As shown in our last blog article on the Magic of South American Food & Drink, the wide variety and diversity of food and drink in this region is truly spectacular and a unique experience.
Once we got your mouth-watering you will probably be wondering where you can begin exploring these delicious flavors, aromas and dishes.
In this blog article we will provide you with some of the best places to explore South American food & drink that will be sure to satisfy your thirst and hunger for some of the best dishes and wines in the world!
*Updated on March 11, 2015
♦ Argentine Experience – Fitz Roy 2110, Buenos Aires
Argentina is known for its wine, passionate culture and of course its succulent beef. The Argentine Experience is a unique, interactive, hands-on culinary experience that gives a new definition to the concept of dining, located in the beautiful Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo Hollywood.
Behind an unassuming front door is a wonderful gastronomic experience where the Argentine Experience team, made up of internationals and Argentines will guide you through the culture of Argentina and its finest delicacies.
Dining alongside other travelers, the warm and friendly atmosphere only adds to this fantastic way to explore the food and wine of Argentina. Having tried your hand at making empanadas filled with gourmet ingredients, you will be treated to some of Argentina’s best wines from Malbec wines to Torrontes. You will be served local favorites such as provoleta and mouth-watering Argentine chorizo accompanied by homemade chimichurri sauce. While learning about Argentine culture and anecdotes from the Argentine Experience team, you will be served the main centerpiece of a thick cut fillet steak cooked perfectly on a traditional Argentine parilla (barbeque). To finish off your Argentine gastronomic and cultural experience you will learn how to prepare, serve and drink the famous mate while enjoying and assembling your sweet alfajor biscuits.
♦ Bar do Mineiro – Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 99, Rio de Janeiro
The department of Minas Gerais just north of Rio de Janeiro is seen as the source of hearty Brazilian comfort food. Located in the bohemian artist district of Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro, the quaint Bar do Mineiro brings a homely piece of Minas Gerais to the golden beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
There is no better place in Rio to get a taste of the traditional and delicious fejioada than on a Saturday at Bar do Mineiro!
With Black-and-white photographs of legendary singers and famous Brazilians as well as some that have graced Bar do Mineiro over the decades, this is one of the liveliest and eclectic places in the heart of Rio’s artist neighborhood. Eating feijoada accompanied by some of the best caipirinhas in Rio as well as ice-cold beers makes eating feijoada in Bar do Mineiro a Rio experience not to be missed!
♦ La Mar – Av. La Mar 770, Miraflores, Lima
Peru and its capital city of Lima do not disappoint when it comes to exploring the delicious dishes from the home of food. When traveling to Peru it is a must that you immerse yourself in the most genuine cebicheria experience!
There is no better place to taste the world’s best ceviche than at Gaston Acurio’s La Mar Restaurant on the tree-lined avenue in Lima’s stylish Miraflores neighborhood.
Aside from the beautiful interior and exterior of La Mar Restaurant, the ‘cebiche clasico’ dish will treat your taste buds to an experience that they will never forget. Make sure to arrive early or late for lunch because as tradition holds, the cebicherias are only open in the daytime to preserve the freshness of the fish and La Mar does not take reservations! Although the La Mar concept and brand has been exported to the United States and across South America, this original restaurant still leads the pack and you cannot leave Lima without having a taste of La Mar’s ceviche!
♦ Concha y Toro Winery – Maipo Valley, Chile
As the closest wine region to Santiago de Chile the stunning Maipo Valley has within it the star Chilean winery of Concha y Toro. The Concha y Toro Vineyard was founded back in 1883 by Don Melchor de Santiago Concha y Toro who brought different grape varieties from Bordeaux in France.
The rich history of Don Melchor Concha y Toro is so deeply engraved in the success of Chilean wines today that it has helped to create one of the best Cabernet wines in the world!
The Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon blend of Concha y Toro has its vines divided into 6 sections which all have slightly different aromas and tastes and are all added to create the smooth and delicious final blend. Concentrating on showcasing the best of Chilean wine production rather than changing its flavors for the international market and preferences, the Don Melchor Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the finest in the world, and a taste that you will never forget!
♦ Familia Zuccardi Winery – Maipú Province, Argentina
There is nothing better than sipping some of the best Argentinean wines whilst learning about some of the most experimental practices and methods in the industry.
The Familia Zuccardi winery is located in the Maipú region of Mendoza, one of the most famous wine regions in the world!
This family-run winery in Mendoza’s Maipú Province was founded in 1963 by engineer, Alberto Zuccardi who began experimenting with the wine-making process and to this day it continues to explore the strangest varieties of grapes and wines. The Familia Zuccardi Bodega also produces gourmet olive oils which you get to explore along with their wines and traditional Argentinean food at their restaurant, making for a complete gastronomical experience in Argentina’s wine region!
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