Let Them Eat Vegetables! (In Buenos Aires)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
It might not be a part of the European Union, but Buenos Aires has the ambience to contend with the rest. The city has cobbled-stone roads, plazas and cafes on every corner, grandiose hand gestures, and an endearing sense of pride. They take pride in their language, their women, their ability to argue politics and, most importantly, their beef. It is rather difficult to find a spot that doesn’t serve a shoe-sized steak of a quality previously unknown to foreigners.
However, foreigners who have previously committed themselves to vegetarianism or veganism, can find dining difficult in an asado driven metropolis. I was on the border of vegetarianism before I came to B.A. and now am on the border of being completely carnivorous.
For those that feel desire to stick to their leafy-guns, I stumbled upon an article on vegetarian restaurants in Buenos Aires in the NYTimes. This information had to be leaked because, even though the beef is a treat, one’s dietary preferences should not prevent one’s experience of an incredible city.
Most of the restaurants are located in the trendy, modern barrio of Palermo yet are reasonably priced. I am going to venture to a couple of the spots and see if the Argentines can grill an eggplant with as much flare as their bife de chorizo. Empanadas with lemon, pan-charred Swiss cheese filling? I could get down on that.
By Brit Weaver
About the Author
Toronto born and based, Brit is an avid leisure cyclist, coffee drinker and under-a-tree park-ist. She often finds herself meandering foreign cities looking for street eats to nibble, trees to climb, a patch of grass to sit on, or a small bookstore to sift through. You can find her musing life on her personal blog, TheBubblesAreDead.wordpress.com.