Monday, 7 July 2008

Meat and Veg (Argentinian Style)

Dinner.....Bife De Ojo (eye of beef) with veg

Following 2 photos courtesy of Asado Argentina - FYI: 'Asado' = 'BBQ' in Argentina - Why just throw a shrimp on the barbie when you could throw half a cow instead?
Why stop at half a cow when you could have three cows instead!Every single bit of the cow is eaten hereThymus gland or pancreas known as sweetbreads are surpisingly yummy! More detailed info on the different cuts of meat here. Sorry - NO VEGETARIANS ALLOWED!.. . .


Xbox4NappyRash July 07, 2008 1:03 pm  

I'd be dead in 6 months there, no doubt.

Quickroute July 07, 2008 1:11 pm  

@ Xbox: I had high cholesterol before I came here. I'm sure it's off the charts now!

Nick July 07, 2008 1:12 pm  

What do you mean no vegetarians allowed? I demand my human rights. You'll be hearing from my lawyers in the morning. Meanwhile, I'll be having a delicious carrot, kidney bean and chili risotto with no dead animals anywhere to be seen. Yummm!

Shaunj July 07, 2008 2:05 pm  

classic, one of my friends thought that a can of club orange could be taken as one of his "3 a day" fruits.
One quick q-why is the word "Hitler" on your table mat (bottom right hand corner):D


Quickroute July 07, 2008 2:06 pm  

@ Nick: ok - I'll make an exception in your case.
I actually feel bad for vegetarians here since meat is so ingrained in the culture.
Even though Argentina is the one of the worlds biggest producer of soy there are very few soy options on the menus in restaurants :-(

Quickroute July 07, 2008 2:23 pm  

@ Shaunj: ha ha! - well I suppose it's pretty close. Of course you need to drink Guinness for the iron too!
I'll have to look into that table mat anomaly - don't want people thinking I'm a fascist!

Thriftcriminal July 07, 2008 2:27 pm  

Last time I had the desire for that much meat I was hiking 20k a day (Wicklow way).

Anonymous,  July 07, 2008 5:27 pm  

I'd be on my way to a hospital ready to have my stomach pumped with food like that. haha! I'm vegetarian and I can see that when I eventually make it down to BA I'll have a hard time finding food.

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Quickroute July 07, 2008 6:53 pm  

@ Thriftcriminal: I need to start doing some of that hiking - I'm looking a little pear shaped right now!

@ Lover of Nature: They do have great veggie grocers here so as long as you're prepared to cook yer own you'll be grand!

Manuel July 07, 2008 7:34 pm  

what a lovely country.....mmmmmmmeat......

Quickroute July 08, 2008 12:20 am  

@Manuel :Best meat in the world!

@ Megan :Shocking I now..

Queen of clean July 08, 2008 5:17 am  

Oh, I feel ill.

Says she who ate a Bounty bar on the way to work this morning...*blush*

Caro July 08, 2008 6:33 am  

I thought sweetbreads were dangly bits rather than intestines? No?

Quickroute July 08, 2008 10:50 am  

@ Queen of Clean: Ah.. Bounty the paste of paradise - nothing like a healthy breakfast!

@ Caro: Good catch! - Sweetbreads are actually thymus gland or pancreas - See this link

VE July 08, 2008 1:22 pm  

ha ha ha. Boy does that remind me of Argentina! I remember the big platter of meat, just meat, served at a fancy dinner we had there. Nothing like eating a lot of beef for dinner at 11:00pm and then trying to work the next day...

Baino July 09, 2008 4:52 pm  

I'm sure I left a comment here. Ah well . . I don't recognise ANY of those cuts other than the snags. Maybe that's deliberate so you don't know which bit you're eating! We have a chinese butcher not far from us and their cuts of meat are unrecognisable too! Dunno how you downed that platter of steak (if that's what it is!) Doesn't seem to do the latin women any harm! Buns so tight you could bounce 'em off the walls.

Queen Goob July 10, 2008 8:58 am  

I. Love. Meat.

I could get used to the veggie servings shown in the first picture!

Quickroute July 10, 2008 3:39 pm  

@ Baino: ha ha - I know they should all be 150kgs with the diet here.

@ Queen of Goob:Me too - I actually got removed from someone's blogroll for this post. They are a strict veggie and found it offensive!

Quickroute July 10, 2008 3:42 pm  

They were quite polite about it and sent me an email to let me know I'd been removed - Fair enough I guess!

Xbox4NappyRash July 10, 2008 3:44 pm  

Have they ripped the pages with Argentina out of their atlas too?

Quickroute July 11, 2008 12:09 am  

@ Xbox: I think they're drawing up UN resolutions against Argentina as we speak!

MarkH July 15, 2008 7:21 pm  

There is a restaurant in Nairobi (kenya) called Carnivores which you get as much meat as you want along with a potato. They give you a flag and you will keep receiving meat off large skewers until you drop your flag and retire.

It looks like those chefs may train in Argentina!

Quickroute July 15, 2008 11:20 pm  

@ MarkH: Welcome! That sounds like the Brazilian Churascuria system. I went once almost need a wheel barrow to take me home - dangerous stuff!

Anonymous,  July 25, 2008 11:52 pm  

Well as an Argentinean, I might say meat-eaters (argentineans or foreigners) actually like Argentinean meat, being so tender etc etc... But for those who are vegetarians there are a lot of choices, Italian, Polish, Spanish, French cuisine in Buenos Aires... and even vegetarian restaurants! I used to be a vegetarian myself and I was born in Buenos Aires so I know what I'm talking about...

It's not because you re living in Argentina that you're "obliged" to eat red meat! Plus the fact that being a "melting pot" of different European cultures, you might get almost any kind of cuisine you like. Anyways, most foreigners appreaciate our meat and to be honest, concerning cholesterol, a typical Irish Breakfast is not any better...
But again for those interested in other food, you have lots of different cuisines, from Spanish, French, Italian (mhmm delicious pasta!) to Polish, Russian, Armenian, (among many others).

There's a website if you're interested about restaurants in B.A. (I don't remember the link now). By the way, if you're interested in getting some Irish Stew or Shepherd's pie, I know a couple of placse where you can get those dishes... ;) Maybe you ignore this fact, but Argentina had an Irish immigration in the past (my grand parents among them;) and there's quite an active Irish community in Argentina as well as Irish schools... (St Brendan school, St Brigid, St Patrick, St Catherine... to name just a few...;) and even a newspaper! called "The Southern Cross"!

By the way, Argentinean women are not all "latinas", and if they are slim (most of them at least) is because our diet also includes vegetables. Speaking of my own personal experience, when I moved to France, around seven years ago, I gained 20 kilos during the first three years! I lost them but still I find much easier to follow a healthy diet in Argentina than in France.

Even if you eat red meat in Argentina, provided you eat a normal quantity of meat and add a good salad, you might enjoy quite a balance meal... but again, you are by no means "obliged" to eat red meat if you're vegetarian or just prefer fish or chicken instead!

Hope you enjoy your stay there and get to discover more of our culture...


Quickroute July 26, 2008 1:53 am  

@ Alexandra: Contacted you via email so drop me a line!

Anonymous,  January 05, 2009 7:19 pm  

haha so true from the missus says..and she an argie vegeterian!!

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