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Jul. 30, 2012 8:17 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 11:05 am
I realized on Saturday that in all the weeks that my friend had been in Buenos Aires (visiting from the US), we had never gone to a traditional parilla. This is actually much worse than it sounds. Usually the first thing that one does with a tourist in Argentina is take them to a traditional parilla (steak house) where they can see the meet being cooked over an open flame and try all of the Argentine cuts. My friend and I, however, aren't much for red meat. We have nothing against it but it's just not generally our first choice. I made sure that she tried the pest Thai, Peruvian, Japonese, and Italian restaurants in the city. 
Still, I felt bad that we'd never been and on Saturday before her flight we went to one of my family's favorite parillas in Las Cañitas (Las Cholas) where she had a large bife de lomo and also was able to try humita, which is a traditional northern Argentine food much like a tamale but with cheese instead of meat. I ended up really enjoying it even though I did order fish instead of steak. For all my love of spices and slow cooking, there is an undeniable elegance to the simplicity of the Argentine grill. 
Then, on Sunday, I was introduced with another Argentine tradition that I'd never heard of before. Apparently, on the 19th of every month, one is supposed to eat gnocchi and put money under their plates as they do. This is supposed to bring good luck financially for the coming month. Unfortunately, I hace celiac's disease and can't eat gnocchi. 
I guess I'll have to make my own luck.
Humita
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Bife de lomo con papas fritas y puré de calabaza
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Gnocchi plate
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Jul. 30, 2012 11:05 am
Great blog, Oh I just love freshly made Gnocchi. I think that tradition would work very well for me. Roll on the 19th!
 
 
 
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I'm an Argentine-American college student and I spend almost all of my free time in the kitchen! I bake more than anything else but I'm trying to get more into cooking main dishes and getting over my distaste for raw meat.
My favorite things to cook
chocolate crinkle cookies, mango chutney, Indian carrot coconut milk soup, muffins, anything that involves challenging substitutions (i.e., gluten free, vegan, etc)
My favorite family cooking traditions
sun dried tomato pesto, spinach balls, mango marinated salmon, tortilla con mil verduras, black magic cake
My cooking triumphs
Gluten free vegan muffins that everyone thought were normal (i.e. made with butter, eggs, and wheat flour).
My cooking tragedies
"healthy" muffins that ended up bubbling over in the oven (yes, bubbling) I still don't know what happened but I suspect something baking soda
 
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