Wednesday 30 October 2013

Now that is some steak!

Day 20: 2013 Autumn Travels [Buenos Aires, Argentina à Atlanta, Georgia, USA]

Unfortunately today was my last day in South America (at least for this trip!)  The roommate and I got up early and went shopping, even buying matching scarfs which we felt appropriately reflected the South American colour palette!

Then we met the rest of the group for a farewell brunch at a cafe in Florida.  I treated myself to coffee and delicious cake, basically a mound of pastry, dulce de leche and meringue!

Then some of us headed onto La Cabrera, a Palermo steakhouse numerous people had highly recommended to me.  In the words of Lonely Planet “if you eat at only one steakhouse in BA, make it this one!”

The quirky decor and ambience was great – surprisingly unstuffy despite their incredible reputation for the finest steak in Buenos Aires.

To help us decide from the impressive menu, we went for some Malbec wine, whilst checking out the massive hunks of meat being served around us.

The generously portioned steak arrives on wooden boards (I opted for rare rump) alongside their trademark array of many small, varied side dishes.  These vary from condiments and sauces, such as olives and sundried tomatos to calabaza (squash) puree, sweet pickled garlic and couscous.

In a word – delicious.  O and you get a lollipop for dessert!

Afterwards we wandered through the cafe-lined streets of Palermo Viejo before getting the metro back to the centre of town.  We walked up to the obelisco for a final close-up (it’s tough trying to get the ‘right’ shot!) before a quick final coffee before I caught a taxi to the airport.

I softened the blow of leaving South America, again (!) with a final dulce de leche treat!

I also mulled over my highlighted from the last 3 weeks, settling on:
·         My exhilarating helicopter ride over Rio de Janiero
·         The entertaining boat party in Paraty
·         Using the walkways to view and get close to the Iguassu Falls
·         Buenos Aires nightlife – particularly the drums at “La Bomba”
·         The steak lunch at La Cabrera, Buenos Aires

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