Saturday, 30 July 2011

Main meal sorted - Argentina here i come!

Well it's taken me two days to figure this out, but i feel that i now have captured a true Agentinian dining experience.

From all the reading of the various sites i could find it seems Argentina loves an asado, or barbecue - this might have something to do with their huge love of meat. So what better way to celebrate my time in such a wonderful nation than by doing my best to burn meat on an open fire :-)

So for all of you meat lovers out there here is the main meal menu.

Chorizo: A spicy sausage usually made from pork.

Empanadas: Small pies filled with all types of filling - i'm going for a vegetable filling and once again testing my baking abilities

Cordero:  Lamb - mine will be butterflied with galric and herbs

Ensalada de lechuga, tomate, y cebolla: A lettuce, tomato, and onion salad.

and what is a BBQ without more meat  - Gaucho Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Hopefully this combination of  BBQ'd meats, baked pies plus the salad will please everyone come meal time.

So with 7 days until it's time to cook i shall do my best to try an not salivate over the keyboard as i spend some time finding and sharing facts about Argentina for you.

Just like these :-)

The following facts about Argentina will introduce you to South America's second largest country after Brazil.

A federation composed by 23 provinces and an autonomous city: Buenos Aires, its capital.

Located in Southern South America, share borders with Chile (5,308 km) to the West, Brazil (1,201 km) and Uruguay (580 Km) to the East, and Bolivia (832 km) and Paraguay to the North.

Total territorial area: 2,706,890 square km (1,068,303 square miles), with 4,665 km of coastline.

Main cities include Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza and La Plata.

Another interesting fact about Argentina is its name. It comes from the Latin word "Argentum" and could be translated as "Land of Silver".

Argentina is a true paradise for the adventure traveller and tourists in general, from Tierra del Fuego (Ushuaia) in the far South, to the majestic Iguazu (Iguassu) falls in the border with Brazil and Paraguay, plus everything in between.

A land of extremes, Argentina boasts the highest literacy rate in South America, the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere - Mount Aconcagua (6,962 m.) - in Mendoza porvince and the lowest point - Laguna del Carbon (-105 meters) - in Santa Cruz province.

If coming from abroad, you are most likely to land at Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini, about 45 minutes drive from downtown Buenos Aires.

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