Stereotypes has its hand in cultures back packet. This visitor of the second largest city in Argentina wonders if those pants are too tight. In the last week, I’ve shifted from a dispiriting uncertainty to a self-assured tourist, grooving along to the sound of an organized chaos.
Dietary Restrictions Accepted
Never Throw Away Food
Somewhere I read what I should expect from Argentina. I assumed I’d starve because I’m a vegetarian and they are not common here. By that, I mean that I’ve met only one vegetarian in the last week. While exploring the city, I stumbled upon a store that sells gluten free options.
I have yet to witness any locals have a meal of just red meat and potatoes. Which is very desirable for those that enjoy it but it’s a diet that seriously lacks balance. Córdoba habitants have a diet that includes vegetables. Give me every vegetable and fruit on the dark shelves at the supermarket and I’ll be a happy camper. In the last week, my diet has been balanced throughout the day. Three meals: breakfast at 8am; lunch at 1-2pm and dinner is served at 10pm. Sometimes I have a snack of fruit or crackers at 6pm. I’ve been enjoying their mate custom and I drink water from the tap.
There are only two things that will worry me. Leftovers and microwaves. According to Ayurveda, eating aged food ages you when you consume it. And microwaves scare me. I can count on both my hands how many times I’ve used one in the last ten years. But my fear is another emotion that I must tackle head on.
Vicky, my fantastic-english-speaking host, and I make most of our meals at home. The meals we make at home and the few I’ve eaten in restaurants are much simpler than the meals I make in the United States. My taste buds have come alive again! Mostly because there is not a bottle of hot sauce (say franks or louisiana) in this entire city. But also because the meals are not overly spiced. The natural flavor of the food are plenty to enjoy a good meal. From my limited experience eating in restaurants here, the prices are fairly affordable. I had a mini pizza last night for 30 ARS$ which is equivalent to 6 USD$. Vicky said it was more expensive then other places but it was fairly affordable to me.
From what I’ve gathered so far I will have no problem surviving here. The meals we’ve prepared have given me a greater appreciation for food and the process of dining. And I cannot forget to express how much I absolutely love empanadas!