Thursday, February 16, 2006

Last Argentina Post

Today will be the end of my lengthy Argentina saga. I was initially thinking about a whole post on Argentine beef, how it compares, how it tastes, but that’s starting to sound a bit more like a massive and well researched magazine article, and today I am too lazy for that. Instead, here’s a picture of some tasty beef…

We were sitting next to a super-famous Argentine soccer person; JF was so excited he could hardly eat. I had no trouble helping him with this fabulous beef.

And a list of other things I noticed/ate on my trip.

Napkins – the napkins in Argentina are bad. At nice restaurants there is no difference, but the napkins in sandwich places are far more like wax paper donut pickup things in the grocery store than anything you would use to try to remove food residue from your face or hands. They just smear it around. Young capitalists – seize this opportunity and reform Argentina’s cheap napkin industry before someone else snatches up this idea!

Salsa Golf – salsa golf is the Argentine condiment of laziness. It is ketchup and mayonnaise mixed together. JF asserts that there may be some extra lemon juice in there too, but I’m not sure if I believe him. It’s on the table at cafes and you can purchase it in the grocery store right next to the ketchup. It’s just as orangey as you’d expect. We ate it on fries and even sandwiches, but it apparently shines on palmitos (hearts of palm) which are a fairly common pizza topping. Once, I even saw a guy order a pizza covered in palmitos and mounds of salsa golf. I never was able to learn why it is called salsa golf (translation: golf sauce).

There is no pepper on the tables, only salt. I found that, generally, Argentines don’t like spicy foods.

Milanesa – Milanesas are pieces of beef or veal pounded flat, breaded, and fried, not unlike chicken fried steak. Sometimes, milanesa will be served Neopolitan style, topped with ham and cheese. I had a fantastic milanesa napolitana at El Obrero in La Boca. Milanesa is also served on sandwiches, like this…

The trip was fabulous but it’s time for me to get back into my own kitchen and start cooking.


Blogger Mona said...

I love ketchup and mayo..and that picture of that beef! So awesome. What soccer player was it? And very impressed your hubbie picked him out-wow!!!
And interesting about the napkins..what are they thinking? It looks like with the food you've eaten there and showed us they need thicker napkins than anyone up north-ha:)

12:30 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Re: salsa golf--is this not the "special sauce" of Big Mac fame? Regardless, any Condiment of Laziness is a condiment of mine.

12:50 PM  
Blogger s'kat said...

That beef photo is simply stunning... my mouth is watering! -must -have -beef!!!

3:09 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Mona - it was actually a coach (perhaps the Argentine national team, but I'm not sure). I don't know what they could've been thinking with the napkins.

Ashley - I totally brought some home (for further testing, you know) and I think it IS special sauce.

S'kat - I miss all that beef. No one told me that the post-wedding letdown was really just beef-withdrawal!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

yum, beef. That pic of beef is very drool worthy. You can tell its got that juicy quality.

Argentina looks beautiful (and tasty :-)

My parents' friends have been there to tour the wineries--they keep raving about it. Were you able to go to any?

10:46 AM  
Blogger Jeff in NC said...

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10:17 PM  
Blogger Jeff in NC said...

Oh looks...interesting.

10:18 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Rose - we were a bit further south, so we didn't make it to the wine country, but we did our best to make up for it by consuming 18 zillion bottles of Argentine wine while down there.

Jeff - THAT'S IT! That is exactly what it looks like. I feel comforted that if I ever crave salsa golf (and cant manage to mix together my mayo and ketchup) I have a convenient internet source.

10:14 AM  

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