Fish, seafood, lamb meat, spices, desserts and fine wine are just some of the exquisite foods and drinks you can not miss in your next trip to Patagonia.
What makes it different
Patagonia cuisine is clearly identified by its intense and rich flavour with a very coloured presentation in every course. Patagonia is rich in fine products from the sea like Centolla (king crab) and Congrio (conger ill) among others and the fine organic (100% natural) lamb meat; there is no way you could ever get bored enjoying. Argentinians have a strong experience in "Asados" (barbacue), in fact they have many "parrillas", places with barbacue specialties. With the influences of many Italians who came to live in Argentina, they offer very good pizza and pasta.
Hereford Lamb meat is considered deliciuos. Chile exports Lamb Meat to several countries in America and Europe. I hope you are not vegetarian... you´d miss a great thing! Lamb meat can be prepared in differente ways but, undoubtedly Roasted Lamb in the Stick is the best. Me and some friends use to go to the south of Punta Arenas near San Juan. We picked up some woods and put the fire on andrun a big stick lance through the whole lamb and watch how it roasts as long as we enjoy a cup of Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah and talk as the girls make the salads - lettuce, the chilean salad (tomatoes and onion) - and boiled potatoes. Well, you can imagine the rest of the story...
Delicacy from the Sea
Centolla, Salmón, Congrio, Ostiones are without a doubt some of the exquisit products found in the Straits of Magellan. Enjoy yourself with a grilled salmon with melted butter with salad (tomatoes and onion) or with anything you like, but obvuiosly with a great bottle of Chardonnay o Sauvignon Blanc.
If you like tradition try Pastel de Choclo (Mashed Corn cake); El Curanto, a mix of smoked pork meat, clamps, chicken, red meat, chapalele (dough made with flour), milcao (dough made with potatoes and chicharrón (dried pork) all cooked in a big stewpot; Las Humitas (mashed corn and spices usually accompanied with tomatoes or Chilean Salad); la Empanada (a kind of cake filled with grind meat, sea food, cheese).
There are also delicuious marmelades made from Calafate and Ruibarbo, and desserts like
Ruibarbo Mousse, Leche Nevada (Snowed Milk, literally) and Arroz con Leche (Rice and Milk, literally).
Chile became the third world exporter of wine, and is known for its great quality. It is common to find excellent
Cabernet Souvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and many more at supermarkets at a very good price. Wines usually are clasified in "varietal" (around USD4), a standard wine with good flavour; a "reserva" (about USD6 and up to USD10), a wine that has been kept longer in the barrels that is identified by its softer, deepper flavour and the "gran reserva" (USD 10 an up) that is the best of the line. There are also "premium" wines for those with a passion for wine. The price does not necesarily tell you how good that wine is.
There is another grape derivate called Pisco, a pure and aromatic distillation from Moscatel grapes typically produced in the North of Chile, in the Elqui Valley. It is the only place in the world where it is produced thanks to a perfect weather condition. It is a gift of nature. Pisco Sour, a typical drink made with Pisco, lemon juice, sugar, ice and bit of clear of egg to give it a foamy sensation. Pisco is also served with a Cola drink or alone with ice.
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