Uruguay re-cap: 2013 Autumn Travels
To be honest, I didn’t really know much about Uruguay until I went, but it has a fairly relaxed feel, with some tranquil countryside and friendly people.
As always, I’d armed myself with my ‘Essential Food & Drink’ list from the Lonely Planet of which I managed to complete the majority, including:
· Asado – Uruguay’s food obsession: mixed grill cooked over a wood fire, featuring various cuts of beef, pork, chorizo, morcillo (blood sausage) etc
· Chivito – a ‘cholesterol bomb’ of a steak sandwich piled high with bacon, ham, egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato, olives, pickles, peppers and mayonnaise
· Chajá – a ‘terrifyingly sweet concoction’ of cake featuring sponge, meringue, cream and fruit
· Medio y medio – a refreshing blend of half wine and half sparkling wine
· Grappa con miel – strong Italian style grappa (grape brandy) sweetened and mellowed with honey
Whilst there are a number of cities and coasts in Uruguay, I will always associate it with the countryside and particularly the farm ‘estancia’ stay.
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