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A Taste of Argentina: From Asado to Malbec

Argentinian cuisine is a melting pot of various cultural influences, from the indigenous tribes to the Spanish and Italian immigrants. The country's vast grasslands, or "pampas," provide a bountiful source of beef, which has become a staple in the Argentine diet. Asado, or grilled meat, is a traditional dish that is often served at family gatherings and celebrations.

One of the most famous Argentine dishes is the empanada, a pastry filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables. Empanadas have their origins in Spain and have been adapted to incorporate local ingredients and flavors. They are a popular street food and can be found in most Argentine bakeries and restaurants. Some of our favorite empanadas can be found at Mercado Buenos Aires in Van Nuys.

Another popular dish is chimichurri, a sauce made of parsley, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. It is often used as a marinade for grilled meats and a condiment for empanadas.

In the United States, Argentine cuisine has been gaining popularity in recent years. Argentine steakhouses, known as parrillas, can be found in major cities across the country, and empanadas and chimichurri are becoming more common on restaurant menus. The Argentine love for beef has also been embraced in the U.S, where grass-fed Argentine beef can be found in many supermarkets and restaurants, like LaLa's Argentine Grill.

In addition, Argentine wine has also been gaining recognition in the United States. Malbec, a red wine variety originally from France, has found a new home in Argentina, where it thrives in the country's warm climate. Argentine Malbecs have been receiving high scores and accolades from wine critics, and are now widely available in the U.S.

Argentine cuisine is a blend of various cultural influences, with a strong focus on grilled meats and pastries. As the country's cuisine continues to gain popularity in the United States, it's a good time to explore the rich flavors and traditions of Argentina.