Friday, October 21, 2011

Jabali by Nature, Not Cause I Hate Ya

With the countdown on for my next move to another country, leaving Argentina, I'm going out of my way to enjoy the few food specialties Argentina has to offer. This pretty much means all the great beef via parrillas, empanadas, locro, helado, and Malbec.

But there is also the Patagonian cuisine to include on the list.

And for this meal, we headed to Ayers de Patagonia in Puerto Madero.

Here we had some of the best jabali I've had in Buenos Aires. The star of the show was the slow roasted & grilled wild boar (Jabali) with a black beer and spiced honey sauce, accompanied by caramelized pears and red cabbage chutney. Tender meat with crispy skin, it's a meal I'd go back for again.

PULQUI WILD BOAR
Grilled wild boar with black beer and spiced honey sauce, accompanied by caramelized pears and red cabbage chutney from Aires de Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Argentina


The other entree was the Ciervo Huemul, a gamey yet tasty deer dish with papines, mushrooms and some broccoli. It was good, but overshadowed by the excellent jabali.

HUEMUL DEER
Traditional deer cooked in clay oven with season vegetables and herbs from the Patagonia from Ayers de Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oktoberfest Food

Come the end of September and beginning of October each year, I always use it as an excuse to experience good German food and beer in honor or Oktoberfest.

This year was no different. But I took it a step further by traveling to Villa General Belgrano in Argentina for their annual Oktoberfest, one of the best in the world. In fact, it is technically the 3rd largest in the world.

Before heading to the festival, I started it off with some home cookin':

2 lb bratwurst with sautéed onions, drizzle of BBQ sauce on a whole wheat loaf of bread.



Once in Villa General Belgrano, a town with an alpine feel to it, the food was a big step up. Here are a few samples from the restaurants we visited.

Bondiola con salsa cerveza negra, pure de manzana, papas (Left) y costillos en salsa cerveza con chucrut y ensalada de papas (Right) from Viejo Munich, Villa General Belgrano, Argentina

smoked pork chops, kielbasa, vienna sausage and knockwurst from Bierkeller in Villa General Belgrano, Argentina

Red Cabbage and pure de papas from Bierkeller, Villa General Belgrano, Argentina


As for the Oktoberfest festival in Villa General Belgrano, here's a taste of what the atmosphere was in the town and the festival:






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