For A Star competition two years ago, it was more than a turning point for the young Argentine – it was life changing. Discover what this Argentinean young woman and Argento have in common… passion, dedication, creativity…
Inside Argentina: A Guide to Discover Rosario
In Rosario the Río Paraná dominates the urban landscape, its tea-brown waters setting the scene for riverside dining, drinking, strolling, and chilling out on peaceful river islands. While Buenos Aires bursts with capital city pride, Rosario paddles its feet in the water….
Discover the Art of Butchery in Argentina
Although every Argentine wolfed down 59.4 kilos of beef in 2014 according to the CICCRA meat chamber (that’s 163 grams a day), beef consumption is actually in decline in Argentina. Surprised? Me too, given the number of parrillas lining the streets of, well, anywhere, and asado invitations I get each week.
A Meat-Lover’s Guide to Beef Cuts in Argentina
Look up Argentina in the dictionary and the definition says, ʻsynonym of meatʼ. Okay, thatʼs not true. But it should be, because this country is all about the carne. Give or take a few steaks, Argentineans eat about 55kg of beef each a year. Thatʼs almost double what North Americans put away.