Buenos Aires is what comes to mind for most people when they think of Argentina: high-tech nightclubs, modern skyscrapers and international business.
But underneath its shiny exterior the city is firmly planted on the ground of Argentinian tradition. Beyond Buenos Aires, the countryside reflects the true heritage of this proud country. This is the land of the Diaguita, who resisted the Incan empire for centuries. It is the country of Jose de San Martin, who along with Simon Bolivar, is credited with ending colonial rule in South America. The countryside is where Tango music, which is now so popular in the city, had its origins.
Explore the culture of Argentina with your sense of taste. Discover traditional Argentinean dishes, and more modern fare that reflects both indigenous and European heritage.
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Argentine cuisine is shaped by the incredible wealth of its landscape. From tropical jungles and vast grasslands to alpine lakes and fertile river bottoms, the special growing conditions produce a bounty of high-quality, inexpensive foods.
Native winter squash and soup are both very popular throughout Latin America and Argentina is no exception. The two come together in Sopa Fria de Zapallo, a creamy cold pumpkin soup flavored with tomatoes and onions from the northwest region.
The asado, or traditional barbecue, features a wide variety of meats cooked on a huge parrilla or grill. The asado would not be complete without chimichurri, the national condiment made with parsley, garlic, oregano, olive oil, and vinegar.
Pork loin is one of the country's favorite cuts of pork, and is featured in Lomo de Cerdo con Leche or Pork Loin Braised in Milk. The Italian-inspired method of cooking meat in milk produces deliciously tender pork in a creamy sauce.
Argentina's national drink is mate. It's made from the cured, crushed leaves of a special holly shrub steeped in hot water. This highly caffeinated beverage is sipped through a silver tube called a bombilla, often shared as a friendship ritual.