Not only are the Andean regions of Chile and Argentina known for their amazing skiing and snowboarding but also for their cuisine! While Chile and Argentina’s food are a mixing bowl of European influences and local fare there is a whole lot of edible enjoyments to be had on your next visit. Here are just a few of the things we love to not only share with guests visiting but also enjoy ourselves!
First off, in Chile people are extremely proud of their culture and their cuisine. It’s not uncommon when you first arrive to the mountains that you will be offered Chile’s official national drink the Pisco Sour. A cocktail mixed with Pisco (grape based liquor), lemon juice, simple syrup, and touch of egg whites for the foam.
Once the daytime turns to night is when the nations unofficial national drink comes out, the “Piscola.” As the name mentions its a sweet mix of Pisco and Cola, and can be found anywhere there are people and drinks together from one side of the country to the other.
COUNTRY: CHILE & ARGENTINA
Maybe the most common and typical food you will find in Chile and Argentina is the empanada, usually filled with seasoned beef, onions, hard boiled egg, and olives. Quick, hot, and filling and can have a variety of fillings from seafood to cheese but when you get the typical “Empanada Pina” be careful because the olive usually still has a pit in it so its kind of like a finding a prize inside of the cracker jack box.
In Argentina you will find another drink of choice that the locals will often consume during the evening hours consiting of Fernet Branca and Cola, or as the locals say “Fernet con coca.” Although coming from Italy since Fernet made its debut into Argentina it has since become the national drink of choice for those seeking some drinks on the town.
ASADO COUNTRY: CHILE & ARGENTINA
Since the regions are known for their healthy amounts of meat consumption we would be hard pressed not to feature one of our favorite meals here on this site. The Cordero Asado, or simply Lamb Barbecue, the simplest form of cooking, a healthy Patagonian lamb cooked over an open pit of coals and seasoned with a bit of sea salt. Generally cooked for at least 5 hours this is one of the most amazing meals you will ever have.
The Chilean Sopaipilla is made from flour and pumpkin and fried to golden magic. It can be eaten any time of day with a variety of sauces or toppings, and is found on many street corners in Santiago.